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Charles Heinle Obituary
Charles August Steuber Heinle, 95, of Concord, MA passed away Monday, July 23, 2012 at Concord Health Care Center. Charles was born December 25th, 1916, in Philadelphia, to Charles J. Heinle, a pharmaceutical chemist and inventor, and Elisabeth Steuber Heinle, a nurse. He was the oldest of four siblings, including his sisters Margaretta and Katherine and his brother, Bob, all now deceased. He was an active child who excelled in music. Family summers were spent in Atlantic City with his maternal grandparents, creating some of Charless fondest memories of his childhood. Following the untimely death of their beloved wife and mother in 1933, Charles father married Beulah (Betty) Bieber and the family was joined by Charles remaining surviving brother, Edward Heinle. Charles attended Olney High School where he performed in his first opera, Martha. He graduated in 1934, and later studied English at Temple University. After graduation Charles pursued an operatic career, studying in New York under the renowned vocal coach Giuseppe Boghetti (who also coached Marion Anderson). He had a Carnegie Hall debut. Although he subsequently went on to other pursuits, he remained devoted to opera throughout his life. And he and his sons did a wicked barbershop quartet. At various times in his life, Charles held a series of colorful jobs, including working for his father marketing and distributing Heinles Root Beer (later sold to Hires), selling Singer Sewing Machines, and working as a researcher for novelist Irving Stone in California. Charles married Ruth Leight in 1938. He is survived by all four children of that marriage: Dolores Louise Beatty, Charles Henry Heinle, John David Heinle, and Raymond J. Heinle, as well as 10 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. He published his first book of poetry, Bridges, in 1937. That was followed by On Shifting Sands in 1941. When Word War II started, Charles was at first adamant about his ideals as a pacifist, and volunteered to declare himself as a Conscientious Objector. He spent several months in the CO camp in Colorado. However, he realized that the only right course of action for him to take would be to directly combat the atrocities of the Axis and joined the U.S. Army Airforce (Fifth Fighter Command, Pacific). He was stationed in Fukuoka, Japan, from 1943-45. He was especially proud of having created and operated the Armed Forces Radio Station WLKI, in Fukuoka. It was one of the times of his life that shaped and influenced him significantly. After the war, his deep love of literature naturally drew him to a career in publishing, which spanned five decades. He started at the John C. Winston Book Company in Philadelphia. From 1947-54, he worked at J. B Lippincott Publishing Company. In 1955 he joined Chilton Book Company where he created Chiltons Trade Department and first published Frank Herberts ground-breaking science fiction novel, Dune. Charles personal library, quite literally, was large enough to sink a house! He particularly loved the works of H.L. Mencken, Mark Twain, and Henry David Thoreau. In 1962, he started Chiltons Educational Division, The Center for Curriculum Development (CCD). Charles interest in foreign-language education led to his meeting Dr. Paul Pimsleur in 1966. This was to be an event that had a most profound effect on his life. Charles spent the rest of his life devoted to building the courses from an obscure, unheard-of brand (The Tapeway Series) with four languages to one of todays most successful language programs in over 50 languages: Simon & Schusters Pimsleur Language Programs. Through his passion, charisma, and charm, Charles was a consummate salesman, personality traits that were nowhere more evident than in his lifelong evangelism of the benefits of the Pimsleur Method. He (semi) retired in 2006. On December 25th, 1973 Charles married Beverly D. Hoffman-Voigt, his partner in both life and business, pursuits which were inseparable for him. Beverly and their two children, Elisabeth Weir and Katherine Perry and sons-in-law, Malcolm Weir and Frank Perry, survive him. In 1974 he established Heinle & Heinle Enterprises in Concord, Massachusetts. A Thoreauvian throughout his life, Charles realized one of his lifes dreams when he moved to Concord. For years he gave personal tours around Walden Pond. He was a President of the Friends of the Concord Public Library, and he oversaw the publication of and wrote the Acknowledgments to the 1978 Revised Edition of Historic Concord: A Handbook of its Story and its Memorial with an Account of The Lexington Fight. Charles also was very much a Francophile, and he brought his family with him to France for many wonderful adventures. He got into many capers with his dearest friend and business partner in Pimsleur International, Henri Didier. He was also especially fond of Briards (French sheepdogs). Always a dapper, elegant gentleman, Charles was almost never dressed in anything less than a full two- or three-piece suit, regardless of the weather. He also had a fondness for hats, and could usually be spotted in his well-loved and worn Donegal patch walking hat or his Russian fur hat in the blustery New England winters. He loved his pets and was often seen walking one of his dogs around town. In the evenings one of his Burmese cats would curl up in his lap. Charles A. S. Heinle was a man of humor and wit, who dedicated his whole life to learning new things and educating himself. A fiercely proud, self-made man, he was a gourmet (with a particular appetite for fine wine, ripe cheeses, and any pie which would hold still long enough), a poet, and a lover of classical music and art. He was a profoundly passionate individual who lived life to the fullest, but was most singularly happy at home in his burgundy leather armchair with his family and pets around him, reading a good book. An inveterate swearer, Charles was a fantastically creative curser, and his inventive invectives will live on in family legacy. He was also a wonderful storyteller, usually spinning those of the tall tale variety. Stubborn, irascible, and sometimes curmudgeonly, Charles was loyal to a fault, generous, and cared deeply about friends and family. He will be sorely missed by the many people who loved him. A Memorial Gathering will be held at the Concord Art Association, 37 Lexington Rd., Concord MA on Saturday, August 4th from 2:00 | 5:00 pm. Concords town flag will fly at half-staff on Saturday in recognition of Mr. Heinles service to his country in the U.S. Army Air Force. Donations in Mr. Heinles memory may be made to Cure Alzheimers Fund, 34 Washington St., Suite 200 Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 (www.curealzfund.org/donate). Arrangements are under the care of Susan M. Dee and Charles W. Dee, Jr., Directors, Dee Funeral Home, Concord. To share a memory or offer a condolence in Charles guest book, visit www.deefuneralhome.com or visit www.charlesheinle.com.

Published in The Concord Journal from July 31 to Aug. 7, 2012
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