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February 23, 2021

In memory of former department machinist Charlie Wilkins

Charlie Wilkins, who made instruments for the department and worked as a weather research engineer in one of the many fulfilling careers throughout his life, passed away Feb. 13. His obituary can be viewed online. A funeral service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Feb. 27.

Wilkins, a U.S. Air Force veteran, flew several aircraft for weather research projects during his time at CSU: a T-28, Queen Aire, McDonnell F-101B (the Grey Ghost) and Cessna 207. He ran the department machine shop for many years. 

“He was very helpful to many students and was just a very approachable and friendly person,” Senior Research Scientist Paul DeMott said.

Wilkins was married to Jane Wilkins, who served as assistant to the department head and graduate student coordinator from 1987-98.