Friday, March 22, 2013

Charles Droz 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Charles Droz.  Charles was 52 years old on 9/11, he was a a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77. 
Charles Droz was VP of software development for EM Solutions Inc.  He had spent 20 years in the Navy and was a Lt. Commander, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Grove City College, and a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.   
Clearly he was a very smart and successful guy.  He is survived by his wife Cindy, his daughter Shannon, his mother and sister.
Charles, or Chuck as he was called was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, with full honors.
As always, I have relied on, along with a few other spots online to share memories and messages from loved ones, friends and even strangers.... always heartbreaking but it's important to remember them.  Here are some of the messages...
11 years later, and you are still in our hearts.
He was one of a kind," said Robert Brown, vice president of administration for EM Solutions. It's going to be difficult to find someone with his expertise. He's almost irreplaceable.
Hi, I am in 10th grade at Lakeview Fort-Oglethorpe High School and on this September 11th, we held a commemoration of all the victims of that day. Each cheerleader, football player and service club member was handed a card and on 9-11 at the times that the planes hit, a teacher would read over the intercom, the time, the fight that went down, and how many victims, at that time, if we had a card with a person on that flight, we would read their name, age, location, and profession. I just wanted you to know that i had Charles' name, and i am so sorry about your loss, i'm sure he was a wonderful man. God Bless you, Melissa
Chuck was a friend and colleague whose memory lives on. His friendship and professional contributions will be never be forgotten. So many lives were significantly blessed by his life- mine especially.
Chuck was a good man. He was a devoted husband to my sister and a loving father to my niece. I will never forget his warmth, his contagious sense of humor, his Christian acts of kindness, and his heartfelt interest in all of the activities of his nieces and nephews. He listened when people spoke and was never judgmental. Chuck was also highly intelligent ... but he never flaunted it. He had the ability to make anyone in his presence feel comfortable. I miss him. He was more than my brother-in-law ... he was my friend. Dianne Maravich

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