The Golden Rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, is what Robert "Bob" McCurry says is the key to his courteous character.
McCurry is being recognized for exemplifying the Orangeburg County February Community of Character trait of courtesy.
McCurry graduated from Holly Hill Academy, then went on study at the University of South Carolina-Aiken, where he earned an accounting degree in 1982. In 1985, he graduated from the University of South Carolina's school of law. He is currently an attorney with Horger, Barnwell & Reid law firm.
"I've known Bob for about 10 years, and he has always demonstrated a lifestyle of courtesy," said Ozzie Fogle, one of the individuals who nominated McCurry. "He shows courtesy in his actions and his mannerisms."
Fogle said McCurry demonstrates courtesy not only in his business life but also in his personal life. He said McCurry places courtesy above pride and self gain.
"I think you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar," McCurry said with a smile. "You don't want to start off on the wrong foot with someone."
McCurry said he was extremely embarrassed by his nomination for the character trait of courtesy. "I don't think I'm any more courteous than anyone else," he said.
But Lewis Hughes, who also nominated McCurry for the Community of Character, stated in his nomination that McCurry is genuinely willing to help anyone with a problem. Hughes' nomination stated that McCurry is an excellent role model to children in their church, and he wrote that McCurry knows how to treat others and lend a helping hand.
In Hughes' eyes, McCurry is always polite and professional, and his courtesy is not an act but a genuine trait.
"I believe that lawyers truly get the opportunity to help other people," McCurry said. "We work with people to help them resolve their problems."
Being discourteous is not an option, McCurry said; it would be a poor choice in life and in his career.
"Being rude or discourteous is not going to get your point across," McCurry said. "Even if you are on the losing end, you still have to be courteous because being discourteous doesn't advance your position."
McCurry said he believes courtesy originates from the teachings of parents, grandparents and teachers. He said family is very important to him, and he tries to coach his children to be their best. He said he hopes to install the value of courtesy in them.
Furthermore, McCurry said he associates courtesy with his experience as a Boy Scout because one of the Boy Scout oaths is to be courteous. In addition, he said he associates courtesy with sports.
"You can be courteous in all aspects," he said. "In sports, you can be a good sport, but it takes a lot more to be a good loser."
In the future, McCurry said he will continue to live his life courteously and treat others like he wants to be treated.
Upcoming Community of Character traits include the following: March/Cooperation; April/Forgiveness; May/Responsibility; June/Fairness. For details on nominating someone for the Community of Character honor, call the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce at 531-9435 or the Orangeburg County Development Commission at 534-1165.
- Danielle Johnson, a student in the Mass Communications Department at Claflin University, is an intern in The T&D newsroom for the spring semester.