Charles Hazen Pingree

August 27, 1933March 1, 2014
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Charles Hazen Pingree, of Fort Wayne, Indiana died Saturday morning, March 1st, 2014. Hazen was a true gentleman and a seeker of knowledge. These attributes were reflected in everything he did throughout his life until the day he passed away. Hazen was born August 27, 1933, in Detroit, Michigan to Gilbert Bissell and Elizabeth Davis Pingree. He was the great grandson of the former progressive Michigan Governor and Detroit Mayor, Hazen S. Pingree. He attended the Detroit University School and spent his summers sailing with his father on their boat the Red Head on the Great Lakes. Hazen went on to win the Canada’s Cup, a prominent sailing race in 1972. He attended Duke University where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and majored in mechanical engineering. He furthered his studies as a graduate student at the University of Michigan.

Hazen spent his professional life as an engineer until he retired at age 70. He finished his career as a sales manager for the European and Asian regions for Textron, where he pursued his passion for traveling. As a voracious reader, Hazen read six books a month, with no exceptions, throughout his life. Hazen was fascinated with archeology and later studied the subject at Wayne State University.

Hazen was formerly married to Patricia Dockson, of Detroit, Michigan with whom he had a daughter, Carolyn Davis Pingree, of Englewood, New Jersey. He married Barbara O’Beirne, of Norwood, Massachusetts in 1978. They have two daughters, Elizabeth Bissell Pingee and Catherine Harrison Pingree, both of Chicago, Illinois. He lived the last years of his life with his wife Barbara and dog Annie in their home in Fort Wayne. He loved to make biannual drives to the couple’s second home on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where his body will return for final resting. Hazen was a loving husband, dedicated father, and loyal friend. He will be missed dearly. Visitation is from 3:00 until 6:00 pm, with a prayer service at 5:30 pm on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Homes located on 420 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 East Main Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802, or Detroit Historical Society, 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan, 48202.


  • Visitation and Prayer Service Saturday, March 8, 2014

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Catherine Pingree

March 11, 2014

Hi Dad -

We miss you cutie and love you so much.

March 9, 2014

I an saddened to hear of Hazen's death. I met Hazen when I was an engineer at Micro Precision in Bern. I always appreciated his input and humor.

Jerry Ruchty, Coldwater Oh.

Ray Bradbury

March 9, 2014

As a former co-worker and sometimes traveling companion at Micro-Precision, I always enjoyed talking with him about his experiences as a world traveler and all his other interests. Always a nice guy.

Andrea Leon

March 8, 2014

Mrs. Pingree and beloved daughters,

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I hope and pray that your hearts will soon be filled only with the many beautiful memories you have of your farther and your times together as a family.

Marie D.

March 7, 2014

Dearest Elizabeth, Catherine and Mrs. Pingree : It breaks my heart not to be with you this weekend. Know that I have the fondest memories of Mr. Pingree that stay with me in Paris, especially when I see Metro Passy or an egg dish. Know I have been thinking about you all this whole week. Sending my love from Paris.

elizabeth pingree

March 6, 2014

You're awesome and I love you so much.

Molly Shanks

March 6, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss. Getting to know Catherine, it's clear what an amazing and tight-knit family you have. You are all in my prayers.

Chuck Slater

March 6, 2014

I was very, very sad to hear of Hazen's passing. The last time he was able to take my phone call a few weeks ago he told me about the oral chemotherapy and its subsequent failure and about being rejected for an operation because of his age. I had hoped to visit him, but could not work it out with my obligations in Pittsburgh. I was pleased to hear he was able to manage his own life and affairs until the very end. He was always his own man.

Hazen and I met at Duke as sophomores majoring in mechanical engineering. Our friendship deepened after I joined his fraternity and moved into the ATO House. We were from very different backgrounds - he had grown up in Grosse Pointe Farms and I had grown up in Chelyan, WV an unincorporated community of 500 in a coal mining region - but we had so much in common that in October of 1958 he was my best man at my wedding and in 1961 I was an usher in his. During our time together at Duke I had stayed at his home in Grosse Pointe Farms and he had stayed at mine in Chelyan, WV. I learned an enormous amount from him and I'm sure you did also.

Thank you for letting me know of our loss. I wish you and your family the best in moving through the grieving process as I am experiencing now.


Dick Outcalt

March 6, 2014

Hello Catherine:

I must tell you how pleased I am to receive your charming and thoughtful note and obituary about your Father. You're terrific!

Surely, my reaction is similar to that of all of his ATO brothers: "Darn. Wish I could have spent more time with this great guy!"

Thanks, Catherine, for all you've done. Hazen would be very pleased.

Bill Wagner

March 6, 2014

Dear Barbara -
I was saddened to learn from Chuck Slater (via your daughter Catherine) of Hazen's death. When I initially heard that he was ill, I had a catch-up telephone conversation with him; then about two months ago, I thankfully had another last, brief chat with him. I will always remember him as an integral part of my life and will miss his wit and candor.
Hazen was the quintessential good guy. I met him at Duke in 1951, pledged ATO with him in the spring of 1952, and roomed with him during our junior year. At the beginning of that particular school year, he drove all the way from Grosse Pointe to my hometown of little Nazareth, PA (a trip which took him at least 300 miles out of his way) so that we could travel to Duke together in his Packard sedan. I can't tell you how many times we double-dated in that big, old, turtle-backed car, but I think we probably broke the all-time Duke record for dates in one semester. I vividly recall that he kept two framed photographs on his bureau: one of his mother and the other of his sailboat. They had equal billing.
When I married my first wife, Sally, In 1961, Hazen again drove all the way from Michigan to Lancaster, PA in order to serve as a groomsman in our wedding. Some years later, when he was single again and at loose ends and living in the Boston area, we invited him to spend a weekend with us, which he did. He had a chance to visit with his cousin, Barney Hull who, with his wife Gertie, had bought the house that Sally grew up in. How coincidental is that? We also introduced Hazen to two single women, but I sensed that he was somewhat distracted and seemed anxious to return to Boston. Shortly thereafter, we learned why: he had fallen in love with you, who were soon to become his wife. Although you and I have met only once (at one of the Duke reunions), it was quite apparent to me that you were the right person for Hazen. I know that he was very proud of you and, subsequently, of your two lovely daughters. The annual Christmas photos of the four of you kept us informed of you health and happiness. The most recent one, with Hazen resplendent in bow tie, resides on my desk.
Several years after Sally's death, Hazen made the effort to attend my next wedding in suburban Philadelphia. Unfortunately, my second marriage was less successful than Hazen's.
Luckily, I hit the jackpot with my current marriage to Katrina, and I'm really happy that she got the chance to meet Hazen at our 2005 Duke reunion.
I will fondly remember Hazen for a lot of reasons, not the least of which was his willingness to speak his mind. Not one to suffer fools, he knew how to "cut to the chase" and was usually right on the mark with his comments and assessments.
Katrina and I have both lost spouses to death, so we can empathize with your grief. Take heart in knowing that you had a really terrific guy in your life for all these years. Katrina joins me in extending our sincerest condolences to you and your daughters. Please keep in touch.

With love -

Bill Wagner