POINT PLEASANT — A local son of Marshall was recently awarded by his alma mater.
Charles C. Lanham was presented with the Distinguished Service to Marshall Award by the Marshall University Alumni Association at its recent dinner on campus.
Lanham, who majored in business, graduated from then Marshall College in 1952. He attended college thanks to the GI Bill following service to his country. While at Marshall, Lanham ran track and cross country and was president of the Varsity M Club.
Of course, his achievements (many of them off campus) were what set Lanham apart for the award, according to the alumni association.
One of the more notable achievements was Lanham’s involvement with bringing Marshall University’s Mid-Ohio Valley Center to life and to a home — first in the second floor of the north branch of what was then Citizens National Bank and later on property owned by Pleasant Valley Hospital. Lanham is also on the board of directors at PVH.
Lanham is quick to say his involvement in supporting the Mid-Ohio Valley Center was not singular and many others contributed to the center’s path to construction and sustainability.
Another reason for Lanham’s nomination, according to the alumni association, was the “Lanham-Fruth Highway” which is in recognition of the efforts of both Lanham and the late Jack Fruth to get U.S. 35 upgraded into four lanes — an effort that is still ongoing.
Professionally, the alumni association pointed out, Lanham served as president of Citizens National Bank and president and CEO of Bank One, was elected president of the West Virginia Banker’s Association in 1977, and in 1997 was named “West Virginia Banker of the Year.” He served on the board of the American Banker’s Association for many year’s as well.
Lanham also went on to serve in the West Virginia State Senate. He has also served, or is currently serving, on many boards having to do with Marshall University and other civic- and business-related organizations.
Currently, Lanham is director emeritus at Ohio Valley Bank. Ohio Valley Bank sponsored this year’s alumni dinner and a large delegation of Mason County Herd fans accompanied Lanham to the event to see a local son of Marshall be recognized.
Lanham was humble about receiving the award, saying it has been a good and interesting life — a life with more still yet to accomplish.