Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Pawleys Island community is mourning the death of Alan Altman, who is remembered as a successful businessman, a loving family man and a caring friend.
Altman, 55, was a partner at Pawleys Island Realty which his father, Linwood Altman, founded. His family has owned and operated the company since the 1960s. The Georgetown Agency is a part of the family real estate business.
He and his wife, Elizabeth Walker Altman, have three children, Sarah, Casey and Alex. His mother is Nancy Altman.
The Altman extended family has met each summer on Pawleys Island.
“Alan was a person everybody knew they could sit down and talk to and work with,” said Howard Ward, a long-time friend of Altman’s.
“He was a loving father and son, and he cared so much about this community. This is a tremendous loss to his family, the community, the county and the state.”
The S.C. Senate recently passed a resolution recognizing Altman for “many years of outstanding work in his beloved Pawleys Island Community.”
Altman was also honored just last Friday with the coveted Order of the Silver Crescent by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
Pawleys Island Mayor Bill Otis, who is also a long-time friend of Altman’s, remembers him as “an enthusiast and a salesman for everything having to do with Pawleys Island and Georgetown County.”
“The main thing I will remember about him is that he was always ready to help on anything having to do with Pawleys Island or the community and he always followed through on his promises,” Otis said.
Ward and Otis said they will always remember fondly Altman’s humorous presentations to the Pawleys Island Civic Association at their annual meeting at Pawleys Island Chapel.
“Those presentations were always looked forward to by those in attendance and were totally entertaining,” Otis said. “I will miss him as a warm and loving friend and for his vision and leadership in our community.”
Ward said the community and his family were rewarded by Altman’s presence.
“I think what people saw in Alan was a complete human being,” Ward said. “He fully embraced life and gave huge amounts of energy and strength which was admired by everyone.”
The Georgetown Agency is in the building and the location that formerly housed The Whistling Pig drive-in restaurant. During its heyday, generations of teenagers followed an unwritten rule that whatever else you did on a date, you had to “cruise the Pig” before or after the movie, going to a dance or whatever.
Altman had a concrete whistling pig made.
Ed Kimbrough, a real estate agent for the Georgetown Agency, said Altman was very protective of the pig and wouldn’t let anyone move him.
“The pig keeps his eye on us,” Kimbrough said.
“Alan will be sorely missed by his family, his co-workers and the community. He was certainly an activist in the community and he was always willing to donate his time to community causes.”
Born on June 16, 1957, Altman graduated from Winyah High School in 1975.
During this time, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout, served as captain of the All-Conference Winyah High School football team, and was selected to participate in Palmetto Boys State.
He was a Furman Scholar graduate from Furman University with a business degree which he obtained in 1979.
Altman was co-owner of Pawleys Island Enterprises; owner of Pawleys/Litchfield Services; broker-in-charge of Pawleys Island Realty and The Georgetown Agency; member of Pawleys Island Accommodations Tax Committee; and vice chairman of Pawleys Island Chapel Board of Trustees.
Altman’s past involvement in numerous organizations include member of the Georgetown Memorial Hospital System Board of Trustees; president, Georgetown County Board of Visitors; state director, S.C. Association of Realtors; RPAC chairman, S.C. Association of Realtors, Equal Opportunity Committee; member of the Blue Ribbon Committee to Review State Coastal Regulations; member of the Board of Directors, Pawleys Island Montessori Day School; president, Waccamaw Neck Lion’s Club; member, Bunnelle Foundation Board; president, Winyah Indigo Society; member of the Board of Directors, Waccamaw Neck Civic Association; and member of the Board of Directors, Kids Voting.
He also served as an active member of the Furman University Advisory Board.
By Clayton Stairs