FIC: The Dying of the Light (Whats Past is Prologue 1/18)
- The Dying of the Light (Whats Past is Prologue 1/18)
From The New York Times. July 12, 2012, page A1,
continued on page A23.
Charles Xavier - Educator, Philanthropist, and
Charles Xavier, a mutant rights advocate, educator,
and philanthropist who served as informal advisor to
several heads of state, died last night at his home in
Salem Center, NY. He was 72 years old.
Dr. Jean Grey of the Xavier Institute for Higher
Learning said that the cause of death was pancreatic
Dr. Xavier (pronounced ex-AY-vee-er) was a familiar
presence in both New York and Washington, as well as
in foreign capitals. A mutant himself, he used the
family fortune left him by his father, financier
Edmund Xavier, largely to advance the status of
mutants and to aid distressed mutant youth. He
established the Xavier Foundation, a charitable
organization with a focus on mutant issues; Xaviers
Academy for Gifted Youth, a private boarding school of
which he was headmaster; and the Xavier Institute for
Higher Learning, an educational and research
institution. Professor Xavier, known to his students
and colleagues as Professor X, was also the founder
and leader of the mutant paramilitary organization
known as the X-Men.
In recent years, he was frequently seen in Washington,
DC, lobbying for mutant rights, including working
against passage of the ill-fated Mutant Registration
Act of 2008, as well as attempting to forestall later,
successful mutant legislation. Professor Xavier and
the X-Men were instrumental in uncovering the true
source of the plague outbreak that precipitated the
recent War on Mutants. During the war, Dr. Xavier and
his X-Men fled to Canada, where they worked with Alpha
Flight, a Canadian government agency staffed entirely
by mutants, to discover the cause of the plague
outbreak, eventually tracing it to the militia group
Sacred Honor. Their discovery led to the end of the
war and eventual revocation of all federal anti-mutant
initiatives. Since the conclusion of the War on
Mutants, Professor Xavier has been a frequent advisor
to President Obama and in recent months has been
discussed as a possible appointment for a cabinet
post, should one become vacant.
The White House released the following statement from
the President, I am saddened to learn of the death of
Charles Xavier, a great man and a great American. A
tireless supporter and defender of the oppressed
everywhere, Charles was a man of great vision and even
greater empathy and compassion. I am proud to say
that he was my friend and will miss him terribly.
Charles Francis Xavier was born in Salem Center, NY on
May 1, 1940 to Edmund and Gloria Xavier. Little is
known about his early life. He was educated privately
at home for much of his childhood. At the age of 14
he was seriously injured in an automobile accident.
The driver of the car died and the young Charles
Xavier was rendered a paraplegic. For the rest of his
life he used a motorized wheelchair. His frustration
with heavy and unwieldy models available at the time
led him to design the Xavier Rollabout, the
lightweight and low cost electronic wheelchair that
has increased mobility for so many disabled
Mr. Xavier excelled at Yale University, where his
undergraduate degree was in English literature and his
masters degree was in physics. He later earned a
masters degree and a doctorate in physical
engineering from Columbia University, as well as a
number of honorary degrees from several universities.
Patents for a number of inventions of his, including
the Rollabout, added to the already substantial
inheritance left him by his parents. In 1980,
Professor Xavier created the Xavier Foundation and
embarked on a lifelong effort to use his financial
resources for the benefit of disadvantaged mutants.
It is not known at what age Professor Xaviers mutant
abilities manifested. He was reticent to discuss his
powers, but they were known to be in the psionic
category, and to include telepathy. He was said to
have the ability to recognize other mutants as well,
even those whose appearance did not reveal their
mutant status. Xavier surrounded himself with
mutants, forming the X-Men and his academy a private
boarding school for mutant teenagers, many of whom
were homeless when they arrived. The Xavier Academy
is funded by the Xavier Foundation and operates out of
what was the Xavier family home.
Although there have been calls from Senator Marley and
others for a large-scale investigation of the X-Men,
the group has mostly managed to stay out of the public
eye. Known to be a specially trained force of
mutants, some of whom also work as teachers at
Xaviers Academy, the X-Men have generally operated in
secrecy. There have been two notable exceptions, when
Charles Xaviers X-Mens accomplishments were subject
of public discourse. The first was when the X-Men
captured Brotherhood of Mutants founder Erik Magneto
Lehnsherr in 2006, averting his attempt to assassinate
a number of world leaders attending a UN summit.
