The Pearlstine Family


Edwin Pearlstine will leave a legacy of success, of generosity, and of tireless community service. Few leaders in this community have applied their efforts to such a wide array of causes, organizations, and individuals with such outstanding results. 

Mr. Pearlstine served on the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Lower South Carolina and was the Founding Director of Charleston USO. He was a Board member of two local banks, Chairman of the S.C. Aeronautics Commission, and Chairman of the S.C. Retirement Systems Investment Panel. He has also made considerable contributions to cancer care and research, becoming a major benefactor to the Barbara L. Pearlstine Healing Garden at Hollings Cancer Center and the Pearlstine Hope Lodge affiliated with the American Cancer Society. 

The Jewish community has also been a beneficiary of his generosity and leadership. He served as President for both the Jewish Community Center and his synagogue, Kahol Kadosh Beth Elohim, where a new school and social hall stands, due in large part to his contribution. 

Mr. Pearlstine also has a strong commitment to help individuals achieve their full potential. In this spirit, he donates athletic scholarships to students at both the University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston and has personally assisted two Bahamians through college; one is presently going through nursing school and the other, having recently graduated, is fulfilling his dream as an architect. 

In 1999, Mr. Pearlstine was recognized for his long record of charitable donations with the Malcolm D. Haven Award for philanthropy. 

Born and raised in Charleston, Edwin attended James Simons Elementary and graduated from Rivers High in 1953. He attended the University of North Carolina from 1954 through 1956, and then transferred to Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. After his junior year, he left to work in the family business, I.M. Pearlstine & Sons, a distributor of Anheuser-Busch products in lower South Carolina. In 1971, Mr. Pearlstine bought out all of the stockholders of I.M. Pearlstine, changed the name of the business to Pearlstine Distributors, Inc., and proceeded to grow the company from a $3 million dollar a year business to a $75 million dollar a year business before retiring in 1999. 

He was supported throughout his success by his wife Barabara Langer Pearlstine with whom he shared forty years of marriage before her passing in March of 1997. Two daughters carry on their parent's legacy, Susan and Janet, both of whom serve as Directors for the family business. Mr. Pearlstine can also boast five grandchildren, Amy, Dana, Michael, Edwin, and Halle, beneficiaries of their grandfather's exceptional efforts to make the community a better place.