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Dr. Geoffrey Edmund Renk
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  • Roper St. Francis Foundation / Emergency Services
    440 Whilden Street
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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“My husband Joe and I were always happy to see Lisa and Geoff and compare notes re: beds and breakfast. We were lucky to run into him and share a bit...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Bea Smith Malecki - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Tears are in my eyes and heart. such a sweet person has left us. Many condolences to the family. ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: Melissa d'Arcy - Charleston, SC

“Our hearts are broken ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Devra and Larry Wasserman and Becsey - CA

“Geoff was one of those rare people that made you feel good no matter where or when you bumped into him around town. Oftentimes he would be seen...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Joe and Bea Malecki - Charleston, SC

“<br /><br /><br />What a beautiful man. I shared a time with him back in the day and decades later still have only love in my...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Debra - Seattle - friend

March 8, 2017 at lunch in Charleston, SC “Geoff was certainly an accomplished physician who in his long career helped so many patients and saved literally countless lives, but he was much...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: D Michael Connellan - CA - friend

“Geoff was a great and giving person. We are so sorry to hear about his passing, and wish we had been able to spend more time with him in his final...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Claudette and George Boniface - SC

“Dr. Renk was a brilliant physician, and a very patient, passionate educator. I had never seen him without a smile on his face, and light in his eyes....Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: B. Hawkins - AZ - coworker

“While he was a superb physician, Dr. Renk was an even better person. His warmth and kindness was felt by everyone around him. Working with him at St....Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: John DeLucas - Charleston, SC

“My condolences to Dr. Renk's family. Unfortunately, I was unaware of his illness. As an EMS provider, Dr. Renk was always supportive to myself...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Tim Reader - SC - teacher

“You will be missed and your smile will soar into the ocean of heaven. Thank you for all the kind words and being a great physician! ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Sheila Vega - Goose Creek, SC

“Condolences to Dr.Renk's family. What a nice guy. He was always so kind to the staff when I worked with him at St. Francis ED. He enjoyed teaching. I...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Shernette Tolley - Charleston, SC

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Dr. Renk.SCMA Members' Insurance Trust Staff ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Brenda Jennings - Columbia, SC

“Dr. Renk it was a honor and a privilege to work along side you. You will be greatly missed. ”
14 of 17 | Posted by: Kristie Reeves - Summerville, SC


15 of 17 | Posted by: Susan Weick - Charleston, SC

“Dr. Renk was one of the best! He will be sorely missed. He was one of the kindest, most understanding doctors I have ever met. St. Francis lost a...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Gail Connelly - Charleston, SC

“Geoffrey was a St. Rose High School classmate with always a great attitude and a smile. I'd like to share my sincere sympathy with his spouse and...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Nancy Pyanoe Garber - Hershey, PA


Dr. Geoffrey Edmund Renk, of Charleston, South Carolina, passed away at home on April 30, 2017, after a long illness. He was 62.

Dr. Renk was born and raised at the Jersey Shore. He was educated at Boston College and Rutgers College (B.A. 1976); and the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston (M.S. 1979; M.D., Ph.D. 1986). His doctoral research was conducted under Dr. Rosalie Crouch. After a residency in Emergency Medicine at Martin Luther King Hospital in Los Angeles, Dr. Renk practiced emergency medicine throughout the Los Angeles area. Beginning in 1997, he practiced emergency medicine in Charleston at St. Francis Hospital for almost 20 years. Dr. Renk served in virtually every capacity imaginable for both his physician group, Charleston Emergency Services, and the hospital. Some of his most notable positions included Medical Director of the Emergency Department of St. Francis Hospital,
during which time he assisted in building the current Emergency Department there, and President of both his physician group and South Carolina College of Emergency Physicians. He also served on the Board of Directors for Bon Secours-St. Francis Hospital, and on numerous committees there including the
Medical Executive Committee. Dr. Renk was a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He was Board Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Renk was an avid sailor, tennis player, skier and windsurfer. He had a lifelong passion for all types of music; he was proficient on guitar and drums. In his youth, he played in several bands at the Jersey Shore. Recently, he began studying piano under Susan McAdoo.

Surviving him are his wife, Lisa Flaggman, here; his stepmother, Betty Renk, of Lakewood, New Jersey; his mother-in-law, Mazie Flaggman, of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; his brother, Henry J, Renk of Spring Lake, New Jersey and his wife, Lyn; his brother Michael J. Renk of Manasquan, New Jersey and his wife,
Anne; his sister Barbara Renk Merlie of New Britain, Pennsylvania and her husband Alfred J. Merlie; and his sister-in-law, Amy Lichtenstein, of Highland Park, Illinois. Dr. Renk was predeceased by his parents, Edmund C. Renk and Mary Dignan Renk, late of Sea Girt, New Jersey and his brother, Thomas S. Renk,
late of Berkeley, California.

Geoff and Lisa also were blessed with numerous friends in Charleston.

A memorial service will be held at Alhambra Hall, 134 Middle Street, Mt. Pleasant, SC on May 16, 2017. The service will begin at noon with refreshments to follow.

Donations in Dr. Renk's name may be made to the Roper St. Francis Foundation (write "Emergency Services" in memo line), 125 Doughty Street, Suite 790, Charleston, SC 29403.