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4066Type of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution CRIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 20010503Primary Sponsor: StuartAll Sponsors: Stuart, Harrison and AllisonDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\skb\18474som01.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20010503Subject: Donald C. Capps, ResolutionsHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 20010503 Received from Senate Senate 20010503 Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence House 20010503 Introduced, adopted, sent to Senate Versions of This Bill
TO COMMEND DONALD C. CAPPS OF COLUMBIA, PRESIDENT EMERITUS OF THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF SOUTH CAROLINA, FOR THE INVALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS HE HAS MADE OVER THE LAST FORTY-FIVE YEARS IN AIDING THE BLIND CITIZENS OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND THE NATION, AND TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON RECEIVING AN HONORARY DOCTOR OF LETTERS FROM USC SPARTANBURG.
Whereas, Donald C. Capps, a native of Mullins, was educated at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind, completed his education in the Mullins public schools and graduated from Draughton Business College; and
Whereas, Mr. Capps became legally blind in 1954. He worked as a Claims Administrator for Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Company in Columbia for thirty-eight years, officially retiring on June 30, 1985; and
Whereas, in 1959 Don was elected a member of the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind and served continuously until 1985. He returned to the federation's board in 1986 and is now its most senior member; and
Whereas, for the past forty-five years, Mr. Capps has articulated the needs of blind citizens of South Carolina. He was elected president of the state chapter of the National Federation of the Blind at the age of twenty-seven when there were three chapters. He served fifteen two-year terms as president, and the federation's presence in the State has grown to fifty-eight chapters; and
Whereas, Don founded the Federation Center of the Blind and the Rocky Bottom Camp of the Blind. He has served on the Board of Commissioners of the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind since 1981; and
Whereas, Don has been honored with many awards; the Kentucky Fried Chicken Colonel's Way Award, the Jefferson Award, the Outstanding Leader in Education Award, and the Order of the Palmetto. On May 5, 2001, USC Spartanburg will award him an Honorary Doctor of Letters; and
Whereas, Don is a member and deacon of Kilbourne Park Baptist Church. He and his wife, Betty, have been married almost fifty-two years, and are long-time residents of Columbia. They have a son, Craig, a daughter, Beth Holdcraft, and three grandchildren, Laura Elizabeth, Aaron, and Michael; and
Whereas, Don is an articulate and effective spokesperson and advocate for the blind. The General Assembly gratefully acknowledges the resolute, professional manner in which Mr. Capps has pursued his life's work. He is an excellent role model and mentor to all. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly commend Donald C. Capps of Columbia, President Emeritus of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina, for the invaluable contributions he has made over the last forty-five years in aiding the blind citizens of South Carolina and the nation, and congratulate him on receiving an honorary Doctor of Letters from USC Spartanburg.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Donald C. Capps.
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