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Florence Attorney, Two Retired FMU Administrators to Receive FMU Honorary Degrees Dec. 16

            FLORENCE--- A Florence attorney and two retired university administrators will be awarded honorary degrees from Francis Marion University during fall commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Smith University Center gymnasium.

            Selected to receive honorary doctoral degrees are: Eugene N. (Nick) Zeigler, Marvin W. Lynch and Joseph E. Heyward, all of Florence.

            Zeigler also will be the commencement speaker for the 222 candidates for FMU degrees.  Candidates include 183 students for undergraduate degrees and 39 for graduate diplomas. 

            A native of Florence, Zeigler received a bachelor’s degree from the University of the South in 1942 and his juris doctorate degree from Harvard Law School in 1949.

            He has practiced law in Florence since 1949, and is presently of counsel in the law firm of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. In 2005, he received the Durant Distinguished Service Award from the South Carolina Bar Foundation.

            Zeigler saw active duty in the U.S. Navy in World War II and served on four aircraft carriers in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He remained active in the Naval Reserve and retired with the rank of captain.

            His civic and political activities include: the National Board of Big Brothers of America, 1955-57; S.C. House of Representatives, 1961-62; chairman, S.C. Interagency Council on Arts and Humanities, 1966; S.C. Senate, 1967-1972; nominee of the S.C. Democratic Party for U.S. Senate, 1972; chairman, S.C. Human Affairs Commission, 1973-75; member and chairman, S.C. Department of Corrections, 1975-1990; trustee of the Florence Museum, 1951-present; secretary of the Saint David’s Society, 1977-2005; the Florence Kiwanis Club; and a member of the advisory committee of the Southern Studies Program at the University of South Carolina.

            He taught political science (1970-71) at Francis Marion College when it became a four-year, degree granting institution.

            Zeigler is the author of three books, Florence, A Renaissance Spirit; Barnwell Blarney; and Refugees and Remnants, and numerous articles on the history of Florence as well as several plays. 

            Zeigler was awarded the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award by the S. C. Arts Commission in 1972 and the Jack Baker Award by the Florence Arts Council in 1992. In 1999, he was honored with the Order of the Palmetto, this state’s highest civilian award. And in 2001, he was named the Ralph King Anderson Award recipient by the Florence County Bar. He was awarded the Governor’s Award in the Humanities for his lifetime achievement as a scholar and historian in 2004.

            Zeigler is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Florence and is the chancellor of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina, 1985-present. He is married to the former Anne Marian Lide and they have four children and eleven grandchildren.

            Lynch, a native of Pamplico, retired in 1995 from FMU after serving as director of admissions and an instructor in business administration for 25 years. He had served as director of admissions at USC Florence for two years prior to the institution becoming FMU. His career also includes serving as executive director of the Pee Dee Area Big Brother Association for six years and as a teacher and coach for three years at Ridge Spring-Monetta High School and Pamplico High School. He coached the Pamplico boys basketball team to the state championship in 1961 and was a volunteer basketball coach at USC Florence for six years.

            Ordained as a Baptist minister, he currently serves as a volunteer chaplain for FMU. Active in Calvary Baptist Church, he is also involved in the Florence Baptist Association and the South Carolina State Baptist Convention.

            A graduate of Pamplico High School, Lynch earned an associate’s degree at North Greenville College, a bachelor’s degree at Furman University and a master’s degree in management and supervision at Central Michigan University.

            Active in numerous community organizations, Lynch helped organize the Pee Dee Area Soap Box Derby in 1966, helped organize the Baptist Student Union at USC Florence and chaired the S. C. Steering Committee for the 1970 White House Conference on Children and Youth. He also served a three-year term on the Florence School District One Board of Trustees.

            While at FMU, he was active in the Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. In 1991, he was one of three persons to be given and award of excellence by CACRACO. He was named outstanding young man of the year by the Florence Jaycees in 1966 and won the Civitan Good Citizen Award in 1971. He also has served as interim pastor for churches on 27 occasions.

            Lynch and his wife Norma have one son.

            Heyward retired in June after a 32-year career serving in a number of roles at FMU.   He came to work at FMU in 1973 as director of student facilities, assistant dean of student affairs, academic counselor and instructor of mathematics. After serving as area representative for U.S. Senator Ernest Hollings for two years, he became assistant superintendent for Florence School District One for three years, before returning to FMU as vice president for college activities. On three occasions, he served as provost on interim appointments, before concluding his career as vice president for student affairs.

            He also taught high school at Rosemont Junior High in Norfolk, Va., served as a commissioned officer for two years in the U.S. Army in Kaiserlauthern, Germany, and was a teacher and principal in Florence School District One.

            A native of Florence, Heyward earned a bachelor’s in mathematics at Hampton Institute in Hampton, Va., in 1963, a master’s in mathematics from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md., in 1971, and a doctorate in student personnel administration from the University of South Carolina in 1987.             

            Heyward is active in numerous professional organizations, including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Association of Fraternity Advisors, the Southern Association of College Student Affairs and the S.C. College Personnel Association. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and has been extremely active in that organization’s growth and development since his initiation in 1963.

            He also belongs to Fidi Amici Social Club, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Florence Rotary Club, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

            Over the years, Heyward has been active in more than 40 community civic organizations, including United Way, the Urban League, Heart to Heart, People for People, Pelican House Inc., Florence Chamber of Commerce, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Pee Dee Area Council—Boy Scouts of America, Pee Dee Big Brothers Association, Florence Boys Club of America, Pee Dee Housing Development Corp., New Hope of Florence and the Florence Symphony Board of Directors.           

            He has received many awards and honors, including the Distinguished Service Award from the S.C. Commission on Higher Education in 1998, and he has been recognized more than 20 times with awards from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. A scholarship honoring him was established at FMU in 2005.

            Heyward is very active in Cumberland United Methodist Church, including chairing the renovation/restoration committee. He is married to the former Evelyn Sargent, and they have three children and four grandchildren.

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