Keith S. Wellin, a retired Wall Street executive and local philanthropist, died Sunday. He was 88.
Wellin was born on Aug. 13, 1926, in Grand Rapids, Mich., and raised in Chicago. He attended The Citadel before the Army stationed him in Seoul, Korea, and he completed his studies at Hamilton College in New York. He earned his MBA from Harvard in 1952.
Wellin spent his career in roles of president, chairman and vice chairman with a number of companies, including E.F. Hutton, Reynolds Securities and Dean Witter Reynolds.
He and his wife, Wendy, retired to the Lowcountry in 2005, but after a paralyzing stroke in 2011, the Wellins became intimately familiar with the rehabilitation hospital at Roper St. Francis, according to a Roper publication. .
They donated $1 million for the establishment of the Wellin Neuroscience and Stroke Rehabilitation Center, according to Ashley W. Redmond, executive director with the Roper St. Francis Foundation. Their previous donations included monetary gifts to the Roper Rooftop Helipad and Roper St. Francis Cancer Care.
"Keith's legacy will live on through his generosity," Redmond said. "His contributions will impact patient care for generations to come."
Dave Soutter, director of development with the Medical University of South Carolina's Heart and Vascular Center, echoed his appreciation for the Wellins' charity.
"Keith and Wendy have been very generous to MUSC, and very strategic," Soutter said.
"They directed their gifts to support some of our finest clinicians and to encourage development of young, promising physicians. As a result, they ... provided financial support, ... important guidance" and transformation to the Head and Neck Cancer Clinic.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wellin Head and Neck Clinic MSC550, 135 Rutledge Ave., Charleston, SC 29425 or the Wellin Stroke Center c/o Roper St. Francis Foundation, 125 Doughty St., Charleston, SC 29403.
Arrangements are being handled by J. Henry Stuhr's Downtown Chapel of Charleston.