Lehnsherr was convicted of two murders of law
enforcement officers and multiple counts of attempted
murder and is serving a life sentence in a specially
constructed plastic prison in Maryland. The second
very public act of the X-Men was their investigation
of Sacred Honor and the resulting seizure of documents
related to their bioterrorist activities. This
discovery led not only to the end of the War on
Mutants, but also to a close alliance between
Professor Xavier and President Obama, as well as
requests from foreign leaders for assistance from Dr.
Xavier and his X-Men.
Professor Xavier is survived by his son, Scott
Summers, of Salem Center, NY.
Newsweek, July 16, 2012 Milestones Column
Died. Charles Xavier, Mutant Rights Activist, 72 of
pancreatic cancer at his palatial home in Salem
Center, NY, headquarters of the X-Men and the Xavier
Academy. A paraplegic since age 15, Xavier was a
powerful telepath and the heir to the Xavier
investment banking fortune. He used his gifts and his
wealth to further the cause of mutant rights, through
the Xavier Foundation, the team of specially trained
mutants called the X-Men, and the Xavier Academy,
known colloquially as Mutant High. Xavier and his
X-Men were the prime movers in the denouement of last
years War on Mutants. Its largely through his
efforts that the Mutant Detention Act and related
legislation were quickly repealed at the end of the
war. In recent months, Xaviers name has been
repeatedly floated as a possible Secretary of State,
should President Obama be reelected in November.
Xaviers death came as a surprise to all but his
closest associates. He had been involved in all of
his usual activities until quite recently, and
attended a State dinner at the White House in honor of
Prime Minister Martin of Canada only a month ago.
Charles Xavier is survived by his adopted son, Scott
The Globe and Mail, July 19, 2012
Charles Xavier, Inventor and Advocate: 1940-2012
By P.D. Carson
Special to the Globe and Mail
A mutant rights advocate, philanthropist and inventor,
he was among the first wave of mutants, with psionic
powers that manifested in the 1950s. A very private
person for much of his life, he played a public role
on the world stage near the end of it.
TORONTO During the War on Mutants last year,
American mutant rights advocate Charles Xavier met
with Prime Minister Martin just as American pressure
was mounting for Canada to join the war effort. His
impassioned pleas were widely regarded to have been
the deciding factor in Martins steadfast resistance
to joining in the War on Mutants. Last month at a
White House dinner for the P.M., Charles Xavier was an
honoured guest. Those two events reflect the rapid
changes that Xavier went through at the end of his
Charles Xavier was born in Salem Center, NY in
Westchester County. Although Salem Center is now a
suburb of New York City, the Xavier home was at the
time of his birth in a rural area full of farms and
country estates. The only child of investment banker
Edmund Xavier, he was the heir to the Xavier fortune.
He was the first mutant in his family and came into
his powers well before the mutant phenomenon was
A paraplegic due to an automobile accident at the age
of 15, Mr. Xavier was determined to live a full life
in spite of his disability. His life continued with
much the same plans that hed had before his accident,
including degrees from both Yale and Columbia
Universities. With engineering degrees and a creative
mind, he was well equipped to pursue a career as an
inventor. His best-known invention, the Xavier
Rollabout electronic powered wheelchair, has been
manufactured in Cambridge, ON since 1999.
Mr. Xavier had long been a supporter of increased
accessibility for the disabled both in the U.S. and
Canada. The Xavier Foundation is a major donor to the
School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University.
Charles Xaviers life work, though, was the
advancement of the status of mutants worldwide. The
Xavier Foundation has largely funded projects to
assist mutants, including the formation of a boarding
school for mutant adolescents: the Xavier Academy for
Gifted Youth. A private mutant paramilitary
organization, the X-Men, was formed in the 1990s and
was led by Charles Xavier and his son, Scott Summers.
The X-Men and Alpha Flight a division of the federal
governments Department H, headquartered in Toronto
have often cooperated on international projects.
Notable among these were the rescue of several
detainees during the 2008 mutant crisis in Belarus and
the discovery of the bioterrorism acts of the U.S.
militia group Sacred Honor last year, which led to the
end of the War on Mutants and advancement of the
mutant rights cause in the United States Congress.
Charles Xavier died on July 11 at his home, of
pancreatic cancer. James MacDonald Hudson,
co-director of Alpha Flight, had this to say, Charles
Xavier was an inspiration to me. He had an
indomitable spirit, a keen mind, and an unshakeable
commitment to mutant rights throughout the world.
