In Memory: Charles Samuel '56, OD '57

Charles "Chuck" Samuel, age 84, died June 29, 2020 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. At the time of his death, his home was in Bullhead City, Ariz.

He earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Pacific University in 1956 and 1957. He married his high school sweetheart, Donna Jean Pickett, in March of 1956. After college he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957-1968 as an optometrist and radio operator. After serving in the Air Force he worked as a manufacturing engineer at Tektronix. In 1971 he opened his own optometric practice in Tigard and Beaverton. He was executive secretary of the Oregon State Board of Optometry from 1977-1983. In 1987 he joined Kaiser Permanente N.W. Division as the Chief of Optometry from which he retired in 1999.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Donna, and his children, Chris (Terri) Samuel, Sheri (Tim) Jones and Marianne (Scott) Stone; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his brother, Robert (Terry) Samuel.

The family will hold a private celebration of life will be held on his birthday, July 13, 2020.

Friday, July 3, 2020