In memory of
Read More
In memory of
NAESER Dr. CHARLES WILBUR NAESER "Chuck" (Age 76) Of Herndon, VA, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016, surrounded by his family. Chuck was born in 1940 in Washington, DC, where his father Dr. Charles R. Naeser was a longtime professor and Chairman of the Chemistry Department at George Washington University. He graduated from Falls Church High School (1958), obtained an A.B. (1962) and M.A. (1964) in geology from Dartmouth College and the first Ph.D. in geological sciences awarded by Southern Methodist University (1967). His 38-year career as a Research Geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) began in 1967, first in Menlo Park, CA, then in Denver, and from 1993 in Reston, VA. Beginning with his Ph.D. thesis, Chuck was a pioneer in the emerging field of fission-track thermochronology, a method for determining the age and thermal history of rocks. He developed many of the techniques and applications of the method that are now used in labs around the world. He tirelessly mentored students and professionals from the U.S. and many other countries who came to his lab. Working with other scientists, he used fission tracks to help solve diverse geologic problems in many parts of the world. His 330 papers and abstracts have been cited more than 7,800 times in scientific publications worldwide. Chuck retired in 2005. Along with his wife, Dr. Nancy D. Naeser, he remained in active research as a Scientist Emeritus at the USGS in Reston. In September 2016, he became only the second recipient of the Laslett Prize, an international award for "extraordinary contribution to the field of fission-track thermochronology." Appropriately, Chuck's other passions were fishing and tracks (particularly his G-scale garden railway). He caught his first fish, in the Tidal Basin, at age 11 months, not long after he received his first model train. He spent many happy hours running model trains for the annual holiday train shows at the USGS and Colvin Run Mill Park in Reston. He enjoyed skiing from his earliest days at Dartmouth to his last ski day, at age 75, on Easter Sunday 2016 in Colorado, with his son. Chuck was pre-deceased by his father and mother, Elma M. Naeser. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter, Christiana Naeser Zelloe (Joseph J. Zelloe); son, Robert B. Naeser (Hilarea Amthauer); their mother, Barbara S. Naeser; sister, Dr. Margaret A. Naeser; four grandchildren, Jack, Molly, Oscar and Vivian; and aunt, Anne Naeser. A Memorial Service will be held in the Spring. Donations may be made, in Chuck's memory to Department of Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College, 6105 Fairchild Hall, Hanover, NH 03755 or Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Southern Methodist University, P.O. Box 750395, Dallas, TX 75275. To view the full obituary, please visit: www.adamsgreen.
View Full Obituary ›
Services Provided By
Adams-Green Funeral Home
721 Elden Street, Herndon, VA 20170
Express Your Condolences By Sending Funeral Flowers.
All arrangements are locally delivered to Adams-Green Funeral Home by a local Herndon, VA florist.
Back to top
7 Day Satisfaction Guarantee!
Need Help? Have Questions?
Use Code: 80889