ZWICK, CHARLES J. died peacefully at his home in Coral Gables on April 20 in his 92nd year. Charlie was born July 17, 1926, on the family farm in Southington, Connecticut, across the street from a one-room schoolhouse where he later attended grade school. On Charlie's first trip away from Connecticut he served in the US Army under General MacArthur as a military policeman in Tokyo during the occupation of Japan. Following his military service, he returned to the University of Connecticut to finish his bachelor's degree and his master's degree in Agricultural Economics. After that he earned his doctorate from Harvard University while serving as an Instructor in economics there. He then went to work for the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, California, from 1956 to 1965 where he focused on logistics and later on research especially in areas of military programs and economic assistance in Southeast Asia. Following his employment, he served Rand as a Trustee from 1969 to 1999. From 1965 to 1968 Charlie served as Assistant Director of the U.S. Bureau of the Budget (now Office of Management and Budget); from 1968 to 1969 he served as Director of the U.S. Bureau of the Budget in President Lyndon Johnson's administration. He has the distinction of being the only Director to balance the federal budget (until the Clinton Administration) under the financial pressure of Johnson's Great Society programs to eliminate poverty and racial injustice in the 1960's, the first Moon Launch and the Vietnam War. After leaving government service, Charlie served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southeast Bank and Southeast Banking Corporation until his retirement in 1991. At Southeast he oversaw its expansion through the peaks and valleys of Florida's economy for 22 years. He has served on the governing boards of many corporate and nonprofit organizations including as Chairman of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for seven years, Chairman of the United Way of Miami-Dade for three years, and as a board member of the University of Miami, The Aerospace Corporation, MasterCard International, Johns Manville Corporation and BellSouth Corporation. In 1977 President Jimmy Carter asked Charlie to chair the President's Commission on Military Compensation to review pay, retirement and military benefits. He was also the co-author of the so-called "Zwick Report," a legislatively mandated report for Florida government with ideas for the state to keep up with the exponential growth Florida saw in the late 1980's. Before that, in 1959, he co-authored a book on the Economics of Competition in the Transportation Industries (Harvard Economic Studies) that has remained the standard reference on the subject and is still in use today. Charlie filled his leisure hours with outdoor activities and sporting events. He loved golf and sailing as well as all team sports. He especially followed the UM Hurricanes, the Dolphins, and of course the championship Heat team as well as the UConn Huskies. And he was always up for another vacation adventure from sailing the small islands in the Bahamas to relaxing at the family vacation home in Lake Arrowhead, California. Charlie's love of animals began when he was very young. His dog would follow him to school and wait outside until he finished his classes. It's fair to say he never saw a dog he did not want to go and meet. He is survived by his wife Barbara Collingwood Zwick and his two children, Bob Zwick and Janet Zwick (Tom Finch). His children live on Dondoric Farm in The Plains, Virginia, where Charlie spent many happy times in recent years. Charlie was predeceased by his first wife, Joan Cameron Zwick. His final resting place will be at The South End Burying Ground in Southington, Connecticut, which is located about a mile from the farmhouse where he was born. His parting wish for all of us was to "stay positive and be optimistic!" The family requests that any donations in Charlie's memory be made to the Charles J. Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy, University of Connecticut, 1376 Storrs Road, Suite 305, Storrs CT 06269-4021 or to the United Way of Miami-Dade, 3250 SW 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33129.
Published in the Miami Herald on Apr. 29, 2018.