Vivian Vereen, wife
of the late Colonel Lindsey H. Vereen, has
made a significant donation to Coastal Carolina University's E. Craig
Wall Sr. School of Business Administration to fund the Colonel Lindsey
H. Vereen Endowed Business Chair. This is the first endowed chair
established at Coastal named in honor of a former faculty member.
The business chair will work closely with the dean of the School
and the Board of Visitors to further the mission of the Wall School of
Business and Coastal.
Vereen, who died in June 1995, was a member of the Coastal
faculty, serving as assistant professor of business administration from
1966 to 1977.
Born in Wauchula, Fla., Vereen was raised on a farm just outside
Little River, S.C. He graduated from Wampee High School where he
excelled in academics and basketball. He received a scholarship to The
Citadel where he earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in
Following graduation, Vereen was commissioned a second lieutenant
and served as assistant commandant for The Citadel. He attended flying
school in San Antonio, Texas, and in 1940 was awarded a regular
commission in the Army Air Corps. During World War II he led bombing
runs over Japan from the island of Guam. Vereen earned the
Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Bronze Star and other
Vereen remained with the Army Air Corps (later the U.S. Air Force)
following World War II as a career officer. In 1951 the Air Force sent
him to the University of Pittsburgh where he received a master's degree
in industrial management. In the late 1950s he was transferred to the
U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Europe where he assumed the role of
director of War Plans. His career included two stints in the Strategic
Air Command. Vereen was also base commander at Chennault Air Force Base
in Lake Charles, La., for two years.