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Charles Virgil Render, 57, an administrative staff member at several colleges in the state and an advocate for African-American youths seeking opportunities to gain a college degree, died Monday (July 21, 1997) at his home in Rochester after a lengthy illness.

Born in Rockford, Ill., he attended public schools there and in Los Angeles. He served in the U.S. Navy and moved to Buffalo in the early 1960s.

He worked at Buffalo Forge while gaining his bachelor's degree in history and social work and his master's degree in educational administration and college student personnel from Buffalo State College.

Over a 30-year period, he worked in administrative roles at Buffalo State, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

He retired in 1990 and began a small enterprise called NuTrend Merchandising in Rochester, specializing in resume writing and interviewing techniques for students in Rochester.

He retired in 1996 because of illness.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Belle Render of Rochester; a son, James; two daughters, Angela Stewart and Sheila Perry; two brothers, Melvin of Buffalo and Dale of California; a sister, Frances Allen of California; and three grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at noon Saturday in Latimer Chapel, 983 S. Plymouth Ave., Rochester. Interment will be scheduled.

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