Charles William Kreidler

August 5, 1924April 19, 2013

DR. CHARLES WILLIAM KREIDLER Dr. Charles William Kreidler, 88, passed away on April 19, 2013 peacefully at his home in Washington DC. He was the beloved husband of the late Carol J. Kreidler for 45 years until her death in 2004. He is survived by his sister, Margaret McHugh, his brother Joseph Kreidler, his son James (Cynthia) Kreidler, and his daughter Julia (Michael) Hickey. He is also survived by six loving grandchildren. He was born in Frankfort Kentucky and served as an Ensign in the Navy on an amphibious ship in the Pacific from 1943-46. He received a BA in Spanish from the University of Cincinnati in 1949, an MA in Linguistics in 1951, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1958, both from the University of Michigan. He was a Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University from 1963 until his retirement in 1993 and also served as Department Chair for a time prior to his retirement. His late wife, Carol J. Kreidler, was a Georgetown faculty member from 1976 to 1996 in the Department of Linguistics and the Division of English as a Foreign Language, where she served as division head prior to her retirement. Together they enjoyed teaching and traveling. Dr. Kreidler received three Fulbright scholarships for teaching linguistics in Ecuador, Brazil and Paraguay, and also lectured in South Africa, Germany, Mexico, Japan, and Thailand. He authored four textbooks on linguistics: The Pronunciation of English, Our English Vocabulary, Describing Spoken Language, and Introducing English Semantics. His clear and straightforward approach to explaining complex linguistic concepts has been credited for promoting accessibility to the discipline for students globally. A passionate gardener, in 1975 he started the Friendship Community Gardens on Van Ness Street in Tenleytown with two neighbors and remained active with the garden for more than 30 years. A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10a.m. at Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart on the campus of Georgetown University, 37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington, DC 20007. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Meals on Wheels Association of America: or Defenders of Wildlife:


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Cathleen Farrell

April 30, 2013

He reminds me so much of his brother, my grandpa. Uncle Charles was so smart, passionate, and loving. What a gentle and kind man. I am glad he is at peace, but I know he will be missed by so many.

Marybeth Norris

April 30, 2013

My parents were friends and colleagues of Chuck and Carol in Ann Arbor and later at Georgetown. The Kreidlers were so kind to me and my sister when we were very young. My condolences.

Ted Anthony

April 29, 2013

My parents, Edward and Ann Anthony, have many fond memories of working with Chuck and Carol during the Michigan years and, later, when my parents were at Pitt and they were at Georgetown. They send their deepest sympathies.

April 29, 2013


Paul Angelis

April 29, 2013

I fondly remember Chuck as a stellar instructor and later Chair of my dissertation committee at Georgetown. He brought solid credentials to all of his work but more than that was a humble and charitable presence to all around him.

M. A. Fekraty

April 29, 2013

Though I was on the Business School faculty, I knew Charles as a colleague--a gentle, disciplined, thorough, reserved, scholarly, and consummate academician. May he be blessed.

John Staczek

April 25, 2013

Chuck was a professor of mine and later a colleague. I learned from him in many ways. May he rest in peace.