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Memory Hold The Door, Volume III: 1978–1987

Memory Hold The Door Honorees from 1978 to 1987.

Gedney Main Howe, Jr. (1914–1981)

A distinguished lawyer and scholar, Gedney Howe was highly respected among the members of the Bar and judiciary of this State. One of South Carolina’s great trial lawyers.

He was a man of compassion, kindness and gentleness, strong in the belief that all men should be treated with dignity and respect.

Born in Charleston, South Carolina on September 4, 1914, he was the son of Gedney Main Howe and Jean Gasque Howe.

He received his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of South Carolina and was admitted to the Bar in 1937. He was a member of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education from 1972–1977, a member of the Charleston County Bar and its President in 1959, and a member of the South Carolina Bar, the American Bar, and the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association. He was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was Solicitor of the Ninth Judicial Circuit from 1947 to 1956.

He served with distinction in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a devoted family man and loyal friend. His hobbies were people and the law.

He spent a lifetime helping people and relieving distress wherever he found it, be it a young lawyer in trouble, a friend in need, or a student without funds to continue in school. He taught many of us the real meaning of charity.

He is survived by his widow, Mary Belle Howe and their four children, Gedney III, Robert, Belle and Donald.