Dr. Charlie Wilson, Former PUFSD Superintendent, Dead at 75


Courtesy of PUFSD

Dr. Wilson was a member of the Pelham District for forty years before his retirement in 2008.

William Johnson, Staff Reporter, Sophomore

The Pelham Union Free School District lost a true leader when former Pelham Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles (Charlie) T. Wilson passed away on April 23. It is sadly ironic that he passed just six weeks shy of our school’s Olympics – an event that he founded back in 1975.

A member of our district from 1968 through 2008, Dr. Wilson devoted more than four decades to our community before retiring to Massachusetts, where he grew up.

Wilson attended Boston University where he received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees before attaining his Doctorate of Education from Columbia University.

Charlie (as most everyone knew him) began his career in Pelham as a social studies teacher in 1968, subsequently serving as a Guidance Counselor, Director of Guidance Services, Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Director of Instruction & Personnel, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction & Personnel, and ultimately Superintendent, a post he held from 1996 until his retirement in 2008. When Pelham came calling once again in 2013, he returned to serve briefly as interim superintendent. He is remembered with fondness by everyone who knew him.

“He was a gentleman to all, respected by all who knew him and was an outstanding leader who cared about everyone,” Ralph DeMasi, former Head of Security at PMHS wrote.

“He was the greatest educator I will ever know. With wit, wisdom, intelligence and a sense of fairness, he made the lives of all of his students and teachers richer. So many memories of the measures of grace he added to the world in a life well lived,” former PMHS English teacher John Orefice wrote.

Dr. Lynn Sabia, principal of Pelham Middle School wrote, “My heart is truly broken over the loss of our beloved Dr. Wilson. I had the privilege of working with him in Pelham. He was an amazing educator, mentor and friend. Dr. Wilson touched the life of everyone he came in contact with.”

Dr. Champ, current superintendent, wrote, “Dr. Wilson cared deeply about the Pelham Public Schools and was committed to providing the best possible experience for our students. He leaves behind an incredible legacy and played a huge role in building our District into what it is today.”

She further announced that on Monday, June 6 the community and staff are invited to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Wilson. Details have not yet been solidified, but additional information will be provided as soon as possible.