In Memoriam

Charles Jacob Yoos, II
16 April 1946 - 26 November 2018

Chuck grew up in Lisbon, Ohio, graduating from high school in 1964. In 1960, he made the trek to the Boy Scout Jamboree in Colorado Springs. He was awed by the Rocky Mountains and that “big yellow orb in the sky” that rarely showed in Ohio. He accepted an appointment at the Air Force Academy in 1964. As a cadet, Chuck distinguished himself academically as well as militarily: he was 5th Group commander and graduated 4th in his class. Chuck began his 30-year career in the Air Force by attending graduate school and receiving the MBA from UCLA in 1969. More importantly, that was the year that Chuck married Linda (Betz) and began 49 years of a loving and adventurous life together. Chuck worked in program management in Denver and then joined the faculty at USAFA. Their daughter Heidi was born there in 1975. His next assignment was in California where he worked on space systems projects. Chuck completed his DBA (doctor of business administration) from the University of Colorado and he and Linda completed their family with the birth of Jake. Other than a 1985 sabbatical to Washington, D.C., Chuck dedicated the rest of his military career to serving on the faculty at USAFA, eventually becoming a senior tenured professor. During the 1990s he was extensively and intensively involved in Academy honor and character development. Academically, he devoted his production of knowledge to understanding how knowledge is produced and developing a theory of information. Chuck retired from the Air Force as an 0-6 in 1998 and was appointed Air Force Academy professor emeritus. Chuck then joined the faculty at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., and taught there in the School of Business Administration until 2017. At “the Fort,” Chuck continued his lifelong passion of educating young people and developing courses to challenge students so that they could inform themselves. Chuck and Linda were heavily involved in the business school’s Junior Trimester Abroad -- a program that allowed Chuck to join and teach students in Regensburg, Germany, and LaRochelle, France. As the sole professor on the journey, he was able to build a meaningful curriculum for his students and made a large impact on many lives. Chuck actively participated in churches wherever he was and grew in his faith which sustained him during his long battle with cancer. He continued to engage and inspire everyone he encountered during this time just as he had throughout his life. On Nov. 26, 2018, Chuck took flight to “worlds unknown,” leaving behind a family tremendously grateful for the life he led.
                                                                                                                                  (His children, Jake and Heidi Yoos)

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From Fort Lewis College website:

Dr. Charles Yoos is a senior lecturer of management in the School of Business Administration at Fort Lewis College. He joined the college in 1998. Dr. Yoos’s core academic disciplines are organization theory and management science, and his research interests are systems theory, information theory, and character development in formal organization contexts. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Regensburg, Germany, Groupe Sup de Co La Rochelle in France, and the University of Applied Sciences in Deggendorf, Germany.

Prior to Fort Lewis, Dr. Yoos served in the United States Air Force, where he held a variety of technical intelligence assignments and retired as Colonel. He was a faculty member at the U.S. Air Force Academy for a total of 20 years (over a career of 30 years), serving as head of the Department of Management three times. Dr. Yoos was also the senior military advisor to the Academy's Dean and Commandant for Honor and Character Development. He holds the academicrank of Professor Emeritus from the Air Force Academy.

Dr. Yoos is a past recipient of the Instructional Innovation Award of the Decision Sciences Institute. He has consulted for numerous Air Force, Department of Defense and U.S. government clients in the areas of organizational and management processes. He has also consulted on a pro bono basis for the U.S. Olympic Committee and the U.S. Forest Service.

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