Charles Branch Leaves a Legacy

Dr. Charles Branch, Sr., one of the most cherished members of the OC family, passed away in San Antonio on December 6 at age 87. 

Charles and his wife Sylvia are the patriarch and matriarch of a family in its fifth decade of leadership and involvement with OC. 

The Branch children – Charlie (77), Warren (77), Dan (80), Alfred (84), and Cynthia Branch Adams (86) – and four of their grandchildren – Daniel Branch (05), Henson Adams (11), Meagan Branch Lytton (11), and Lee Branch (14) – have called OC home. The Branches received the university’s inaugural “Legacy Award” in 2010. 

Dr. Branch served on OC’s Board of Trustees for 20 years before becoming a Life Trustee. 

He was an active member of MacArthur Park Church of Christ, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, deacon, medical missionary and elder for more than 43 years. 

“Dr. Charles Branch is an OC hero,” President John deSteiguer said. “He was always encouraging us and always championing us. Charles and Sylvia are inspiring examples of faithful, committed Christians. I will miss this great man whom I loved and admired.” 

Summer 2014

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