Floyd D. Spence Exhibit

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During his academic career at the University of South Carolina, Floyd Spence was the quintessential "big man on campus."
Spence in 1951
Floyd Spence as a USC student in 1951
As an undergraduate, he was consistently recognized by his peers as a leader. During his final two years alone, he was elected President of his Junior Class, President of the Student Body, and President of the South Carolina Association of Student Governments. He also served as an officer of various campus groups, including the Navy ROTC, the Omicron Delta Kappa honorary leadership fraternity, the Young Men's Christian Association, and Kappa Alpha fraternity.
USC track team, 1952
Spence runs front and center with his track team in 1952.
Spence also achieved scholastic success, being named to the Dean's List, the Honor Council, and the Honor Board. To round off his campus qualities, he was a talented and versatile athlete. He was captain of the track team and a member of both the football and basketball teams. In light of his many accomplishments, Spence was selected "Outstanding Senior" of his class and was the recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award as the outstanding male student at USC for 1952.
After receiving his A.B. in 1952, Spence served two years active duty in the U.S. Naval Reserve, then returned to USC where he earned a law degree in 1956. While attending law school, he remained a stellar figure on campus. He was elected editor of the South Carolina Law Quarterly, chief justice of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, and served as a member of the Law Federation Cabinet.
Spence in 1952
Big Man on Campus, 1952
Spence maintained close ties with USC throughout his life, including service as Councilor-at-Large of the Alumni Association and charter member of the Association of Lettermen. During the August 1991 commencement ceremony, USC officials awarded Floyd Spence an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree in recognition of his exemplary career in public service and his strong and constant support of the University.

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