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  Exemplary Attorney Pioneer Leader

           Courageous, respected and admired are more than just descriptive words; they epitomize Joseph Dawson Shine and the life he led as a defender of justice, public servant, devoted father and husband, and consummate professional.

           Born in Charleston, South Carolina, on December 15, 1949, Mr. Shine attended Charleston schools before entering The Citadel in 1967. Mr. Shine was the second African American to enroll in The Military College of South Carolina and soon earned the respect of his classmates for they way he handled challenges with steadfast perseverance and his signature smile. A history major with an Air Force ROTC scholarship, he graduated in 1971 with the rank of cadet captain and a place on Regimental Staff.

           Mr. Shine left a mark on his alma mater as a founding member of the college's African American Society. After graduating from The Citadel, he entered Harvard Law School where he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1974. He later earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Illinois University and worked in the office of the Secretary of the Air Force.

           As a lawyer, Mr. Shine's professional life was filled with success. An attorney for the City of Charleston from 1976 to 1987, he later served as South Carolina's Chief Deputy Attorney General from 1987 until 1993 and became the first legal counsel for the state's Budget and Control Board. He remained with the Budget and Control Board until 2002, when he became General Counsel for the Savannah River Site, a government nuclear materials depository.

           In September 2003, Governor Mark Sanford appointed Mr. Shine to The Citadel Board of Visitors. His untimely death shortly after his appointment deprived The Citadel of the service of an extraordinary man.




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