Chuck Lang (1945 – 2018)

Indianapolis, Indiana

Chuck was a font of joy for his family, a source of great advice and encouragement to his friends, and a principled champion of liberty. The Heartland Institute mourns his loss and will long remember his kind spirit and dedication to this organization.

What follows is his obituary, which was published in the Indianapolis Star (via
Charles A. Lang, 73, of Carmel, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois.

Chuck, as he preferred to be known, was born fittingly on arguably the most joyous day in American history, August 14, 1945-V-J Day (the official end of World War II) in Cleveland Heights, Ohio to Howard and Mildred Hulsman Lang. Chuck graduated from Wittenberg University in 1967. After earning his accreditation, he began his professional career as a certified public accountant at Price Waterhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. That same year he married his high-school sweetheart, Susan Bruns.

In 1974, Chuck, his wife, and two young sons were selected to move to Milan, Italy where he spent three years working for the firm, before returning to Cleveland in time to welcome their third and final son to the family. Chuck was made a partner in 1982 and the following year was transferred to PW’s Indianapolis office, where he would make nearby Carmel his residence for the remainder of his life.

Eventually, Chuck would leave PW to become a chief financial officer for Paul Harris Stores of Indianapolis, and then afterward served as CFO of Woods Wire Manufacturing of Carmel. A stalwart of the Indianapolis business community, Chuck served on the boards of Riverview Hospital and the Nyhart Corporation and volunteered his time to the YMCA as well as the Indiana Sports Corporation.

During this time, while his sons were involved in competitive swimming, Chuck dedicated much of his free time to related activities, such as volunteering for the Pan Am Games, White River Park State Games and serving as president of the Carmel Swim Club. Chuck and Susan’s frequent volunteering at the IU Natatorium directing award ceremonies for several NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships and multiple US Olympic Trials resulted in their being chosen to manage the medal ceremonies for all aquatic events and basketball at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 2001, Chuck became CFO of Tripp Lite Manufacturing in Chicago, IL and remained in the position until his passing. Throughout his years in Chicago, he found time for his passion of political conservativism by serving on the board of The Heartland Institute in Chicago, of which he was recently named chairman. Chuck generously donated to such organizations as Child Advocates of Indianapolis, Noble of Indiana, Park Tudor School, Indianapolis Zoo, and the San Diego Zoo.

Chuck’s love for the beauty and tranquility of his Carmel home meant that he drove weekly to and from Chicago, invariably to the soundtrack of a non-fiction audiobook. His Wall Street Journal and DVR provided the steadfast bookends of his days. Chuck was adored by his friends, family and colleagues alike for his gregarious and generous nature. He was a model of consistency that routinely left us all in awe and ensured he will be profoundly missed for many years to come. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Susan, his brother Ronald James, his three sons, Bradley, Todd and Oliver, and his four grandchildren, Nathaniel, Wyatt, Ashley, and Chloe. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Heartland Institute, San Diego Zoo Panda Conservation, c/o Ron Swaisgood, or a charity of your choosing. Private family services were held at his favorite getaway in Laguna Beach, California. Online condolences may be shared by visiting