Charles was born, August 8th, 1935 in Chicago, IL. Following high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Airforce during the Korean War. After the war, he attended Northwestern University’s School of Journalism. His broadcasting career spanned numerous radio and television stations including WGN, WLS, WJOL, and WKBD in Detroit. He then began work in non-profit organizations including St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Joliet, IL, Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, IA, and sat on the board of Alvernia Manor for the Sisters of St. Francis in Lemont, IL. After extensive world travels, he settled in Los Angeles, CA where he spent many years working for United Artists and teaching film production at Columbia Studios and UCLA. He was active in the development of the Native American Television Network (NATVN) before co-founding the Afghanistan World Foundation (AWF); serving as president until 2005. At the time of his passing he remained on the board of directors. On behalf of the AWF he was associated with the World Foundation for Science, Finance, and Development in the design of special programs for rebuilding Afghanistan. He was the supervising producer on the AWF documentary, The Bread Winner. He returned to Des Moines for retirement and to be with his family.
He passed away peacefully with his family by his side on December 10, 2016. He was a sweet and gentle man. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Afghanistan World Foundation 917 Stanford Street, Santa Monica, CA. 90403. A memorial service is planned for August 11th, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. Please contact Brooks Funeral Home for memorial service details closer to the time of service.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Grigsby Stroud and Beth Dodge; and a son, Christopher Stroud.
Charles is survived by the mother of his children, Kathleen Laurin; children, Susie Stroud, Charles Stroud Jr., April Salazar, and Chad Stroud; grandchildren, Rebekah, Isabelle and Emma Cochran, Zach Reed, Jordan Stroud, Briann Duchesneau and James Rodine; sister, Beth Al-Ardhromli; and beloved nieces and nephews.