year, Chuck Braun is being honored by the Academy for Lifelong Learning for his long service to the
Academy, his volunteer spirit, his active participation as a member
of the Curriculum Committee, his generally positive attitude, and
creative, congenial spirit.
graduation from the University of Buffalo, NY, Chuck Braun was
employed as a chemist by Dupont and, later, Westinghouse. In 1953 he
was transferred to the Savannah River Plant; Aiken
has been his home since then.
retired in 1995, giving him more time to pursue his many interests,
particularly Birding. Chuck sought to see and photograph at least
one member of each species in each family of birds world-wide. He has
accomplished that. Now he continues to add to his list of 6,544
species. He has long shared his birding adventures by teaching
classes and has served the Academy since the early 1990s. Chuck has
presented many programs to groups in the Augusta and Aiken areas,
including the Augusta Audubon Society where he has been an active
member since the 1960s. Chuck writes a column for the quarterly
entitled “New Birds in the Philatelic
Aviary.” This is an extension of his collection of birds on stamps.
an Academy volunteer in the last 5 years alone, we know Chuck to have
been a recruiter of instructors and coordinator of courses ranging
from Bridge to Islam, from Art History to Great Decisions.
is an example to all who would continue learning for a lifetime. He
also collects coins, plays chess and duplicate Bridge, and is a
member of the Astronomy Club. He will be birding in Ghana in May. He
loves to tell stories about the people he meets on his trips.
also salute his wife Joyce, who also is an actively participating
L to R: Larry Peyser - Academy President 2008/09, Chuck Braun,
Joyce Braun, Vince Coughlin – Academy President 2007/08