Charles Husick, of St. Petersburg, Florida, an internationally-known expert on the aviation and marine industries, died September 13, 2010 after 76 active years and a 9 month illness.   He was 77. 


Husick, an electrical engineer, started his career as a lieutenant in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, where he served in Southern France.  Upon returning from active duty, he worked designing analog computer systems, as well as telemetry systems used in NASA’s Project Gemini.  After a brief stint working as a general manager for an industrial X-ray company, Husick translated his love of flying and sailing into positions in companies in the aviation and marine industries.


A long-time pilot and flight instructor, with over 6,000 flight hours in a wide variety of aircraft, he worked as President of Narco Avionics and Konel Marine Electronics, and Vice President of Narco Scientific, Executive Vice President of Cessna Aircraft Company. and Senior Vice President of Fairchild Industries.  He also served as chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association, where he worked tirelessly to support general aviation’s development.


As a mariner, Husick, former chairman of Chris-Craft Yachts, held a Coast Guard Master’s License, served on the Advisory Committee of BoatUS, the Radio-Technical Commission for Maritime Services, and was the editor of Chapman’s Piloting and Seamanship, 66th Ed., long-known as the bible of boating information.  He has published technical articles in yachting magazines for over twenty years.  His April 1st features, many co-written with his son, have become legendary, spoofing innovations in the boating field, and in 2001, even earned him an award from Boating Writers International.  He was an accomplished long-distance sailor, imparting a love for that activity to his sons and grandchildren.


A life-long engineer, he took great pleasure in teaching by sketching on restaurant napkins during meals, as well as in formal classrooms. He held several patents, and invented constantly. He was very fond of the comedy of Monty Python and the music of Gilbert and Sullivan, “treating” his family to regular Sunday “concerts” of HMS Pinafore and The Mikado. He was an avid bicyclist, often riding for 20 or more miles well beyond his 76th birthday.


Husick was born in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute.  He moved to St. Petersburg in the late 1980s upon his appointment to run Chris-Craft.  He served as Commodore of the Pass a Grille Yacht Club in 2000 and had an inexplicable fondness for yacht club cuisine, with a side of very bad jokes.


In addition to Louisa, his wife of 17 years, Husick is survived by his sister, two sons, four grandchildren, two nephews, three great-nieces, and a great nephew. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water .

 

Charles Husick

Aviation and Marine Expert

January 10, 1933 –

September 13, 2010