Charles B. Rich, MD

September 15, 2017

Charles Boyce Rich Jr., MD died on September 15, 2017. He was born on April 6, 1954 in Charlotte to Charles Boyce and Mary Janet Rich as the fourth child and lucky brother to three wonderful sisters Janet Thies, Boyce Gyger, and Lyttleton Hollowell. He married his devoted wife, Marsha Loos Rich and created a new branch of his family with a daughter, Jennifer Clare Rich, and son, Charles “Chad” Boyce Rich III.

Charlie grew up in Charlotte attending Eastover Elementary, AG Junior High, and Myers Park High School. He graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry. He worked hard to pursue his dream and calling to be a physician. He attended Wake Forest Bowman Gray School of Medicine, graduating with honors (Alpha Omega Alpha) as a Medical Doctor in 1982, and then completed his internship and residency in 1985 at Emory University Medical System.

Charlie and Marsha moved to Charlotte from Atlanta in 1986 to rejoin his family and start their own. He joined Mecklenburg Medical Group (MMG) - Uptown. With commitment and compassion he served his patients for 31 years. He prided himself on moving the quality of healthcare in new directions and held leadership roles with MMG and Carolinas Healthcare System. He served as President of the Mecklenburg County Medical Society and Vice President of the North Carolina State Medical Society. He was often voted by his patients as ‘top’ or ‘best doctor’ in local and national publications. He was also the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, UNC Charlotte. Charlie was a committed teacher and mentor to his peers, medical students, residents, and other health professionals in training.  He loved his noble profession, and felt privileged to have the honor of being a physician and to help others through their life journey.

His probing intellect nourished his awe and reverence for the marvel of our world and the humans that have made it so extraordinary. Through a life of contemplation, he embraced a worldview based on the principles of ethical humanism and the epistemological foundation of science. Realizing the extraordinary era in which we live, he engaged in the advances of knowledge and was an avid reader of nonfiction and science.

His strongest love was for his family and his profession. He treasured nature, enjoyed hiking and camping, and loved the relaxed times with family and friends at the lake, mountains, and beach. He delighted in music and over the years played the guitar, piano, and saxophone.

In addition to his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by his sister Janet Thies, and brother-in-law and mentor Frank R. Thies Jr. He is survived by his wife, Marsha of Charlotte; his daughter Jennifer Clare Rich and his son Charles “Chad” Rich III; his sisters Lyttleton Hollowell and her husband Tom of Charlotte, and Boyce Gyger and her husband, Roland of Geneva, Switzerland; and his many beloved nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held at 4:00 pm on Sunday, September 24, at the Queens University Sports Complex at 2229 Tyvola Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Foundation for the Carolinas for the benefit of the Charles B. Rich Jr., MD Charitable Fund for the purpose of advancing knowledge and education in the health sciences.

Charlie’s devoted family will grieve his loss and cherish his memory forever.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Gerald Dodson Mathias

    My condolences are with the family., Dr Rich was my doctor for 26 years, and I wanted to let you know how much I thought of him. He will be greatly missed. May God be with you and comfort you during these times and always He once told me that I was not going to live to be 100 (now 87)} if I didn't change my way of living and loose some weight and I asked him about 95 and he said I don't know about that either. Just a memory. that I will remember always. .

  • Preston Williams

    So difficult to believe. My Physician and Friend for over 20 years. Will miss him so much. Hard to imagine life without his advice and opinions. Condolences to the entire family.

  • Phil Kabza

    I'm one of many patients who can say that they owe their life to Charlie Rich - in my case, literally, as he once called a vital diagnosis based upon scant evidence that caught a serious issue for me just in time. Although I moved out of state several years ago, I have continued to hear the voice of Dr. Rich in my head, guiding me toward better decisions on self care, diet, and exercise. He shared his devotion to humanism and science-based authors with me, stimulating a whole new area of interest for me that I treasure as another gift from him. My deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and coworkers; when someone this vital is lost, the grief is especially deep. But I wouldn't have it any other way.

  • Sandra Crouch

    Dr. Rich is a man I've trusted with my health for over 30 years. Saying goodbye is heartbreaking. He is a man I've trusted with my health and life challenges and he was so easy to talk to. He was there for me when I lost my husband who was his patient as well. He also helped me go through two bouts of cancer treatment and was always so uplifting and caring. I will miss his smiling face so much. My sympathies to the family for their loss. My prayers are with you. He will be missed!

  • David Tinkler

    I was my privilege to have Dr. Rich as my physician for almost 30 years. He was a remarkable man -- a thoughtful and genuinely caring doctor who treated every patient with the utmost courtesy and respect. Although I generally saw him only for annual exams, I have fond memories of our discussions about our families, and his advice about health matters was always very helpful. In my own time of loss, he offered great comfort and sympathy. I was looking forward to continuing as his patient until such time as he chose to retire, and like so many others I was profoundly shocked and saddened to learn of his death. May his example inspire all of us.

  • David Reed

    I was shocked and saddened to learn of Dr. Rich's passing. I was a patient of his for many years and will miss his care, guidance and personality. He was a good man and I'm thankful I had the opportunity to know him. My prayers and condolences are with his family.

  • David Tinkler

    It was my privilege to have Dr. Rich as my physician for almost 30 years. He was a remarkable man, a thoughtful and genuinely caring doctor who treated every patient with the utmost courtesy and respect. Although I generally saw him only for annual exams, I have fond memories of our discussions about our families, and his advice about health matters was always very helpful. In my own time of loss, he offered great comfort and sympathy. I was looking forward to continuing as his patient until such time as he chose to retire, and like so many others I was profoundly shocked and saddened to learn of his death. May his example inspire all of us.

  • John Armistead

    Charlie was a dear friend and always an inspiration to us and to our children. I had the blessing of knowing him since we were 8 years old. I will always remember him as an iconic role model and dear friend. We will always remember Charlie. My prayers are with him and his family, may God support them all during this time.

  • Amber Compton

    Dr. Rich was such an amazing Doctor to work with. He had such a passion in what he did, he cared about his patients deeply and took so much pride in his work. He was sweet and also cared about the employees that he worked with. There will never be another Doctor like him. He will truly be missed. We really lost such a great man. May God be with his family during this difficult time and they are granted peace. Gone but never forgotten.

  • Mark Beattie

    To Mrs. Rich and Family,

    My wife Terri and I send our sincerest condolences and sympathies at the passing of Dr. Rich. I only had the privilege and good fortune of seeing Dr. Rich a year ago when my current doctor left his practice and Dr. Rich was kind enough to take me on as a new patient. I always attempt to seeking the out the best possible medical care available and physician in the city I live. Dr. Rich came with such high recommendation it was an easy decision and a wise one. I was experiencing abdomen pain and through his insight, experience and unique ability to listen and ask insightful questions, his diagnosis was spot on. His recommendation to a top surgeon resulted in a successful procedure and recovery. Although I am extremely grateful for his knowledge, experience, warmth and caring bed side manner, I am disappointed that I didn't have the privilege of getting to know him better as not only my physician but as a friend. Had I known his interest in music, something I share, I would have expanded our conversations whenever possible to exchange expressions of joy and fulfillment that music can bring to one's life. I will be forever grateful for having had the privilege of knowing Dr. Rich. May he rest in peace. He will be missed but never forgotten. Respectfully,
    Mark & Terri Beattie
    Charlotte, NC

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