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Dr. Geoffrey Edmund Renk


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Dr. Geoffrey Edmund Renk

AGE: 62 • Charleston, SC

Dr. Geoffrey Edmund Renk, of Charleston, South Carolina, passed away at home on April 30, 2017, after a long illness. He was 62.

Dr. Renk was born and raised at the Jersey Shore. He graduated from St. Denis School in Manasquan and St. Rose High School in Belmar. He then was educated at Boston College and Rutgers College (B.A.1976); and the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston (M.S. 1979; M.D., Ph.D. 1986). His doctoral research was conducted under Dr. Rosalie Crouch. After a residency in Emergency Medicine at Martin Luther King Hospital in Los Angeles, Dr. Renk practiced emergency medicine throughout the Los Angeles area. Beginning in 1997, he practiced emergency medicine in Charleston at St. Francis Hospital for almost 20 years. Dr. Renk served in virtually every capacity imaginable for both his physician group,Charleston Emergency Services, and the hospital. Some of his most notable positions included Medical Director of the Emergency Department of St. Francis Hospital, during which time he assisted in building the current Emergency Department there, and President of both his physician group and South Carolina College of Emergency Physicians. He also served on the Board of Directors for Bon Secours-St. Francis Hospital, and on numerous committees there including the Medical Executive Committee. Dr. Renk was a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He was Board Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Renk was an avid sailor, tennis player, skier and windsurfer. He had a lifelong passion for all types of music; he was proficient on guitar and drums. In his youth, he played in several bands at the Jersey Shore. Recently, he began studying piano under Susan McAdoo.

Surviving him are his wife, Lisa Flaggman, of Charleston; his stepmother, Betty Renk, of Lakewood; his mother-in-law, Mazie Flaggman, of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; his brother, Henry J, Renk of Spring Lake and his wife, Lyn; his brother Michael J. Renk of Manasquan and his wife, Anne; his sister Barbara Renk Merlie of New Britain, Pennsylvania and her husband Alfred J. Merlie; and his sister-in-law, Amy Lichtenstein, of Highland Park, Illinois. Dr. Renk was predeceased by his parents, Edmund C. Renk and Mary Dignan Renk, late of Sea Girt and his brother, Thomas S. Renk, late of Berkeley, California.

Also surviving him are his cherished nieces and nephew: Colleen Renk Zengotitabengoa (Sam) of Washington, D.C.; Meredith Renk Marks (Jack) of Mendham, New Jersey; Jennifer Renk of Oakland, California and her partner Charleen Cohen; Kate Merlie of Brooklyn, New York; Patrick Merlie of New Britain, Pennsylvania; Shana Martin (Brad) of Chicago, Illinois; and Kara Lichtenstein of Chicago.

Burial will be private. Friends are invited to a reception beginning at 1 PM on June 24 at the home of Henry and Lyn Renk, 411 West Lake Drive, Spring Lake. Donations in Dr. Renk's name may be made to the Roper St. Francis Foundation (write "Emergency Services" in memo line), 125 Doughty Street, Suite 790, Charleston, SC 29403.
Published in Asbury Park Press on May 21, 2017
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