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Eddie Ganaway Diversity Learning Center

Eddie Lee Ganaway

Eddie Lee Ganaway (1944-2013)

Eddie Lee Ganaway '71 paved the way for diversity at the College of Charleston and changed the institution forever when he walked across the Cistern stage as the first African American graduate of the College. While at the College, the former U.S. Navy medic majored in history and developed special friendships with a number of faculty members who encouraged his efforts. Ganaway, who went on to earn a master's degree in history and enjoyed a long career in academia and the insurance industry, credited the College with awakening him to "this tremblingly wonderful sense of possibility we all have as human beings," and he encouraged students to step out boldly and faithfully with that knowledge.

Ganaway's many contributions to the College of Charleston include his presentations to alumni groups; lectures at various special occasions, including Martin Luther King Day; his participation in the 2008 program commemorating 40 years of desegregation at the College; and his financial contributions to the College. Ganaway was also instrumental in the founding of the College's first Black Alumni Caucus in 2012. The Eddie Ganaway Distinguished Alumni Award bears his name and, in further recognition of his immeasurable contributions to the College, Ganaway was awarded a Doctor of Humane letters from his alma mater in 2007.

Eddie Ganaway passed away on January 13, 2013, and the College of Charleston family will always remember his life and strive to embody his legacy.