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Charles Keith Fendall ’51

Charles Keith Fendall ’51, July 21, 2006, in Pacific Grove, California. Chuck served in World War II before entering Reed in 1947. He attended the college for two years and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Puget Sound (UPS) in Tacoma, Washington, in 1953. Chuck worked as a musician for three years, and then became a computer programmer with music as an avocation. He worked for Boeing Airplane Company (1956–59), the aeronutronic division of Ford Motor Company (1959–62), and IBM (1962–77). He received IBM outstanding contribution award in 1968 and 1975. In 1977, he returned to his music and worked as a programming consultant; he retired in 1981. Chuck enjoyed performing and arranging jazz music, which he did for musicians such as Sammy Davis Jr. and Toots Thielemans. He possessed the phenomenal ability of being able to play any musical instrument he encountered. In retirement, he wrote word-solving software, Puzzlpak. Survivors include his four daughters, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. His wife, Lorraine Mardell, whom he married in 1941, died in 1991.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2006

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