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Charles Donabedian

Profile Updated: October 1, 2018
Residing In:
Loveland, OH USA
Cathleen Gormly Donabedian
Retired but still consulting for my company
Beth, born 1964, William, born 1967, Christopher, born 1968
Military Service:
US Army  

Life has treated me and my family well.

After four years of military service, I spent most of my life in the investment business, in a variety of roles, including heading up the investment advisor, brokerage firm, and family of mutual funds for a 35 billion dollar company.

I've served on a variety of boards, including public and private companies, among them a fortune 500 company, and in the past few years restricted my board service to not-for-profit organizations that matter to me.

Until the end of 2016 I had my own company, with my youngest son being my partner. I have retired and he is now running the business.

I loved flying, and until a small stroke forced me to give it up, I volunteered my time and my plane to Lifeline Pilots, flying patients to distant medical care. I was asked to participate in a video about Lifeline Pilots which is shown above.

Some time ago I founded The Det 3 Foundation, to support combat units whose duties are similar to those I performed in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. For the past several years I have been Chairman of the Green Beret Foundation program in Cincinnati. As of September of 2018 we have raised over $800,000 for that organization,

Perhaps the greatest honor of my life was being be invited to join the board of the US Army War College Foundation, representing the Vietnam era veterans. I served as Chairman of the Investment Committee. In 2013 I was appointed to the Executive Committee. I have now completed the permissible time to serve under the by-laws. After that, I was asked to remain in service as a "Special Advisor" to the board, which I did.

I was recently honored by the Secretary of the Army recognizing me for a lifetime of service to the Army and the troops., which was a big surprise and to be honest, very gratifying.

Cathy Gormly, my childhood sweetheart has shared over 54 years with me, and I am so blessed by her being the anchor in my life.

We have had the good fortune to see much of the world, and hope to keep travelling, playing golf together, and watching our children and grandchilden blossom into terrific people.

Recently, I have had the great joy of reconnecting with Gary Cohen, a classmate who was someone I really was close to in school.

School Story:

I most remember Mrs. Dunham, during my Senior Year ... she was a wonderful lady, and gave lots of sage advice and guidance in her Advance English class.

Lots of terrific classmates...I surely hope many of them come to reunion.

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Oct 17, 2018 at 12:04 PM

Happy Birthday, Pete...very proud of you!

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Oct 07, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Posted on: Oct 07, 2018 at 9:52 AM

Happy Birthday Old Man!!!

Lotsa love to you, my friend!


Oct 01, 2018 at 5:38 PM
Jun 13, 2018 at 8:27 AM

Hi Pete
I’m enjoying following you via your website

I have a book I’d like to send you based on one of your interviews

Can you send me a mailing address?


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May 24, 2018 at 8:17 AM
May 18, 2018 at 10:06 AM

Happy Birthday Sam...Cathy and I wish you health and happiness for many years to come.


Mar 24, 2018 at 11:30 AM

Hello Jane...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
I hope this note finds you and Ted happy and healthy.
Chuck Donabedian

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Posted on: Jan 06, 2018 at 12:27 PM

Happy Birthday, Mort!
Thank you for all the effort you have put in over the years to bring our class together, and help us maintain old friendships. I know you have put a tremendous amount of work into it, and I sincerely appreciate it.
I wish you health and happiness in the years ahead.

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Dec 11, 2017 at 12:19 PM

Posted on: Dec 11, 2017 at 9:06 AM

Hello Mary,
I wish you all the best of health and happiness on your birthday

May 14, 2017 at 8:35 AM

Hi Sam

Cathy and I wish you a very Happy Birthday...


May 04, 2017 at 11:39 AM

Bill, I wish you health and all the best of good fortune...Happy Birthday

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Feb 24, 2017 at 8:33 PM

Phil was one outstanding person, and I am shocked to learn of his passing.  We shared some great times and I am so sorry for his family.  He will make a great contribution to the heavenly hosts.

Feb 16, 2017 at 4:33 AM
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Jan 16, 2017 at 6:42 AM

Posted on: Jan 13, 2017 at 10:09 AM

Hi Mort
Happy Birthday. I wish you all the best of health and happiness. Thanks for all your efforts to keep our class together...it has brought me great joy to see so many people I am fond of.

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Dec 17, 2016 at 6:14 PM

Posted on: Dec 17, 2016 at 2:32 PM

Hi Mary...wishing you a wonderful birthday and many many more...

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Jul 29, 2016 at 10:20 AM

Dear Sig,

Happy Birthday...my hope is you have great health and many more...

Chuck Donabedian

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Jun 22, 2016 at 11:28 AM
Charles Donabedian has left an In Memory comment for Judith Sellors.
May 23, 2016 at 4:33 PM

I was so surprised to realize Judy was not adding her profile, but had passed away.  Judy was a very bright, intelligent gal, and a vivacious personality.  I regret that I never had the chance to see her again after leaving Penn Hills High School.  She was one of the very nicest people that I remember from those days...and that says a lot, because our class contained many truly lovely people.  May God hold her and her family in his loving embrace.

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Our newest grandchild...Soren Parker Donabedian...he is 19 months old...the oldest grandchild is 23, a graduate of the University of Dallas, and was married in July
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