HESTER, JR., Lawrence HIGHLANDS, NC – Dr. Lawrence Lamar Hester, Jr. died on May 10, 2006 in Highlands, NC. He was born May 23, 1920 in Anderson, SC, the son of Lawrence L. Hester and Carrie Rose McCelvey of Mount Carmel, SC. He graduated from the Citadel in 1941 and the Medical College of SC in 1944. He specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was a WWII Veteran of the U.S. Army serving as section chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Maxwell Field in Alabama from 1946-1948. He was Professor and Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medicial University of SC from 1956-1984. In 1956, at the age of 36, he was the youngest chairman of Ob-Gyn in the country; and before he retired in 1984, he had been a chairman longer than any other chairman of his specialty. He has served as a director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Board of Family Practice and as a member/officer of some 25 other medical societies. He was presented with a Doctor of Science Honorary Degree from the Citadel in 1980 and was awarded the Order of the Palmetto in 1986 for his many years of service to the Florence Crittenton Home. Dr. Hester is the author of more than 45 papers and has contributed chapters on obstetrical and gynecological subjects in numerous textbooks. Supporters and friends of Dr. Hester established an endowed chair, the Lawrence L. Hester Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology, at the Medical University of SC. Dr. Hester is survived by his wife, Bette, of 58 years, his brother, James Patrick Hester of Mt. Carmel, SC and four children: Barrie Hester Rogers of Greenville, SC; Elizabeth Porcher Hester of San Francisco, CA; Lawrence Lamar Hester III and wife, Emmie, of Wayzata, MN and Frances Stuart Hester of Newport, RI; 11 granchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Celebration will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 11:00 AM at St. Luke’s Chapel on the MUSC campus. There will be a private service at the family cemetery at Hester, SC. Memorials may be sent to Women’s Health Research Foundation Fund at the MUSC Health Sciences Foundation. Bryant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visit our guestbook at www.charleston.net/deaths

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