Charles B. Preacher Scholarship - St. Ambrose Fund


Born August 26, 1922, in Sumter, SC, Charles Preacher learned his sense of charity from his mother’s work with the Ladies’ Missionary Society of the Salem Avenue Baptist Church in Sumter. In his earlier years, Dr. Preacher was a paper carrier for the Sumter Daily Item, and drove a milk truck for Henson’s Dairy in Sumter. He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina in 1943, and his medical degree from the Medical College of South Carolina in 1947.

Dr. Preacher moved to the Iowa side of the Quad Cities in 1956 and joined the Quad Cities Pathologists’ Group. His medical degree led him to his position as a pathologist at the former St. Luke’s and Mercy hospitals in Davenport. He was a member of the Scott County Medical Society, and served as its president in 1971. Dr. Preacher was also president of the St. Luke’s Medical staff in 1975-1976, as well as a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and was a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists. He also taught physical therapy at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, and he has served on the Boards of WVIK Radio, Augustana College, Rock Island; First Federal Bank; and St. Luke’s.

Dr. Preacher loved to travel, and during many years of traveling has set foot on all seven continents. He maintained a house in Branson, SC after his retirement that he made available to friends and family. He loved Mozart, Shakespeare, poetry, and opera, but above all else he loved his family. He has said that his charitable interests include “helping to keep students from starving while they are getting an education,” church, and “making good music available to the community.” When asked why he chose to partner with the Community Foundation, he said, “Because I want to!” 


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