Caroliniana Columns
Newsletter of the University South Caroliniana Society
Autumn 1999

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South Caroliniana Library Receives Papers of Dr. George E. Meetze

On June 24, 1999, the Library hosted a reception honoring the occasion of the ninetieth birthday of the Reverend Dr. George Elias Meetze. Dr. Meetze, the chaplain of the South Carolina Senate for fifty years and long-time pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Columbia, recently presented his personal and professional papers to the South Caroliniana Library.

Library Director Allen Stokes enjoys a lighthearted moment with the Reverend Dr. George Elias Meetze.
Dr. Stokes and Pastor Meetze - 72418 Bytes

Dr. Meetze is a cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina, Class of 1930. He is also a graduate of the New York Theological Seminary and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia. In 1956 Newberry College conferred an honorary D.D. degree upon him.

Dr. Meetze began his ministry at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church in Charleston in 1934 and also served the congregation of Grace Lutheran Church in Prosperity. In 1942 he became pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Incarnation where he served until his retirement in 1974. He was elected chaplain of the South Carolina Senate in 1950 and has served continuously since.

For many years, Dr. Meetze served as chaplain of the South Carolina State Guard where he held the rank of lieutenant colonel. He has also been active in several community organizations including the Salvation Army, the American Cancer Society, and Rotary International.

Dr. Meetze is known to many members of the University South Caroliniana Society for the invocations he has delivered at the Society's annual meetings over the past decade.


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