Charles Scher moved to Cambridge with his family in 1950. He was schooled in Cambridge and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1965. He was a good student, an excellent athlete and in his early years was an avid little league player. He played varsity basketball and was on the tennis team of the Cambridge High School. He was very well liked in the community, by all of his teachers and had many good friends in Cambridge. Charles was very generous and his home on Glenburn Avenue was always open to all of his boyhood friends.
Charles graduated from the University of Maryland in 1969 as a business and statistics major and played on their tennis team. He was treasurer of his TEP fraternity and had many good college friends. When he graduated from college at the age of 21 his life changed. Sadly, Charles inherited a genetic mental illness and was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia. He was one of four people in his extended family that had the disease that is often manifested at the ripe age of 21 years. Charles' life was never the same and for the next 40 years he was tortured by the disease. A very good example of the disease is depicted in the movie "A Beautiful Mind" starring Russell Crowe.
He lived in Washington, DC, lived and taught tennis in Florida, California and returned to Cambridge 13 years ago. Charles' entire extended family of friends and therapists reached out to help him for 40 years but, unfortunately, couldn't help. Charles ran every morning and collapsed the morning of May 4th while running. He was hospitalized in Dorchester General Hospital in May and passed away on June 21st. Charles is the son of Belle and Murray Scher, who was Vice President of Manufacturing of the Rob Roy Company in Cambridge. He is survived by his sister, Marilyn Scher, of New York City. Charles spent most of his time the past 13 years in the Cambridge Public Library.
If any donations are made in his memory, please make them to the computer department of the Cambridge Library.
March 15, 1948
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, NY USA
June 21, 2010
Place of Death:
Cambridge, MD USA