Charles Tomlinson (1932 – 2004)

Charles Thomlinson passed away yesterday. Charles was a forester, writer, and long-time supporter of the importance of Ayn Rand’s ideas.

Charles’s book The View From My Stump was a popular favorite among many admirers of Ayn Rand’s work and, together with his wife Susanna, he was a founder of the “traveling Objectivists,” a group which traveled to destinations around the world twice annually.

He was also the founder of the concept behind the Atlasphere.

Charles was diagnosed with cancer in 2001, and did not expect to live more than a year. He published his thoughts about his pending death in the May 2002 edition of TOC’s Navigator, and shared his reflections on how private ownership has helped save American forests in a column for the Atlasphere this past September.

His funeral will be private. There will be a local celebration of Charles’s life from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, January 2nd at the Tomlinson Building at 250 South Poplar Street in Florence, Alabama.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to The Objectivist Center, the Cherokee Public Library, Hospice of the Shoals, or an organization of personal choice.