Happy 75th Birthday to Lloyd Hendricks

Lloyd Hendricks

Lloyd Hendricks

On Sunday, Lloyd Hendricks celebrates his 75th birthday.  We hope it is a grand and memorable occasion.

I first met Lloyd and his wife Susan at a library event in 2011.  It wasn’t an SCPC event and I was just mingling.  I started a conversation with this attractive couple and, on hearing what I do, Lloyd modestly mentioned that he had served in the General Assembly.  My note on our meeting, written the next day for my calendar, proved absolutely accurate:

He is the embodiment of the citizen legislator.  He served, accomplished some things, then voluntarily left the legislature to return to the public sector.     

Lloyd Hendricks

SC Representative Hendricks was named Legislator of the Year in 1984 by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and in 1985 by the Greenville News.

Many special collections repositories, like our own South Caroliniana Library, receive numerous collections serendipitously.  You give a public talk and often, afterwards, one or more folks come up and offer you a rich collection, perhaps Civil War letters preserved by their family.  That is not the way SCPC typically works.  We generally identify potential donors and reach out and solicit their papers.  Lloyd Hendricks was that rare example where we received a wonderful collection purely through this chance conversation.

A banker, Hendricks served in the South Carolina House from 1977 to 1987.  His collection documents that service and his long tenure, 1986 to 2012, leading the South Carolina Bankers Association.  The collection is particularly important in documenting a critical industry during a time of great change.

In reflecting on his good friend, Dick Riley recalled,

[H]e had many outstanding characteristics but the one thing that distinguished him from a lot of the other legislators was his credibility. You’ve heard the ad, ‘when EF Hutton speaks everyone listens’; that was Lloyd Hendricks, because when he spoke, people had confidence, one, that he knew what he was talking about, [and two] that he was speaking from a point of integrity and honesty.

Working with Lloyd has been an absolute delight.  He has become a strong supporter of USC Libraries and currently serves as President of the Libraries’ Ex Libris Society

Lloyd – Happy Birthday!  Thank you for the example you set and for all that you do!   

Herb Hartsook  

Lloyd Hendricks cartoon

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