Cleo Charles?
Wondering

United States

#1 Apr 26, 2010
My daughter was offered a job with Mr. Cleo Charles, assisting him around his home with house cleaning and helping him with College related work.

My question is... does anyone know of him and if so, his character? Any good or bad experiences?

I have talked to him on the phone for a couple hours each time and everything sounds really great but in ways it sounds *too* good.

Did he actually retire from Berea College or was he let go? I was just hoping for some insight before I make a final decision.

Thank you.
Layla

Lexington, KY

#2 Apr 27, 2010
He is a good person, a little on the odd side, but has overcome blindness and being thought mentally retarded as a kid. He really did retire, nothing weird about his leaving. He works his employees pretty hard, not that that is bad. I know him from church.
Diddle

Lexington, KY

#3 Apr 27, 2010
Ditto, Layla's comment. He is definately an odd ball but that is all.

He has had other people assist him over the years and I've not heard a single complaint.

I guess if we get right down to it, we're all odd balls by at least one or two other peoples standards..

I suspect thinks will be fine.

Best!

D~
diddle schmiddle

Lexington, KY

#4 Apr 27, 2010
Diddle wrote:
Ditto, Layla's comment. He is definately an odd ball but that is all.
He has had other people assist him over the years and I've not heard a single complaint.
I guess if we get right down to it, we're all odd balls by at least one or two other peoples standards..
I suspect thinks will be fine.
Best!
D~
Oh honey, your spelling!
Diddle

Lexington, KY

#5 Apr 27, 2010
I am 52, I have Dyslexia and very poor vision. I am often found wearing two pairs of glasses to read. Add to that some other personal motor skill issues.

I try to participate in forums and add something positive to the on-going conversation.

Please accept my sincere apologies for not living up to your standards. I am doing the best I can do with what I have to work with.

Respectifully,

D~

ps, in the future simply ignore my posts and all will be well.

D...
diddle schmiddle wrote:
<quoted text> Oh honey, your spelling!
diddle schmiddle

Lexington, KY

#6 Apr 27, 2010
I apologize. I know i'm a perfectionist, and that is a sickness unto itself. When typing a message, always double check before clicking 'post comment'.
spelling police

United States

#7 Apr 27, 2010
diddle schmiddle wrote:
I apologize. I know i'm a perfectionist, and that is a sickness unto itself. When typing a message, always double check before clicking 'post comment'.
spelling police are going low and hard today

“Sic friatur crustum dulce ”

Since: Apr 09

the real world.....

#8 Apr 27, 2010
Not much of an apology when you repeated the degrading name.
diddle schmiddle wrote:
I apologize. I know i'm a perfectionist, and that is a sickness unto itself. When typing a message, always double check before clicking 'post comment'.
walf

Lexington, KY

#9 Apr 27, 2010
had cleo in college, tried to make me work hard in class but i was too drunk to accomplish much at the time, ran into him a few months ago, he still remembered me. not saying he pulled me through or anything but he actually did give a shit if i made it or not, he is ok by me
Known him all my life

Richmond, KY

#10 Apr 27, 2010
My mom and older sister have worked for him and he has thanksgiving and chistmas dinner with us every year! You couldn' ask for a better freind or person! Just don't get him talking about religion! But i'd say you or your daughter has nothing to worry about!
Berean

Corona, NY

#11 Jun 29, 2010
I attended Berea in the early 1990s and know Dr. Charles very well. You daughter will not work for a person more caring than Dr. Charles. I never worked for him but was very close to him and visited his office and home often.
steview

Berea, KY

#12 Jul 2, 2010
Great man! If you cant trust him, you cant trust anyone.
Berea Alumnus

Cleveland, OH

#13 Jul 6, 2010
I worked for Dr. Charles for several years while attending Berea in the 90's. He is a good man, and yes, a 'unique' individual.

Interacting with Dr. Charles can be a sometimes odd experience (especially when getting to know him) because he is a mixture of the 'absent-minded professor' and also can be very detail oriented and organized. Due to his blindness and the ways he learned to cope with that obstacle, he is often extremely detailed (organizing and labeling) and can recall great amounts of info off the top of his head. At the same time, you might need to remind him to eat that day.

Because Dr. Charles needed so much help (due to his blindness and having lost his wife, Rosa, who many spoke of as a wonderful, warm, caring woman), he often employed many students, both through the College's labor program and 'on his own dime' after hours and on weekends. Mostly these students were female although sometimes they were male. Dr. Charles was very aware of how it might look to some people when he would be in the company of young women, especially just one. He made a point to never allow any of us to come to his home alone. We always had to have at least 1 other girl with us. In fact, he often organized almost a 'work-party' on some Saturdays where 6-8 people would come to his house and work for several hours. He also wouldn't allow those of us who worked in his office to cover the glass in the office doors with notices or posters; he wanted people passing by to be able to look in his office freely.

When Dr Charles paid helpers from his own funds, he always paid a more than fair wage. He does expect 'hard' work but is a fair man and never asked for more than what was reasonable. If you were a slacker, you just wouldn't be invited to work for him again.

He was known to help out anyone who truly needed it although his help would also come with a full discussion about the problem and how to correct and/or prevent it in the future. Which was probably more than some bargained for when they asked.

I learned many lessons from Dr. Charles that I use today. And I still speak of him (sometimes entertaining stories!) to coworkers and new friends. He is truly a fair, honest and caring man. Unfortunately, due to his circumstances, too many take advantage of him. It was often our worst complaint (those of us who worked closely with him). He always wanted the best for everyone: his staff,‘helpers’, students in his class, BSU students, neighbors, and was willing to do what he could to make sure we achieved our best.
Prior Student

Dayton, OH

#14 Jul 4, 2011
Dr Charles was one of the most memorable professors I had at Berea. He never forgets anyone and makes sure we all remember him. I learned a lot in his classes and had to work really hard for my grades from him, but he was very fair. He retired shortly after I graduated and was honored years later. I still have the utmost respect for him and believe he would offer guidance if I needed it.
Spencer

East Bernstadt, KY

#15 Jul 4, 2011
One of the sweetest men God put on this Earth!!
Anita

Westerville, OH

#16 Aug 13, 2011
I worked for Dr. Charles during the summer of '89. I knew his wife Rosa as well. They were two of the most upstanding people on the earth.

I was very sad when Rosa passed away, and very sad for Dr. Charles as well, for he loved her so very much.

Your daughter has absolutely nothing to fear working for Dr. Charles. In fact, she will be a much better person for it. I know of no one who has ever had his classes or known him who didn't think extremely highly of him. She's very luck!
Anita

Westerville, OH

#17 Aug 13, 2011
I meant, "She's very lucky!" :)

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