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GOV. DAVID BEASLEY TO SPEAK AT CORPS' COMMENCEMENT

CHARLESTON, S.C.,(Apr. 12)--The Hon. David Muldrow Beasley will speak at The Citadel's commencement exercises for the Corps of Cadets at 9:30 a.m. May 13, in McAlister Field House. Approximately 419 undergraduate degrees will be awarded.

     Beasley will receive an honorary degree of doctor of laws from the military college for his leadership and service to the state of South Carolina and the country. On Jan. 11, Beasley became the 113th person to take the oath of office of the governor of South Carolina.

     Beasley's career in state government began in 1979 when he ran for the South Carolina House of Representatives at the age of 20, while attending Clemson University. Upon his election to the House, he transferred to the University of South Carolina, where he received his juris doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

     He was a member of the South Carolina House from 1979 until 1992 and rose quickly through the House leadership, serving as majority whip, speaker pro tempore and majority leader. He also served as chairman of the Education and Public Works Committee, chairman of the Joint Legislative Study Committee on Education and vice chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Children.

     The Citadel will award five additional honorary degrees during commencement exercises for the Corps of Cadets.

     The Hon. Ronald Calhoun Fulmer will receive an honorary degree of doctor of business. Fulmer is state representative for the 119th District (Charleston County) and serves on the Education and Public Works Standing Committee. He is president of Triple "S" Wholesale, a business that specializes in trophies, plaques and medals.

     Fulmer was graduated from The Citadel in 1967 with a bachelor of science degree. He has received recognition as an astute businessman at the local, state and national levels. Fulmer is active in the Charleston Trident Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the American Legislative Exchange Council. He also serves in the Executive Sertoma Club of Charleston, the German Friendly Society and the One Hundred Club of Charleston.

     Gen. William W. Hartzog will receive an honorary degree of doctor of military science. Hartzog is commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at Fort Monroe, Va. He was graduated from The Citadel in 1963 with a bachelor of arts degree in English and is the first Citadel graduate in the history of the military college to achieve the rank of general.

     He most recently served as deputy commander in chief and chief of staff of the U.S. Atlantic Command in Norfolk, Va. Previously, he served as commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kan; as commanding general of the U.S. Army South at Fort Clayton, Panama; and J-3 for the U.S. Southern Command at Quarry Heights, Panama, during Operation Just Cause.

     He holds a master's degree in psychology from Appalachian State University. He has also completed basic and advanced military education courses at the U.S. Army Infantry School, the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.

     Dr. George Dean Johnson, will receive an honorary degree of doctor of medicine. Johnson, a retired pediatrician, has served the medical, business and philanthropic communities for more than 65 years. He was graduated from The Citadel in 1929 with a bachelor of arts degree in history and modern languages. He attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and was graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1934. He started a private practice in pediatrics in 1939 serving families of the Greater Spartanburg area until he retired in July 1981.

     Johnson has achieved a commendable record during his long and varied career in public service. He served as chairman of the Spartanburg County District 7 School Board; chairman of the board of the Greater Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce; and chairman of the board of the Spartanburg County Foundation. Johnson also served as president of the South Carolina Medical Association and of the Spartanburg County Medical Society.

     Dr. William Thomas Moss will receive an honorary degree of doctor of medicine. Moss is professor emeritus for the Department of Radiation Oncology of the School of Medicine at the Oregon Health Science University in Portland, Ore. Previously, he was a professor and head of the Department of Radiation Oncology from 1974 until 1989. He was graduated from The Citadel in 1939 with a bachelor of science degree in physics. He holds a bachelor of science degree in medicine and master of science degree in anatomy from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Moss received his doctoral degree in medicine from the Washington University School of Medicine at St. Louis in 1944.

     During his professional career, Moss has served as chief of radiation therapy at Ellis Fischel State Cancer Hospital in Columbia, Mo.; instructor in charge of radiation therapy at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at the Washington University School of Medicine; and chief of therapeutic radiology at the Veterans' Administration Research Hospital in Chicago. He has also held staff and academic positions at Northwestern Memorial Hospital; served as a con sultant to the Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago; and served as a radio- therapist at the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Portland.

     The Hon. Floyd D. Spence will receive an honorary degree of doctor of laws. Spence is the U.S. representative for South Carolina's Second District, serving continuously since 1971. He currently serves as chairman of the Committee on National Security. Spence received a bachelor's degree in 1952 and a law degree in 1956 from the University of South Carolina.

     He began his political career that same year when he was elected as a Democrat to the South Carolina House of Representatives. In 1962, he helped pioneer the development of the two-party system in South Carolina by becoming the first member of the General Assembly to switch to the Republican party. In 1966, Spence was elected as a Republican to the South Carolina Senate and later served as minority leader and chairman of the Joint Senate-House Internal Security Committee.

     In 1971, Spence was elected to represent the Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his tenure in Congress, Spence has maintained one of the highest voting attendance records while consistently supporting a strong national defense and fiscal integrity.

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