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Charles "Tom" Thomson Haskell
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Birth: Jan. 27, 1924
Death: Mar. 18, 2009

Charles "Tom" Thomson Haskell, 85, of Newport, Ore., died of multiple health issues on March 18, 2009 in Newport.

He was born Jan. 27, 1924 to Charles Thomson and Emma Bourn Haskell. In 1942, he graduated from Wenatchee High School and then went on to attend Harvard University for two years. In 1946, he graduated from the University of Washington.

He met his future wife, Mary Jane Hartford, at the University of Nevada while they were attending summer school in 1947. They were married on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 1947, in Lamont, Calif.


He taught high school math in Fallon, Nev. for two years, then went into banking at Peoples National Bank in Seattle. After a year, he went to work for the First National Bank of Nevada in Reno, Nev. In 1959, after a 10-year career in banking, he moved to Tucson, Ariz. to pursue a doctorate in mathematics at the University of Arizona.

In 1963, he was offered a teaching job in the mathematics department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He was awarded his PhD in 1965 and taught at the university for the next 25 years. He retired from Cal Poly and moved to Waldport in 1988 while a home was constructed in Newport. He lived in Newport from March 1989 until his death.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Newport for 20 years. He was also a member of the Haskell Family Association, Campus Ministry Board, Mathematical Association of America and was an advisor to a Junior Achievement group. Additionally, he enjoyed being a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

His hobbies and interests included singing in choirs, listening to classical music, playing the piano, directing and playing handbells, reading about family history, math puzzles and games. He especially enjoyed playing cribbage with his sons. He loved to take long road trips, and when he went to Europe, he tried to visit the locations of as many famous organs as he could and then to attend as many organ recitals as possible. He enjoyed family gatherings and reunions. His favorite form of humor was puns, and he loved the west coastal scenery and Newport.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Biele.

He is survived of his wife of more than 61 years, Jane Haskell; sons, Charles Thomson (Marlene) Haskell III; William (Mary) Theodore Haskell and John Benjamin Haskell; brother, John C. (Marilyn) Haskell; sister, Louise Haskell; grandchildren, Benjamin and Elisabeth; brother-in-law, Edward C. Biele; and several nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

A celebration of life followed by a reception will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, 227 NE 12th St. in Newport. Memorial donations may be made to Portland Classical Music Station, www.allclassical.org; Lewy Body Dementia Association, www.ldba.org or First Presbyterian Church of Newport music fund, 227 NE 12th St., Newport, OR 97365 
 
Burial:
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Created by: Byron & Mable Ramseyer Z...
Record added: Mar 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35187160
 

 
 
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