On Feb. 13, the last remaining original board member of The Seabrook of Hilton Head Island passed away. It was noted in Brig. Gen. James Howard Keller's obituary that his integrity was beyond question, as were his love of country and belief in service. It was that belief in service and sacrifice that helped The Seabrook become a reality.
The first official reference to The Seabrook by name was Jan. 8, 1973. A certificate for an eleemosynary corporation to be known as The Seabrook of Hilton Head was submitted to the S.C. secretary of state.
Gen. Keller, along with 14 other forward-thinkers such as Bob Killingsworth, Becky Fraser and Russ Billman, worked through the struggles of a recession and inadequate financing to see The Seabrook through a successful groundbreaking in 1982. Many of the pioneers who helped shape modern Hilton Head were involved in making The Seabrook a reality. Martha Baumberger, our first and only female mayor, ran her successful campaign from her apartment at The Seabrook. Charlotte Heinrichs, the founder of Deep Well, was a resident of The Seabrook.
I am grateful for the dedication, hard work and sacrifice of Gen. Keller and many others who have helped The Seabrook continue its primary mission: Providing a nonprofit, community-based, church-oriented retirement community dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of life of its residents and offering programs for the benefit of seniors on Hilton Head.
Robert M. Lee
Hilton Head Island