Charles Trowbridge

Charles Trowbridge - Rochester Cremation

March 12, 2022: Survived by his loving wife and best friend of 65 years, Kathy; his daughter, Kristine Budill and grandchildren, Jack Budill and Cassie Budill.  Predeceased by his mother, Pauline Trowbridge; father, Lonnie Trowbridge.

Chuck was a graduate of Southwestern Central High School in Lakewood, NY, and received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and a MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.

Chuck started as a Product Development Engineer in the Paper Manufacturing Division of Eastman Kodak.  He had numerous marketing assignments in the Recordak Corporation, Business Systems Division and Customer Equipment Services Division.  He was selected as one of the original Line of Business Managers serving as the first General Manager and Vice President of the Copy Products Division.

After retiring with 30 years of Kodak service, Chuck continued to be very active at his beloved Clarkson serving as Chair of two successful Capital Campaigns and as a long term member of the Board of Trustees.  He holds a Clarkson Honorary Degree and was named a Trustee Emeritus in 2004.

Chuck loved to travel with Kathy and enjoyed spending time with family and friends at his summer home on Martha’s Vineyard.

Chuck was a genuine friend of many and will be greatly missed.

Donation in Chuck’s honor can be made to Clarkson University; 8 Clarkson Avenue; Potsdam, New York 13699.

9 Condolences

  1. Joe Drago on March 16, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    Kathy and Family:
    We have never met and It has been many years since we left Clarkson but still great memories. Chuck was a great guy and someone I was proud to know. He was always so pleasant and upbeat.
    I send my most sincere sympathy, thoughts and prayers. Clarkson never leaves us.
    Joe Drago
    Sudbury, Ontario

    • Catherine Bauroth on March 17, 2022 at 4:03 pm

      Kathy, I am so saddened to hear this news. I hope you know how much I enjoyed working with you and Chuck. I loved how he called me “Coach,” and wanted to stop exercising the second his time was over! I have fond memories of “talking crap” with him about politics or basketball. I’m so sorry for this deep loss.
      Much love,
      Catherine Bauroth

  2. Bill Armstrong on March 16, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    Chuck as a younger Lambda brother impressed so many that all who knew him at Clarkson were convinced that he would touch many throughout his life, no matter where he chose to serve. Those whom he touched will know that their lives have been blessed, me especially.
    Bill Armstrong

  3. richard popivchak on March 16, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    Kathy and family, Noreen and I offer our deepest sympathies to you and family.. We were shocked to hear of his passing. I always enjoyed being with Chuck either at Kodak or a social event. He did not pull any punches either….you knew exactly where he stood and where you stood….a rarity in today’s world…..although I have not seen him in a few years I will miss him knowing that he is no longer at your Pittsford homestead…..Pudge

  4. Erin Kingston Grassmuck on March 18, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    Sending our condolences and sympathies and lots of love to our family! I am so glad we got to see Chuck this past summer when we we were visiting Rochester. And even as old as I am he still called me kid!!! I love that. And Liam his trains! Our families go way, way back and we so many wonderful memories to cherish! Thinking of you all and hoping with each new day, you will remember all those great moments. Love to all.
    Xo Erin, Chris, Aiden, & Liam Grassmuck

  5. Don and Sharon Kingston on March 19, 2022 at 10:23 am

    Kathy, Kristine and Family, we were deeply saddened to hear this very sad news. Chuck was a true friend of ours and our family for over fifty five years, being neighbors in our first homes in Fairport NY and then across the miles over the years. We remember all the great times and fond memories we had together, including our early morning tennis and late night squash games. We had so many great vacations together: Rollins Ponds, Conesus Lake, Ocean City Maryland, Connecticut, Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Charleston and for the last twenty years our back and forth trips between Martha’s Vineyard and Duck, North Carolina. We always enjoyed a cold beer, a Stohli on the rocks and/or glass of Sauvignon Blanc discussing jobs, politics, and sports together! We will never forget our memories of Chuck and the cherish times we spent together. Our most sincere sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of you
    Love, Don and Sharon Kingston

  6. Mark Weber on March 21, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    Dear Kathy & Family

    I am so sorry to hear about Chuck’s loss. I was his assistant when he lead Copy Products. I learned so much about business, leadership, crisis management, and negotiations from him. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Michael Sant Anna on March 22, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Hi Kathy and Family,

    Our golf group had the pleasure of getting to know Chuck on several Myrtle Beach trips over the years. Chuck was an amazing person who enjoyed life and an inspiration to be around. When he decided to retire from the trip……he mailed me a nice note and a golf book…..which I have to this date at our shore home.

    He will truly be missed but I’m sure his watching out for you!!

    Sincere condolences,

    Michael Sant Anna

  8. James McKay on February 22, 2023 at 4:35 pm

    Hello Kathy,
    We were very disappointed to learn of Chuck’s passing. We enjoyed the EK outings we shared with you and Chuck, as well as reunions at CCT. He was always a fine person to be associated with in any capacity. His strengths live on through your family. With sincere sympathy, Jim ’62 and Jeri McKay Naples, FL

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