Remembering U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings

Senator Fritz Hollings

APRIL 6, 2019  —  Former S.C. Gov. and U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings is being remembered by the Charleston School of Law as a tenacious leader who worked to bolster South Carolina’s future.

Following retirement from the U.S. Senate in 2005, Hollings served as a distinguished visiting professor at the school and periodically lectured.

“The school was honored to have Senator Hollings with us,” said Charleston School of Law President Ed Bell after learning news that the senator died earlier today.  “His friendship and assistance over the years have meant a great deal to us.  He will be sorely missed.”

Bell recalled how Hollings and the late Sen. Strom Thurmond worked to better South Carolina when they were Senate colleagues.

“It was an era that South Carolina benefited from so much,” Bell said.  “Senator Hollings was tenacious.  He was up front with you.  I think he was a forward-thinking leader.  For example, he was the first one to come up with the idea to freeze the federal budget and let the economy catch up with the budget.  It’s still a good idea.”

Hollings served as the school’s first commencement speaker when the Class of 2007 graduated that May. He also received an honorary doctorate during the ceremony.

During the speech, Hollings reminded graduates that lawyers were among the greatest of American leaders.  Invoking the names of American lawyers and patriots from Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison to Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hollings urged the Class of 2007 to use their talents and skills in law to help lead the nation.


“Today as you graduate, America’s heart is strong,” Hollings said in 2007.  “We’ve got strong communities, the most productive industries, the most competitive society.  People are ready, willing and able to sacrifice.  But we need, in their wake, the graduating Class of 2007 – lawyers – to give her a steady hand.  You can do it.”

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