Obituary | Charles A. Kingsbury

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Obituary | Charles A. Kingsbury

Charles Kingsbury
Charles Kingsbury

Charles A. Kingsbury, 86, emeritus professor of chemistry, died April 15.

Known as Chuck or Charlie, Kingsbury taught at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for more than 43 years. His teaching reached more than 8,000 Huskers, including numerous professionals in Lincoln and beyond. He received numerous awards for his teaching and outreach in science education.

Kingsbury was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Charles L. and Alberta Kingsbury. He graduated with honors from Iowa State University in 1956 and received a doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, under the direction of future Nobel laureate DJ Cram.

Kingsbury also served in the U.S. Air Force, assisting with atomic detection testing projects prior to completing postdoctoral work at Harvard University.

He was an avid gardener, and his neighbors appreciated his seasonal floral displays. Also an artist, he filled the walls of his home with original works of art in several media.

Kingsbury is survived by his wife of 65 years, Martha; five sons and daughters Charles Patrick (Baldwin City, Kansas), Ann (Omaha), Ellie (Minneapolis), Paul (Rochester, Minnesota), and Julie (Shawnee, Kansas); his two sisters Shane and Sue in California; and six grandchildren.

The family requests memorials to the University of Nebraska Foundation.

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