Charles F. Albrecht Jr. of Montauk, a marketing and human resources executive, died of heart failure on Jan. 16 at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He was 74 and had been ill with cancer, his family said.
An enthusiastic athlete and outdoorsman, Mr. Albrecht had vacationed in Montauk since 1966, either camping at Hither Hills or docking at West Lake Marina or Snug Harbor, before buying a house on Birch Drive in 1993. He settled there full time in 2002 and continued to enjoy his lifelong passions for golfing, fishing, and hunting.
Mr. Albrecht’s business career began in 1969 at Avon Products, where he worked for five years in production and sales in Rye, N.Y., and five years in marketing at the company’s New York City headquarters. In 1979 he was recruited by Popular Club Plan, which went on to become J. Crew.
Two years later he joined Drake, Beam, Morin, a human resources outsourcing firm, where he became president and chief operating officer and worked until his retirement in 1998. Under his stewardship, the company grew from eight offices and $8 million in sales to 180 offices in 38 countries and $150 million in sales.
Mr. Albrecht also co-wrote the book “The Lifetime Career Manager” and appeared on cable television with Lou Dobbs a number of times to discuss employment issues, his family said.
According to his son Timothy Albrecht of Jamison, Pa., “After retirement, and in his later years, his greatest enjoyment was watching his grandchildren wrestle, play soccer, baseball, and football, or being part of any activity they were engaged in. He also enjoyed doing all things with my mom, who always supported him through thick and thin.”
Mr. Albrecht married the former Arlene Elizabeth Doty, who survives him, in 1962, just before entering the Air Force. He attended the Citadel in Charleston, S.C., and was the first of his family to graduate from college. One of 12 cadets named a distinguished military graduate, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. He served for seven years, primarily as an instructor radar navigator on a B-52, based at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, Mass.
During the Vietnam War he flew 118 missions out of Guam, Okinawa, and Thailand, earning numerous medals, including the Air Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, a Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, and an Air Force Commendation Medal. He resigned from the Air Force as a captain in 1968.
Mr. Albrecht was born in Nyack, N.Y., on Sept. 20, 1939, to Charles Frank Albrecht Sr. and the former Edna Hahn. He grew up in New City, N.Y., and attended Clarkstown High School.
In addition to his wife and his son, he is survived by two other sons, Charles Albrecht of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Scott Albrecht of Mahwah, N.J., and Montauk, two sisters, Candice Levinson of Burke, Va., and Bette Lee Mauro of New City, and 12 grandchildren. A sister, Bonnie Albrecht, and a brother, Gary Albrecht, died before him.
A funeral service was held on Jan. 20 at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk, of which Mr. Albrecht was a member. The Rev. Michael Rieder officiated. Mr. Albrecht was buried at Fort Hill Cemetery in Montauk.
Memorial contributions have been suggested to St. Therese of Lisieux, P.O. Box 5027, Montauk 11954, the Montauk Fire Department, 12 Flamingo Road, Montauk, or Warrior Events, in care of the Wounded Warrior Fund, 586 Bellerive Road, Suite 2D, Annapolis, Md. 21409.