THE CALIFORNIA CHESS REPORTER
(Vol. XXV No. 2) September-October 1975
CHARLES L. BAGBY (obituary)
Charles L. Bagby, a member of the Institute since 1938
and a Trustee, died in San Francisco on September 30, 1975, survived by his
widow June Phelps Bagby. Mr. Bagby was a native of Charleston, South
Carolina, a graduate of the University of Washington, and practiced law in
San Francisco for nearly 40 years. He was elected to the Board of Trustees
of Mechanics' Institute in 1940 and served continuously until his death,
longer than any Trustee in the history of the Institute. The Board adopted
this resolution in his memory at a meeting on October 14, 1975:
"WHEREAS, The Trustees of the Mechanics' Institute
regret exceedingly the passing on September 30, 1975, of Charles L. Bagby,
who served with distinction as a Trustee for the extraordinary term of 35
Charles, a successful and resourceful attorney, had
wide-ranging interests in such diverse fields as mathematics, classical
languages, and the American Civil War. He was a strong chess player,
winning the championship of California in 1958. He presided over the
Chess Room for many years as Chairman of the Trustees' Chess Room Committee.
A man of ardent convictions and gifted with eloquence,
he frequently brought novel, pertinent and interesting ideas to the
deliberations of the Board. Through all his years of service, his total
devotion to the welfare of the Institute was clear to everyone. The Board
of Trustees will not be the same again.
NOW THEREFORE, be it Resolved that the Trustees of
Mechanics' Institute hereby express their sense of deep sorrow in the loss
of Charles L. Bagby and their condolence and sympathy to Mrs. Bagby."
Thank you for your card notifying us of the sad passing of
Charles Bagby. I never met him personally, but I know that he was one of
the moving forces behind the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club. We are sorry
to learn of his passing. It is regretful that we never received a written
application with documentation to award Mr. Bagby the title of USCF Master
Emeritus. Certainly, if we received this material, it would have been
considered by our Policy Board.
Cordially, Martin Morrison"
(Everybody seems to have thought at one time or another "let's honor
So-and-So with a title while he's still alive, so he will enjoy it."
In Mr. Bagby's case, the thought occurred to Jude Acers, who asked this
writer to use his "influence" with the USCF. So I asked Ed
Edmonson of the U.S. Open in 1971, "We want Master Emeritus for Bagby.
What about it?" Ed replied, "Not a chance! Don't waste your time
applying for it." - Ed)