Deceased December 23, 1986
Charles W. March died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1986, after a long illness at the Western Massachusetts Hospital in Westfield, Mass.
Chuck came to Amherst from Thomas A. Edison High School in Tulsa, Okla., where he was active on his tennis team and in extra-curricular activities. At Amherst, he was active in tennis, on the squash teams and was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He had a sense of warmth and understanding that was admired and respected by his friends at school. Chuck was well liked by all who knew him.
After graduation, he received his master’s in Landscape Architecture from Harvard in 1973 and continued to work as a landscape architect up until his death. Chuck left the plains of Oklahoma and settled in Northampton where he had become a respected member and leader of the community. He was a member of the Northampton Arts Council and in June of 1985 became chairman and was serving his second year as head. He accomplished a great deal, in a short time, for the Northampton community. He became the driving force behind Northampton’s First Night New Year’s Eve Celebration and was also instrumental in the opening of the Art Center in October of 1984.
One of his hidden talents that he developed after college was his ability as a weaver. He became a well-known artist and weaver of handmade rugs. His rugs were commissioned by many of the top designers both in Boston and in New York. Chuck continued to be active in the tennis world and competed in many of the local USTA tournaments around the western Massachusetts area.
We are all saddened by his loss, and as one friend put it, “he was an incredible friend, very devoted and protective and caring of his friends.” He leaves behind his parents, Charles and Marguerite Neff March, and two sisters, Nancy Herrick of Anaheim, Calif., and Elizabeth Goodman of Tulsa. The class of ’68 sends all our deepest sympathy to his family out west.
Richard Ball ’68