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William B. Regan
1936 - 2011
William B. Regan was born on March 12, 1936, in
Charleston, SC, to parents John R. Regan and Rosalie G.
Bennett Regan. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS
Willard Keith from 1956 to 1958. He earned his Bachelor
of Science in history from the College of Charleston in
1963, where he was the student body president and president
of the PI Kappa Phi Fraternity. He received his Juris
Doctorate from the USC School of Law in 1966.
His legal career spanned a timeframe in excess of 40
years, 27 of which included his service as Corporation
Counsel of the City of Charleston. His practice included
trial and appellate work in both state and federal courts; however, his passion was
local government law. He was instrumental in shaping Home Rule powers of local
governments, authorized by the 1973 amendment to the State Constitution.
Regan was a member of the S.C. Bar and Charleston County Bar Association. He
was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of S.C., U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court.
Regan served on the Charleston County Planning Commission and was a member
of the S.C. Irish Historical Society and Knights of Columbus. He received the
Claud N. Sapp Award from the University of South Carolina in 1966 and the
Compleat Lawyer Award from the USC School of Law in 2003.
William B. Regan died on August 25, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Frances I.
Cantwell, and sister, Catherine R. White. He was predeceased by his first wife, Carol
Boyd Regan, and daughter, Isadora “Kelly” Regan.