Charles Gerard Carlson ’38 died on December 4, 2004, in Houston, Texas.
Born on June 1, 1916, in Santa Monica, CA, he prepared for college at Venice (CA) High School and attended Santa Monica Junior College for a year before transferring to Bowdoin in September of 1935 as a sophomore and joining Psi Upsilon Fraternity. Following his graduation in 1938, he did graduate work in chemistry at the University of Southern California, receiving a master of science degree in 1940. He was a research engineer with M.W. Kellogg Company in Jersey City, NJ, for two years before joining the Union Oil Company of California, with which he held a number of positions in California and Washington until 1955, when he became assistant gas manager in Los Angeles. He continued with Union Oil, which later became Unocalm, until his retirement in 1981, following many years in Houston, TX, and Palatine, IL, where he was general manager of the natural gas lines department. Surviving are his wife, Katharine Gardner Carlson, whom he married in 1940; two sons, Stephen G. Carlson of Altamonte Springs, FL, and Peter Carlson of Katy, TX; a daughter, Katharine Prigge of Houston, TX; a brother, Stephen P. Carlson ’42 of Davis, CA; eight grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.