Charles E. Woodworth

Charles E. Woodworth

Charles E. Woodworth

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Major Charles E. Woodworth, Ph.D., (1897–1966), served as a major in the United States Army during World War II and as an entomologist for the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service.


He was born in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1897. His father, Charles W. Woodworth, would become a Professor Emeritus of the University of California, Berkeley and is a noted figure in the history of Entomology; His mother was Leonora Stern.

Early life and education

Charles graduated with a BS and an MS from the University of California, Berkeley. His 1923 Masters thesis was entitled "The Sawflies of California". He took a job as a teacher at Modesto Junior College where he met and married the widow, Sarah Louise Nelson Vickers, who was the daughter of early Amazon missionaries, Justus Henry Nelson and Fannie Bishop Capen. Justus presided over their 1926 Berkeley, California wedding.Wedding of College Faculty Members Held in Berkeley, Modesto News-Herald, June 23, 1926, page 6, column 1 (, pay) He adopted her son, James Vickers Woodworth. While in Modesto, they had a daughter, Elizabeth Louise Woodworth who was born very premature, but survived. A newspaper...
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