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Scholarship | 2007
Transcription In Memoriam. Simms Society Founding Member

Alester Garden Furman Ill, 89, of 644 Aitamont Road, Paris Mountain, died June 9, 2007, at his home
after an extended illness.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Simms Oliphant Furman, and by his four daughters
and one son-in-law, Mary Simms F. Gregory, Jane Earle F. Pressly, Alexandra Garden F. Whitley and her
husband Philip WaffWhitley, and Felicia DeSaussure Furman. He is also survived by seven grandchildren,
Alester Furman Gregory, Francis Cogswell Gregory Jr. and his wife Joy Cook Gregory, Dr. Mary Earle
Pressly Garrison and her husband Kevin Patrick Garrison, James Boyce Pressly III, and Alexandra Simms
Toomey and her husband Paul Lester Robertson, Elizabeth Whitley Johnston and her husband Edwin
Johnston and Jason Harp Whitley and his wife Linda Archer Whitley; three great-grandchildren, Francis
Cogswell Gregory in, Chloe Cook Gregory and Ava Rawlins Whitley; his brother and sister-in-law, Dr.
Joseph Earle Furman and his wife Carolyn Hendricks Furman; and many nieces and nephews.
Born January 3, 1918, in Greenville, Mr. Furman was the elder of two sons born to Alester Garden
Furman Jr. and Janie Kennedy Earle. An Eagle Scout, he attended Greenville High School, where he
lettered in football, and graduated from the Severn School in Severna Park, Md. He graduated with
honors from Amherst College in 1939, where he was a member of Chi Psi Fraternity. He completed
his education with a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, graduating with
distinction. He served in the United States Marine Corps as a Captain stationed in the Pacific in World War H.
War H.
Mr. Furman began his business career at Ross Builder Supply. He then joined his father as a
partner in the Alester G. Furman Company, a Greenville investment, insurance and real estate firm,
which was founded by his grandfather in 1888. He served as president of the company until 1986. He
continued his career as a consultant to Marsh & McLennan Company until his death.
Known for his outstanding business sense and strong leadership qualities, Mr. Furman served as
a director of Duke Power Company, J.P. Stevens & Company, The Liberty Corporation, and Daniel
International Corporation.
As did his father and grandfather before him, he provided invaluable guidance to Furman
University through years of dedicated work on the Board of Trustees, including several years as chair.
He received the honorary Doctor of Humanities from Furman University in 1999.

John G. Simms, Jr., has made a generous donation to the
publication fund of the Society in honour of Society member
James B. Meriwether. It will be used to upgrade publication
of The Simms Review.