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Charles Donabedian

Profile Updated: July 11, 2020
Residing In:
Loveland, OH USA
Cathleen Gormly Donabedian
Retired but still consulting for my company
Beth, born 1964, William, born 1967, Christopher, born 1968
Military Service:
US Army  

Life has treated me and my family well.

After four years of military service, including a tour in Vietnam, I spent most of my life in the investment business, in a variety of roles, including heading up the investment advisor, brokerage firm, and family of mutual funds for a 35 billion dollar company.

I've served on a variety of boards, including public and private companies, among them a fortune 500 company, and in the past few years restricted my board service to not-for-profit organizations that matter to me.

Until the end of 2016 I had my own company, with my youngest son being my partner. I have retired and he is now running the business.

I loved flying, and until a small stroke forced me to give it up, I volunteered my time and my plane to Lifeline Pilots, flying patients to distant medical care. I was asked to participate in a video about Lifeline Pilots which is shown above. (the video is out of date...but I couldn't find a way to delete it)

Some time ago I founded The Det 3 Foundation, to support combat units whose duties are similar to those I performed in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. For the past several years I have been Chairman of the Green Beret Foundation program in Cincinnati. As of September of 2018 we have raised over $800,000 for that organization,

Perhaps the greatest honor of my life was being be invited to join the board of the US Army War College Foundation, representing the Vietnam era veterans. I served as Chairman of the Investment Committee. In 2013 I was appointed to the Executive Committee. I have now completed the permissible time to serve under the by-laws. After that, I was asked to remain in service as a "Special Advisor" to the board, which I did.

On November 19, 2018 I was very pleased and proud to learn I had been elected to the National Board of The Green Beret Foundation, San Antonio, TX. I now serve as Chairman of the Executive Committee.

I was recently honored by the Secretary of the Army recognizing me for a lifetime of service to the Army and the troops., which was a big surprise and to be honest, very gratifying.

Cathy Gormly, my childhood sweetheart has shared over 57 years with me, and I am so blessed by her being the anchor in my life.

We have had the good fortune to see much of the world, and hope to keep playing golf together, and watching our children, grandchildren and now four great grandchildren blossom into terrific people.

Unfortunately our health hasn't been great the past couple of years. Cathy is in stage four Kidney failure, and I have had numerous issues including a third stroke at the end of May, 2020. While these things have slowed us down a bit, we are still keeping active.

Recently, I have had the great joy of reconnecting with Gary Cohen, a classmate who was someone I really was close to in school. Gary is a magnificent person and highly successful fellow classmate. I neglected to mention in the past that I have struck up a friendship with Rich Cefola and his lovely wife Dee. We knew each other in passing during school, but more recently have become close, and get to see each other once or twice a year. Rich is a wonderful fella, and I'm grateful for his friendship.

School Story:

I most remember Mrs. Dunham, during my Senior Year ... she was a wonderful lady, and gave lots of sage advice and guidance in her Advance English class.

Lots of terrific classmates.

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Aug 08, 2020 at 4:25 PM

Hi Sig

Sorry I missed your birthday!

All my best to one of the loveliest gals I know


Jul 11, 2020 at 11:23 AM
May 18, 2020 at 1:30 PM

Happy Birthday Sam...

We wish you great health and many more.

Chuck and Cathy

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Mar 26, 2020 at 6:05 PM

Posted on: Mar 24, 2020 at 10:52 AM


Happy Birthday,

I hope you and Tedd are well and prospering...

Warmest Regards,

Chuck Donabedian

Feb 16, 2020 at 4:23 PM

Thank you Linda,

I hope all is well with you.

Warmest Regards


Feb 16, 2020 at 4:36 AM
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Jan 14, 2020 at 9:12 PM

Posted on: Jan 13, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Hello Natalie,
I saw your post on Mort's birthday...I'm so happy to learn life has treated you well. You were a truly lovely person and I wish you all the joy possible in the days ahead.
Warmest Regards,

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Jan 16, 2020 at 7:55 AM

Posted on: Jan 13, 2020 at 10:54 AM

Nobody has done more for the class of 61 than you...you were a fine fella in those days, and a great man today. Thanks for all you have done for our class, and also, thanks for your service to the nation.

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Dec 13, 2019 at 9:46 PM

Posted on: Dec 13, 2019 at 9:12 AM


Happy Birthday to the girl who can STILL light up a room with her smile...many good memories of you Mary...I wish you great joy on your birthday and many, many more.

May 18, 2019 at 1:39 PM

Happy Birthday Sam...

Chuck and Cathy

Mar 12, 2019 at 3:03 PM

Happy birthday to one of the loveliest gals in our class...I wish you great health and many more happy birthdays in the years ahead

Feb 16, 2019 at 4:33 AM
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Feb 05, 2019 at 8:33 PM

Jim Kenny was the kind of person whose abscence from our lives will leave a vacuum.  He was a very kind, straightforward person who never, to my knowledge, ever uttered an unkind word.  We are diminished by his loss.

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Jan 14, 2019 at 1:52 PM

Posted on: Jan 06, 2019 at 11:22 AM

Happy birthday Mort...Thanks for all the work you do to keep us connected! I'm looking forward to spending the day with you and Rich on the 30th. Not sure if he told you my youngest son Chris is going to be our fourth...being together will be a great treat!

Dec 11, 2018 at 11:30 AM

Hi Mary, My very best wishes to you for a wonderful, healthy birthday, with many more to follow.

Oct 17, 2018 at 12:04 PM

Happy Birthday, Pete...very proud of you!

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Oct 07, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Posted on: Oct 07, 2018 at 9:52 AM

Happy Birthday Old Man!!!

Lotsa love to you, my friend!


Jun 13, 2018 at 8:27 AM

Hi Pete
I’m enjoying following you via your website

I have a book I’d like to send you based on one of your interviews

Can you send me a mailing address?


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May 24, 2018 at 8:17 AM
May 18, 2018 at 10:06 AM

Happy Birthday Sam...Cathy and I wish you health and happiness for many years to come.


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Our newest grandchild...Soren Parker Donabedian...he is 19 months old...the oldest grandchild is 23, a graduate of the University of Dallas, and was married in July
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LifeLine Pilots

LifeLine Pilots mission is to faciliate free air transportation through volunteer pilots for financially distressed passengers with medical/humanitarian needs.