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Obituary: Charles North Ludlow

Charles North Ludlow

Charles North Ludlow died on Feb. 28, 2010 at home with his family. He was born on March 22, 1927 in Glen Cove, the son of Jane (North) Ludlow and Charles E. Ludlow of Sea Cliff.

Growing up in Sea Cliff and on LI Sound and Charlie’s early years as camper, later a counselor, at Mowglis, a boy’s camp located on Newfound Lake in New Hampshire, provided experiences and taught him a love of nature and the sea. Later, his service in the Navy during WWII instilled an enduring loyalty to country.

After the war Charlie attended Colgate University in Hamilton, NY where he majored in psychology, graduating Cum Laude with Honors, Class of 1950. His business life began in New York City in the chemical industry, international sales, with Allied Chemical, Occidental Petroleum and Ruco Polymers. His 35-year career involved extensive travel where he established life-long relationships and friendships worldwide.

Charlie and his wife Joan (Toombs) Ludlow were married in 1955 and lived in Sea Cliff, where they raised a family of three sons: David N., John S. and James E. Ludlow. Upon retirement Charlie and Joan moved to S. Reading, VT, and an old farmhouse the family had spent many years restoring. Most recently Charlie and Joan have made Maine their home, first in Pemaquid Harbor, then in Bristol.

During retirement years Charlie was a very active volunteer with Vermont Institute of Natural Science and the Vermont and Maine Veterans Administrations. Charlie became interested in restoring and collecting antique engines and tractors. He enjoyed his membership in the Bristol Lions, was an active member of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association and attended Navy reunions with shipmates who served on the USS Fogg, DE-57.

Charlie was predeceased by his son James. He is survived by his wife Joan; sister, Jane (Ludlow) Bowne of Perkinsville, VT, and Northampton, MA, and her family: son David and his wife Deborah (Venno) Ludlow and their children John, William and Anna; and son John and his wife Eileen (Byrne) Ludlow and their sons, Daniel and James.

The family plans a memorial service in Bristol at a later date.