Binghamton supporter Charles Brink dies

Binghamton supporter Charles Brink dies

Former chair of the Harpur Forum (now Binghamton University Forum) and member of the Binghamton University Foundation, Charles Goodrich “Chuck” Brink, 88, formerly of Binghamton, died Friday, July 27, 2012 in Danbury, Conn., after a brief illness.

A graduate of Hamilton College, he served in the U.S. Navy as a language officer, then worked in radio and television before taking the reins and ownership of Binghamton Industrial Supply Company, a company founded by his father.

Following retirement, he was an adjunct lecturer and consultant for the School of Management’s graduate program — the Management Game — an intensive capstone experience for MBA students. “Chuck recruited numerous executives from our community to serve as members of the boards of directors of the fictitious companies that the students had to operate as part of this computer simulation,” said Thomas Kelly, former SOM dean and former vice president for external affairs. “He also instructed them on how to make convincing and thorough presentations to the executives.”

“Along with his wife, Nancy, Chuck Brink truly believed in Binghamton University and the valuable role it plays in the community,” said Marcia Craner, vice president for external affairs. “The University also reaped many rewards from Chuck and his family through his service to the Harpur Forum and the Binghamton University Foundation, from his many years as a volunteer leader and also through their donations.

“Since 1996, when Chuck and Nancy established the Charles G. and Nancy M. Brink Scholarship, two students with demonstrated financial need — one from the School of Management and one from the Graduate School of Education — have been supported each year,” Craner said.

“Chuck Brink possessed a unique blend of intelligence, kindness and personality that drew people to him and that enabled him to be successful in business and community service,” Kelly said. “When I was VP [for external affairs], I was fortunate to recruit Chuck to become Binghamton University’s first director of planned giving — and one of Chuck’s first acts was to become a planned giving donor to the University himself, so he could speak convincingly to others. This exemplifies Chuck’s outstanding character.

“I considered him to be one of my role models based upon his effectiveness and integrity,” Kelly said.

Awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Alumni Association in 1992, Brink was a passionate community volunteer. He served as a trustee and director of the Binghamton Savings Bank, a member of the advisory board of the Broome County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Broome, a member and president of the Livewire Club, and board member and chairman of the Broome County Industrial Development Agency. Named Broome County Small Business Person of the Year in 1985, he was also a member of the Harpur Forum Circle of Honor, board member and chairman of the Metro Interfaith Housing Corp, member and president of the Binghamton Rotary Club, board member and chairman of the United Way Campaign, trustee and chairman of WSKG, elder and trustee of the First Presbyterian Church of Binghamton, trustee and president of the Fenton Free Library, a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, and board member of the Broome County Urban League.

Brink is survived by his wife of nearly 68 years, Nancy, his daughters Barbara Brink Myers and Jennifer Brink Schorr, sons-in-law John Myers and Lawrence Schorr, three grandchildren and their spouses, one sister and several nieces and nephews.

The family has requested that donations in his memory be directed to the Charles G. and Nancy M. Brink Scholarship at Binghamton University. Checks may be made payable to “BU Foundation Account # 20529” and mailed to: Binghamton University Foundation, PO Box 6005, Binghamton, NY 13902-6005 or delivered to the Binghamton University Foundation, AD-208. Be sure to indicate “In memory of Charles Brink” in the memo section of your check.

Secure, online credit card gifts may be made at http://www.giving.binghamton.edu Selec.t “Other, please specify” from the account drop-down menu, and then type “In memory of Charles Brink, Brink Scholarship Acct #20529” in the space provided.