2006-03-31 / Society

Dean Carlton DuBois Sr. 1927-2006

Dean Carlton DuBois Sr., 79, died March 27, 2006. Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, DuBois earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from the University of Mississippi, where he served as editor of the campus newspaper and as the first president of the University Press Club. He was a campus correspondent for the Jackson (Miss.) Daily News and the Memphis Commercial Appeal . He was also a member of the swim team, the Navy ROTC program, Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Fraternity. He later served on the School of Journalism Advisory Board and was elected to the Ole Miss Alumni Hall of Fame.

Following graduation, he worked in public relations for the National Cotton Council and was editor of Down South Magazine . He went on to manage both the Canton and Clarksdale, Mississippi Chambers of Commerce and received the L.P. Dickie Award for the Outstanding Young Chamber of Commerce Manager of the Southeast.

In 1958, DuBois joined Memphis-based Holiday Inns, Inc. as vice president of Advertising & Public Relations and as publisher of Holiday Inn Magazine . Moving to Atlanta, he was president of Travel Inns of America and president of Traveling Publications Co. before starting his own public relations firm, DuBois & Associates.

In 1975, DuBois received his Juris Doctor from Woodrow Wilson College of Law. He joined West Publishing Co., where he served as counsel and representative for the Carolinas and eastern Georgia for 16 years. He was a member of Sigma Delta Kappa law fraternity.

DuBois's on-going journalism career included work as a newspaper columnist, magazine writer, publisher, and the author of four books. He was also a popular motivational speaker and humorist, often appearing as "The Mirth Doctor."

DuBois served a total of 39 years of active and reserve duty in the military. He was a sonarman on the destroyer, the U.S.S. Phelps , during World War II, stationed in the Mediterranean and in the Atlantic. He spent two years in FORSCOM as a special projects officer during the Vietnam War. He retired with the rank of Brigadier General in the South Carolina State Guard, having been awarded the Legion of Merit, Army Meritorious Service Medal and South Carolina Meritorious Medal.

Mr. DuBois was a member of Shandon United Methodist Church. He was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow with the Columbia Rotary Club. He was a member of the Military Order of World Wars, the Palmetto Club, the Huguenot Society, the National Speakers Association, and the International Speakers Network.

DuBois was pre-deceased by his wife, Peggy Swango DuBois. He leaves four children: Denise DuBois Taylor of Como, Miss.; Dean C. DuBois Jr. of Washington, DC; Barbara J. DuBois and Deborah D. Conrad, both of Columbia. He is also survived by a brother, Gary G. DuBois of Corbin, Ky.; a sister, Margaret A. Farris of Columbia; and two grandchildren, Emilie Kate Conrad and William Claiborne Taylor.

Visitation was held Tuesday from 5-7 pm at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. The funeral service was held Wednesday at 11 am at Shandon United Methodist Church. A private entombment was in Greenlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Carolina Children's Home or to the local Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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