Columbia, SC — South Carolina lost two outstanding leaders recently with the deaths of Crawford Clarkson and Jerry Beasley. While neither of them ever served in any elected capacity, both were major players in South Carolina political and governmental circles who served our state tirelessly for generations.
Clarkson served our country as a naval officer in two wars, was the dean of South Carolina CPAs, led the S.C. Tax Commission during Gov. Carroll Campbell’s highly successful administration and was a key adviser to Congressman Floyd Spence for decades.
Beasley started his career as a top staffer for Congressman William Jennings Bryan Dorn before leading the S.C. Textile Manufacturers’ Association for 23 years. He also served on the USC Board of Trustees.
Clarkson died at age 93 and Beasley at 79 just days later. Today’s leaders, many of whom were fortunate to have worked with both of them on important issues, would be wise to take a minute to reflect on how these two longtime business leaders worked to bring people together to work for the good of our state.
Our state is better for the lives and public service of these two key leaders. They will be missed by many.