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After speaking with her at a Saturday night party at Wellesley College in the early Spring of 1975, Charles scheduled a 10:00 am Sunday morning appointment with Paula and presented a marriage proposal-in advance of their first date. August 26, 1976, Charles and Paula were married outside at her parents’ home in Columbus, Ohio in the presence of hundreds of witnesses. Charles joined The Ohio Company as one of the first black brokers to support Paula at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Twins, Charles Madison Penn Nabrit and Damon Princeton Penn Nabrit were born May 9, 1980, the summer before Paula’s graduation in 1981. Evan Washington Clark Nabrit arrived on August 3, 1982 while Charles was working for American Transtech, a wholly-owned subsidiary formed in the wake of AT&T’s divestiture. Ultimately Charles relocated the family to Jacksonville, Florida and Paula joined him at Transtech until 1986 when Charles encouraged her to start her own firm, PN&A, Inc. Charles returned his family to Columbus in 1989 and in 1990 he joined PN&A, Inc. as Marketing Director turning it into a viable, nationally recognized consultancy. In 1991, Charles drafted a Mission Statement and a Strategic Plan for homeschooling, the next Nabrit family adventure- a project he directed until Charles and Damon went to Princeton University and Evan went to Amherst College. Charles was a fiercely independent visionary who worked to create a holistically healthy environment for his family and especially his sons as young black men. He hired African and African-American graduate students, mostly males, as tutors in Math, Biology and French. He ensured their participation in enrichment programs like NAACP’s ACT-SO competition, YMCA’s Bicycle Camp and OSU’s Engineering Camp, even driving them to Space Camp in Florida and all the way to Oceanography Camp in Seal Harbor, Maine (and yes, it did take 2 days!) Charles augmented their education with extensive travel through 40 states, much of Canada and the Caribbean, along with trips to Amsterdam, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Paris and Singapore. Charles infused Charles, Damon and Evan with his commitment to critical thinking and the disciplined Christian practice of pacifism and patriotism through service in one’s community. Despite multiple demands of marriage, entrepreneurship and homeschooling, Charles supported his sons’ activities in sports, COSI, BalletMet, Opera Columbus and CCAD and volunteered with B.R.E.A.D, as part of his commitment to social justice. Without titles, Charles was a working pillar of The Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith (CCAF), a tradition he transmitted to his sons. In 2010 he was utterly delighted when Damon married Tanika Nicole Whitfield, finally adding a daughter to his brood. Charles was committed to Telos Training, Inc. a non-profit dedicated to the development of women, children and families and helped plan Telos Training, Inc.’s hosting of Isabel Wilkerson, the Pulitzer prize winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns to speak to the children at CCAF. In keeping with his spirit of giving, Charles donated his body to The Ohio State University Medical Center for research purposes. A memorial will be held at The Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith, 1200 Brentnell Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43219 on Saturday, May 25 with visitation at noon and service at 1:00. Charles is survived by Paula, Charles, Damon (Tanika) and Evan; his brother Henry Nabrit, his sister Dr. Barbara Nabrit-Stephens (Dr. Harvard Stephens), his 2nd parents, Mr. & Mrs. W.L.(Mildred) Penn, brother Mr. & Mrs. David Penn (Sonjia), sisters Cheryl Penn and Courtney Penn-Blevins (Will), 6 nephews and 3 nieces he adored and 1great nephew and 3 great-nieces he was just getting to know. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Charles’ honor to Telos Training, Inc. www.telosinc.org. We thank God for Charles Madison Nabrit. He remains a blessing in our lives.