Charlotte Clarise Klein Cole 1917 - 2008
Charlotte Clarise Klein Cole 1917 - 2008
Wendell Cole 1914-2007

Storyteller Extraordinaire


Mrs. Charlotte K. Cole, Special Collections Librarian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University 1956 – 1973, was born in Syracuse, NY, on March 15, 1917 and died in Palo Alto, CA, on May 20, 2008. She was an active member of University Lutheran Church where she made it her mission to welcome newcomers and introduce them to others. Services are private.

Charlotte completed her undergraduate education at Syracuse University in New York, majoring in History, English, and Library Science (magna cum laude). She received her Masters of Library Science at the University of Michigan. She also did graduate work at Syracuse University and Stanford University.

Charlotte worked as a Junior Librarian at Syracuse University, an Assistant Librarian and later Head Librarian at Alma College in Michigan, as well as Special Collections Librarian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. She was a member of two honoraries, served as the chapter President of the American Association of University Women, served on various committees, and gave speeches.

She married Dr. Wendell Cole in 1948 and they moved to Palo Alto where he was professor of Drama at Stanford University.

From 1958 to 1973, both backstage and onstage, Charlotte and Wendell participated in the Christmas Bracebridge Dinner festivities at the Awahnee hotel in Yosemite.

For 13 years Dr. and Mrs. Cole escorted 50 young people from the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre to Los Angeles and San Diego to see adult plays and museums. They enjoyed a long life of independent travel throughout the world, reading, attending art exhibits, lectures, and numerous cultural events. Charlotte made extensive observation of foreign libraries, especially in Finland.

Charlotte had a phenomenal memory, and her stories about the plays they had worked on and the places they had been will be remembered by many children and adults.

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