In the early 1980s, when Charles' health was quite poor, several
people – both friends and family – received Christmas cards indicating
he would not be writing again. As a result of this, and his
subsequent changes of address, many people lost touch with Charles.
However, in early 2000, a group of former colleagues did eventually
make contact again, and he received a number of letters which he was
delighted by and valued greatly. Sadly, he died before this renewed
contact could be taken further.
The idea of an obituary in ‘Chemistry in Britain’ was raised, sadly
this was not possible, although a letter announcing his death was
published and contributions of recollections of his life invited,
which has prompted a large number of replies, all of which bear
tribute to his wonderful and complex character.