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Trine saddened by trustee's passing
Charles Taylor contributed in many ways
The Trine University community was saddened by news of the death of Trine Trustee Charles H. “Chuck” Taylor on Wednesday, April 8, in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Charles earned a mechanical engineering degree at Tri-State University, now Trine, in 1936, working his way through college. He served on the university’s Board of Trustees, and over his lifetime served the university in many other ways, driving the renovation of the Charles and Nancy Taylor Hall of Humanities and establishing an additional fund for the Wade Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.
Tri-State awarded him an honorary Doctor of Engineering in 1992, and the Pillar of Success, the highest award bestowed by the university, in 2002. He was also a member of the Cleveland Engineering Society and on the board of the YMCA.
Charles graduated from West High School, Cleveland, in 1934. After college he worked at White Motors and Skully Steel in Cleveland before joining the army. He also took courses at the former Case Institute of Technology.
Charles and Nancy Rodger were married in August, 1943 in Colorado Springs during Charles' service in the Army Air Corps during World War II. When he returned from the service in 1946, he worked for the Otto Konigslow Manufacturing Company, a metal fabrication firm. He eventually became president during his 35 years of service for the company.
Charles and Nancy enjoyed their home and their travels together. They explored Europe, visited Nancy’s family in Scotland, and for many years spent the winter months in Funchal, Madeira.
He is survived by his two children, Nancy T. Schreiner (Terry) of Pepper Pike, Ohio and Charles “Rod” Taylor, recently of Shaker Heights, Ohio, three grandsons, Blaine (Leslie), Taylor (Tess) and Charles Schreiner, and his niece, Margo Russell (David).