FLORENCE – A gift by the late Peter D. Hyman, who was instrumental in the founding of Francis Marion University, will provide a trust fund of $660,000, payable to the university’s foundation over the next several years.
The trust is a planned gift to the FMU Foundation and will assist the foundation in its role of promoting the educational purpose and overall mission of the university.
Hyman died May 11, 1999, at the age of 71 after several years of declining health. A respected Florence attorney, he served in the state House of Representatives in the late 1960s, where he was one of the strongest advocates of bringing a four-year college to the Pee Dee.
Hyman was elected to the statewide board that governed FMU in 1979 and served on the school’s planning and development committee until 1988, when the statewide board was disbanded in favor of a local Board of Trustees. Hyman became the first chairman of the new board and remained on the board until his death.
The Florence native also was a major donor to FMU. A long-standing member of the FMU Foundation Board, he supported the Friends of Francis Marion and the Patriots Brigade and endowed a chair in fine arts through the FMU Foundation. The Peter D. Hyman Fine Arts Center on the FMU campus bears his name.
“This planned gift shows what my father’s feelings were for Francis Marion University,” said Dr. Peter Hyman, a Florence physician. “He worked very hard to establish FMU, and he wanted the university to continue to grow.”
“Very few individuals have had as significant an impact on Francis Marion University as Peter Hyman,” said FMU President Fred Carter. “He truly was a ‘founding father’ of the university and one of FMU’s most ardent supporters. He was also a dear personal friend of mine for the past two decades. Through the years, he dedicated countless hours of service to Francis Marion. Now, his generous legacy will benefit the institution as a whole for many years to come. We are deeply appreciative of this lasting gift.”
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