In memory of
Charles F. Merrill
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In memory of
Charles F. Merrill
Charles "Chip" Francis Merrill, a banker who specialized in turning failing banks into profitable enterprises, died of natural causes on February 3 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He was 85. Born to Lyall and Frances Merrill on August 22, 1933, in Montclair, New Jersey, he was raised in Mendham Township and attended the Morristown School, where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. His first two years at Amherst College, where he majored in Spanish, he enjoyed so thoroughly that in 1954 the dean raised the specter of expulsion if he did not enlist in the Army, so he signed up for the Psychological Warfare unit, hoping to become an intelligence officer, only to end up in the kitchen, where in his words he helped to win the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. By the end of his tour of duty he was married to Suzanne "Suzie" Seigman France, of Parkton, Maryland; upon his graduation from Amherst in 1957 he went to work for Manufacturers Hanover, first as a loan officer then as a vice president. He and Suzie, raised three children in Mendham Township, New Jersey, where he was President of the Board of Education and Chairman of the Township Committee. In 1975, he was named President and CEO of the Bank of North Carolina, in Raleigh-the first of three banks he would turn around, which included Commonwealth National Bank/Mellon Bank in Harrisburg and York Federal, from which he retired in 1995. He was active in community affairs, serving as Chairman of WITF, President of Allied Arts, and a board member of Penn State-Harrisburg, Wilson College, the Greater Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce, Fort Hunter, Harrisburg Hospital (Pinnacle), and others. He and Suzie were talented and passionate players of tennis, platform tennis, and bridge; he was no less passionate about golf, although he had a handicap of 36. And he had a wry sense of humor. His parents and older brother, David, preceded him in death. His survivors include his sister, Harriot Spaven, of Midlothian, Virginia; his son, Christopher Merrill and his wife, Lisa, of Iowa City, Iowa; his daughters, Sally Pittman and her partner, Rob Wallace, of Appleton, Wisconsin, and Anne Beltrane and her husband, Greg, of Sterling, Virginia; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Central Pennsylvania Cremation Society. To Donations may be made to WITF or Amherst College in lieu of flowers.
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In memory of
Charles F. Merrill
Charles "Chip" Francis Merrill, a banker who specialized in turning failing banks into profitable enterprises, died of natural causes on February 3 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He was 85. Born to Lyall and Frances Merrill on August 22, 1933, in Montclair, New Jersey, he was raised in Mendham Township and attended the Morristown School, where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. His first two years at Amherst College, where he majored in Spanish, he enjoyed so thoroughly that in 1954 the dean raised the specter of expulsion if he did not enlist in the Army, so he signed up for the Psychological Warfare unit, hoping to become an intelligence officer, only to end up in the kitchen, where in his words he helped to win the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. By the end of his tour of duty he was married to Suzanne "Suzie" Seigman France, of Parkton, Maryland; upon his graduation from Amherst in 1957 he went to work for Manufacturers Hanover, first as a loan officer then as a vice president. He and Suzie, raised three children in Mendham Township, New Jersey, where he was President of the Board of Education and Chairman of the Township Committee. In 1975, he was named President and CEO of the Bank of North Carolina, in Raleigh-the first of three banks he would turn around, which included Commonwealth National Bank/Mellon Bank in Harrisburg and York Federal, from which he retired in 1995. He was active in community affairs, serving as Chairman of WITF, President of Allied Arts, and a board member of Penn State-Harrisburg, Wilson College, the Greater Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce, Fort Hunter, Harrisburg Hospital (Pinnacle), and others. He and Suzie were talented and passionate players of tennis, platform tennis, and bridge; he was no less passionate about golf, although he had a handicap of 36. And he had a wry sense of humor. His parents and older brother, David, preceded him in death. His survivors include his sister, Harriot Spaven, of Midlothian, Virginia; his son, Christopher Merrill and his wife, Lisa, of Iowa City, Iowa; his daughters, Sally Pittman and her partner, Rob Wallace, of Appleton, Wisconsin, and Anne Beltrane and her husband, Greg, of Sterling, Virginia; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Central Pennsylvania Cremation Society. To Donations may be made to WITF or Amherst College in lieu of flowers.
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