Charles N. Neunhoffer ’51 died June 5, 2015, in Plano, Texas.
(The following is excerpted from his memorial service program):
Charles (Charlie) Neal Neunhoffer died Friday, June 5, 2015, in Plano, Texas. He was born in San Antonino, Texas, on June 21, 1930, to the late Al and Peggy Neunhoffer of San Antonio. The Neunhoffers’ were among the early and colorful Texas pioneer families who settled in the hill country of Texas, which Charlie dearly loved. He was very proud of being a Texan and his his German heritage. Charlie is survived by his wife, Nell Housley Glenn Furman Neunhoffer of 58 years, and their son, Neal Neunhoffer, of Dallas. He is also survived by his brother Jack and wife Grace of New Jersey; his brothers-in-law Richard Furman of Orlando and Jim Furman and his wife Susan, of Austin; along with numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Charlie grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, where his father was an executive with Creole Petroleum, a subsidiary of Standard Oil. Charlie graduated from Shriner Military Academy in Kerrville, Texas, where he was the cadet colonel and battalion commander. Charlie was an academic of the first order. He received a BA from Bowdoin College in Maine, a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. Academic honor societies include Golden Key and Beta Alpha Sigma.
Charlie was one of the pioneers at Texas Instruments as an engineer working in various semi-conductor divisions until his early retirement. He then became a CPA and professor of accounting at Texas State University. Teaching was his passion. He was a master teacher and mentor to many who loved him. He was ranked by his students as the top professor at the business school at Texas State University. He was a sponsor of the Accounting Club and mentored the student accounting outreach program for City of San Marcos, where his fluency in Spanish, due to his years living in Venezuela, was a tremendous asset. He was honored to be selected to teach the mandatory freshman seminar on how to succeed at college. He also taught CPA review courses for Conviser/Duffy.
Charlie and Nell moved to Plano in 2001 where he was a deacon, moderator of deacons, elder, and Stephen Minister at Grace Presbyterian Church. He taught and led many Bible study groups there. Always seeking wisdom and knowledge, he took many biblical classes at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he also studied Hebrew and Greek. In 2009, he was a participant of the North Texas Presbyterian Cursillo #27 (now known as Pilgrimage), which was a wonderful spiritual experience for him.
Charlie and Nell enjoyed traveling around the world, working on his passions, which included Bonsai horticulture, oil painting, photography, an supporting Nell in her quilting. He even made his own quilt design. In his earlier years he enjoyed coaching his son at soccer where he coached two teams to city championships.
Charlie was a man of deep faith. He led a long and good life, where his priority was the care and concern for others.