Longtime Westchester resident Charles Alexander Escoffery, founder of the Kentwood Toastmaster Club and an active volunteer with Los Angeles International Airport Travelers Aid, has died. He was 95.
Escoffery passed away peacefully at his home Feb. 11 following a period of declining health, his family said.
He was born in Managua, Nicaragua on Feb. 25, 1917 to British parents, Albert Leopold Escoffery and Lorna Bingham
Escoffery. His father was a manager for the Royal Bank
of Canada, traveling with his family over much of Central and South America while Charles was in his youth.
Escoffery was educated at the Presbyterian Elementary
School in Camajuani, Cuba; the Dominican Brothers High School in Barquisimento, Venezuela; Parsboro Regional High School in Parsboro, Nova Scotia; Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia; and McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
He received his Ph.D at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. in 1944, and an honorary doctor of science degree from Acadia University in 1970.
Escoffery was employed as chief chemist at International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation in Newark, NJ, and International Rectifier Corporation in El Segundo, where he was instrumental in the development of solar cells, his family said.
In 1960, he toured both the
United States and Europe with a 1910 Baker Electric automobile, which he had outfitted with a panel of solar cells as an advertisement for International Rectifier Corporation. In 1963 he was employed by Hughes Aircraft in Los Angeles, from which he retired in 1980 and set up a small consulting company, Escotech.
Escoffery moved his family to California in 1950, and had been a resident in Westchester since that time. He was active in Covenant Presbyterian Church as Clerk of Session and as a member of the choir.
His hobbies included music, chess, languages, golf and backgammon.
Escoffery is survived by his wife of 70 years, Eunice Sayles Escoffery; son Charles Albert Escoffery and wife, Louise of Los Angeles; son David Sayles Escoffery and wife, Donna of Scotts Valley, Calif.; and two grandsons, Darren and Dustin, also of Scotts Valley.
No memorial service is planned. Memorials may be sent to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6323 W. 80th St., Los Angeles, CA 90045, or Westchester YMCA, 8015 W. 80th St., Los Angeles, CA 90045.