ForeverMissed
Tributes
Posted by Elsa Pendleton on January 23, 2021
Chuck and Margo arrived at Whittier College about the same time Bob and I did. It was during a time of great change for the college, and for colleges everywhere. We will always remember how the faculty worked together to preserve the great academic traditions of lifelong learning. Whittier today is stronger and more impressive because of its faculty.
Posted by Seamus Lagan on January 20, 2021
Chuck was a great role model for me when I came to Whittier as a young faculty member. He welcomed me into the Whittier College community and I served on the Faculty Executive Committee when he was Faculty Chair. I sang with him in Chorale Bel Canto and it was fun when I got to sit beside him in choir. He always had a funny quip. Sometimes people mixed the two of us up when we sang in choir. At one Christmas concert I sang a duet with one of our sopranos and an audience member came up to Chuck afterwards and congratulated HIM for a great duet. I got a real kick out of that. He was a lovely man and will be missed.
Posted by Marcia Scully on January 18, 2021
I knew Chuck from the many times he helped Margo and the Whittier LWVs at our events. My favorite memory is the day of our ill-fated film festival. We had worked hard to put on a festival of films relating to voting and elections. We had a venue at Whittier College. The day of the festival it poured! The roof leaked; we thought we had to cancel. Chuck came to our rescue—
moving us to a large auditorium in the Chemistry Department— ensuring we had all the space and equipment we needed - and helping with set up of the films, food and everything we needed. All the while he was quietly cheerful— he was our hero.

Posted by Nancy Mahr on January 18, 2021
I didn't know Chuck very well. I met him several times with Margo at various LWV events. He was always friendly and ready to help as needed. I was always impressed at how much support he gave to Margo and her many activities. He was always there for her. A wonderful attribute.
Posted by Anne Sebanc on January 18, 2021
We are joining the chorus of Whittier College faculty who were greeted and welcomed by Chuck. During our first year in 1999, he invited us to lunch in front of Wardman with the back row weighty Quakers. Chuck consulted on our car repairs and recommended places for services that we still use today. When we bought a house, we did install a whole house fan because he encouraged it. More than these acts of kindness, however, he was such a considerate and positive man who also could stand up for the faculty and advocate for academics at Whittier College. We will miss him and appreciate him showing us how to be faculty. Andy Wallis & Anne Sebanc
Posted by Jeff Lutgen on January 16, 2021
I think of Chuck every time I turn on the whole-house attic fan that he helped me install several years back (and, reading the other posts here, I see I'm not alone!). It was a pleasure to sing alongside him on Monday nights for over twenty years in the bass section of Chorale Bel Canto. He was a wonderful man, and I'll miss him deeply.
Posted by Pat Splittgerber on January 15, 2021
Dear Margo,
I just found Chuck's obituary online. I had been thinking about you with all the Covid in California, and wanted to see if your number was online. I was shocked and saddened by what I found. I can't imagine what you must have been through caretaking for so many years to keep him safe and then the irony of losing him to Covid, right before Christmas. Your daughter created the most beautiful website, and we keep going back to it. Chuck could be funny and he could be very serious, but the biggest smiles I ever saw were in those photos with your grandchildren.
We are grateful for his life, and for your love and support and friendship. I hope you and your family have escaped the Covid. Pat & Allan Splittgerber
Posted by Pat Splittgerber on January 15, 2021
Chuck and Al went through graduate school together and often found relief from research stress by hiking in the Boulder area. He and Margo have remained good friends for 56 years, and we enjoyed many visits at their cabin.
They were wonderful friends, and Chuck will be missed by everyone who knew him.We are sorry for his suffering in his later years but are thankful he could be at home with Margo. His life was a celebration of so much goodness. This is a wonderful tribute from his family.
Posted by John Stevens on January 15, 2021
Chuck & Margo were our next door neighbors at the cabin. We really enjoyed their company as well as their invitations to dinner with drinks on their screened in porch and dinner inside. Jack & Chuck were good friends as they met in early mornings to chat while they repaired boats, mowed the grass, or just had fun joking around with each other. Chuck had a wonderful sense of humor and a gentle manner. Jack went fishing with him, and you can see in the picture the big fish Chuck caught. Chuck was just a few days older than Jack. Chuck will be greatly missed at Pike Bay by all those who knew him.
Posted by Christina Bauer on January 13, 2021
I met Chuck when I interviewed at Whittier College for the soon to be open position in physical chemistry. His kindness, wit, and intelligence came across immediately and it was clear that he was leaving a huge, positive mark on the College as he headed into retirement. I admit that I felt a combo of guilt and awe to be sitting in the same seat Chuck resided in for so long. We spoke on a regular basis afterwards, sharing physical chemistry jokes that seemingly only we appreciated, along with pictures and stories of his beautiful children and grandchildren. He also covered for me and taught a difficult semester when I was on maternity leave with my second child. What a relief it was to know that I had someone to lean on. Thank you, you will be missed, Chuck, but certainly not forgotten.
Posted by Barbara Bryson on January 12, 2021
As I read these wonderful tributes to Chuck, my cousin’s husband, I feel a bit cheated. My family was only able to spend intermittent time with Chuck and Margo’s while at our respective family Pike Bay cabins. I didn’t know the esteemed colleague, story teller, jokester, or singer that all of these tributes consistently share.
What I did know was a kind man who loved his family very much, and a man of honesty, integrity and gentleness.
I look forward to a time when I can sit down with Margo, Kristen, Heidi, and the rest of your family just to hear those Chuck stories.
I pray that each of you find special ways to honor Chuck’s very purposeful life in those stories, laughter, and cherished time together. Hugs to all of you!
Posted by James Elmendorf on January 12, 2021
from Nancy Hensel:

