“We were concerned about the restoration. We were concerned about being true to the history.” Victor Del Bene, M.D., Chair of the University Chapel Committee, from his 2009 oral history regarding Hurricane Hugo.
The Chapel Restoration Committee held its first meeting on January 11, 1990. Committee members determined that the chapel should be restored as closely as possible to its original state but with the inclusion of many significant improvements. As the building and surrounding areas were cleaned up, and the extent of the damage discovered, the committee recognized that modifications of some elements of the structure and its contents were necessary.
The first estimated cost for the reconstruction was $670,000; however, when taking into account the organ, pews, stained glass, and the other furnishings in the chapel the budget was set at $750,000 to be paid from state insurance with another $250,000 from FEMA. Private donations brought in $289,966 by the time St. Luke’s Chapel was restored.
The Chapel Restoration Committee
Dr. Stephen B. Canaday, Professor of Anatomy, MUSC and Administrator of the Chapel
Catherine Ceips, Director of Volunteer Services, MUSC Medical Center
Dr. Victor Del Bene, Professor of Medicine, MUSC and Chair of the University Chapel Committee
Henry deSaussure Copeland, Porter Military Academy alumnus
James Fisher, Director of Development, MUSC
Dr. William H. Golod, Dean of the College of Pharmacy, MUSC
Berkeley Grimball, Headmaster, Porter-Gaud School
Thomas L. Ilderton, Member and Officer, Porter Military Academy Alumni Association
The Rev. Clark W. Lowenfield, Rector, The Church of the Holy Communion
Dr. Henry F. Martin, III, Associate Professor of Physiology, MUSC
Dr. Isaac S. H. Metcalf, Professor of Anatomy, Emeritus, MUSC
The Rev. Harold Syfrett, Baptist Minister
Dr. Elsie Taber, Professor of Anatomy, Emeritus, and Chair of the original University Chapel Committee
Esther Tecklenberg, community leader
The Rev. Leo Van den Oetellar, S.J., Campus Minister
George F. “Tony” von Kolnitz, IV, Director of Engineering and Facilities, MUSC
Dr. G. Fraser Wilson, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. W. Curtis Worthington, Jr., Director, Waring Historical Library
Dr. C. Edward Kaylor, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)