19 July 2012

Gerhard Spieler, 1920 - 2012

Local historian, Gerhard Spieler, died July 14th.  He was an advocate for the Beaufort District Collection through the years.  Charmaine and I shall miss him. 

Mr. Spieler was always a true gentleman. I always enjoyed our conversations about the people, places, and themes of our local history. Age had slowed his body, but not his curiosity. He gave us a topical index to his many local history articles in the Beaufort Gazette newspaper and other publications a number of years ago. And, of course, you can read all his articles on the newspaper microfilm that we have here in the BDC. Copies of his books are in the "Forever Collection" and in our local history sections.  His legacy will endure. Requiescat in pace, dear sir.

The Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette ran an article about his life on  Mon., July 16th.  According to his death notice, services will be held Tuesday, July 24th.

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