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4104Type of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution CRIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19990518Primary Sponsor: McGeeAll Sponsors: McGee, Askins, M. Hines and J. HinesDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\pt\1555dw99.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 19990519Subject: The Honorable Peter DeWitt Hyman, Sr., ResolutionsHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 19990519 Received from Senate Senate 19990519 Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence House 19990518 Introduced, adopted, sent to Senate Versions of This Bill
TO EXPRESS THE PROFOUND SORROW OF THE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA UPON LEARNING OF THE DEATH OF THE HONORABLE PETER DeWITT HYMAN, SR., A FORMER MEMBER OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM FLORENCE COUNTY, AND TO EXTEND THEIR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO HIS FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS.
Whereas, the members of the General Assembly were deeply saddened to learn of the death of The Honorable Peter DeWitt Hyman, Sr., on Tuesday, May 11, 1999, at the age of seventy-one; and
Whereas, Peter Hyman was born in Florence County and was the son of the late Cannie Elias and Ethel Harrel Hyman; and
Whereas, he began his military career in the United States Navy Reserve in June of 1943 as radio repairman serving in the Asiatic and Pacific theatres. He also served during the Korean Conflict. In July of 1959, he joined the 360th Civil Affairs Brigade of the 120th Army Reserve Command where he held a variety of positions in the units, including Deputy Commander and Commander; and
Whereas, Peter Hyman was commissioned by direct appointment as a Second Lieutenant in the National Guard in June of 1952. He retired as a Brigadier General in the United States Army Reserve in 1985. His final assignment was as Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. General Hyman was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the United States Defense Superior Service Medal; and
Whereas, Peter Hyman attended the University of South Carolina, where he was President of the Freshman Class, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Associate Editor of the South Carolina Law Quarterly, President of the University of South Carolina Law Federation, President of ALSA, and was Special Assistant to the President of USC from 1974-1975. He was a 1954 graduate of the University of South Carolina Law School and later earned a Masters Degree of Law in Torts and Insurance from Harvard University in 1970; and
Whereas, Peter Hyman's illustrious law career began in 1953 and until the date of his retirement, he was actively engaged as a trial practitioner in both civil and criminal matters. In addition to this private practice, Mr. Hyman served as Counsel for Florence County from 1974 until 1996 and was President of the South Carolina Association of County Attorneys in 1982. He was President of the Florence County Bar Association, 1973; and member of the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, and the American Trial Lawyers Association. He retired from active practice with the Hyman Law Firm in 1996, and served the firm "of Counsel" until his death; and
Whereas, as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1961 through 1970, Representative Peter Hyman provided vital leadership in establishing Francis Marion College in Florence. His untiring efforts to bring about the necessary legislation to establish this four-year facility was acknowledged by Francis Marion when the institution awarded him its first Distinguished Service Award. He served on the State College Board of Trustees, which governed the College of Charleston, Lander College, and Francis Marion College. He served on the Board of Trustees for Francis Marion University since its inception in 1993, serving as Chairman from 1988 to 1991; and
Whereas, Peter Hyman established the Peter D. Hyman Chair in Fine Arts and was also a member of the Francis Marion University Foundation Board of Directors. Whereas, the Peter D. Hyman Fine Arts Center is a tribute to his numerous contributions to the institution; and
Whereas, surviving are his wife, Vera Church Hyman of the home; children, Helen H. Wiest of Asheville, Dr. Peter DeWitt Hyman, Jr., and Martha Elizabeth Hyman, both of Florence; and grandchildren, Sarah S. and Nicholas H. Wiest of Asheville and Taylor Jane Holland of Florence; and
Whereas, Peter Hyman's intelligence, friendship, leadership, and love for Francis Marion University will be sorely missed by all whose lives he touched; and
Whereas, it is with great sadness that the career of such an extraordinary individual has come to a close, but due to his unselfish dedication to Florence County and the Palmetto State The Honorable Peter DeWitt Hyman, Sr., has ensured that generations to come will benefit from the work he has so diligently crafted. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, express their profound sorrow upon learning of the death of The Honorable Peter DeWitt Hyman, Sr., a former member of the South Carolina of Representatives from Florence County, and extend their deepest sympathy to his family and many friends.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to his wife, Mrs. Vera Church Hyman.
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