Charlie was raised in North Jersey and began his law career in Philadelphia. He spent several years of his professional life between Boston and Washington, D.C., before settling permanently in Philadelphia and at Temple Law School. A graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia Law School, Charlie had outstanding credentials in criminal justice, law enforcement, and public corruption. This led to service at municipal, state and federal levels. He served as an Assistant Public Defender and as Chief Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia. He also served as Assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts and as the first Administrator of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) in the U.S. Justice Department, an appointment by President Richard Nixon. Charlie was also the Assistant Director of President Lyndon Johnson’s President’s Crime Commission and a member of President Ronald Reagan’s Organized Crime Commission. He served as the first President and Managing Director of the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C., and was Vice Chairman of the Pennsylvania Crime Commission. These appointments were the product of Charlie’s consuming interest in policing and its effects on society. Charlie joined the Temple University Law Faculty from 1977 and taught there until he retired in 2010. Upon his retirement, he became a Professor of Law Emeritus. His teaching was concentrated in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Organized Crime, and Professional Ethics. Highlights from Charlie’s long list of civic leadership roles include being a Charter Member of the Vidocq Society and a member of the SEPTA Board of Directors. Even while he worked tirelessly as a faculty member at Temple, Charlie continued his work with law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. and in Canada. All of Charlie’s work was a true passion for him.
Charlie knew how fortunate he was to have had the opportunities afforded to him. He valued his colleagues, and professional friends became lifelong personal friends. He loved teaching and the opportunity to promote careers in public prosecution. Charlie was devoted to his wife, Marcy, and shared her love of entertaining friends at their home. He loved to travel, especially to Ireland. Charlie was abundantly proud of his children, Caleb and Laura, stepdaughters, Rachel Gross and Emily Goldmann, and his son-in-law, Ben Gross. His granddaughters, Lilly and Sylvie Gross, brought him much joy and delight.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, in the Moot Courtroom, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1719 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.
Contributions in Charlie’s name may be made to The Pennsylvania Innocence Project Fund at Temple Law School and sent to
Dean JoAnne Epps
Beasley School of Law
1719 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19122