Charles Nathanson


Charles Nathanson

CEO of Soluol Chemical

Charles Nathanson, 89, of Pine Glen Drive, East Greenwich and Surfside Dr., Charlestown, died April 2, 2012 at the Bethany Home of Rhode Island. For 61 years he was the beloved husband of Adelaide (Richmond) Nathanson.

Born in Providence, the son of the late Joseph G. and Jeannette (Rosefield) Nathanson, he graduated from Lockwood High School, Warwick, in 1940 and from Brown University, Class of 1944. During World War II he served in the United States Army with the 294th Field Artillery Observation Battalion in the European Theatre. He was the president and chief executive officer of Soluol Chemical Company, West Warwick.

He was active in local and state politics, serving on the Republican City Committee in Warwick, the Rhode Island Republican Central Committee, as Chairman of the City of Warwick Board of Canvassers from 1957-1964 and from 1964-1968 as a delegate to the Rhode Island Constitutional Convention. In 1968 he was elected to the Rhode Island State Senate, representing the 19th Senatorial District during the last two years of which he served as deputy minority leader.

His community associations included the American Cancer Society and the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists; serving as an officer and board member of the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association, the Kent County Visiting Nurses Association, Kent County Memorial Hospital, YMCA Camp Fuller, Citizens Bank and the Rhode Island State Seniors Golf Association. He was a member of the East Greenwich Yacht Club, the Warwick Country Club, the Quidnessett Country Club, the University Club and the Faculty Club at Brown University.

Besides his wife he is survived by his son, J. George Nathanson and his wife, Julie, of Warwick; his daughters, Caroline Mack Sparhawk and her husband, Dr. Dana, of East Greenwich and Mindelle Balkun and her husband, Edward, of Warwick; his foster son, Leo McEvoy of West Warwick; his grandchildren, Tara, Laura and Joshua Nathanson, Charlotte and Jakob Mack, Steven, Daniel, Irena and Collin Sparhawk, Jessica Balkun Begley and Kyle McEvoy; and his great-grandson, Nathaniel Begley. He was the brother of the late Eve Carey of Dennis, Mass.

A memorial service was held April 9 in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Peirce Street, East Greenwich. A private interment was in the St. Luke’s Columbarium.

Donations in his memory may be made to Joslin Diabetes Center Development Office, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215 (or at or to Odyssey Hospice, 2374 Post Road Suite 206, Warwick, RI 02886. Information and condolences available at