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Elliott, Charles E.

Charles E Elliott III of Ithaca, 85, died on March 10, 2014. He was born in East Orange, New Jersey on April 19, 1928, of Charles E Elliott Jr. and Sybil (Denniston) Elliott. The family moved to Atlanta and then to Drexel Hill, PA before settling in Maplewood, New Jersey, where Charlie attended Columbia High School. As a kid and young man he worked as a caddy, drug-store helper, busboy, machinist novice, hotel key-clerk, janitor, deli-helper, short-order cook, and construction laborer. Charlie graduated from Princeton before enlisting in the USMC in 1951. After a tour in Korea and discharge, he married Patricia Turner and was a traveling sales rep. for the McGraw-Hill Book Company. Charlie attended Michigan State University and the University of Michigan where he earned a Ph.D. in linguistics. He taught at Ferris Institute in Michigan and at the Lansing (MI) Community College. Charlie went to the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India as a visiting professor where he established a language laboratory and assisted in the preparation of India-wide entrance exams. At Cornell Charlie taught Hindi, ESL and a course in the Structure of English, his particular preoccupation. Though he was denied tenure, Charlie continued to teach at Ithaca College and TCCC, and worked as a technical writer for Ithaca InterSystems. He returned to Cornell as a computer consultant until his retirement. In Ithaca, Charlie had early on joined the Ithaca Real Food Coop and participated in it with exuberant commitment. He also trained and taught with Literacy Volunteers and later at the Senior Center with courses in writing, flight simulation, and computer operation. He loved teaching and embarked on courses with boundless enthusiasm. Charlie was endlessly fascinated by all life had to offer, but only had time for water-color, poetry, essays, classical music, woodworking, history, world religions, photography, gardening, languages, stamp collecting, and voracious reading. He was devoted to his wife Patricia of over 58 years and to his remarkable children: Katie (Santa Cruz, CA), Chas (Alfred, NY), Bill (Perris, Ca) and John (Warrenton, VA) all of whom survive him, along with his beloved grandchildren: Brittany, Will, Jenny, Sarah, Andrew, Charles, and Katy. He was predeceased by his brother Bill, but survived by a younger brother, Walt and nephew Walter. Those wishing to commemorate Charlie's life are invited to write a poem.

Published in Ithaca Journal on Mar. 22, 2014
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