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CSU mourns passing of founding Trustee

Marketing and Communication // 12.11.17

The Charleston Southern University family is mourning the loss of founding Board of Trustee member Dr. Lewis E. McCormick, who passed away on Monday, December 11 at the age of 95.

President Jairy C. Hunter Jr. said, “Lewis McCormick was a founding trustee of the university. Dr. McCormick was a committed Christian and dear friend of CSU. He was also a faithful supporter of the university and will be greatly missed. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.”

McCormick served as pastor of Mullins First Baptist Church in Mullins, S.C., for almost 30 years. He was a dedicated member of the Board of Trustees, serving several terms. He and fellow members of the first board were committed to opening the Baptist College at Charleston, now known as Charleston Southern University. He traveled many miles and attended numerous meetings in the early 1960s in an effort to start a Christian college in the Lowcountry. 

The university granted him an honorary doctor of divinity in 1983 for his dedication, and established the Lewis E. McCormick Endowed Scholarship in his honor.

The McCormick family has a strong heritage with Charleston Southern University. Two daughters graduated from the university, Helen McCormick Bayne in 1977 and Elizabeth “Libba” McCormick Shepherd in 1982. McCormick’s grandson, Brian Shepherd, graduated in 2009.

For many years, Dr. McCormick attended functions at the university and shared stories of the institution’s early days. He was a highly respected minister of the gospel and loved by his CSU family.

Lewis McCormick

Pictured left to right: Dr. Franklin Mason, founding Trustee Dr. Lewis McCormick, CSU Executive Director of Development Bill Ward