Saturday, July 19, 2008
The South Carolina Department of Transportation has announced that five miles of Highway 52 will be named in honor of Lieutenant General Henry Doctor Jr.
The dedication ceremony for the “Lieutenant General Henry Doctor, Jr. Memorial Highway,” will be held on July 19, 2008, 11:30 a.m. at Berkeley Middle School, located at 320 North Live Oak Drive (off Hwy 17), Monks Corner, S.C.
A three-star general, General Doctor achieved the highest rank of the13 General Officers who were commissioned by SC State’s Bulldog Battalion. Over the past 60 years, more than 2,000 second lieutenants have been commissioned through SC State’s ROTC program – making it a leading producer of minority officers for the U.S. Armed Forces.
General Henry Doctor Jr., once said that the three principles: “faith, commitment, and education,” are his philosophy on life.
After graduating from Berkeley Training High School in Moncks Corner, S.C., General Doctor attended SC State, and in 1954 received his bachelor of science degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army.
He completed 35 years of service in the U.S. Army and served with distinction in several leadership positions.
During his military tenure, General Doctor held many assignments. His last three assignments before retirement were:
• Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Material Development and Readiness Command, Alexandria, Va.;
• Commanding General, 2nd Infantry Division, Eighth U.S. Army, Republic of Korea; and
• The Inspector General of the U.S. Army, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
After retirement, General Doctor remained engaged as a mentor of soldiers and a supporter of the Department of Defense. General Doctor served in numerous leadership positions, but none of his activity meant more to him than his work with the Military Magnet Academy in Charleston, S.C., and supporting the SC State ROTC program and its graduates.
General Doctor received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from South Carolina State University and an Honorary Doctor of Military Science from the Citadel.
For more information on the dedication ceremony for the “Lieutenant General Henry Doctor, Jr. Memorial Highway,” please contact Antia Dawkins, SC State University, public information specialist in the Office of University Relations and Marketing at (803) 516-4791.