Lt. Gen. Henry Doctor Jr., SC State’s highest ranking military alumnus, has died

Thursday, December 13, 2007

ORANGEBURG – The highest ranking SC State military alumnus, Lieutenant General Henry Doctor Jr., ‘54 (U.S. Army Retired), has died. His interment will be held on Monday, Dec. 17, at Arlington National Cemetery.

A three-star general, Doctor achieved the highest rank of 13 General Officers who were commissioned via 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.

Lieutenant General Henry Doctor Jr., US Army (Retired), was born on Aug. 23, 1932, in Oakley, S.C., to the late Henry Doctor and Annie Aikens Doctor and died on Dec. 10, 2007.

After graduation from Berkeley Training High School in Moncks Corner, S.C., Doctor attended SC State, and in 1954 received his BS 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 leadership positions from platoon, company, battalion, brigade, major commands, division and Department of Army Staff.

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.

During his service years, he received his MA degree from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga. He loved the Army and after retirement, General Doctor remained engaged as a mentor of soldiers and a supporter of the Department of Defense. During this time, General Doctor served in numerous business leadership positions, but none of his business 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 Degree of Doctor of Laws from SC State University and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Military Science from The Citadel.

The Family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in his name be made to:
South Carolina State University
PO Box 7305
Orangeburg, SC 29117-7305