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Quiet downtown visionary, Christian leader dies at 64

Aug 30, 2010 11:08:00 PM - thestate.com

The Rev. Peter Cannon, a downtown developer and Midlands evangelical leader, was remembered Monday as a “quiet, behind-the-scenes giant” for his visionary approach to revitalizing downtown Columbia and his devotion to Christian faith projects.

Cannon, who was diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer about five weeks ago, died Friday at Emory University Hospital, a week after undergoing surgery, his son, Ronnie Cannon, said. Cannon was 64.

Friends and associates described Cannon as a private man with wide-ranging passions, always overlaid with the concept of service to his fellow man.

Even as he worked on downtown development, he and his wife, Pat, founded HIS International Inc., a Christian ministry to international college students, which operates at USC and two other campuses.

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