Charles Francis Xavier was born in New York State on
May 1, 1940. He died at his home in Salem Center, NY
on July 11, 2012. He was 72 years old. He leaves his
son, Scott Summers and his adopted daughter, Jean
The Washington Times, July 12, 2012
Obituary: Mutant Power Advocate Charles Xavier
Charles Xavier, a billionaire mutant who used his
inherited wealth to advocate for increased political
power for mutants in the U.S. and abroad, died of
natural causes last night at the Xavier mansion in
Westchester County, NY. He was 72.
Born to wealth and privilege in 1940, he was the son
of financier Edmund Xavier. An accident in his teens
left the younger Xavier paralyzed from the waist down,
but his physical limitations were compensated for by
his prodigious mutant powers. A powerful telepath,
Xavier was also rumored to have the ability to control
the minds of others. If true, this ability may have
accounted for his influence over several world
leaders, including President Obama, who has tirelessly
pushed the Xavier pro-mutant agenda through Congress
in the months since the end of the War on Mutants.
Xavier was the founder of the shadowy group known as
the X-Men. Shrouded in secrecy, the X-Men have been
described as both a vigilante organization and a
private army, although their supporters refer to them
as superheroes. Staffed entirely by mutants, the
organizations activities are almost never revealed to
the public. The X-Men were rumored to have been
involved in the capture of James Callahan, who was
convicted of spearheading the attacks of April 16,
2010. Callahans death in prison has left many
questions about the FBI investigation and subsequent
trial unanswered. Evidence that Callahan may have
been framed has recently been uncovered, according to
Senator William Marley of Maryland.
The X-Men were also involved in the alleged discovery
that the militia group Sacred Honor, and not a mutant
underground, started last years plague epidemic that
killed over 50,000 Americans. None of the plague
victims were mutants, although many mutants were at
the site of the initial outbreak. Persistent rumors
that the X-Men planted the evidence they claimed to
have uncovered have still not been investigated
thoroughly by the Obama administration.
In addition to the X-Men, Xavier founded the Xavier
Academy for Gifted Youth, a boarding school operating
out of the Xavier mansion in Salem Center, NY.
Variously described as a training center for his
mutant army and a home for delinquent mutant youth,
the Academy does not make its curriculum or its list
of faculty members, students and alumni available.
Several wealthy and powerful mutants are known to have
attended the Xavier Academy, including Warren
Worthington III, former CEO of Worthington Industries,
and the late Henry J. McCoy, who was killed in the
4/16 attack in Washington DC.
Senator William Marley, a frequent opponent of
initiatives to provide special rights for mutants,
expressed regret upon hearing of his death. It is
very sad, of course, he said from his home in Chevy
Chase. It will be interesting, however, to see if
those in the Obama administration and in foreign
governments who have been convinced to follow Xaviers
directives in recent months change their minds now
that he has passed on. If so, it raises questions
about just how he convinced them.
A press release from the Xavier Foundation states that
Charles Xavier is survived by his son, Scott Summers.
Mr. Summers is the Assistant Headmaster of Xaviers
Academy and a trustee of the Xavier Foundation. He is
also rumored to be the field leader of the X-Men.
There is no record of Xavier marrying or adopting a
child, and no explanation was given for the difference
in surnames between Xavier and his son.
From Mutant High Notes, the weekly newspaper of
Gone but Not Forgotten by Joseph Garafolo
We lost our leader this week. Well never be the
He was the one who greeted each one of us when we
first arrived, scared and confused.
He was the one who told us we had valuable gifts.
He was the one who promised to teach us how to use
He was the first person we met who told us to be proud
we are mutants.
He was the first proud mutant wed ever met.
He was the one who treated us all with respect.
He was the one who demanded respect from us for
ourselves and for each other.
He was the one who, when he caught us out of our dorms
after curfew, never got an excuse from us. We knew
there was no point, since hed just read our minds and
know we were lying.
He was the one who taught us physics. Even if we
thought we couldnt learn it. Even if we didnt want
to learn it.
He was the one who defied categories like disabled
and powerful and made us wonder what those words
He was the one who opened his home to us and made it
our home, too.
He was the one who told us this is our home as long as
we want it to be.
He was the one who called us his children. We rolled
our eyes at that, not wanting to be anyones children
anymore, but we liked it, too. Well miss hearing him
We miss you, Professor X.
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