Herbert J. Scholz Jr. of Charleston, former manager of the General Electric plant in Ladson, died Thursday. He was 78.

Born in Birmingham, Ala., Scholz received degrees in electrical engineering and industrial management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He began his career with GE in 1954, when he began working in Connecticut.

The company transferred him to South Carolina in 1967, where he would become the manager of the plant in Ladson. It opened in 1970 and manufactured parts for steam turbine generators.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving as an Army Signal Corps officer.

Scholz served on many area boards, including the Trident Chamber of Commerce, United Community Services, Charleston Development Board and Charleston Manufacturers' Club.

He served on the area commission for Trident Technical College and later was appointed to the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education. He was on the vestry of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Scholz was married to the late Julia T. Scholz. The couple had two daughters.

Dyal Funeral Home of Summerville is handling arrangements.