COSHOCTON -- The fund was created by Chuck and Paula Hathaway, parents of 24-year-old Charles IV, who died in May 2012.
The fund will benefit local Boy Scouts by assisting them in achieving their dreams by having adventures at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, the Boy Scout National Jamboree or another Boy Scout High Adventure experience.
An Eagle Scout and 2008 graduate of Coshocton High School, Charles graduated magna cum laude in 2010 with a Bachelor or Science in business administration from the Ohio State University.
At the time of his death, he was employed as a financial analyst by a capital management firm in New York City.
An avid traveler, Charles visited 44 states and nine foreign countries during his short life. He fell ill when he and a friend were hiking on the Great Wall of China in the mountains outside of Beijing and died unexpectedly shortly after returning to the city.
Charles told friends he was "living the dream," and one friend described Charles as being "just as comfortable in New York City rush hour as he was sitting all alone on top of a mountain."
Charles' love for adventure inspired his parents to establish the fund in his memory. Tax-deductible contributions may be made to the Charles Hathaway IV Boy Scout Fund at the Coshocton Foundation, P.O. Box 55, Coshocton 43812, with a note that the donation is to be deposited in the Hathaway Fund.