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Citadel News Service

For Release
Oct. 31, 2003

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          Three South Carolina men will be inducted this weekend into The Citadel's Arland D. Williams Society, which recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through community service.

          Arland D. Williams, Citadel Class of 1957, is the ultimate example of service to others: he gave his life in the icy waters of the Potomac River in 1982 trying to save five fellow passengers aboard Air Florida 90 after it crashed. The society was created in 2000 and since then nine people have been inducted. Membership climbs to 12 with the 2003 inductees.

          This year's honorees are:

  • the late Joseph D. Shine, '71, former attorney for the South Carolina Budget and Control Board and the second African American to graduate from The Citadel.
  • Frank E. Gibson II, '69, president of Lowcountry Insurance Services in Beaufort.
  • Retired Army Brig. Gen. Joseph O. Lax Jr. of Greenwood.

          They will be honored at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 during the homecoming parade on Summerall Field. Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds, president of The Citadel, and Citadel Alumni Association Executive Director Mike Rogers will make the presentations.

          "These men represent the best qualities of a Citadel graduate and serve as an example for others to follow," Rogers said. "The Citadel and The Citadel Alumni Association are proud to induct them into the Arland D. Williams Society in honor of their dedication and hard work serving others."

 

About the Arland D. Williams Society 2003 inductees

Joseph D. Shine, '71
Shine, who died Sept. 10 in Columbia, was the second African American to graduate from The Citadel. He was a cadet captain on regimental staff and distinguished graduate with a degree in history. He was commissioned in the Air Force after getting his law degree from Harvard University. Shine was city attorney in Charleston from 1976 to 1987 and then served as South Carolina's chief deputy attorney general from 1987 until 1993 when he became the first legal counsel for the state's Budget and Control Board. He remained with the Budget and Control Board until 2002. At the time of his death, he was general counsel for the Savannah River Site. Shine was a mentor to young people, past president of the S.C. Bar Foundation, chairman of the S.C. Centers for Equal Justice board of directors, member of the S.C. Cultural Visions Council and a member of The Citadel Foundation board of trustees. He received the Order of the Palmetto in 1995 and the Jonathan Jasper Wright award for trailblazing endeavors in 2002.

Frank E. Gibson III, '69
Gibson is president of Lowcountry Insurance Services and owner of Gibson Builders and Associates. He was a member of Kilo Company, on the senior class board of directors, a member of the Summerall Guards and on the yearbook staff. His community service in Beaufort and the state is extensive and includes serving on the Beaufort County Economic Development Board, the U.S. South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council of Marine Resources, YMCA in Beaufort, Beaufort Chamber Commerce, Lady's Island Business and Professional Association and Beaufort Rotary Club. He is a retired lieutenant colonel with the South Carolina National Guard and recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the state's highest citizen's award. He also has served as a football official for 32 years. Gibson also has been active in the Beaufort Citadel Club, The Citadel Development Foundation, The Citadel Alumni Association, The Brigadier Foundation, and he is a sponsor of the annual Alumni Legislative Barbeque.

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Joseph O. Lax Jr., '53
Lax graduated from The Citadel with a bachelor of science in chemistry and went on to receive his master's from Boston University in 1974. Following a career in the Army that included service in Vietnam, Lax worked as program director for Lockheed Martin in Orlando, Fla. He has since retired, but remains active in this Greenwood community. He is on the board of directors of Volunteers in Medical Missions, organizing international humanitarian medical mission trips for volunteer doctors, dentists, nurses and technicians. Lax also is an elder and chairman of the building committee at Greenwood Presbyterian Church, director for the Young Life affiliate, a faith-based ministry outreach organization, and is a member of the Greater Greenwood Citadel Club board of directors, Greenwood Rotary Club and Retired Officer's Association. This year he celebrates his 50th class reunion.

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