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Michael J. Mungo

Trustee Michael J. Mungo dies

Michael J. Mungo, a retired real-estate developer, philanthropist and longtime member of the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees, died Sunday, April 11. He was 82.

Mungo was a devoted alumnus of USC and served on the Board of Trustees from the 11th Judicial Circuit from 1969 - 78 and again from 1982 to the present. He was vice chairman of the board from 1988 – 92 and was chairman emeritus from 1992 - 96. He was serving on the board’s executive, fiscal-policy and intercollegiate-athletics committees at the time of his death.

At USC, he funded the Michael J. Mungo undergraduate and graduate teaching awards. The Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year Award is considered the highest honor for teaching at USC.

“Michael Mungo was the personification of loyalty, and his life story is an inspiration to all the Carolina faithful,” USC President Harris Pastides said. “He gave his heart and soul to the University of South Carolina, and students, faculty and countless alumni have benefited from his selfless philanthropy, his wise counsel and his strong leadership. He will be deeply missed, but his legacy will live on through the scholarships and awards that he created, his work on the Board of Trustees and his involvement with so many important organizations on our campus.”

Mungo founded The Mungo Co. in 1954 and developed the Riverside Forest subdivision off Broad River Road. The business is run by his sons, Steven and Stewart, and has grown into one of the country’s largest home-building firms, having developed more than 50 subdivisions in suburban Columbia.

Mungo was born April 7, 1928, in Bethune, one of seven children born to Walter Whiteford and Beatrice Baker Mungo. He was 11 when his father, a logger and lumber dealer, died. His mother moved the family to Rock Hill, and Michael Mungo graduated from Rock Hill High School in 1945. He received an AB degree in government from USC in 1950. As a student, Mungo worked as a radio announcer for WRHI in Rock Hill and WNOK in Columbia and as a self-employed wallboard applicator, a job that would spark his interest in homebuilding.

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