About Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings
Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings
In 1993, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) formally organized its cancer treatment and research programs as a cancer center bearing the name of Ernest “Fritz” Hollings, then a sitting U.S. senator, former state governor, and one of the state’s leading political visionaries of the 20th century. The formation and ongoing success of the Hollings Cancer Center would not have been possible without the support of Fritz Hollings.
A native of Charleston, S.C., Hollings graduated in 1942 from The Citadel. He served in World War II as a U.S. Army officer and was decorated with the Bronze Star. He then attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, graduating in 1947. At the age of 26, Hollings was elected to the S.C. House of Representatives, beginning his long career of public service. In his second term, Hollings rose to speaker pro tempore and held the post until becoming lieutenant governor in 1953. In 1958, he was elected governor of South Carolina, a position in which he served until 1966 when elected to the U.S. Senate.
Hollings retired in January of 2005 as the fifth most senior member of the U.S. Senate and the fourth most senior Democrat. He returned to Charleston where he continues to support Hollings Cancer Center and serves on the Advisory Board.