David Wren’s articles on the history and redevelopment of the Air Force Base were excellent and very well researched. As a long-time member of the Air Force Base Redevelopment Authority, I would like to add a postscript to further highlight contributions from the Redevelopment Authority chairman, Harold Stowe.
He was appointed by Governor Campbell at the time the authority was established and served as the chairman for several years. He brought to that position a wealth of experience gleaned from his extensive work in the business world particularly as it related to financial management, budgeting and accounting, and from his study at Harvard’s Graduate School of Business.
His insightful, steady leadership promoted a harmonious and close working relationship among the nine members of the authority, and kept the focus on economic redevelopment leading to the highest and best use of the property. He was also instrumental in overcoming the fractured relationships, as documented in David Wren’s articles, among the city, county and airport governmental entities having interests in base resources and property.
The Sun News’ commemoration of the 20th anniversary since base closure was exceptionally well done and provided the public with history and knowledge of the broad scope of work, foresight, planning and dedication of literally hundreds of people that made the redevelopment such a success and one of the city’s crown jewels.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.