Our executive board is a group of people who provide much of the behind the scenes momentum that keeps DIHS active and productive in the community. And we’re pleased to share that we have two new members who certainly fulfill that expectation.
Richard Dorval and his wife Sharon relocated to Daniel Island, SC in 2012, following his retirement from education in Connecticut. As an avid history lover Rich actively volunteers at both Mepkin Abbey as a tour guide, and serves as a historian VIP at Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie Historical National Park. Additionally he was a charter member and first VP of the Fort Sumter Civil War Round Table, and also conducted the “Beyond the Fields Tour ” at Middleton Place Plantation prior to covid. Rich has been a guest speaker at The Daniel Island Library during Black History Month, and presented a three part lecture series on “Charleston During the Civil War,” He’s happy to serve on the DIHS Board and is looking forward to meeting all of our local history enthusiasts.
Torrence (Tory) Sullivan joined the DIHS in board inOctober, 2023. His professional background in tech sales (working for Google at the time), brought him to Daniel Island. Moving to Charleston, however, had been on his “bucket list” since a visit in 2000. It was a combination of several of his passions, history, art, sailing/boating, politics and food—all in one place. He lives on DI with his wife, Andrea, DINA President & DICA Boardmember, and both joined DIHS at their very first meeting. Tory is currently Chair of DINA’s Land Use and Development Committee, and is their incoming Treasurer starting 2024.
Before moving to the Lowcountry, Tory was aware of some family history here. His grandfather had been stationed out of Beaufort toward the end of WW2, where he piloted seaplanes hunting U-boats from Savannah to the Outer Banks. He did this having returned from prior deployments to North Africa and Iceland. Shortly after moving to the region, Tory researched his genealogy and found his 6th Great Grandparents were Huguenots, emigrating to Staten Island before 1700, joining Dutch and Danish families in New Amsterdam since 1629. Following an extensive process, he joined the Huguenot Society of South Carolina. He’s also a member of the South Carolina Historical Society.