Biography

My name is Robert Major Richardson. I was born in Myrtle Beach, SC during the early 1960s. Our family moved to Sumter in August, 1969. I attended Millwood Elementary School, Alice Drive Middle School, and Sumter High School. I graduated from Sumter High in 1983. During my schooling, I participated in various extracurricular activities. I was a member of the Millwood safety patrol when I was in the fifth grade. In fact, I received an award for being the most outstanding member of the safety patrol. While at Alice Drive Middle School, I played offensive tackle on the football team. During my freshman and sophomore years at Sumter High School, I played on the varsity baseball team and junior varsity football team. My junior and senior academic years were spent playing offensive guard on the varsity football team. After completing high school, I enrolled at the University of South Carolina at Sumter during the fall of 1983. My History professor, Dr. Thomas Powers, inspired me to pursue my love of history to a deeper level by joining The History Book Club. I began to purchase books covering all ages of U.S. History and World History. This love of ever-learning has continued to this day. Now, I have a personal library containing approximately 1,100 books dealing with a vast variety of U.S. and World History topics. Besides watching college and pro football, I devote the remainder of my time reading and studying famous historical events and personalities. I transferred to USC-Columbia in the fall of 1986, earning my Bachelor of Arts degree in History in August, 1987. While at Carolina, I had the honor of taking Dr. Walter B. Edgar’s South Carolina History course. I enjoyed his class so much that I asked him to mentor me during the lengthy research process involved with writing my Senior Thesis paper. This is required of all History majors. He graciously agreed, and devoted his time to reading, critiquing, and guiding me through the process. He cited my paper, Sherman’s March Through The South Carolina Lowcountry, on multiple occasions in his book, South Carolina: A History. After graduation, I immediately enrolled in the Graduate School at the University of South Carolina. Two years later I completed my Master of Arts In Teaching degree in August, 1989. I was hired for my first teaching position during the 1989-90 school year at Calhoun Falls High School in Calhoun Falls, SC I spent three years there—teaching South Carolina History, United States History, World History, World Geography, and Psychology/Sociology. I was also an assistant varsity football coach, the head coach of the junior varsity football team, and the coach for the girls’ softball team. In November of 1991, my father Frank W. Richardson was diagnosed with a terminal illness known as A.L.S. (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s disease”. My wife and I moved to Sumter to help take care of my father in June, 1992. He passed away in May, 1996—after battling the disease for five years. After moving back to Sumter, I have taught at the former Hillcrest High School, the former Ebenezer Junior High School, Crestwood High School, Alice Drive Middle School, and Sumter High School. This is my seventh year at Sumter High School. Through the years, I have been recognized on numerous occasions as an effective classroom teacher. In 1990, the Calhoun Falls High School Yearbook was dedicated in my honor. In 1991, I received the Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding Teacher of American History award for Abbeville County, SC. Crestwood High School honored me as a finalist for Teacher of the Year for the 1997/98 school year. I have been named five times to “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”. In addition, I was honored by membership in the National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers Organization for the 2005/2006 school year. Finally, I was nominated for Alice Drive Middle School Teacher of the Year for the 2010/2011 school year. Since June 1989, I have been happily married to the former Darlene Looney of Anderson, SC. We met while we were both students at USC-Columbia. She is currently employed as a pharmacist. My wife and I have been blessed with our daughter Rachel G. Richardson. She is currently a junior at the University of South Carolina. We have a Quaker parrot named Toby, and a gray Abyssinian cat named Dani.

 

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