A Tribute to Charles F. (Chuck) Gulden '79, P'12
A Tribute to Charles F. (Chuck) Gulden '79, P'12

The Hotchkiss community mourns the loss of Charles F. (Chuck) Gulden, Class of 1979, who passed away on June 21. He was president of The Hotchkiss Fund, and as such, served his alma mater as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Chuck graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in economics and political science. He went on to earn the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Gulden began his career in 1983 at the Bankers Trust Company. He was, at the time of his death, serving as a partner at Boomerang Capital, a hedge fund marketing and advisory firm. He held other executive roles as well, including partner at TIG Advisors, LLC, overseeing capital raising efforts and investor relations and serving on the management and risk committees. He also served as the senior vice president for portfolio management/research and managing director of the European business at Hansberger Global Investors, as well as the director of institutional client services and then as a director in research and portfolio management at the Templeton organization.

As a member of a multi-generational Hotchkiss family, Chuck came to the School as a prep. He played JV hockey and lacrosse and was a proctor in Van Santvoord. He stay engaged with the School after graduation and served his alma mater as a stalwart, loyal, influential, and effective volunteer. Chuck served in numerous capacities, including many years as a class agent and lead agent for the Class of 1979 and as a parent agent. He was a dedicated reunion volunteer and participant in the Volunteer Leadership Weekends throughout the years.

Head of School Craig Bradley remembered Chuck in this way: "Chuck was devoted to Hotchkiss and to the extended Hotchkiss community. Personally, Chuck was very supportive and encouraging to me during my first year, and I learned a great deal from him and from his example of extraordinary service to Hotchkiss. We miss Chuck and are grateful for all he gave to the Hotchkiss community."

Chuck and his daughter, Whitney '12, at Parents Weekend

Sonia Bonsu, director of The Hotchkiss Fund, spoke on behalf of The Hotchkiss Fund team, which worked closely with him: "Chuck was a very special man who could light up a room with his smile, his booming voice, and his warm personality. His fondness for Hotchkiss was infectious, and he had an amazing ability to engage his fellow alumni and keep them involved with the School. We are truly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him and to know him."

In recognition of his extraordinary service, Chuck has been named posthumously as this year's recipient of the Thomas W. Armitage '25 award, given annually to a member(s) of the Hotchkiss alumni body for distinguished service to The Hotchkiss Fund.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and their children, Whitney '12 and Perry. His late father, Charlie Gulden '53, P'79, GP'12, was the president of the Alumni Association and an ex-officio trustee. A memorial service was held on June 24 at the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan, CT. Donations in Chuck's memory can be made to The Hotchkiss Fund and/or the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org.