Charles R. Emrick Jr.

Charles R. Emrick Jr.

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Ohio University mourns the loss of alumnus and stalwart volunteer Charles R. Emrick Jr.


Charles R. (Chuck) Emrick Jr. died from complications of Parkinson’s Disease on November 16, 2015. A long-time Ohio University volunteer, Emrick had served on the Ohio University Board of Trustees from 1992 through 2000 (chair: 1996-97) and as a Trustee of The Ohio University Foundation from 1979 through 2001.

Emrick earned his bachelor’s in business from OHIO in 1951 and his master’s in journalism in 1952.

Emrick leaves behind his wife of 62 years Lizabeth Emrick (Keating), who earned her bachelor’s in journalism from OHIO in 1952. The couple has two children, Charles Robert Emrick III and Caroline Emrick Weingart; and five grandchildren.

Emrick was born in Lakewood, Ohio, and raised in Rocky River, Ohio. He served in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant at Fort Lee Virginia from 1953-1955, during the Korean War. Emrick went on to earn his JD from the Marshall Law School at Cleveland State University in 1958. He was an adjunct lecturer for the Charter Life Underwriters’ Association, taught business law at Baldwin Wallace University and guest lectured at Case Western Reserve University and John Carroll University.

He joined Calfee Halter & Griswold in 1965 where he specialized in planning and transactions for privately held companies and their owners, completing over 100 corporate financings and 200 business acquisitions and divestitures for clients until 2000.

The Ohio University Alumni Association honored Emrick with the Medal of Merit in 1994 and the Alumnus of the Year Award in 2000. Ohio University presented him with the Founder’s Citation in honor of the University’s bicentennial in 2004. Then, in 2005, he received The John C. Baker Founder’s Award from The Ohio University Foundation.

Emrick provided generous support for Ohio University, including the establishment of the Lizabeth K. and Charles R. Emrick Cutler Scholar. He served as co-chair of The Bicentennial Campaign and as a member of the Cutler Scholars Board of Governors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Emrick’s name to: Rocky River Public Library and Rocky River United Methodist Church.

Calling Hours are Tuesday, November 24, 2015, from 4-8 p.m. at the Berry-McGreevey Funeral Home (26691 Detroit Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145). Funeral Services are Wednesday, November 25. 2015, at 11 a.m. at Rocky River United Methodist Church (19414 Detroit Road, Rocky River, Ohio 44116). Burial will follow at Lakewood Park Cemetery.