The Passing of Past President Dr. Charles Kidd
It is with deep sadness that I share with you that Dr. Charles C. Kidd, president of York from 1996 to 2002, has died.
During Dr. Kidd's tenure York's enrollment grew, new academic programs were added and new community partnerships forged. To this end, President Kidd extended the college's reach into Far Rockaway to bring that area of our Queens community into the CUNY fold. It was also under his stewardship that the CUNY Aviation Institute at York College was born from a partnership between the college and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Dr. Kidd, who was the fourth president of York, returned to the college as a professor during the 2010-2011 Academic Year in the Department of Earth and Physical Sciences. There he brought his considerable scholarship in environmental health to bear. Following the Japanese tsunami of 2011, the president emeritus,who held the PhD in Environmental Health Science, spearheaded an informative and well-received forum at York on the cause and effects of the devastating event.
Born in Washington, D.C., to Charles and Lorraine Kidd, President Kidd is survived by his wife, Mary, and five of their seven children. Our deep sympathies go out to them, his extended family; and his friends and colleagues here at York and elsewhere.
A formal memorial service for Dr. Kidd will be held on Saturday, December 29, at 11:00 a.m. at B. Smith's Union Station, located at 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE; Washington, DC 20002.