Charles E. Reilly, Jr.
Mr. Charles E. Reilly, Jr. was commissioned a Medical Service Corps Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School 21 April 1952 and the Medical Field Service School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. His first duty assignment was as Assistant Battalion Surgeon, Medical Company, 110th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Division, Ulm, Germany.
He graduated from St. Joseph’s College (now University) in 1950 and entered the Armed Forces shortly after the outbreak of hostilities in Korea. He served in the field artillery before earning his commission from OCS at the Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia. He was then selected for training in the Medical Service Corps and was stationed with the U.S. Occupation Forces in Germany as an assistant battalion surgeon.
His military awards include: the Good Conduct Medal; the European Theater Occupation Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
Upon his release from the military he began a career in communications with the newly established TV Guide magazine in Radnor, Pennsylvania, and then in New York City. He later held management positions in New York with the advertising and public relations agencies Young & Rubicam, J. Walter Thompson, Ogilvy & Mather and Hammond Farrell. In 1976 he founded In-Person Communications, a counseling firm that assists corporate leadership in North America and Europe. He retired from day to day operations at In-Person in November 2006 but serves today as chairman emeritus.
Mr. Reilly had been writing for the newspapers since the late 1980s, first with The Suburban & Wayne Times and then for The Main Line Life. His weekly column “Man About Town” led to a television show with the same name at Radnor Studio 21, the cable television station serving suburban Philadelphia and beyond. He went on to write an occasional column for Main Line Media News.
Mr. Reilly established and developed the first National Catholic Office for Radio & Television (NCORT), the official liaison between the hierarchy and the ABC, CBS and NBC networks, principle broadcasting companies at the time. Pope Paul IV appointed him a consultant to the Vatican’s office for the mass media and he was in Rome actively involved in the preparation of Communio et Progresso, the Holy See’s pastoral instruction on communications. He and the late Don McGannon, president of Westinghouse broadcasting, were the first American laymen appointed to the Pontifical Communications Commission.
He is a graduste of St. Joseph's University with additional studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the Charles Morris Price School. He is a former member of The Board of Directors of The Navy League, Staff Officer of The Military Order of World War; Appointed to The Pontifical Commission for Social Communication by His Holiness, Pope Paul V; Commander, Military Order of Foreign Wars. He is the Founder/President of In-Person Communications Incorporated and served as Chairman of The Executive Committee of The Executive Communications Group.
As a lieutenant colonel at the Valley Forge Military Academy & College he provided communications and public relations expertise to the professional staff and the Corps of Cadets from 1995 to 2003. During his earlier years in Manhattan he was an adjunct professor at St. John’s University and for 30 years served as a member of the visiting committee of the communications department at Loyola University in New Orleans. In 2002 he earned his Masters of Arts degree from Villanova University where he also lectured.
Mr. Reilly was elected to the OCS Hall of Fame at Fort Benning in 1996. He is a past commander (PA) of the Military Order of Foreign Wars (MOFW), the nation’s oldest order of present and past military officers and their descendants. He was also among the Founding Sponsors of the National Museum of the U.S. Army. He is a chevalier of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem.
He is a past member of both the Friars Club and the Princeton Club in New York City and the Union League of Philadelphia where he chaired the Armed Services committee. He was also a past member and governor of the Merion Cricket Club, Haverford, Pennsylvania. He belonged to the St. David’s Golf Club. Reilly was a longtime tennis official and worked the lines at the National Championships at Forest Hills, NY for several years as well as other tournaments around the country.
Charles E. Reilly, Jr. was born in Philadelphia, the first son of Charles, Sr. and the former Kathryn McHugh. He is a grandson of Bart McHugh, Sr., founder and longtime director of Philadelphia’s annual Mummers Day Parade.