The passing of the Honorable Sol Blatt Jr. this week leaves a void in the soul of this state that may never be filled in this less-than-civil age.

I doubt there was any South Carolinian more widely beloved and admired during his lifetime. “Sol Jr.” set the standard for the state’s federal bench, respecting the dignity of every person in his courtroom, including the criminals he sentenced.

He earned the rich blessing of being both respected and loved by displaying patience, gentility and respect to all he encountered. In honoring the memory of this rare gentleman’s life, we would all do well to emulate any of the many virtues that he epitomized.

W. HOWELL MORRISON

Jamestown Road

Charleston