Charles P. Olinger, MD

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Posted on: August 17, 2021

Dr. Charles Penick Olinger of Cincinnati – a neurologist serving a diverse group of patients, a pioneer in medical research, a loving husband to Carole, and a family patriarch – passed away peacefully into the Kingdom of God on July 23, 2021 at Hospice of Cincinnati.

After graduating from Carleton College, Charles received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in 1957. He trained for two years at the Institute of Neurology in London before serving as Chief Resident (Neurology) for Cincinnati’s General, Veterans, and Children’s Hospitals.

Charles “Chick” had a distinguished medical career with University of Cincinnati (College of Medicine) as a physician and biomedical researcher, which lasted more than four decades. His academic role began in 1963, and he became a Professor of Neurology at U.C. in 1976. Dr. Olinger pioneered studies for the prevention and recovery from strokes. He developed an ultrasonic imaging system for carotid artery disease. He also developed and patented a fiberoptic, spinal needle endoscope and an electronic computer stethoscope for detecting brain aneurysms. These medical devices are being used today. As a Professor Emeritus between 1989 and 2018, Charles enjoyed researching the role of nutrition and exercise in disease prevention.

Born in Springfield, Illinois, Charles was the son of Elgin Olinger and Margaret Penick. He is survived by his wife Carole, his daughters Robin Kiley (married to Dan Kiley) of Maineville and Holly Snider Glatt (married to Jerry Glatt) of Springboro, and grandchildren Charlie, David, Emily, Claire, and William.

Private Services were held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery for the immediate family. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Hospice of Cincinnati would graciously be accepted by the family.