Charles “Charlie” Arthur Auvermann, 68, of Dawsonville passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021.
Charlie was born to the late Dorothy and Art Auvermann in Norfolk, Va., on June 25, 1952.
Son of a Navy Officer he lived many places during his childhood with his family settling in Dallas, Texas.
Charlie graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School “TJ” in Dallas.
He earned his Bachelors' degree from Lamar University in Texas and his Masters’ from Golden Gate University in California.
Charlie met and married Bindy Jensen April 25, 1981, in Houston, Texas, they were married for 40 incredible, truly wonderful years and have one amazing son, Kelton Jensen Auvermann.
Charlie was well known for this love of cars.
He raced formula fords in the 1970s; raced a go-cart at the Atlanta Motorsports Park and loved restoring cars, especially his ’63 Alfa Romeo.
He also enjoyed racquetball, bicycling, adventure kayaking, boating on Lake Lanier, travel and playing trombone in the Lanier Jazz Band.
Charlie spent his life a true global soul; he retired from Chevron Corporation after three decades of international operations in the oil industry.
He lived and worked in over two dozen different locations worldwide, spending the last 9 years of his oil career working in Russia just after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Not one to sit in retirement, Charlie became the Editor of the Dawson Community News, winning three Georgia Press Association awards for writing and content. He became the Executive Director of the Development Authority of Dawson County in 2006.
Over the next 11 years, he helped to install multiple projects into the county, always with his love of Dawson County in his heart.
He also was an adjunct professor at the University of North Georgia’s Mike Cottrell College of Business where he taught international business, operations management and small business management.
A long supporter of innovation, advanced research and technology, Charlie also had been a member of the board of directors of HackAugusta, a business incubator and maker space in Augusta. He consulted on the Digital Economy and spoke on innovation and future disruptive trends.
In 2013, Charlie was one of three Georgians invited to the White House “National Champions of Change” program due to his work writing editorial content for the “National Day of Civic Hacking.”
Charlie’s latest endeavor was as the Chairman of the Board of the Georgia Communications Coop, which supports the North Georgia Network, providing fiber broadband in North Georgia.
He loved supporting and developing companies, along with mentoring their growth. His last project was developing the Rural Predictive Project with the goal of quantifying and reducing the rural digital divide.
Charlie was a true renaissance man, a champion of knowledge and innovation.
He was much loved and admired by all who knew and loved him. He will be missed always.
A Kudo Board has been created in Memory of Charlie; if you would like to post a note, photo, or video in remembrance please do so at https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/3nX22L0L.
Dawson County News
June 16, 2021