Charles Alden Black (1919 - 2005)

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Birthplace: Oakland, Alameda County, California, United States
Death: Died in Woodside, San Mateo County, California, United States
Managed by: Scott David Hibbard
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About Charles Alden Black

Charles Alden Black (March 6, 1919 – August 4, 2005) was a California businessman known for his work in aquaculture and oceanography as well as his marriage to Shirley Temple Black.

Black was born in Oakland, California in 1919. Black graduated from Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and Stanford University (class of 1940). His father, James Byers Black, was president of Pacific Gas and Electric Company. After attending Harvard Business School for one year, Black entered the Navy in 1941.

He served in the Navy during World War II as an intelligence officer in the South Pacific. He again served during the Korean War as an intelligence officer. After WWII he received his MBA from Stanford in 1946. Then in the late 1950s he lived in Hawaii, working as an executive for Castle & Cooke and Dole Pineapple companies. By the end of the Korean War, he was a lieutenant commander.

Black was an executive at the Stanford Research Institute (now known as SRI International) from 1952 to 1957 and with Ampex Corp from 1957 to 1965. In the 1960s, Black gravitated to what would become the bulk of his life's work—aquaculture and oceanography. He co-founded a hatchery for oysters and abalone and later created Mardela Corp., a fishery and hatchery company headquartered in Burlingame, California, which conducted ventures such as catfish and salmon farming. He later served as a consultant on maritime issues and served as a regent for Santa Clara University.

He was married to the legendary former child actress and diplomat Shirley Temple from December 16, 1950, until his death. He died from myelodysplastic syndrome on August 4, 2005, at his home in Woodside, California, at the age of 86. They had a son Charles Alden Black Jr. and a daughter Lori Black.

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Charles Alden Black's Timeline

1919
March 6, 1919
Oakland, Alameda County, California, United States
1920
1920
Oakland, Alameda, California
1950
December 16, 1950
Age 31
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
2005
August 4, 2005
Age 86
Woodside, San Mateo County, California, United States