Frances “Frankie” Manhardt, who died of cancer in May, received a posthumous honor from South Carolina Society of Professional Land Surveyors.

The group named Manhardt the South Carolina Surveyor of the Year at the SCSPLS and SAMSOG Joint Surveyors’ Convention on July 20 in Charleston, S.C.

Frankie Manhardt
Frankie Manhardt, who died of cancer in May, was named the South Carolina Surveyor of the Year. (Credit: SCSPLS)

A native of Australia, Manhardt moved to South Carolina in 1998. She worked at the Charleston office of CHE Surveying, and she became involved with SCSPLS on both the local and state level. She eventually became the first woman president of the SCSPLS (as well as her local chapter).

Despite her achievement, Manhardt told others she did not want her gender to overshadow her work. “I don't want to be known as a woman surveyor,” she said. “I want to be known as a surveyor who happens to be a woman.” 

At the convention, SCSPLS leaders recognized her for her dedication, commitment and efforts on behalf of the land surveying profession in South Carolina.

“She was the most effective president that I have known,” Lee Frank said when announcing Manhardt’s award at the convention. “She traveled tirelessly to meetings throughout the state and region on our behalf. She was the first female president of the SCSPLS, but she set a high bar for every person who will follow.”

Manhardt’s husband, Michael, and daughter, Amelia, accepted the award on her behalf.