George Cameron Todd is being remembered as an exceptional businessman who believed in service and used his gifts to broaden South Carolina’s economic base while remaining a devoted husband and father.
The 87-year-old, who was a founding member of Central Carolina Community Foundation and served as its first chairman, died Sunday evening.
Todd is credited for establishing South Carolina operations for Merrill Lynch, the country’s largest brokerage firm. When he started the Columbia office, there were six employees; by the time he retired, there were seven South Carolina offices and more than 100 employees.
As the first chairman of the Central Carolina Community Foundation, Todd hired the organization’s first (unpaid) director, Marshall Sherouse, and secured furniture from a local bank to fill the office space. As Todd recalled in a videotaped speech to new board members years ago, there was “an executive desk, a secretary’s desk, a telephone, a typewriter and lots of carbon paper.”
Todd also was the foundation’s first fundraiser and raised $400,000 during the organization’s first four years. He served as chairman from 1985 to 1988.
In recent years, he and his wife, Betty, have continued to support the foundation while he has participated in new board member orientations.
“I was honored to know Cam Todd,” said JoAnn Turnquist, current president and CEO of the foundation. “His desire to help the community he loved and his sense of responsibility for those in need was and will be an inspiration to me and to many others for decades to come. His legacy will live on through the Foundation.”
A Dreher High School graduate, Todd received his business degree from the University of South Carolina in 1950. He was in the U.S. Navy and was a World War II veteran.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. at Thursday Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. A reception will follow the service in Satterlee Hall. The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. today at the Guignard Mansion at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community.
Barr-Price Funeral Home and Crematorium Lexington Chapel is assisting the family