Chuck was born in Manhattan and spent his early years there, but his heart has always been in the country and a rural cohousing home is a perfect fit for him. Although he has many outdoor interests (cross-country skiing, kayaking, hiking, bicycling, and gardening), music is probably Chuck’s prime passion. He is a fiddler and plays with a group at least monthly, mostly Irish and Scottish folk music.
The building of this cohousing project happened in parallel with the building of new chapters in his family’s history. Molly had just begun her first year at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, combining interests in biological sciences and journalism with thoughts of eventually practicing medicine in Africa, and Adam took a gap year off before he entered the University of San Diego in the fall of 2009; he, too, is planning to be a doctor. As both their parents are physicians, they have a good idea of the rewards and challenges ahead. With mutual caring and support, Chuck and his wife chose to separate and his own journey took him to Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage.
After high school, Chuck went to Amherst College before attending medical school at the University of Washington. Earlier in his career he worked for the Indian Health Service on a reservation with Wasco, Warm Springs, and Paiutes Indians, where he gained a respect for their tribal religion and spirituality. He eventually moved to Washington State for 10 years and then Cooperstown in upstate New York for a year before the move to Maine 11 years ago. He was drawn to the beauty and outdoor life of Maine as well as the existence of several good Waldorf schools for the kids. Chuck now works as an emergency room physician in Bangor.
Another strong interest of Chuck’s is public radio. He is a monthly DJ on the Saturday Morning Coffee House at WERU-FM (89.9 Blue Hill or 102.9 Bangor) and he takes call-in music requests. He is pleased to have joined a community with so many people who like to play or listen to music.