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Charles T. Payne, a World War II veteran and great-uncle of President Barack Obama who was briefly in the public eye during his nephew’s first presidential bid, has died. Her husband died Aug. 1 said, in Chicago of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Payne’s wife of 50 years, Melanie Payne.Payne, the brother of Obama’s maternal grandmother, helped liberate a Nazi concentration camp during the war, and later became a pioneer in information technology at the University of Chicago.

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