Significant dates in the life of Charles E. Fraser

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Significant dates in the life of Charles E. Fraser

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Published Tuesday, December 17, 2002 in The Island Packet  |  480 Words  |  /IslandPacket/news/local

<li> June 13, 1929: Born in Hinesville, Ga., son of Lt. Gen. J.B. Fraser and Pearl Collins Fraser.'
<li> 1946-1948: Attends Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. '
<li> 1950: Graduates from the University of Georgia.'
<li> 1953: Receives law degree from Yale University.'
<li> 1953-1954: Practices law with private firm in Augusta, Ga.'
<li> 1954-1956: Serves as attorney-adviser to the office of the Secretary of the Air Force.'
<li> 1955: At 26, drafts a land-use plan for a low-density development on timberland at the southern end of Hilton Head Island on which his family held an interest. '
<li> 1956: Buys his father's interest in the Hilton Head Co. and founds the Sea Pines Co. Begins developing Sea Pines Plantation on the choicest acres. In later years, the company plans several other resort communities, including Hilton Head Plantation, Amelia Island Plantation in Florida, Kiawah Island Resort near Charleston and Palmas del Mar in Puerto Rico.'
<li> 1957: Sells first lots in Sea Pines Plantation.'
<li> 1959: Opens William Hilton Inn, a 56-room hotel on present-day site of Marriott's Grande Ocean Resort.'
<li> 1960: The Ocean Course in Sea Pines is built, the first golf course on Hilton Head.'
<li> 1963: Marries Mary Wyman Stone of Greenville. The couple have two daughters, Mary Wyman Stone Fraser and Laura Lawton Fraser.'
<li> 1967-69: Builds Harbour Town, with its signature red-and-white striped lighthouse.'
<li> 1968: Completes Harbour Town Golf Links, designed by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye. The same year is first U.S. recipient of the American Institute of Architects' Certificate of Excellence in Private Community Planning. '
<li> 1969: Helps found Heritage Classic golf tournament.'
<li> 1982: With Phil and Linda Lader, helps found the popular Renaissance Weekend that until recently was held each New Year's on Hilton Head.'
<li> 1983: Steps down as chairman of Sea Pines Co. when it is sold; is retained as a consultant.'
<li> 1987-1997: President of Charles E. Fraser Co. and Community Design Institute. The companies' work included consulting for The Walt Disney Co.'s new town of Celebration, near Orlando, Fla., and a $2 billion water reservoir in southern California.'
<li> 1990: Named by "Southern Living" magazine as one of 25 "Southerners Who Are Making the Difference" in the South's quality of life. '
<li> 1991: Diagnosed with cancer.'
<li> 1994: Receives Urban Land Institute's "Heritage Award" in recognition of innovative planning and development. '
<li> 1999: Cross Island Parkway bridge over Broad Creek is named Charles E. Fraser Bridge.