Former Morris College president Dr. Luns C. Richardson dies

(Source: Morris College)

Dr. Luns C. Richardson, who served as president of Morris College for 43 years, died on Saturday at the age of 89.

According to a Facebook post from the college's official page, he passed away in his hometown of Hartsville.

According to his biography on the United Negro College Fund's website, Dr. Richardson graduated from Butler High School as Valedictorian. He went on to graduate magna cum laude from Benedict College, and then he earned a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College of Columbia College.

For 15 years, he held various administrative positions at schools and colleges. Dr. Richardson was a principal at St. Helena High School for two years and Wilson High School for one year. He served as coordinator of the College Education Achievement Project for both Benedict College and Allen University.

In 1974, Dr. Richardson became the ninth president of Morris College in Sumter. He was named the longest-sitting president in South Carolina, serving for 43 years before retiring in 2017.

Rep. James Clyburn honored Dr. Richardson in front of Congress before his retirement, saying:

Dr. Luns C. Richardson is a giant of a man whose impact on the countless lives he touched, the City of Sumter, the state of South Carolina and indeed the entire nation will be felt throughout the ages.

Two celebration of life services will be held in Dr. Richardson's honor.

Friday, January 19 at Morris College at 11 a.m. and Saturday,January 20 at Jerusalem Baptist Church, Hartsville, SC 29550 at 11 a.m.

Internment at the Cemetery will be next door to the Darlington Speedway / Darlington Memory.

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