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Retired Ehrlich Auto Parts Chairman Charles Ehrlich Awarded Clarkson University Honorary Degree

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Charles S. Ehrlich of Menands, N.Y., retired chairman of the board of Ehrlich Auto Parts, received an honorary doctor of science degree at Clarkson University's 109th Commencement in Potsdam, N.Y., on Sunday, May 12.ehrlich1

The degree was awarded "for his professional accomplishment, his inspiring leadership in civic and charitable service, and for his many significant roles in helping to guide the growth and evolution of his alma mater."

Ehrlich is the retired chairman of the board of Ehrlich Auto Parts, a major chain of auto parts stores in New York State's Capital District. Since graduating from Clarkson in 1956 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, he has been active professionally as a leader in the auto parts after-market industry and has given generously of his time to support numerous civic and charitable organizations, as well as his alma mater.

A trustee of St. Mary's Hospital in Troy, N.Y., for over 25 years, he was honored with the Vincentian Award, its highest recognition. He is also very active in Temple Berith Sholom, where he has held every chairmanship, served as president for five terms, and is a life member of the board. He is chairman of the board of AAA Hudson Valley of Albany, N.Y., has served on the state board of directors of AAA, and is former president of the Troy Automobile Club. He is a member of the Central/Capital Region advisory board of HSBC Bank. His service on civic and community boards includes the Emma Willard School, Troy Jewish Community Center, Camp CEDACA, and Heritage Nursing Home.

While his two daughters attended Clarkson, Ehrlich and his wife, Marcia, served on the Parents Committee for seven years, including terms as general chairs of the Parents Association and Parents Fund co-chairs. He has served on the board of governors and as president of the Clarkson Alumni Association, and has chaired Clarkson's Roundtable committee.

In 1991 Ehrlich received the Golden Knight Award, Clarkson's highest alumni honor, for his outstanding service to the community and University. He received the ECAC Award of Appreciation as Institutional Alumni Representative for his support of college athletics and Clarkson hockey. A Clarkson Trustee since 1992, he chairs the enrollment committee and serves on many other committees, including development, marketing, and student life.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is an independent technological university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in technology-based fields. Its academically rigorous, collaborative culture involves 2,600 undergraduates and 350 graduate students in hands-on team projects, multidisciplinary research, and real-world challenges. Many faculty members achieve international recognition for their scholarship and research, and teaching is a priority at every level. For more information, visit

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