MUSC Hollings Cancer Center

About Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings

Senator Hollings and wife Peatsy
Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings

In 1993, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) united and named its array of cancer treatment and research programs for Ernest “Fritz” Hollings, a sitting US senator, former state governor, and one of the state’s leading political visionaries of the 20th century.

In the years since, the Hollings Cancer Center has grown from a modest organization into South Carolina’s only National Cancer Institute-designated center – and one of only 66 such centers in the US. This would not have been possible without 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. After the war, he attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, graduating in 1947.

At the age of 26, Hollings was elected to the SC 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 US Senate.

Hollings retired in January of 2005 as the fifth most senior member of the Senate and the fourth most senior Democrat. He and his wife Peatsy returned to Charleston where he continues to support Hollings by serving on the Advisory Board. He also is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Charleston School of Law.

The Hollings Cancer Center proudly bears the name and honors the legacy of Fritz Hollings by following his example of serving the people of South Carolina with integrity and vision.


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