By Addie Hurst
It might be difficult to meet the Chuck and Susan Eckert right now because Charles is currently not dancing due to some very serious back problems. Not only is this uncomfortable but it is a tremendous handicap in their ability to meet people and to socialize. But Plymouth Harbor residents are known for their warmth and welcoming spirit, so if you give them a call, I’m sure they would appreciate the opportunity to meet people and have stimulating conversations.
Chuck got his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and then did a post-doctoral year in Paris (to improve his French, for the experience!). He then taught at the University of Illinois from 1965 to 1986, eventually becoming head of the Department of Chemical Engineering. He then became Director of Specialty Separations Center at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and just retired from there in June. Although the list of awards that he has received, the number of firms for which he has acted as a consultant, the citing of courses that he has taught, and the professional organizations that he has belonged to would more than fill this page, he is most proud of the 108 students he guided to their Ph.D.s.
Susan is a native Floridian and grew up in Lakeland. She received a B.A. in English from the University of Florida and an M.S. in Education from Georgia State University. She was a high school guidance counselor and after she retired, she spent ten years reading and evaluating undergraduate admission applications for Georgia Tech. Susan is a volunteer at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, is an avid reader, does beautiful needlework, participates in several exercise groups here at Plymouth Harbor, plays mahjong and bridge weekly, and takes extensive walks three or four times a week.
The Eckerts have sold their home in Atlanta, but still own a condo on Longboat Key where visiting family and friends stay. Their apartment is lovely, filled with beautiful art, interesting glass, and Susan’s needlework. They enjoy cooking and eating. Chuck is fortunate to receive “Talking Books” (books on digital cassettes) from the Library of Congress. He is currently thinking of interactive projects for junior high school students. So why not call and go up to their apartment for a visit? Believe me, you won’t be bored and will get a warm welcome!