At fifty-four, in fact, he bore a passing resemblance to Warren Beatty—in Bugsy, not Reds—and possessed a rough-edged but overpowering charm.
He was crafty with words, engaging on many different levels, so that his appeal spread wide.
At 22, just out of college, Charlie, as he was known to his friends, was selected by Robert Rimmer to apprentice at the experimental sexuality retreat known as the Sandstone Institute, in Malibu.
It contained the seeds of what was to become his most widely known theory, The Opposite of Sex, and launched the career of what is considered one of the preeminent voices in the field of contemporary sexology.His writing made even coarse men think of symphonic productions as they bedded their irritable wives.It made sophisticated men think fondly of their wives as they bedded their steamy lovers.She currently is a star of and "the voice of reason" on Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York.Charles Byrne, Sexologist and Writer, Dies at 54by Mark Iocolano, The New York Times Charles Byrne, renowned sexologist and author of the National Book Award–winning Thinker’s Hope, as well as several pivotal studies on sexual norms and morality, died Monday from a head injury incurred at Madison Avenue near 61st Street, according to a statement issued by his longtime publisher, Knopf.Charles Fisher Byrne grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, the only son of socialite Grace Thornton and the late Honorable Franz Byrne, chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.Charles Byrne attended Princeton for both his graduate and undergraduate studies, and held several honorary degrees.He did not publish a book, however, after his collection of essays, The State of Erection, in 1999, choosing instead to focus on the lecture circuit and talk shows.He counted among his friends a colorful variety of artists and intellectuals, from the controversial French lettriste Isadore Isou to the American comedian Paul Reubens. Byrne is survived by his mother, Grace, and his wife, Claire Byrne.It was the kind of day when no one expects anything to happen, so it does. Claire Byrne was in Texas to see a man named Veejay Singh, a doctor, but not the medical kind.He taught sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, and he’d written a book titled Why Breasts Don’t Matter. Singh was popular on campus, both for his friendly manner and for his notoriously easy grades.