All of us in the Robinson family treasured Chuck Hitt, who passed away on May 30, 2018, age 99. His impact on the community and generosity towards our school, where he was a regular and generous patron, is beautifully summed up in the words of Robinson alumni Warwick Butler ‘65:
“We have lost the presence of one of the finest Americans it will be our privilege to know. If there has been one outstanding role model in our lives, that man was Chuck Hitt. Chuck Hitt was many things, all exemplary. But if one characteristic stood out in his exemplary character, it was his high degree of caring about doing the right thing. He and Milly were modest to a fault. If something needed doing, they were in the front line willing to see it through. Chuck and Milly celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary here at the AFDA. It was a joyous occasion followed up by another at the Union Church they helped relocate from Miramar to Punta Las Marias on land Chuck was key in its donation by the Arthur Harvey Trust.
One success followed another but Chuck remained humble and committed to helping his community wherever he saw a need. He gave without caring for recognition, often anonymously. His passion was tennis and he dedicated much of his time to advancing P.R. both on the local and national stage. Whether among fellow Rotarians or Viejos lunches or Viejitas dinners specially for him, he was a gentle man among gentlemen all of whom looked up to him as an astute investor. Chuck was a great soul above and beyond his personal accomplishments, always accessible and willing to lend an ear to anyone needing help.
I woke up at 3am and watched an old episode of Touched by an Angel. For those of us fortunate to have had Chuck Hitt in our lives, we have been blessed to have been Touched by an Angel. To say that he will be greatly missed is an understatement. To say that he was and still is greatly appreciated is faint praise. To know that we are diminished for having lost his being among us is to honor a fine man who made us all better humanitarians for having broken bread with him. He had that rare ability to lift your spirits just being in his presence. Chuck added value to the lives of those privileged to know him. We are greater for having had Chuck in our lives. Thanks for the memories and Godspeed, Chuck, in your resting place among our departed better angels.”
Chuck, we share these beautiful words. Robinson is forever grateful. Godspeed.