Chuck Dorris, creative director

Charles Edward “Chuck” Dorris passed away at the Danbury (Connecticut) Hospital on Friday, May 13 at the age of 68.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Margery Schiffman, his brother Gene Dorris of Hillsborough, North Carolina and four nephews, William Porter Dorris of Philadelphia, John Dorris of Shenzhen, China, Isaac Dorris of Hillsborough, North Carolina and Seth Schiffman of New York City.

Chuck was born on August 10, 1947, at Marshall Browning Hospital in DuQuoin, Illinois to Troy Clyde Dorris and Marie Petrina Bell. He graduated from Stillwater (Oklahoma) High School in 1965 and attended Oklahoma State University where he was a member of Delta Chi Fraternity.  He was later graduated from Kansas City Art Institute where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Photography.

After graduation, Chuck moved to New York City where he joined a production company working on audio-visual presentations. Chuck’s design work won awards from Art Directors clubs and The New York Film and TV Festival.  His photography was published in Stewart, Tabori and Chang's American Vineyards, and in publications such as Martha Stewart Living, The Wine Spectator and The New York Times.

He married his long term business partner Margery Schiffman in 1997.  The two had collaborated over a number of years on graphic design and photographic projects.  Together they formed Exit49, a graphic design company that had clients on both coasts in the San Francisco and New York City areas.

Chuck later served as the Creative Director for User Interface at IBM Advanced Internet where he developed skills in metadata analysis and web and application development.  This led Chuck to found eDining in 2006 where he began creating web, print and online communications that married design and photography with the fine art of food and the business of fine dining over the Internet.

Chuck’s love of food and his passion for photography and capturing the essence of life lived to its fullest made him one of the leading commentators on gourmet food in the greater New York City area.

A gathering of friends will be held in honor of Chuck’s life at a time and place yet to be determined.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Chuck’s life.  Those wishing to send donations to honor Chuck’s life may send them to Laurel Ridge Health Care Center in Ridgefield, Connecticut.