School of Business names 2006 Alumnus of the Year
Lawrence E. McKay, Jr. of Mount Pleasant today was named The Citadel School of Business Administration’s Alumnus of the Year. The 1958 graduate of the Military College of South Carolina was recognized for his many contributions to education and business.
“Receiving the award is not to honor a single person, but to recognize the impact of each and every citizen-soldier that strives to live The Citadel code of ethics, leadership, and duty to our college, family, community, and magnificent country,” McKay said upon receiving the award at a reception in his honor.
The award is given annually each year at homecoming to honor a graduate who has enjoyed success and made significant contributions to the community through the principles of integrity, fairness and concern for others, as well as the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge to promote enlightened changes in society and the desire to personally improve and grow.
McKay said he was encouraged to attend The Citadel by his father, his Uncle Bill (Citadel Class of 1953), and Mr. Matty Matthews (The Hall of Fame Citadel boxing coach). At The Citadel, McKay was elected President of the Class of 1958, received the John O. Wilson ring, the Wall St. Journal Award, was President of the Round Table, member Junior Sword Drill, and served as manager of the basketball team.
Since graduating, McKay has dedicated his efforts to proudly serve his county, country, community, and family as a citizen-soldier, the hallmark of every Citadel graduate. He earned a masters degree from Duke University en route to a teaching assignment in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He spent 20 years on active duty including tours in Vietnam as aviation officer 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and later as Commanding Officer, F Battery, 79th Aerial Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. His “Blue Max” cobra attack helicopter unit was selected as the Army Aviation Association of America, unit of the year for tank kills at the Battle of An Loc, Easter, 1972. At the Battle of An Loc, Larry McKay and his co-pilot, Barry McIntyre, became the first helicopter pilots in history to destroy an enemy tank. McKay’s military decorations include the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Bronze Star.
McKay returned home to Charleston in 1978 to become the Headmaster at East Cooper School. He served as a vice president and officer at the Seabrook Island Co. and at Wild Dunes Associates. He was the founding president of the Wild Dunes Telecommunication Co., the first shared-tenant telephone company in South Carolina. He currently serves on the boards of three businesses, and is a founding partner in Horizon Capital Group, LLC. He was director of cadet activities at The Citadel from November 1987 thru November 1995.
McKay’s community support included service on the Trident United Way Board, Junior Achievement Board, Youth Services Charleston Board, Christ Our King Parish Council, Chairman of Golf Committees for Kidney Foundation, Rice Planters, and The USCA Senior Amature at Wild Dunes. He was the President of the East Cooper Meals on Wheels Board.