Charles Kidd, an environmental health expert who headed York College in Jamaica from 1996 to 2002, died last week at the age of 76.
Born in Washington, DC, Kidd was the fourth president of York, and returned to the college as a professor during the 2010-11 academic year in the Department of Earth and Physical Sciences. There he brought his considerable scholarship in environmental health to bear.
Following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011, Kidd, who held a PhD in environmental health science, spearheaded an informative and well-received forum at York on the cause and effects of the devastating event.
“During Dr. Kidd’s tenure new academic programs were added and new community partnerships forged,” Marcia Keizs, the current president of York College, said in a prepared statement expressing deep sympathies to his family and friends.
“President Kidd extended the college’s reach into Far Rockaway to bring that area of our Queens community into the CUNY fold. It was also under his stewardship that the CUNY Aviation Institute at York College was born from a partnership between the college and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.”
Kidd was featured in Ebony magazine, which called him a radioactive hazard control and marine expert, when he was appointed to York. including Most recently, he served as dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Bethune-Cookman University in Florida.
Kidd is survived by his wife, Mary, and five of their seven children. A memorial service for Kidd will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 29 at B. Smith’s Union Station restaurant at 50 Massachusetts Ave., NE, in Washington, DC.