Charles Edward Grenier Jr., adored husband, father, brother, uncle, teacher and friend, passed away on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 in Baton Rouge. He was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on September 10th, 1930. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Edward Grenier Sr.; his mother, Sophia Mary Delekta Grenier; and his younger brother, Dale D. Grenier. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Parsons Grenier; daughter, Cheryl Elise Grenier; brother, Richard J. Grenier and wife, Judy, of Windham Center, CT; sister, Judith G. Edgecomb of Stonington, CT; nieces and nephew, all of CT. The family moved from NY to Pleasant Valley in Mansfield, CT where Charles attended primary and secondary school graduating from Windham High School. He attended the University of Connecticut at Storrs until he joined the United States Navy during the Korean War era. He received training as a Navy Corpsman at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center on Lake Michigan near Chicago. During his years in the Navy, he was stationed at the Naval Submarine Base in New London/Groton, CT, in Newfoundland, CA and in Cuba. Having enjoyed the warmth of the tropics for a time in the Navy, after discharge from the service, he ventured south to complete his education at LSU earning an MBA in Economics, International Trade and Finance. Later, after teaching at the University of Arkansas in Monticello and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, he returned to LSU and earned his Ph.D. in Sociology with a dissertation in Political Sociology. He joined LSU's faculty in the School of Social Work where he taught Statistics and Research Methodology for 30 years, retiring as Emeritus Professor having directed many graduate students' theses and dissertations. He also enjoyed mentoring students from many countries who were studying at LSU, guiding their research design in various fields. He enjoyed writing, editing and giving papers at conferences in the U.S., Canada, England, Sweden, Poland, Yugoslavia and Costa Rica. He was a true scholar who enjoyed teaching and research. At an early age, he began participating in sports and was competitive in baseball, hockey, basketball, tennis, soccer and especially enjoyed racquetball in later years. He biked to campus without regard to the weather and was known as "the Flash" by his students for his speed. He contributed to the community and received awards for his work in social justice, voter equality, women's issues, and prison reform. He worked with the local medical community to pave the way to institute organ donation procedures and the use of the Living Will. He was an active volunteer with WRKF public radio in Baton Rouge from its beginning and served on the board of directors. He volunteered with the Friends of the LSU Libraries, the International Hospitality Foundation and the International Cultural Center at LSU. He was a member of the Unitarian Fellowship for many years and enjoyed teaching Sunday School and participating in activities there. He was an accomplished violinist and artist and enjoyed working with his daughter in art conservation after retiring from academia. He especially loved walks with Finnegan, as he had with all the cherished family pets. He will be remembered well and missed by all who knew him as a kind, generous, warm and good-natured man for all seasons. A Remembrance Celebration will take place at a future date.
Published by The Advocate from Dec. 28 to Dec. 30, 2018.
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I just learned about this and am feeling so sad about his loss. Dr. Grenier (the Chief) was my major professor for my Masters in the mid-1970s. He was brilliant, inspiring, funny, and caring of his small group of thesis students (Stanley, Jerry, and me). I can say, honestly, that Dr. Grenier changed my life. He inspired me to pursue a Ph.D. in Sociology (his field). He continued as a long-distance mentor throughout my program, always cheering me on. I completed my Ph.D, started my career in Sociology, then eventually became a professor of Social Work, following in his footsteps. We stayed in touch off and on over the years and I will miss his wisdom and his sense of humor. RIP Chief!
March 29, 2020
I was a social work student in the late 70's and Charlie Grenier was my all time favorite professor. I will always remember him for his enthusiasm, his intelligence, his sense of wonder and joy and his humor. Also because he was the cause of my quitting smoking. My condolences to his family and to all of us.
February 18, 2019
Charles was a great man. We were blessed for knowing him and we were inspired by his optimism and curiosity.
We say goodbye with an image of Charles that will always stay with us: Charles approaching, riding his bicycle, and again, with his beautiful smile.
Agustin and Julieta
Agustin and Julieta Parise
January 12, 2019
Dr. and Mrs. Charles and Virginia Grenier are our parents in the United States in the truest sense. When my wife and I came to the US from Sri Lanka as graduate students to LSU, they gave love, kindness, and guidance constantly and continuously. Our lives are enriched because of them. I remember Charles helping me in proofreading my Ph.D. thesis and he did the same to my wife, numerous functions he and Virginia have hosted us to, those wonderful Louisiana craw-fish boils, laughter filled coffee shop meetings, and many others. We had many discussions about career and even later as an Assistant Professor I sought his guidance and mentoring. He gave his time and energy generously with passion. To him helping people in need came naturally. It was evident he took joy in lending a hand and entertaining people from all walks of life. Such qualities are rare in individuals, as I come to know and should be cherished, remembered and emulated with all our hearts. Being with Charles means you are striving to be a better version of yourself. Charles will always have a special place in our hearts and we'll always reminisce of the wonderful times we had broken bread with such a gentle and warm soul.
January 10, 2019
You will be greatly missed Dr. Grenier. May his soul rest in peace. Virginia, I have tried calling you many times.
January 1, 2019
Offering prayers for a fallen Sailor.
December 30, 2018
This was one fine man. Charles had a great sense of humor, put others first, and was so willing to help anyone at anytime. And quite the tennis player! We treasure his visits to our home during the Southdowns Mardi Gras Parades. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. With love,
Ann and Steve Storey
December 29, 2018
A brilliant man with a kind and generous heart, who loved and cherished his family. God bless all of the Greniers.
Leah Wood Jewett
December 29, 2018
I worked in the Sociology Department in the early 1970's at LSU and remember when Dr. Grenier was pursuing his Ph.D. I'm so happy to read he led such a rewarding and fulfilling life. My condolences to his family.