NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A resolution passed on Thursday afternoon at the Charleston County Aviation Authority Board Meeting to rename the main terminal at Charleston International Airport after late U.S. Senator and former South Carolina Gov. Fritz Hollings.
Former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley says Hollings’ family supported the terminal renaming before he died on April 6.
“This entire week has been about celebrating Sen. Hollings’ life and achievements. I applaud the Authority board for recognizing his enduring legacy in such a meaningful way,” Riley said.
Charleston County Councilman Elliot Summey introduced the resolution.
“The airport benefited greatly from his vision. Opportunities like the new air service(s) we’ve garnered in the last decade were made possible by the groundwork of his long-term commitment to aviation,” he said.
The move comes just two days after Hollings’ was laid to rest after services at The Citadel with eulogies given by current Gov. Henry McMaster and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Hollings served in Congress from 1966 to 2005 and prior to serving as a U.S. senator, Hollings also served as South Carolina’s lieutenant governor from 1955 to 1959, and as governor from 1959 to 1963.
Among Hollings’ noteworthy accomplishments included integrating South Carolina schools, when other states were fighting against it. He also established the state’s technical college system and educational television.
Hollings served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945.
His political career began in 1948 when he was elected to the South Carolina General Assembly at age 26.
He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for president in 1984.
He retired from Congress on Jan. 3, 2005, at age 83. After 38 years, he told Mike Wallace of CBS’s “60 Minutes” that he was “sick or raising money to get re-elected,” so he was going home to Charleston.