Charles Rich

passed away on January 3, 2018, at age 66 after a 9-month struggle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Toronto, Canada, he received his B.S. in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto, and then moved to the Boston area to do graduate work. In 1980, he earned his Ph.D. at MIT, and continued as a research scientist at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory for 11 years. While at MIT, he also met his wife, Dr. Candy Sidner. They pursued joint research projects together for 20 years. At the time of his death, he taught Computer Science and Game Development, as a tenured professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. Previously a Distinguished Research Scientist, he co-founded Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, in Cambridge, MA where he did research for 16 years. Chuck was also a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and a Senior Lifetime Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He and his wife spent their sabbatical in Paris where he was a visiting professor at the University of Paris-Sud. He participated as an active member of the Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Havurah, in Newton, MA. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, his daughters, Rebecca and Sharyl, his sister, Susan, and numerous nephews and nieces. Funeral services will be held at Wilson Chapel, 234 Herrick Rd., Newton Centre, Monday, January 8, 2018, at 10:00 am. Interment will follow at Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Chuck’s name to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA, 02284-9168. The family will welcome friends for visits at their residence on January 5, 6, 7 and 10 from 2-5 pm. Shiva minyanim will be held on January 8, 9 and 11 at 7 pm.

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