TULSA, Okla. — Dr. Charles M. Maddin, 88, of Tulsa, passed away Friday, Aug. 5, 2016.
He was born Sept. 7, 1927 in Vernon to Earl and Alma Maddin.
Charles grew up in Vernon and after graduating with honors from Vernon High School, he attended Howard Payne University, where he met Dorothy Landry. They were married on Aug. 19, 1948.
Mr. Maddin became Dr. Maddin after graduating with a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Texas. Charles and Dorothy moved to Tulsa in 1953 where he began his career as a chemist at Dowell Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company. Charles managed Analytical Laboratories with Dow Chemical for 27 years before becoming a consultant for the company. During his career he participated in negotiating a research and development contract with the U.S. Navy in 1954 related to the first atomic submarine, the Nautilus. In 1969 he served as Project Manager on the Dowell R&D contract for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on the Apollo Project which put the first man on the moon.
As an avid skeet shooter, Charles was a member of the Tulsa Gun Club and the Oil Capital Gun Club. As a supporter of education, he served as a trustee for his alma mater, Howard Payne University, and helped support many students through their college education.
Charles is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy Maddin; his son, Charles (Chuck) Maddin of Tulsa; his siblings, Don and his wife JoLynn of Forney, Anita Edwards of Richardson and Mary Jo Maddin of Wichita Falls; his sister-in-law, Patsy Weeks of Bangs; many nieces and nephews; and many friends.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa.