Profile: Charles R. Girimont
by William J. Girimonti III
This issue's profile is centered on Charles
Rowen Girimont from Hillsboro, Ohio. Charles was
born on March 6, 1929 in Berryburg, West Virginia
Dominic Girimonti and Anna
Maria Marullo. His earlier years were spent growing
up in Boomer, West Virginia. He graduated from Gauley
Bridge High School, Gauley Bridge, West Virginia and
enlisted in the newly formed U.S. Air Force in 1948.
While in the military, he served as a courier in Germany
during the Berlin Airlift which was a huge airlift
operation which brought food, medicine and supplies
into Berlin, Germany after the Soviets blockaded all
roads and railways into the city. While in the Air
Force he acheived the rank of Staff Sergeant and served
until 1952. Upon his return to the United States following
his military tour, he attended West Virginia Institute
of Technology in Montgomery, West Virginia and acheived
a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education.
He continued on and was certified in the Education
of the Mentally Retarded at Miami University, Miami,
Florida. He was further certified in Vocational Education
at Kent State University, Xavier University, and the
University of Cincinnati.
In 1955, he became a high school history teacher at
Middletown High School in Middletown, Ohio where he
taught for 30 years. Additionally, he taught business
at Southwestern College of Business in Middletown,
Ohio for two years. With his busy career schedule
it is hard to imagine much time for a personal life,
but he managed to find time for himself and start
a family despite all of this. He got married on March
3, 1951 to Delores
F. Ganz and had two children-Toni
Marie and Melody
Ann. He and his wife where divorced in April of
1967. He remarried in 1979 to his present wife, Connie
I have had the privelege of interviewing Charles, which
produced the following:
Can you describe any jobs or work experiences
you had as a teen or younger?
"I had a job at age 15 (though I lied about my
age) mixing and pouring cement by hand, with a local
contractor for 75 cents an hour, which was the hardest
work I've ever done."
Can you describe any special holidays; Easter,
Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc... that were special
"Christmas was always special, because we all
came into Montgomery, West Virginia to be with mom
and pop for a family get-together and Christmas dinner.
Generally 25-30 people. We'd discuss and relive old
Can you remember any of your joys, regrets,
sorrows and thoughts during your military service?
"I was homesick (age 18) while taking Basic Training
in Texas. I had never been away from home before.
No regrets, except I passed up the opportunity to
get computer training. Being in the Air Force was
probably the greatest growing-up experience I'd had."
Tell me about some humorous incidents which
occured while you attended college.
"I worked full time while attending college full
time and ended up in the hospital with an ulcer and
kidney stones." [Editor's note: "Ouch!"]
What do you feel were your greatest accomplishments?
"It was my B.S. Degree while raising a family
and working full time and having two daughters who
made me very proud."
What are your hobbies, interests, talents,
and other spare time activities?
"Woodworking, model building, Civil War history,
collecting Indian artifacts, and antiques. In addition,
my wife and I are building a log cabin, just like
the pioneers did, with cedar trees from our woods."
Who were your inspirations and why?
"My parents, because they were both hard working
and honest. They came from Italy with very little
education and took advantage of opportunities here
for them. They also emphasized the importance of improving
our lot in life."
How would you like your descendants to remember
"Hardworking, honest, enjoying the simple things
in life, and as the old saying goes, 'To thine own
self be true.' "
Editor's note: It is with deep regret that the following is announced:
Charles Rowen Girimont of Hillsboro, Ohio has passed
away at his home on the 4th of June, 1996. He is survived
by his wife, two chidren, three grandchildren, and
two great grandchildren. Funeral services commenced
on the 6th of June. He was 67 years old.