Chuck was a man of value. He valued his family and friends, his profession and work with Whittier students, his participation in Bel Canto Chorale, and his time in the Minnesota cabin fishing, water skiing, and enjoying the outdoors. I valued Chuck’s gentleness and kindness. He and Margo welcomed me into their family when my son married Kristin. He loved the grandson we share and his grandson loved him.  He told great stories about his growing up experiences and made us all laugh at family gatherings. Through my own work I met a professor who worked with Chuck and she shared experiences about Chuck’s generosity and how he was supportive of junior faculty in his department. He was a true gentleman and he and his wife raised two wonderful daughters.
Posted by YENY GUARIN on January 12, 2021
Margo, thank you for allowing palliative care be a part of Mr. Reeg's team. We were very fortunate to serve him and you during the last chapter of his life. Because of your dedication, he was able to be home and pass surrounded by his family. I am grateful for your willingness to be present and love him. Thank you for the donations as they have assisted people in need. 
Posted by RevStephanie Lape on January 12, 2021
Dear Margo, I was saddened by the news of Chuck's passing. I did not know him as he was earlier, a capable and confident professor, but later in life when his dementia was causing a toll on his general well-being. I will always remember your devotion to him, your love for him, and taking him to his many doctors visits. It provided a strong witness of the power of love even in the difficult times. My condolences extend to your daughters. Losing a father is one of the hardest things we daughters face. You all remain in my prayers. I hope soon you all will be able to sense Chuck in little signs and symbols. I rejoice that he is now at peace and joy, seeing God face to face in that great cloud of witnesses. Much love to all of you, Pastor Stephanie Lape
Posted by Margo Reeg on January 11, 2021
I can only second what Wendy and many others have said about Chuck. We met over 50 years ago when he joined the faculty. We served on many committees together and competed in the Chemistry-Political Science bocci ball on-going tournaments, which had a traveling trophy until it was stolen by a student. Chuck always impressed me with his intelligence, thoughtfulness, integrity and fairness in dealing with faculty issues. He was totally dedicated to the welfare of Whittier College and its students.

But as so many have said, his most endearing quality may have been his wonderful sense of humor, reflected in some of the "letters" he wrote and read to the faculty. Whenever I think of Chuck, it brings a smile to my face. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues at the College and in the Whittier community.

Mike McBride
Posted by Margo Reeg on January 11, 2021
Such very sad news—especially at a time when we can’t gather in person to celebrate this very special life.

As an only slightly younger colleague, I was fortunate to have Chuck among my mentors from the very beginning of my time on the faculty. He was the chair, in fact, of my very first committee; and I went on to serve with him on many others, including FEC, which he chaired more than once—always with humor and grace.

Socially, too, I was also fortunate to know the hospitality of Chuck and Margo—and to sing with Chuck in Chorale Bel Canto for nearly 20 years. Margo was always in the audience, cheering us on and staying behind to celebrate almost every concert.

No one in our community was kinder, funnier, more positive and supportive than Chuck—deservedly and widely esteemed and loved.

Like other Friends we have lost in recent years, he was among those who truly embodied the Whittier Way.

