This tribute was shared with the University of Iowa community on June 30, 2017.
It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Chuck Kierscht passed away at home yesterday, June 29, 2017. Few people have had the positive impact on their alma mater that Chuck has had on the University of Iowa. His loyalty was exemplary and his generous friendship and wise counsel were cherished.
We all know Chuck and Marion through their deep devotion to the University of Iowa, the College of Law, and the UI Foundation. Chuck received his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1960 and his law degree in 1962. Sandy Boyd was his favorite law professor and a lifetime friend and mentor. Chuck’s service was honored with the UI Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Service in 2004 and the Hancher-Finkbine Alumni Medallion in 2008.
Chuck’s remarkable volunteerism included 26 years on the UI Foundation board, serving as chair from 2003-2007. During that time he also was interim UIF president in 2005-2006 at the time of Michael New’s illness and after his passing. He served on the Iowa Law School Foundation Board for 24 years and chaired that organization in 2010-14. Of particular note, Chuck served from 1997-2002 as the very successful chair of the Iowa Law School Endowment Campaign for the 21st Century.
Chuck and Marion provided generous support to establish the Charles M. and Marion J. Kierscht Law Endowment Fund, which supported the Kierscht Professorship previously held by Professor Angela Onwauchi-Willig. In addition, they established the Dr. Charles N. and Florence M. Kierscht Scholarship Fund in the College of Dentistry in memory of his parents. His father graduated from the College of Dentistry in 1934.
In addition to Chuck’s service to Iowa he recently served as chair of the board of the Grant Park Music Festival and chair of the board of the Friends of the Forest Preserves in Cook County, Illinois. His service also included support for the Field Museum in Chicago, the Boy Scouts of America, the Chicago Urban League, the Crusade of Mercy/United Way and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, among others.
Chuck joined Chicago-based Kemper Financial Services as an attorney in 1966 and retired from the company in 1995 as chairman, president, and CEO.
A celebration of Chuck’s life will be held at a later time.
We will update this space as details become available.