Former Greenville city manager John Dullea died on May 2, 2021. He was 94.
Dullea served as a city manager for over 40 years in six cities, including 20 years with the city of Greenville.
While Greenville’s city manager, Dullea worked with Mayor Max Heller to grow and develop the downtown area by helping introduce the mayor and City Council to public-private partnerships through an agreement with the Hyatt Corporation.
“In exchange for transforming Main Street from four lanes to two and widening the sidewalks and creating a tree-lined streetscape, the Hyatt agreed to build a major hotel property at the corner of Main and College streets,” said Kara Dullea, John Dullea’s daughter and president of Details Public Relations. “In short, the Hyatt took an enormous gamble on the city’s leadership and vision to transform downtown into a vibrant social, cultural and business community. Nearly nine years after the Hyatt opened, the Peace Center for the Performing Arts opened in 1990 using a similar public-private funding technique, effectively establishing Greenville as a legitimate destination.”
In addition to his career as a city manager, Dullea served on the executive board of the International City Managers Association and as president of the S.C. City and County Managers Association, where he received its Lifetime Achievement Award.
In retirement, he helped establish the eucharistic ministry at Greenville Memorial and St. Francis hospitals.
Dullea is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Lib); three children, Stephanie (Billy) Owens, Mark (Jeanne) Dullea, and Kara Dullea; five grandchildren, Haley, William (Bo), Stephanie (Stevie) and John Owens, and Madelyn Dullea; two brothers, Jim and Mark; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Service details are pending.