Alumni Association honors three Lowcountry men
The Citadel Alumni Association recently honored a retired physician, former Citadel commandant and a retired chaplain, all from the Lowcountry.
Dr. Henry Rittenberg, who practiced medicine in North Charleston for many years until his 1985 retirement, was named 2001 Alumnus of the Year during The Citadel Alumni Association's annual meeting Nov. 9.
Rittenberg is a 1938 graduate of The Citadel and earned his pharmacy degree from the University of South Carolina and his doctor of medicine degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. His volunteer activities include service on boards and committees of many medical organizations and civic groups, including the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Christian-Jewish Council of Charleston.
Rittenberg also has been an unfailing supporter of his alma mater. He is a charter member of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, life member of The Citadel Alumni Association and reunion chairman for the Class of 1938.
"His dedication to The Citadel is an ongoing commitment and an inspiration to alumni of all ages," said Michael Rogers, executive director of The Citadel Alumni Association.
Lt. Col. Thomas N. Courvoisie of Mount Pleasant was given the alumni association's Distinguished Life Member award. The inspiration for the Pat Conroy novel "The Boo," Courvoisie is a 1938 graduate, retired Army officer and former Citadel assistant commandant of cadets. A banquet hall in the Holliday Alumni Center near Johnson Hagood Stadium was recently dedicated in his honor. Last year, he received an honorary doctor of letters degree from The Citadel.
Finally, Col. Sidney T. Crumpton of Charleston, chaplain emeritus of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and The Citadel Summer Camp, was named an Honorary Life Member of The Citadel Alumni Association.
Crumpton, who retired from The Citadel in 1977, was Gen. George S. Patton's Third Army chaplain and personal chaplain to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, having baptized three of the Eisenhower children. Crumpton remained active in Citadel events even after his retirement.
"Dr. Rittenberg, Col. Courvoisie and Chaplain Crumpton have brought great honor to The Citadel by their exemplary examples of humanitarianism, compassion and religious conviction," Rogers said.