Canterbury House announces new chairman and president

January 21, 2023

Canterbury House is under new leadership as its chairman and president, Dr. Edmund Rhett Jr., officially stepped down from his post this morning. Fred Fabian, president of eLifespaces, will succeed him in the role, effective immediately. The appointment completes the organization’s planned transition that was initiated about one year ago.

Rhett has served the Canterbury House board for decades and will continue his role on the board to lend his experience and time to further the organization’s growth.

Rhett, an obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, has over 40 years of experience in the medical field. After graduating from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee with a degree in biology, he received his medical degree from The Medical College of Georgia. Four decades ago, Rhett started the first OB/GYN practice in Mount Pleasant. An estimated 7,000 babies delivered later, Rhett stepped away from obstetrics and opened Rhett Women’s Center (RWC), a full-service gynecology office specializing in the comprehensive treatment of women of all ages from adolescence to menopause.

With its new leadership in place, Canterbury House will continue to fulfill its mission to keep residents living independently in their own apartments with additional supportive services to meet their daily needs.


About Canterbury House

Canterbury House is a non-profit, independent living, age-in-place senior community. Canterbury House campus is comprised of two buildings and available to anyone 62 or older who meets annual income guidelines. Ideally located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, Canterbury House is within walking distance of houses of worship, shopping, post office, county library, auditoriums, restaurants, recreational facilities and medical facilities.

The facility is owned by the Episcopal Diocesan Housing, Inc. (origin 1950) and Elderly Housing, Inc (origin 1993). Owned by a common Board of Directors, the organizations were formed and are operated exclusively for charitable purposes designed to meet the physical, social and physiological needs of the elderly and to contribute to their health, security, happiness and usefulness in longer living.

The facility is managed by Southern Development Management Company, Inc.