FLORENCE---Three prominent South Carolinians will be awarded honorary degrees from Francis Marion University during fall commencement exercises at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.
Selected to receive honorary doctoral degrees are: Edward E. Saleeby Sr. of Hartsville and John W. Drummond of Ninety Six, both members of the S.C. Senate, and Ashpy P. Lowrimore of Florence, regional president of Branch Banking and Trust Co.
Sen. Drummond will be the commencement speaker for the 303 candidates for FMU degrees. Candidates include 231 students for undergraduate degrees, 60 for graduate diplomas and 12 for Medical University of South Carolina degrees to students completing the satellite nursing program at FMU.
Saleeby has served in the state senate (District 29—Chesterfield, Darlington, Florence, Lee and Marlboro counties) since 1973. He previously served in the S.C. House of Representatives from 1951 to 1958. Saleeby received his LL.B. degree from the University of South Carolina in 1949 and is an attorney with Saleeby and Cox, P.A., law firm in Hartsville. He is past president of the S.C. Trial Lawyers Association and a former member of the Board of Directors of the S.C. Bar Association. He has served on boards of Byerly Hospital, the University of South Carolina, Coker College and Clemson University.
Saleeby is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Hartsville Masonic Lodge No. 173, Hartsville Moose Lodge No. 1770, Kiwanis Club, Darlington County Red Fez Club, is a Scottish Rite Mason, and a charter member of the Hartsville Junior Chamber of Commerce. He is also a former member of the Hartsville Advisory Board, S.C. National Bank, and served as Potentate for Omar Temple in 1968. Saleeby was named Hartsville “Man of the Year” in 1981.
Saleeby is married to the former Willie Meta Calcutt and they have three children.
Drummond is president pro tempore of the South Carolina Senate. He represents District 10 (Greenwood and Abbeville counties), having served in the state senate since 1967. He served in the state House of Representatives in 1965-66.
He is president of Drummond Oil Co. and Greenwood Petroleum Co., Gulf oil distributors. A decorated veteran of World War II, he served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force from 1943 to 1947. Among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart twice, Air Medal nine times, three Battle Stars and a Presidential Citation.
Drummond is a member of the board of deacons of First Baptist Church in Ninety Six, and is the Worshipful Master of Eureka Lodge No. 48 and a 32nd Degree Mason Shriner. He is also a member of the American Legion and is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the College of Charleston and Board of Visitors at Clemson University.
In the state Senate, he is chairman of the Finance Committee and the Interstate Cooperation Committee, a member of the Budget and Control Board, vice chairman of the Fish, Game and Forestry Committee and the Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, and a member of the Rules Committee and the Operations and Management Committee.
In 1976, he was chosen one of 10 outstanding state legislators in the United States by the Assembly of Governmental Employees. He has been named “Legislator of the Year” several times by numerous organizations. He holds honorary degrees from Clemson University, The Citadel, the University of South Carolina, the Medical University of South Carolina and Lander University.
A native of Marion, Lowrimore has 38 years of banking experience. As BB&T president of the coastal region of South Carolina, he is responsible for 32 branches. He’s held this position since 1994. Prior to that he was city executive with Southern National Bank from 1989 to 1994, regional executive with First Union National Bank from 1985 to 1989 and worked in several capacities with Guaranty Bank and Trust Co. from 1962 to 1985. He also was a senior accountant with Sealtest Foods Division from 1954 to 1962.
Lowrimore was a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto in 1995 and was president of the Florence Rotary Club the same year. In 1990, he was president and campaign chairman of United Way. He has served on the executive board of Boy Scouts of America since 1994 and has been a member of Calvary Baptist Church since 1954. He was named Florence County “Business Person of the Year” in 1994.
A 1956 graduate of Carolina College of Commerce in Florence, Lowrimore has taken numerous other correspondence and self-study courses. He and his wife Carolyn have three children.
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