OBITUARY

Charles Albert Perlitz III

May 13, 1931October 31, 2012

Charles Albert Perlitz was born on May 13, 1931 and passed away on October 31, 2012 in Houston, TX.

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Guido Calabresi

March 1, 2013

I just heard of Charlie Perlitz's death. Though he died some months ago, I did want to write to say how much he meant to me. Charlie was an extremely open-minded and elegant person. He was also very Catholic. I arrived at Magdalen College, Oxford, like Charlie from Yale, as a person who was looking for faith but did not know where and how to find it. Charlie encouraged me, led me, and showed me that one can be a person of religion and faith and still be able to follow one's conscience and think for oneself. Because of him, I became a practicing Catholic. I go to Mass regularly; I question, perhaps more than my share of what the hierarchy says; and I give thanks to Charlie all the time. God bless him.

Adam Blackburn

January 4, 2013

Charlie Perlitz was a much-loved and devoted friend of our family, as my sister Lucy wrote above. I will always remember his cheerful, good-humoured presence and the robust encouragement he gave me throughout my life. The picture attached I found in my files, though not taken by me (I wasn't born yet!). He will remain in our hearts.

William Green Miller

December 28, 2012

Charles and I met at Magdalen College, Oxford in 1953. We were close friends from those first days in the Autumn . We both had rooms in New Buildings and saw each other each day at Hall, going to classes and tutorials, strolls around the water meadows on Addison's Walk. Charles was very different from the other Americans at Oxford-very Texan, very sophisticated, an editor at the Yale Daily News, very Catholic, devoted to the writngs of Evelyn Waugh, and very taken by the openness of Oxford life. Charles read Law, I read English Literature with C.S. Lewis, Adel Serafim from Cairo read Chemistry, Brown Patterson read English. The other Americans in our circle were Guido Calabrese, Ronnie Dworkin. Among our British friends were: Guy Platt, John Croome, Thomas Buckley , Marshall Cohen and many others. A full description of our circle of friends is worth an essay. There were circles beyond Magdalen, of course; Andrew Watson , Hossein Mahdavy to mention just two.
Music was a big part of Charles' life:Glynbourne, festivals throughout Europe like the Wagner revivals. Charles introduced me to the wonders of Sir Thomas Beecham. We saw Shakespeare in London and As You Like It in Oxford at the Magdalen Deer Park
Suzanne and I were married in the summer of 1954 . Charlles came to dinner at Squitchey Lane ad Capel Close where we lived.
As our lives progressed, our paths crossed in Cambridge, where I was in graduate school at Harvard, later In Isfahan where Charles came to stay with us as I began a Foreign Service career.He came to stay with us at Little Compton where we have a summer home . Later, Charles came to visit us every now and then, in Washington.
We met in New York every so often, and we finally stopped for a few days at Shelter Island on our trek to RI.
Charles and I spent some time together in London, not too long ago. He was very fond of London and knew it well. We spoke of many things: the Middle East, music,ballet { we went to the Diaghgilev exhibition at the British Museum], We talked about religious faith, and planned to go on a pilgrimage this Spring to Jerusalem.
We chatted often on the phone, always planning to meet on a future trip.. I shall miss him, and his peripatetic ways.

Andrew Watson

December 2, 2012

Charles and I were great friends since our Oxford days (in the early 1950's). He visited me in Toronto on occasion and in various places I lived around the world. And I visited him in Houston, Danby and (very often) in NYC and Shelter Island. We also made trips together. for example in South India, and were talking about a Baltic cruise this coming spring. He will be much missed.

Andrew Watson

November 14, 2012

Charlie was a great friend to my family. My mother Susan Smith Blackburn and my Aunt Mimi Kilgore were friends with him since childhood. He was always a generous host and made us feel we always had an open invitation to visit him in Shelter Island. I am glad to have known him and he will be missed. Lucy Blackburn Reid

David Messer

November 14, 2012

A unique and splendid fellow whose friendship I continue to value

Adrienne Harris

November 12, 2012

I was introduced to Charles by his great friend Andrew Watson and enjoyed seeing him when Charles was in Shelter Island in his beloved and beautiful house there.
A marvelous and singular person.

Bradley Bender

November 8, 2012

Charlie was a wonderful friend whose time in Danby I always enjoyed. He was concerned and always willing to help. My sincere sympathy to the family.

Jean Casey

November 7, 2012

I was so sorry to hear about Charlie. I will keep him in my prayers as well as the whole Perlitz family. God bless, Jean Perlitz Casey

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