Robert Jesse Mulholland, 91, of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, widower of the late Helen Lucille Crawford Mulholland, passed away on Friday, February 27.
Robert was born December 11, 1923, in Huntington, W.Va., son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Mulholland. He attended Marshall University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the University of Mississippi, the University of Delaware, and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.
He served during World War II in the Army Air Corps, and later in combat infantry in campaigns in Holland and Germany, with the 104th Division, First Canadian Army, and the First US Army.
With his father, Robert owned and operated the Sadler Tile Company. He was an associate with the firm of Dean, Dean and Keefer, and the Bunch Realty Company. Along with his wife and son, Mark, he developed and operated the Masion DuPre Inn, an historic inn in downtown Charleston, S.C.
He was a member of the Vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Huntington, W.Va., and later Head Elder of the French Protestant (Huguenot) Church in Charleston, S.C.
He was President of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at the University of Kentucky; President of the Engineers Club of Huntington, W.Va.; Co-Chairman, with his wife, Lucille, of the Cabell Wayne Historical Society in creating historic Heritage Village in Huntington, W.Va.; a member of the Kiwanis Clubs of Huntington and Charleston; the Scottish Society of Charleston; Alliance Francais Society of Charleston; the Navy League; the English Speaking Union; the Sons of Confederate Veterans – Fort Sumter Camp; the Middleton Hounds Hunt Club; the SC Bed and Breakfast Association; and the National Professional Innkeepers Association. He held an electronic U.S. alarm patent.
He is survived by his daughter, Teri Mulholland Bergin and Julian Neal of Huntington, W.Va.; his grandchildren, Robert Todd Bergin and wife, Jessica of Irvine, Calif., Andrew Tyler Bergin and his wife, Nancy of Mount Pleasant, S.C., Michelle Taite Bergin Pauley and husband, Jonathan of Newport Beach, Calif., and Kristina Lucille Mulholland and Robert Reid Mulholland, both of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; great- grandchildren, Madison Renee Bergin, and Robert Parker Bergin both of Irvine, Calif., Ethan Crawford Bergin of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and Thomas Emerson Pauley of Newport Beach, Calif.; friends, Roy Crawford and Barbara Isom of Whitesburg, Anita DeHart of Huntington, W.Va., Wayne and Susan Stratton of Shelbyville, Robyn and Chris Matthews of Savannah, Ga., and Toni and David Smith of Xenia, Oh. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Mark Mulholland of Mount Pleasant, S.C.
His integrity, service to the community, and his love and devotion to his family and friends is his legacy.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the French Protestant (Huguenot) Church, 136 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401 or the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, P.O. Box 22613, Charleston, S.C. 29413, (www.scolinc.org) or the Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, W.Va. 25701.
Bob, with his wife, Lucille enjoyed many sketching tours in the U.S. and abroad and dearly loved dancing their “Latins.”
Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel.