The Charleston Time Machine and the Charleston County Public Library mourn the tragic loss of Cynthia Graham Hurd, one of the best and brightest stars in our community. Cynthia and I worked on several programs together when she was manager of the historic John L. Dart Library branch, and she continued to preside at meetings of that library’s history committee after she moved on to manage the larger regional branch that will now be named in her memory.
Cynthia had an extraordinary talent for making people feel welcome, but at the same time she wasn’t shy about speaking her mind in a frank but respectful manner. I never heard her raise her smooth, mezzo-soprano voice, nor do I remember ever seeing that winning smile disappear from her face. Although we were not close, I had—and will forever have–immense respect for Cynthia. I was once a stranger to her, but she quickly drew me into her world and treated me like a brother.
Cynthia used her communication skills to great advantage in her life-long promotion of literacy and education. Her spirited legacy will long endure in our community, and will no doubt help to inspire and empower future generations of Charlestonians who will, like her, strive to make the world a better place.
On Friday the Charleston County Public Library released the following press release, which includes more biographical information about Cynthia and the crafting of her legacy: