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Charlie Leo Matsch, 83, geology professor, art enthusiast, and dear friend passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 18.

Charlie was attending the annual Geological Sciences Banquet and Awards Ceremony, an event he never missed, and during the evening he suffered a fall and sustained a severe injury.

Charlie was born into a loving family, the seventh child of 10, to Mildred and Louis Matsch, on June 22, 1930.

Three years after graduating high school in 1948, he enlisted in the United States Air Force for a four year tour of duty during The Korean War. In 1956 he enrolled at the University of Maine, and graduated with a major in geology and member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1959. Charlie received his Master of Science degree at the University of Minnesota in 1962 and went on to work as a petroleum geologist in Midland, Texas. He returned to the University of Minnesota where he established himself as a distinguished teacher. Charlie then went to the University of Wisconsin and completed his Ph.D. In 1970 he joined the Geology Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Charlie was known as an outstanding teacher and mentor to undergraduate and graduate students, and he devoted his research interests to the geology of Minnesota, focusing on the Ice Age Legacy of the Midwest. In 1981 Charlie received the University of Minnesotas Horace T. Morse award for contributions to undergraduate education, the Universitys highest award for teaching. He retired from teaching in 2001.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Tweed Museum of Art at UMD. Memorials to the Tweed Museum of Art or the Geological Sciences Department at UMD.