John Coussons

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John Stanford Coussons CHARLESTON - John Stanford Coussons died Thursday, December 31, 2009. Born in Minden, Louisiana, January 13,1931, the son of William Bryan Coussons and Willie Graves McCoy Coussons. He received his baccalaureate degree from Louisiana College. At the Louisiana State University, where he was a student of T. Harry Williams, he received the M.A. and Ph.D. Dr. Coussons joined the faculty of The Citadel in 1958 and spent his entire academic career of forty-one years at the military college. In addition to his primary appointment as a History professor, during the course of his career he served as a tactical advisor to two cadet companies, advisor to the sailing team, the Junior Sword Drill, the History Club, Phi Alpha Theta, The Honor Committee, and St. Alban's Chapel. In 1969, Dr. Coussons received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. He was elected Chairman of the Faculty Council in 1972. From 1977 until 1989 he served as Head of the History Department. Commissioned in the Naval Reserve in 1952, Dr. Coussons served on active duty until 1955. He was recalled to active duty for a year in 1961 during the confrontation over the Berlin Wall. He was retired with the rank of Captain. Dr. Coussons was a member of the South Carolina Historical Society, the Southern Historical Society, the Washington Light Infantry, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the Carolina Yacht Club. An Episcopalian, he was a communicant of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul where he was a long term vestryman and twice Senior Warden. A service in celebration of the life of Dr. Coussons will be held at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Monday, January 4, 2010 at eleven o'clock. Burial will be in the churchyard. Following the burial, the family will greet friends at a reception in the Church's Parish Hall. Dr. Coussons is survived by a sister, Ellen Elizabeth Coussons Wooldridge, of Monroe, LA, a brother, William McCoy Coussons, of Florence, AL, several nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming Street, Charleston, SC 29403 or Charleston Men's Chorus, P. O. Box 22674, Charleston, SC 29413 Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL. Visit our guestbook at

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