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Clyde W. Port

Clyde W. Port (1915-2007), a former vice president for Mobil East, Inc., became active in area civic affairs after retiring to Myrtle Beach in 1975. He helped organize and was the first chairman of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration Board of Visitors; he served on the executive committee of the Board of Visitors until 1999.

He was an executive director of United Way of Horry County and served as a consultant and adviser for the organization. The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce named him a Lifetime Member in honor of his many contributions to the organization, including his role in organizing the Leadership Grand Strand program; in 1987 he was named Citizen of the Year. Port was also involved in the redevelopment of the Dunes Beach and Golf Club.

He was founding member and later named director emeritus of the Waccamaw Community Foundation, founded in 1999. The foundation’s Clyde W. Port Catalyst Award was established in 2008 to recognize nonprofit organizations in Horry and Georgetown counties that have exemplified vision, creativity, leadership, and commitment in addressing critical community issues.

Port was named an honorary founder of Coastal Carolina University in 2001.