Obituary for HYDER

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday June 13, 2004

Charles Latif Hyder,75, a native of Albuquerque, passed away on June 8, 2004. Charles was born April 18, 1929, the oldest son of Latif Hyder and Lucille Mills Hyder. He was preceded in death by his brother Richard and his son Martin. He is survived by his brother Donald; his sister Josala; children, Paul, Roxanne, Querida, and Niels; 8 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. After graduation from Albuquerque High he joined the Air Force and served in the Korean War. An astrophysicist, he received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from UNM and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. During his career he taught physics and astronomy at UNM and worked for NASA in addition to other positions in his field. Charles dedicated his knowledge and energy to his belief in environmental causes and the anti-nuclear movement. He frequently gave scientific testimony in environmental health hearings and gained world-wide attention for his fasting for the causes in which he believed. The fasting took its toll and he was in poor health in later years. Burial will be private and no services are planned.

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