Charles Herbert Dole

Posted On April 1st, 2012 -


Charles Herbert Dole, 97, youngest son of James Drummond Dole and Belle Dickey Dole, great-grandson of missionary William Patterson Alexander, beloved father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, died peacefully at his home on March 10, surrounded by family.

Born in Honolulu, Charley graduated from Punahou School in 1932, Stanford University in 1936, and Harvard Business School in 1938. He was an accountant at Price, Waterhouse and Co. and Castle and Cooke, then a trust officer at Cooke Trust Co. and First Hawaiian Bank. He helped numerous civic organizations and is a past-president of the Honolulu Stock Exchange.

Charley sailed competitively in any boat available, but was especially active in Star and J-24 fleets. He was a member of the Pearl Harbor, Waikiki, and Kaneohe Yacht Clubs and past Commodore of Waikiki and Kaneohe Yacht Clubs. He competed in Star boat world-championships in Cuba, the U.S., Germany, Portugal, and Brazil. In retirement, Charley continued racing nationally, winning two Masters, and internationally. He coached the University of Hawaii sailing team from 1980 to 1990, the “smartest thing I ever did,” and is honored by the College Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis. Charley was a US Sailing Judge and an IYRU International Judge. His devoted sailing friends helped him continue racing his J-24 until shortly before his 97th birthday.

Charley leaves three children: Charles H. Dole, Jr., Elizabeth (Ted) Hughes, and Bird (Colin) McIver; Olive’s children Karen (Armon) Schoenberg Cooper, Cotta (Tina) Schoenberg, and Jim Schoenberg; grandchildren Anne Crozier, Joan Moreau, Hugh Hughes, and Edward Hughes; 17 great-grandchildren; his sister Barbara Dole Larsen; his former wife Barbara Jamieson Dole; and numerous nieces and nephews. Charley was blessed with many close friends and his loving, competent care givers.

Although we miss him, we rejoice that his life was rich and full to the end. A Celebration of Life will be held from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Saturday, June 9 at the Waikiki Yacht Club following the scattering of ashes off Waikiki at 9 A.M. Everyone will have an opportunity to share memories at the Celebration. Memorial contributions may be sent to the University of Hawaii Foundation, for varsity sailing.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran