Charles Albert Sink (1879-1972) — also known as Charles A. Sink — of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born in Westernville, Oneida County, N.Y., July 4, 1879. Son of Herman Sink and Caroline (Gleasman) Sink; married, June 18, 1923, to Alva Joanna Gordon. Republican. Member of Michigan state house of representatives from Washtenaw County 1st District, 1919-20, 1925-26; member of Michigan state senate 12th District, 1921-22, 1927-30; candidate in primary for Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 1932; member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1936; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1948. Congregationalist. Member, Rotary; Freemasons; Acacia Fraternity; Phi Mu Alpha; Phi Kappa Phi. Died, from a stroke, in St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich., December 17, 1972. Entombed at Washtenong Memorial Park, Ann Arbor Township, Washtenaw County, Mich.
Charles A. Sink Papers 1890s-1996, Bentley Historical Library
Charles A. Sink was born July 4, 1879, in Westernville, NY in Oneida County, and attended high school in Churchville, NY He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1904. That same year, he began his long association with the University Musical Society, serving first as secretary (1904-07), executive manager (1907-27), and then president (1927-68). In addition, Sink was secretary and business manager of the University of Michigan School of Music (1904-27), then its president (1927-40).
Sink was also politically active. He served in both the state house and senate. He was a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives (1919-20 and 1925-26) and the Michigan Senate (1921-22, 1927-28, 1929-1930). In the legislature, Sink was chairman of the committees on education in both the Senate and House. Here he sponsored legislation affecting the state educational system and institutions. Sink was also a candidate in the 1932 primary for the office of lieutenant governor. Prior to this he was a member of the Republican State Central Committee (1928-32).
Throughout his life, Sink was involved in a variety of community and philanthropic activities. He died December 17, 1972.