I already miss him, and look forward to sharing his virtual memorial.

Pax et bonum,

Wendy Furman
Posted by Dick Archer on January 11, 2021
Chuck was a dear friend for nearly fifty years, and memories of him flood my mind. When we had been at Whittier for just a few months, Chuck gave up a Saturday to help us move. He convinced us that a whole-house fan was a good alternative to air conditioning, and he helped (actually I assisted him) install it. He was a founding member of the geezers and codgers bench (at the time, when we were in out 30s, it sounded funny) where a group of us had lunch together probably thousands of times. Chuck was not just an organizer he was an attraction, both for his stories and wonderful laugh (and groans at particularly corny tales told by Joe Fairbanks and Phil O’Brien). He cared about the planet with actions as well as words. One winter he, Margo, Kristin, and Heidi endured the entire season without turning on their furnace. With family and friends, he hiked, fished, canoed, and cross-country skied. He was a leader of the Whittier College faculty and a key promoter of the Whittier Scholars Program and of pairs in the general curriculum. He cared about students as persons and as learners in the classroom, the laboratory, at plays, concerts, and athletic competitions. He was a joy to be around at Steve and Patti Overturf’s annual Christmas dinner and in later years with the infamous “gang of eight.” Chuck was smart, caring, decent, hard-working, ethical, and a lot of fun. He was a person everyone could count on when they needed advice or just a listening ear. One particular set of memories go back to the 1970s and 1980s. During those years, Chuck usually rode his bike to the college; but when it rained or he had an early meeting, he often would call for a ride. Our daughter, Julie, just seven or so when the tradition began, liked answering the phone and would be the first to pick up the receiver. Soon the two of them would be bantering and laughing. This went on for years, until Julie left for college. By the time I got to the phone, Julie was laughing, Chuck was laughing, and not knowing why I was laughing. How wonderful to begin a day hearing Chuck laugh.
Posted by Paul Kjellberg on January 11, 2021
When I arrived at Whittier in 1993 I went outside my office to eat lunch on the bench in front of Wardman Residence Hall. After a few minutes Chuck came along and asked if he could join me, and then Joe Fairbanks, Irene Carlyle, and Steve Overturf. I didn’t realize I was encroaching on their lunch spot but they very warmly took me in. We ate lunch there for years until one day the bench was inexplicably removed. Chuck showed me the ropes and taught me the lore. His gentleness, generosity, and of course humor shaped my experience of Whittier College in a way for which I am forever grateful.
Posted by JOE FAIRBANKS on January 11, 2021
CHUCK WAS ONE OF THE BEST FRIENDS I EVER HAD! A TERRIFIC COLLEAGUE AT WHITTIER AND A TREASURED FISHING BUDDY. WE MADE MANY FISHING TRIPS TOGETHER AND HE TOLD ME ABOUT GROWING UP IN THE MIDWEST AND I TALKED ABOUT LIVING IN A COPPER-MINING TOWN IN ARIZONA. HE WAS ALWAYS HELPFUL, EVEN COMING OVER TO OUR HOUSE AND "HELPING" ME TO INSTALL A WHOLE-HOUSE CEILING FAN. HE DID ALL OF THE WORK AND I "HELPED" BY HANDING HIM THE TOOLS. I MISS HIM ENORMOUSLY!!
Posted by Kristin Reeg on January 9, 2021
David Hunt's Tribute:

Chuck and Margo were the first Whittier College couple I met. Chuck had the keys to Steve and Patti Overturf's home, which Alison and I were renting while Steve and Patti were in Copenhagen, so Melgar Drive was our first stop when we pulled into Whittier in August 1981 after a cross-country drive in my VW bug. I don't remember if it was then, or on a later visit to Chuck and Margo's home, that I had my first experience of the classic Midwestern treat: apple pie with cheddar cheese. On another occasion, following dinner, Chuck brought a thick folder into the living room and patiently explained to this clueless first-year professor the intricacies of TIAA/CREF. Chuck was a friend and mentor on campus, always going the extra mile (as when he helped my daughter design a high school science project). And such a dry wit! No one told a story like he did. A life well lived--may he rest in peace.

-David Hunt
Posted by James Elmendorf on January 7, 2021
Chuck made me feel welcome from day 1. He was fundamentally kind and caring, and always the funniest man in the room. He told great stories, and great jokes, and he always made everyone feel a part of things. Most important to me, he was a great father, and an amazing grandfather.

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