Aull, Charles Edward

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Dr. Charles Edward (Charlie) Aull, died on July 4, 2009. He was 81 years old. Charlie was born on September 1, 1927, in Astoria, New York City, New York, the second child of Wilson Aull and Mary Sullivan.

After brief service with the U.S. Navy at the close of World War II, Charlie went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemical Engineering at Columbia University, a Master’s Degree at the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado in Mathematics. After teaching assignments in several schools, including the University of Wisconsin and Kent State University, Charlie came to the Mathematics Department at Virginia Tech in 1965. He taught Mathematics at Virginia Tech until his retirement in 1992.¬†Charlie published more than 50 papers in his field of Topology and edited two larger works: Handbook of the History of General Topology and Rings of Continuous Functions.

But most people knew Charlie through his activities with the NAACP and Virginians Against the Death Penalty, through his regular commitment to visiting those in prison at Fairlawn and at the Juvenile Detention Home in Christiansburg, and through his love for and commitment to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Blacksburg and the Newman Community, the Catholic Campus Ministry at Virginia Tech.

Charlie is survived by his brother, Robert Thomas Aull, of Levittown, New York; his sister, Nancy Aull, of Blacksburg, Va.; nieces and nephews, Patricia Enzmann, of Flemington, N.J., Eileen Wisniewski, of Fresno, Calif., Robert T. Aull, of Carmel, N.Y. and Mary Aull, of Basking Ridge, New Jersey; eight great-nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and colleagues.

A Vigil Service will take place at McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Drive, SW, Blacksburg, Va. on Tuesday evening, July 7, 2009 at 6 p.m., with a viewing to follow. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Parish, 1205 Olde Mill Road, Blacksburg, on Wednesday, July 8 at 11 a.m. Fr. Richard Mooney will preside. Immediately following internment at the Memorial Gardens of the New River Valley on North Main St., there will be a reception at St. Mary’s Parish Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Newman Community, 203 Otey Street, Blacksburg, VA 24060, or the St. Mary’s Parish Building Fund, 1205 Olde Mill Rd., Blacksburg, VA 24060.