Charles Humphreys

Charles HumphreysOn June 27, 2018, Charles Humphrey passed away after a short battle with cancer. He was 87.

Charles was born in Tiffin, Ohio, to Theta and Claude Humphreys. He moved to California 1942 and lived in the Los Angeles area, where he was in a few films as a tap dancer and was also in the Song of the Open Road with Jane Powell, as a featured extra.

In 1948, he went to Eugene, Ore., to attend the University of Oregon on a music scholarship. At graduation he was drafted in to the army, where he played in the Army band at Ft. Leonard-Wood, Missouri. He then returned to the University of Oregon to complete his master’s degree in Languages.

Following a teaching stint at Shafter High School, he taught Russian and Latin at Sherman E. Burroughs High School for 30 years and continued teaching at Cerro Coso Community College for another 24 years. Over the years he would travel with students to Europe to visit the history they were studying. He was an active member of the American Classical League, the National Junior Classical League, and also played in the Ridgecrest Community Orchestra.

“Mr. Humphreys was known for his dedication to his program, frequently teaching multiple levels of Russian and Latin simultaneously in the same class period to make them available to students,” said BHS Principal Bryan Auld.

“In addition to his classroom duties, Mr. Humphreys coached highly successful Academic Decathlon teams and advised the school’s Latin Club, driving students hundreds of miles to attend the annual California Junior Classical League convention and helping them put on lavish banquets — togas and all.”

Humphreys was an avid car collector and took great pride in the cars he had restored over the years. His 1941 Lincoln Continental was featured in the 2017 Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance. For several years he drove his cars in the Lone Pine Film Festival, Parade of Stars. And he was also an active member of the local chapter of the Nash Club of America.

Charles is survived by his sister, Kay (Gerry) Williams, his nephew, Don (Cyndi) Rhea, and niece, Daina McFadden.

A celebration of his life with be held on Saturday, July 28, at 2pm at the Lighthouse, 111 Balsam, Ridgecrest.

Memorial donations in memory of Charles can be made to Cerro Coso Community College – Foreign Language dept, 3000 College Heights Blvd, Ridgecrest, CA 93555-9571.

— Submitted by the family of Charles Humphreys

Story First Published: 2018-07-12