GILBERT, ARIZ. — Charles Carteret Herod passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Gilbert, Ariz., surrounded by his loving family. A great lover of classical music, he also enjoyed baking and fishing.
Charles was born in Timmonsville, S.C., on Nov. 18, 1924; grew up in New Jersey; and resided in Swanton. He is survived by his wife, Agustina, son Charles-Francis, daughters Ilona and Olivia, brother Thomas, three grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Charles was a veteran of WII and received Bronze Service Stars for serving in the campaigns at Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, Central Europe and the Ardennes. After the war, as an NCO, he served in Bamberg, Germany as a German Youth Administrator.
A dedicated academic and author of two books, he earned his PhD in history and completed his post-graduate studies at the University of Vienna, specializing in the Hapsburg Empire and East-Central Europe. A life-long scholar, Charles was a professor at and retired from SUNY Plattsburgh, where he also served as Director of Minority Studies, in which capacity he developed the school’s African-American Studies program and initiated its Women’s Studies and Criminal Justice programs. In addition, he developed SUNY Plattsburgh’s first graduate program: a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. A fluent German speaker, he also taught German language and history. After retiring from SUNY, he started teaching at the Community College of Vermont, St. Albans.
He will be remembered with love and affection as a husband, father, and brother, and will always be known and respected for his service as a soldier and scholar.
A visitation will be held on Friday, July 3, at 9 a.m., followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park, 400 S Power Rd. Mesa, AZ 85206. A committal service will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the National Cemetery of Arizona, with Army honors.
Arrangements are entrusted to Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park in Mesa, Ariz. Remembrances may be left at www.mariposagardens.com.