During our winter break we wanted to revisit one of our Alumni Profiles to share an update. Commander Charles Yatman (Class of 1948) was recently honored by the US Ambassador to Argentina, Mr. Noah Mamet for his with with The American Legion. Congratulations Charles! We are proud to have you among us!
Charles Yatman is one of Lincoln’s most active Alumni members, with one of the most interesting stories. Charles came to Lincoln, when it was still the American Community School and American Grammar and High School. It was dependent of the Methodist “Ward School” one of the most recognized private schools in Bs. As. during the 1940s. He is a member of the American Grammar & High School graduating class of 1948, having experienced High School in one of the most interesting times of the 20th century.
Charles was born on October 10th, 1930 in Philadelphia to Paul and Evora Yatman. Paul, an American, met his wife Evora in Uruguay during a trip to Latin America in the late 1920’s. By the 1930’s, Charles was a young boy and his family had been transferred to Buenos Aires. His father, Paul, was working for the Swift Company and decided to move the family to Argentina. They went back and forth between La Plata and the US before they finally settled in Buenos Aires, where they found their home in the neighborhood of Belgrano. Charles began attending the American Community School (ACS), which at the time was located in Belgrano R, near a busy train station.
In the early 1940’s many Europeans had immigrated to Argentina from Western Europe to find a home away from World War II. At the time, the population at ACS was mainly comprised of Europeans, Americans and
Argentines, as well as other nationalities yielding a very diverse community, especially considering the times. Charles was at the center of it, with his dual nationality.
He was an accomplished young man from an early age, excelling in many clubs and organizations at AGHS. Many key student roles are mentioned in Charles’ list of accomplishments, from Senior Class Business Manager, Managing Editor of the Southern Star, to being class president his Freshman and Sophomore year, as well as winning the McWilliams Peace Essay Award. The list goes on to mention various clubs that Charles’ participated in. Social life at the time was anchored around AGHS as well as the American Club and the YMCA, where Charles was a member of the ever popular “Hi-Yi Club” at the time.
As an active young adult, he went to Wharton School in Pennsylvania, where is studied Business. After taking a short sabbatical to Buenos Aires in1952, Charles joined the US Army and worked in the Public Information office. He then worked for Chesebrough-Ponds Company in the Latin American division. As part of the development branch of the company, Charles lived in various countries throughout Latin America including Mexico, and Colombia amongst shorter stints in other nearby countries. By the 1960’s Charles was transferred to the Asia division, after which he decided to return on the US and work for the VF Corp. in North Carolina, and eventually returned to Latin America. He career in the 1980’s took as General Manager took him to Europe,where he settled into this role both in Spain and then Portugal. Nevertheless, Latin America, still called to him, and before retiring Charles’ finished his career back in the Latin American markets.
Retired, but never slowing down, Charles made his retirement years all about his passion for kayaking. His accomplishments as a commodore include being a member of the Board of the International Canoe Federation, as well as Honorary President of the Pan-American Canoe Federation and a member of the Executive Committee at the Asociacion Confederada de Deportes Panamericanos.
Today, Charles lives part of the year in the US, and part in his beloved Buenos Aires. He is one of our most valuable Alumni members. True to form, he is always ready to lead, help, organize and get us all moving!