Charles A. Waite

Associate Director

Charles A. Waite, 67, retired associate director for economic programs at the Census Bureau who helped to improve the agency's data gathering and measuring methods, died of complications after heart surgery on June 13 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He was a resident of Falls Church.

From 1983 to 1994, Mr. Waite directed censuses and surveys about the economy and worked for government-wide data program improvements. He helped to implement new service industry and investment statistics, more useful trade data and economic classifications and effective operating methods.

Mr. Waite began his 44-year career with the federal government at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, working on studies of construction, foreign trade and economic growth. He moved to the Bureau of Economic Analysis in 1964 and served in several positions, including chief economist and associate director.

Throughout his career, he traveled extensively and consulted with many governments of developing nations, including Egypt, Jamaica, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Jordan. He worked with many national and international organizations, such as the World Bank, the United Nations, the National Business Economic Issues Council, the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development and NATO.

After his retirement, Mr. Waite consulted with the International Management and Communications Corp., working closely with the Egyptian government. He also held several leadership positions with the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

Mr. Waite, a native of Stambaugh, Mich., graduated from the University of Michigan with both bachelor's and master's degrees in economics in 1960. That year, he moved to Washington, where he took graduate courses in economics at American University.

Mr. Waite received numerous professional honors, including the Gold and Silver medals awarded by the Department of Commerce, the Washington Statistical Society's Julius Shiskin Award and the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award. In 1990, he was named a fellow of the National Association of Business Economists (NABE).

He was an accomplished public speaker and author of numerous professional articles and papers. He also served on the board of governors of the National Economists Club and on the board of directors of the NABE. Survivors include his wife, Carol Briggs Waite of Falls Church; five daughters, Leslie Waite Crabbs of Virginia Beach, Jill Waite Goldberg of Chicago, Denise Wade of Big Sky, Mont., Suzanne Fouche of Falls Church and Stephanie Garnett of Richmond; and five grandchildren.