In Memory

Charles J Voigt

It is with a sad and heavy heart that I have to announce that Charles J. Voigt passed away in Peoria, Arizona, on April 27, 2009.

Charles was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 5, 1926 and spent the next 40 years in the Los Angeles area.  He moved to Goodyear, Arizona in 1995 and lived there until his passing.  Charles served in the U.S. Army for two years.

His education included Pepperdine College 1947-1951, earning a BA degree with three majors:  History, Education Psychology, and Science Studies with a minor in English.  In 1952 he enrolled at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.  He earned an MS in Education and continued work towards a PhD.  He started teaching at the junior high level in 1963.  He started teaching high school in 1984.  He taught Math, Social Studies, typing and computers.  Charles retired in 1987.

- Carroll Edwards

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12/04/09 08:05 AM #1    

Ken Stowe (1967)

I was in Jack Voigt's first homeroom in junior high. He was truly a great person and teacher and he really cared about everyone who were in his classes. He will be missed, but I'm most thankful for having known him.

Ken Stowe -SPHS '67

06/14/10 02:15 PM #2    

Lisa M Minjares (1980)

I have some great memories of the times that I had spent under Mr. Voigt's tutelage in Jr. High.  He was the kindest man with the greatest sense of humor.  I attended his class with Dougie Slaton, Adam Ross, Angie Stern and John Mathies to name a few.  John Mathies and I, tested his ability to maintain a reasonably straight face and also, tested his patience by not working at our full potential at which  point, he would let us know how it really ticked him off.  Mr. Voigt, was attracted to the good humored, quick witted exchanges that we would have with him.  During one of our verbal jousting matches, John and I renamed him, "Uncle Chuckles" which I think he secretly enjoyed.  Henceforth, he would willingly suffer our foolishness when we would smile goonishly and greet him with; "Good morning, Uncle Chuckles!" out in the common areas.  He would smile and nod his head and say, "Good morning, children" but if he was accompanied by another teacher or superior, we would tone it down a notch but still address him as, "Uncle Chuckles".  He would respond with a bit of a scowl, a slight shaking of the head, accompanied by a heavy sigh (kinda like, Oh Lord, these children!)  On rare occasions, if he was out of his associates peripheral vision, he would include the most expressive eye rolling you've ever seen in your life! The ultimate response!  I loved him for that in itself, but mostly because he taught us that we were important and that the respect we had for ourselves was all that would matter at the end of it all.  What a wonderful gift to offer his students who were quite possibly, experiencing the most confusing and tormenting times of our teenage lives.  Thanks, Uncle Chuckles!

05/28/11 05:56 PM #3    

John Howard (1968)

I have nothing but fond memories of Mr. Voigt. His was the one of only a few classes I looked forward to attending, & the only one I never ditched. We knew just how far to push him on a good day & would call him Jack. We also knew when not to, fair but stern ... a great human being.
RIP Jack

01/01/13 03:02 PM #4    

Ralph Shirley (1968)

Mr. Voigt taught my math class in 7th grade.  Mr. Voigt made a difference at a critical time in my life when school was not very important. Up to that time, it had all been arithmetic.  I discovered that I loved math and was good at it.  I'm still not good with arithmetic, but thankfully, calculators and computers have supplimented my needs.   I have used things learned in that class all through my career in engineering.  Thanks Mr. Voigt.

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