Pat Conroy was remembered at the S.C. State House on Wednesday.
Lawmakers recognized the Beaufort author when the House of Representatives adjourning in his memory. Conroy died March 4 of pancreatic cancer at age 70.
State Rep. Shannon Erickson proposed the measure.
“On Friday, March 4th, 2016, a treasured Beaufort County citizen, Mr. Pat Conroy, beloved husband of Cassandra King, passed away. Pat came to the low country of our State with his U.S. Marine Corps family and used his life experiences and our South Carolina backdrop and traditions for his acclaimed books. Author of The Boo, The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, My Losing Season, South of Broad, The Death of Santini and others, Mr. Conroy held a dear place in the hearts of many who knew him personally or through his characters.
A Citadel man, one who “wore the ring,” he was immeasurably proud of his adopted home state. One of his most memorable writings from The Prince of Tides states, "To describe our growing up in the low country of South Carolina, I would have to take you to the marsh on a spring day, flush the great blue heron from its silent occupation, scatter marsh hens as we sink to our knees in mud, open you an oyster with a pocketknife and feed it to you from the shell and say, 'There, that taste, that's the taste of my childhood.’”