Interesting and Influential People of Orangeburg

Interesting and Influential People of Orangeburg

by Gene Atkinson


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Did you know that Clemson University's glorious football program was started by Orangeburg native Walter Riggs in 1896? Or that the 1998 Nobel Prize for Medicine was won by Dr. Robert Furchgott, who graduated from Orangeburg High School, where he played on the state championship football team? Four of South Carolina's Mothers of the Year have come from Orangeburg, and Dr. Clemmie Webber went on to be the National Mother of the Year in 1983. Who could forget Mrs. Willie Berry's famous Apple Stickies"? she served at her fabulous restaurant, Berry's on the Hill? Do you remember Skip Mutch, who taught over ten thousand people how to swim at the Edisto River swimming area? Did you know that Dr. Hilla Sheriff has been referred to as the "Grand Dame of South Carolina Public Health, "? as she did more than anyone to improve our state's public health? All of these stories and more are featured in this fascinating collection by local historian Gene Atkinson."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596297357
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 07/06/2010
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dr. Gene Atkinson is an Orangeburg dentist and local historian. He has authored two pictorial histories on Orangeburg and has served on numerous local committees and boards. He chaired the renovation committee that won the South Carolina Downtown Association's award for the best downtown building restoration in South Carolina in 2001. In 2004, Dr. Atkinson was named as Orangeburg's Citizen of the Year for his many contributions to Orangeburg life. He received the prestigious Order of the Palmetto award in 2010.

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