Creighton Remembers Charles Heider

Charlie Heider,
BSC’49, HON’10

Creighton Remembers Charles Heider

Friend, accomplished business leader, alumnus, generous benefactor. Creighton University remembers the life and spirit of Charles “Charlie” Heider, BSC’49, HON’10, who died July 30 at the age of 89.

“The Heiders’ generosity to Creighton has benefited our University in countless ways, and has strengthened our Jesuit, Catholic foundation, in the mold of our original founders, the Creighton family,” said Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, S.J.

In 2013, the Heider College of Business became the first named school at the University — recognizing the ethical business leadership of the Heider family.

“Charlie was an amazing man, a real gentleman, and a very dear friend,” said Anthony Hendrickson, Ph.D., dean of the Heider College of Business. “We shared a passion of providing a business education experience that was grounded in a Jesuit, Catholic tradition.”

Charles and his wife, Mary, also established two endowed chairs at Creighton, one in cancer research and another recognizing Jesuit faculty. They also have established scholarships for students, and Heider Hall recognizes their generosity.

Heider served on Creighton’s Board of Trustees for 17 years and had emeritus status on the board since 1997. In 2002, the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus bestowed on him and his wife the first Ignatian Leadership Award from the Jesuit Council of Omaha. He received Creighton’s Alumni Achievement Citation in 2003, and, in 2010, Charles and Mary received Creighton honorary doctorates of humane letters.