Remembering Charles D. Lindberg
July 22, 2013
Charles D. Lindberg served Augustana as a trustee for 29 years. He also led the college debate team to to the national finals in 1950. Below, a large crowd greets the Lindberg (right) fellow debater D.A. Koch and coach Martin Holcomb on their return to campus.
Charles D. Lindberg '50, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away on July 20, 2013. As a student, Lindberg led the Augustana debate team to the national finals. He served the college as a trustee for 29 years, and he played a significant role in the planning of the college's outdoor athletic complex, which currently is under construction. Thanks to his leadership, the stadium will be named the Charles D. Lindberg Stadium and dedicated in his honor.
Steven C. Bahls, president of Augustana College, said, "Charlie's service to his community and in particular to Augustana, was truly remarkable. As our longest-serving trustee ever, his insight was always invaluable in guiding the college. He always wanted was best for his alma mater and expected much.
"He challenged us all to be our better selves with his tough questions, and his keen observations made him a valued member of our community. Charlie lived a life of distinction while serving those around him. He will be missed dearly for all he did."
Charles D. Lindberg was the founding trustee of the The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation and retired managing partner of the law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister.
He is survived by his wife Marian Lindberg, daughter Chris Molnar, sons John and Eric Lindberg, brother Peter Lindberg, and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Vic and Alice Lindberg and his daughter Breta Lindberg.
He was born on Sept. 11, 1928, in Rock Island. His family moved frequently during his childhood as his father looked for work during the Great Depression.
Lindberg attended high school in Springfield, Ill. He played as a starting lineman for the 1945 Springfield High School Senators. After high school, he enrolled at Augustana, and he joined the debate team. At the national finals, Lindberg defeated, among others, future U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter.
After Augustana, Lindberg attended Yale Law School, where he earned his law degree in 1953. Lindberg joined Taft Stettinius & Hollister directly from law school, remaining with the firm for the rest of his life. He practiced general corporate law and became managing partner of the firm from 1985-1998, and served as counsel thereafter.
He served on numerous corporation boards of directors, including those of the Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals, Taft Broadcasting, Dayton Walther, Gibson Greetings and Knowlton Construction. He was extremely active in serving community organizations, including Augustana, the Cincinnati Board of Education, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, the Tyler Davidson Fountain Committee, the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Committee of the Yale Law School Alumni Association, the Commercial Club, the Commonwealth Club of Cincinnati, and the Queen City Optimists Club.
Lindberg created the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation with his longtime friend and business partner, Austin E. "Dutch" Knowlton, in 1981. The foundation was built to carry out Knowlton's vision of supporting and improving institutions of higher education in the Midwest. Under Lindberg's leadership the foundation grew dramatically and currently has active philanthropic projects with more than 30 colleges and organizations, including the construction of the athletic complex at Augustana.
President Bahls said, "As the Austin E. Knowlton Outdoor Athletic Complex and Lindberg Stadium take shape, we know that generations of Augustana students will benefit from the vision and generosity of the Knowlton Foundation and Charlie. We will forever be grateful."
Those wishing to remember Lindberg with a memorial gift may do so. It was his request that gifts be made to the Library Foundation of Cincinnati & Hamilton County (in memory of Charles D. Lindberg) or Augustana College (the Charles David Lindberg Scholarship).
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