Charles Hollerith Jr.

Jackson County, Michigan, USA
Death 27 May 2011 (aged 84)
New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Harbor Springs, Emmet County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 166129303 · View Source
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Charles Hollerith, Jr., producer and former secretary of The Actor's Fund, died in Manhattan on May 27, 2011 from complications of emphysema at the age of 84.

He was born in Jackson, Michigan, son of Frances Kennedy Hollerith and inventor Charles Hollerith, who included in his many inventions, the power-drive used in dishwashers, lawnmowers and car mufflers.

He was the grandson of Herman Hollerith, whose tabulating machine (devised to take the 1890 U.S. census) company, was one of three companies that were one day to become International Business Machines (IBM).

Mr. Hollerith served for several years in the Navy prior to graduating from Williams College in 1950.

After a brief career in banking in Jackson, Michigan, he moved to New York City to fulfill his desire to work in the theater. With his love of the theater and the diversity of the city, he was to remain the quintessential New Yorker throughout his life. Mr. Hollerith also maintained a home in Harbor Springs, Michigan where the family would gather each summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

In the early 1960's Mr. Hollerith brought his love of the theater to Northern Michigan. He was the producer (with Ruth Bailey of Cincinnati, Ohio) of the Cherry County Playhouse in Traverse City, Michigan. This summer stock theater brought a wide variety of plays and famous actors to the region.

Mr. Hollerith's New York productions include THE RAPE OF THE BELT, THE AMOROUS FLEA, HOW'S THE WORLD TREATING YOU, A BREEZE FROM THE GULF, NIGHTCLUB CANTATA and HOTEL FOR CRIMINALS. He was also responsible for bringing GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES to the London stage in the early 1960's.

Perhaps his most important contribution to the theater was his tireless work as a member of the board for The Actor's Fund of America. He served as secretary for 31 years raising dollars to assure a home and an appropriate retirement for others with lifelong theater careers.

Mr. Hollerith is survived by one child from his marriage to Catherine Anderson Graydon and one child from his marriage to Helen Pew McVey; two stepchildren, as well as eight grandchildren.

He was a widower 3 times from his marriages to Catherine Anderson Graydon (died 1957), Helen Pew McVey (died 1981) and actress Hope Lange (died 2003)

A memorial service was held on June 2 in New York City.

There will also be a memorial service in Harbor Springs, at a date to be announced.

The family invites donations to:

-The Actor's fund, 729 Seventh Avenue-10th floor, New York, N.Y. 10019;

-The Little Traverse Conservancy, 3264 Powell Road, Harbor Springs, MI, 49740

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