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Charles Donabedian

Profile Updated: October 9, 2021
Residing In:
Loveland, OH USA
Spouse/Partner:
Cathleen Gormly Donabedian
Occupation:
Retired but still consulting for my company
Children:
Beth, born 1964, William, born 1967, Christopher, born 1968
Military Service:
US Army  
Comments:

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 (the video is out of date...but I couldn't find a way to delete it)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 tseveral years I served as Chairman of the Green Beret Foundation program in Cincinnati. As of August of 2021 we have raised over $2,000,000 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 58 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, 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren blossom into terrific people. We just learned we have two more great grandchildren on the way...what a treat!

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. I'm also in touch with Peter Boyles, a great mind and wit, as well as (Pastor) Lew Clark, who had planned to be my roommate in college...unfortunately that didn't work out...same wonderful guy today that he was back then. On occasion we see Sam Miglioretti, who was a pal and a neighbor of Cathy's. I know I"m forgetting some folks I've seen...forgive me...I'm in the prime of my senility!

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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Jul 25, 2022 at 2:27 PM

Posted on: Jul 25, 2022 at 1:58 PM

Happy Birthday Paul...

Thanks for your service in the Navy...I hope your health remains great...and that you get a bunch of grandkids! (I have 10, and 6 great grandkids, and they are fun!!!)

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Jul 23, 2022 at 7:19 AM

Posted on: Jul 22, 2022 at 1:58 PM

Hi Sig!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Still cute as ever...
Hope our paths cross again in the days ahead.
Warmest Regards,
Chuck

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May 31, 2022 at 1:09 PM
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Mar 17, 2022 at 8:46 AM

Happy Birthday Jane,

Best wishes to you and Tedd

Chuck & Cathy Donabedian

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Mar 05, 2022 at 11:18 AM

Hello Yvonne.

Cathy and I hope this is a great birthday, and we wish you health and happiness.

Chuck

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Posted on: Jan 06, 2022 at 5:01 PM

Happy Birthday Mort,

I am proud of you, and hope you have many more happy and healthy years to come.

God bless you and yours.

Chuck

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Dec 17, 2021 at 3:16 PM

Posted on: Dec 13, 2021 at 11:16 AM

Hi Mary
Best wishes for a very happy birthday. You and Tom seem to be very happy together...that is just wonderful...He is a terrific guy...my regret is that you folks are so far away. I hope our paths cross at least once more in the days/years ahead. May God bless you both and forever hold you in his loving embrace.
Chuck

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Dec 14, 2021 at 7:56 PM

Posted on: Dec 13, 2021 at 11:09 AM

Great pictures, Mort...you look like a very happy man...and I am so glad that is the case...You have always been a wonderful man.
Chuck

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Oct 30, 2021 at 10:57 AM

RICH

Happy Birthday to you and Dee...I hope to see you in Florida.

Chuck

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Oct 20, 2021 at 12:36 PM

Posted on: Oct 17, 2021 at 8:31 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETER!!!

I'M VERY PROUD OF ALL YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED!!!

STAY HEALTHY AND KEEP ON CHARGING AHEAD.

CHUCK

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Oct 09, 2021 at 3:19 PM
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Mar 21, 2022 at 6:18 AM

Posted on: Oct 09, 2021 at 2:56 PM

Dear Susan

Thanks for all the work you put in to make the reunion happen. I really enjoyed seeing everyone.

I wonder if it is possible to get another copy of the booklet that was given out...somehow I have misplaced mine.

I'm happy to pay any costs involved...I'd really like the chance to read it.

Warmest Regards,

Chuck Donabedian

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Oct 08, 2021 at 6:43 AM

Posted on: Oct 07, 2021 at 11:48 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, OLD MAN!!! :)
love ya, my friend,
Chuck

Jul 29, 2021 at 5:44 PM

Happy Birthday Sig...I hope to see you this year at the reunion...Still one of the best smiles ever!!!
With great affection...Chuck

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Mar 24, 2021 at 1:31 PM

Happy Birthday Jane

Greetings to Ted!

Chuck and Cathy Donabedian

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Posted on: Dec 17, 2020 at 9:15 AM

Hi Mary
I wish you a wonderful birthday, and many more to come in good health and happiness.

Warmest Regards

Chuck

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Oct 31, 2021 at 9:35 AM

Posted on: Nov 07, 2020 at 10:21 AM

Happy birthday Rich...see you in a couple of weeks.

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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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