Fritz Hollings Bio
Fritz Hollings ( Age 97 ) was an American politician who served as the United States Senator from South Carolina from 1966 to 2005. A Democrat, he was also the Governor of South Carolina and the 77th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina.
Born: January 1, 1922, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: April 6, 2019
Governor: George Timmerman, Jr
Years of service: 1942–1945
Spouse: Rita Louise Liddy (m. 1971–2012), Patricia Salley Hollings (m. 1946)
Education: the University of South Carolina, The Citadel, University of South Carolina School of Law
Fritz Hollings was born on 1st January 1922 and died on 6 April 2019. He has died at the age of 97. Hollings was born in Charleston, South Carolina, the son of Wilhelmine Dorothea Meyer and Adolph Gevert Hollings, Sr. He was raised at 338 President St. in the Hampton Park Terrace neighborhood from the age of 10 until he enrolled in college.
He graduated from The Citadel in 1942, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree. He received an LL.B.
from the University of South Carolina in 1947 after only 21 months of study, and joined a law practice in Charleston.
Hollings is a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He was married to Rita Liddy “Peatsy” Hollings from 1971 until her death in October 2012.
He had four children (Michael, Helen Patricia Salley, and Ernest the 3rd) with his first wife, (Martha) Patricia Salley Hollings. He is a Lutheran. In addition, Fritz and Patricia had two sons who died.
Hollings served as an officer in the U.S. Army’s 353rd and 457th Artillery units from 1942 to 1945, during World War II, and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in direct support of combat operations from December 13, 1944, to May 1, 1945, in France and Germany. He received the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five Bronze Service Stars for participation in Tunisia, Southern France, Rome-Arno, Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns.
Later Life and Death Cause
In retirement, Hollings wrote opinion editorials for newspapers in South Carolina. He was regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
His opinion editorials were also published every week in EconomyInCrisis.org, an independent protectionist news blog. In 2008, the University of South Carolina Press published Making Government Work, a book authored by Hollings with Washington, D.C., journalist Kirk Victor, imparting Hollings’ view on the changes needed in Washington.
Among other things, the book recommended a dramatic decrease in the amount of campaign spending. It also attacked free trade policies as inherently destructive, suggesting that certain protectionist measures built the United States and that only a few parties actually benefited from free trade, such as large manufacturing corporations.
Hollings started the Hollings Scholarship in 2005. It gave over 100 undergraduates from around the country a 10-week internship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a monetary scholarship for the school year.
Hollings helped to establish the Hollings Center for International Dialogue, an organization which promotes dialogue between the United States and Turkey, the nations of the Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia, and other countries with predominantly Muslim populations in order to open channels of communication, deepen cross-cultural understanding, expand people-to-people contacts, and generate new thinking on important international issues.
Hollings was also on the board of advisors as a distinguished visiting professor of Law with the Charleston School of Law. He delivered the commencement address to the first graduating class there on May 19, 2007.
Hollings died on April 6, 2019, after a period of declining health.