Charles Walter Haynes was born in Fort Worth, Texas on September 19, 1926. He was educated in Lake Charles, Louisiana and received an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University. He also studied at the London School of Economics. He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War.
After college, Charles worked for Dunn and Bradstreet before joining the Beaird Company in Shreveport Louisiana. The company was purchased by American Machine and Foundry (AMF) in 1957. In the 1960s Charles and his family moved to Europe, living for many years in London, Belfast and Geneva.
In 1975 he was the recipient of the Queen’s Award for Industry, which he received at a ceremony with other business leaders at Buckingham Palace. He joined Harley-Davidson Motor Company, an AMF subsidiary, in 1974, later becoming president of Harley-Davidson International. In 1979 he left the company to pursue various business opportunities in Texas.
After his daughter, Bonnie, was injured in a car accident in 1979, Charles started a new chapter in his life as an advocate for persons with brain injury and their families. He was a founder and first president of the Texas Head Injury Foundation, and later served as chairman of the board of the Brain Injury Association of America (then known as the National Head Injury Foundation).
Over the years, he testified before national and state governments, served on numerous boards and was active in a variety of brain injury causes and initiatives. Charles was passionate about improving the quality of life for persons with brain injury and although unable to play an active role in advocacy issues during the last few years of his life, he was keenly interested in following developments in the field.
In the 1990s Charles launched HDI Publishers, a company specializing in the area of neurotrauma. Over the years, HDI published a variety of material on the subject of brain injury for both survivors and professionals, including Brain Injury Professional, the official publication of the North American Brain Injury Society.
He is survived by Grace Grainger Haynes, his wife of 52 years, and three children, Sam, Bonnie, and Chas, and three grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to please consider a donation to the Brain Injury Association of America, 1608 Spring Hill Road, Suite 110, Vienna, VA, 22182, or on the web at www.biausa.org.