Obituary for Dr. Charles Patrick Tharp

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Dr. Charles Patrick Tharp

December 3, 1939 - May 19, 2017

Charles Patrick Tharp, passed away on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the age of 77. Loving husband of Peggy Tharp; Dear father of Joni (Mark) Tharp Duncan and Jeremy (Tracey) Tharp; Dear grandfather of Ben Duncan, Rachel Tharp, and Emma Tharp. Loving uncle, cousin, brother-in-law, and friend to many. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Mary Tharp; one daughter, Tricia Tharp; one brother, Lawrence “Buster” Tharp; and one sister, Mary Edna Stafford.

Dr. Tharp was born in Hannibal, Missouri and graduated from Hannibal High School  and then attended the St. Louis College of Pharmacy where he completed his B.S. in Pharmacy degree, and continued on to earn a Master’s degree.  He then went to the University of Mississippi where he earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration with a Minor in Sociology and Social Research Methods.  He was a professor at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama for five years, and taught at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy for six years full-time and later, part-time for another 5 years.  He has authored three text books in his field and numerous published papers.  Dr. Tharp worked at a pharmaceutical company where he served in top executive positions for 13 years.  He left to establish the international pharmaceutical consulting firm specializing in technology transfer, The Melling Group, in 1989.  As a semi-retired Senior Partner, he works part-time for The Melling Group.  He also lectures occasionally at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and helps retiring pharmacy owners sell their pharmacies upon their retirement.  In recent years, he authored a course on Preventing Suicides for Pharmacists, an on-line course which has been taken for Continuing Education credit by over 4,000 pharmacists nation-wide.  He has received two ‘Outstanding Alumni” awards from STLCOP, one for service to the college and one for service to the community.  In 2003, he established Pharmacists Preventing Suicides©, a group of pharmacists and pharmacy educators.  Through training programs for diverse groups of professionals, suicide prevention practitioners and lay audiences; policy analysis and legislative advocacy, PPS© helps pharmacy, healthcare professionals and hundreds of others to prevent suicides and improve the quality of life for those at risk of taking their own lives.  Dr. Tharp has made Suicide Prevention presentations to the faculty and students of both Missouri Schools of Pharmacy, the Ole Miss College of Pharmacy, the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy, The Rosalind Franklin University College of Pharmacy, The Mid-America Province of Kappa Psi in 2013 (brothers from y colleges), the Illinois Pharmacists Association, the Missouri Board of Pharmacy and many other pharmacy organizations, civic organizations, high schools and middle school parents and teachers groups.  He is a long-time member of the American Pharmacists Association, the Missouri Pharmacists Association, the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Alumni Association, the Ole Miss Alumni Association and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. He received the Preston W. Eldridge, Jr. Award from Kappa Psi in 2007 for 50 years’ active membership and the Gold Alumni Award from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 2011. Dr. Tharp is married to his long-time bride Peggy.  They have two grown children, two in-law children and three young-adult grandchildren.  Their youngest daughter, Tricia LeAnn Tharp, lost her life to depression and suicide a few years ago. They live in North St. Charles, Missouri and are actively involved with the Immanuel Lutheran Church of St. Charles.  

Services: A visitation will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 4pm-8pm at Hutchens-Stygar Funeral and Cremation Center, 5987 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., St. Charles. Visitation prior to funeral from 10am-11am at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 115 S. 6th Street, St. Charles. Funeral service will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 22, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Interment will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations are appreciated to Pharmacists Preventing Suicide, Immanuel Lutheran Church St. Charles, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, or The University of Mississippi.


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Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hutchens-Stygar Funeral and Cremation Center


5987 Mid Rivers Mall Dr.
St. Charles, MO 63304

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Date: Monday, May 22, 2017

Time: 11:00 am -

Immanuel Lutheran Church St. Charles


115 S. 6th Street
St. Charles, MO 63301

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Date: Monday, May 22, 2017

Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery


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Born: December 3, 1939
Died: May 19, 2017

Condolences for Dr. Charles Patrick Tharp

Lauren P. posted on6/6/17

I'm so sorry to hear of Dr. Tharp's passing. I am thankful for his passion in creating and implementing Pharmacists Preventing Suicide. He was a wonderful brother of Kappa Psi, and will be missed.


Dennis Rees posted on5/22/17

Please accept my condolences. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Dr Tharp was a very good educator and one of my favorite professors at at SLCoP and he became a good friend in the years following my graduation. I will always remember the many lunches we shared together at Helen Firzgerald's Restaurant the past 20 years and our lunch conversations which always ranged from managed health care issues and policies to to the more important discussions of grandchildren. I will always remember what a good person Dr Tharp was to me and to so many others. Dr. Tharp will be greatly missed.


Jennifer Bergauer posted on5/20/17

We are so sorry for your loss and are sending prayers for comfort to you all. The Bergauer Family


Dan and Bev Ramage posted on5/20/17

We say goodbye and Godspeed to a true "fisher" of men. Prayers and love go with Patrick. Our tears and hugs stay with family and friends.


M Jones posted on5/20/17

I am sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. I hope the family will find some comfort and strength in Jesus promise of the earthly resurrection(Acts 24:15)and the renewed Paradise earth, where death will be no more and no family will mourn the death of a loved one.-Revelation 21:3,4;John 5:28,29;Luke 23:43. may GOD(Psalms 83:18)grant you peace and comfort now, during this grievous time.-Matthew 5:4.


Jayne Davis posted on5/19/17

May the strength of God guild You to find peace! With much heartfelt love to Joni, Ben, Mark and Peggy, God Speed Sir Patrick!


Melton Family posted on5/19/17

We are praying for your family. We ask God to comfort you all and give you grace and strength for the difficult days ahead. We pray you will rest secure in the knowledge the one you love so much is at home with our Heavenly Father. Billy, Lynn and Matthew Melton