By: Lanetra Bennett
February 12, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - The Florida A&M University community is mourning the passing of the co-founder of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.
The university held a memorial for Charles C. Kidd, Ph.D. Tuesday morning.
The memorial service fit for a military serviceman, educator, and friend.
Dr. Kidd's widow, Mary Kidd, says, "I'm gratified and I know he would be very happy that the people here at FAMU thought enough of him to have this ceremony."
Colleagues, family, and friends filled FAMU's Perry Paige Auditorium Tuesday to say goodbye to Dr. Charles Kidd.
Kidd is the co-founder of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.
During his 19 years of service at FAMU, he also created the Environmental Sciences Institute through a $4 million grant.
At the time, the grant was the largest award given to a single principal investigator in FAMU's history.
FAMU Interim President Dr. Larry Robinson was one of Dr. Kidd's former colleagues. He says, "Dr. Kidd dedicated a significant period of his life to ensuring that our motto of excellence with caring is actually something that we live."
In his honor, administrators unveiled Dr. Kidd's portrait on the School of the Environment Wall of Distinction after Tuesday's memorial.
The wall of distinction symbolizes that Dr. Kidd's legend will always live on on FAMU's campus. But, outside of the science labs and classrooms, he was a different kind of hero to his family.
Dr. Kidd's daughter, Chekesha Kidd, says, "He was a loving father. When he was at home, he was truly a fun, hilarious man. He loved to barbecue, how he liked to play cards. He was an avid dancer. He and my mother had their date nights up until the day he died."
Dr. Kidd left FAMU in 1996 to become the president of York College.
He died of natural causes on December 10, 2012. He was 76 years old.
FAMU Release: FAMU Honors Charles C. Kidd Sr. at Memorial Service and Unveiling Ceremony-- Kidd Co-founded the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and Created the Environmental Sciences Institute
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida A&M University (FAMU) community mourns the passing of Charles C. Kidd Sr., who once served as associate vice president for Academic Affairs and as dean of the former College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture.
A memorial service for Kidd is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 in Perry-Paige Auditorium. Family members will begin greeting guests from 9:30 a.m. until service time. Immediately following the service, Kidd will be honored during an unveiling ceremony for the Wall of Distinction in the School of the Environment. The ceremony will be held on the second floor (atrium) in the Frederick S. Humphries Research Building.
Kidd was respected as a scholar and leader among his colleagues and students. During his 19 years of service at FAMU, he co-founded the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, established several scholarship funds, and created the Environmental Sciences Institute through a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. At the time, the grant was the largest award given to a single principal investigator in the University’s history.
Throughout his career, Kidd remained an advocate for educating and training African-American students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. After leaving FAMU, he served as president of York College from 1996-2002, worked at Medgar Evers College and at several other schools in The City of University of New York educational system until 2010. Kidd was serving as dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Bethune-Cookman University before he passed on Dec. 12, 2012.
Kidd was born on Aug. 9, 1936 in Washington, D.C. to Charles and Lorraine Kidd. He held a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree in radiological health sciences, a master’s of science in civil engineering, and a doctorate in environmental health sciences.
He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Mary Ann Cornelia Evans Kidd, five children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made toward a memorial scholarship in honor of Kidd. Send contributions to the FAMU Foundation, P.O. Box 6562, Tallahassee, FL 32314-6562. In the memo section, please indicate Charles C. Kidd, Sr. Memorial Scholarship.