Charles Edwin Armentrout

Charles Edwin Armentrout, 85
READFIELD - Charles Edwin Armentrout, 85, passed away at Maine General Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, after a brief illness. Charles was born in Washington, DC on April 17, 1932, to Carl and Olive (Dean) Armentrout, the youngest of two children.
Charles married Dorothy Libbey and they raised four children in Portland, Maine. After retiring they moved to Readfield, where Charles continued his practice as a technical legal expert witness in accident cases.
Charles graduated from Roosevelt High School in Washington, DC, class of 1950. He attended college at the University of Maine in Orono (B.A. Physics, 1955); Wesleyan University (M.A. Physics, 1958); and Columbia University, College of Physics and Surgeons (M.A. Radiological Physics, 1970). He started teaching physics at the University of Maine, Portland, in 1960, and retired from USM in 1997 after 37 years.
During that tenure, he built the physics department at USM, and consulted in the design and building of the new science building there, including designing the controls and wiring of its planetarium. He loved teaching and learning and had a wonderful time with his students. He stayed in touch with many of them, several of whom became very successful in scientific, medical and technical fields. His interest in, and commitment to, science never waned, and he will be giving his "last lecture" with the donation of his body to the University of New England for medical training and research.
Charles also was a spiritual man and a member of the United Methodist Church in Winthrop, where he sang in the church choir. He also sang for many years in the CODA choir. He also was an avid collector and restorer of antique clocks and scientific equipment and enjoyed any technical and challenging project. Always curious about science and the natural world, he was fascinated by electricity, optics, radioactivity, clocks and gravity experiments. He loved discussing and teaching science to friends and family of any age, and was committed to passing on his excitement for learning to others.
Charles was predeceased by his parents, Carl and Olive; his sister, Phyllis; and his daughter, Susan Armentrout. Charles is survived by three children and their families: son, Thomas and Nicole Armentrout of Atlanta,Ga., son, John and Nancy Armentrout of Farmingdale, daughter, Mary Carr and James of Greenville, and daughter-in-law, Jennifer McConnell of Winthrop. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren: Eliott, Haley and Abbie Armentrout and Sophia and Ben Rose of Atlanta Ga., Lucas Armentrout of Farmingdale, Jacob Allen of Augusta, and Julie and Sarah McConnell of Winthrop.
The family wishes to extend its gratitude to the staff at Granite Hill Estates in Hallowell for their care during the last eleven months, as well as to the staff of Maine General Hospital in Augusta.
There will be a memorial service at the United Methodist Church in Winthrop, Maine on Monday, Dec. 4th at 2 p.m., visitation gathering downstairs at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charles' name to the tuition scholarship fund he'd set up in his parent's names, the Carl and Olive Armentrout Award.
Checks payable to USM
should be mailed to:
University of Southern Maine - Donor Services
PO Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104-9300
Reference: Carl & Olive
Armentrout Award
Or online at:
Select "Donate Now" and in the "Other" box type Carl & Olive
Armentrout Award

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 28, 2017