Alice R. Durr was born and raised in Dorchester County. She attended Preston College in Columbia and graduated as a Certified Medical Assistant in 1973. In 1975 she married Michael Whaley Durr of St. George, where she has since resided. She worked as a medical assistant in Walterboro Family Practice after graduating in 1973 until 1989 before joining the Dorchester County Coroner's Office February 7, 1996 as Deputy Coroner. She became Chief Deputy Coroner April 9, 2008 and continued in that position until February 11, 2016 after the previous coroner's resignation. Alice was appointed by the Governor February 11, 2016 to serve as Coroner.
During her time in Dorchester County Coroner's Office she has investigated many deaths, of all types, to include homicides, suicides, accidents, infant and child deaths. These investigations include scene investigation, interviewing of relevant individuals, review of medical, social and legal records, ordering of and attendance at autopsies, etc.
She is committed to providing the people of Dorchester County with the most committed, compassionate and professional people to serve as death investigators. She is devoted to improving education and training and to the development of prevention programs. Alice promotes alcohol and drug free proms, and participates in local school events to make children aware of the dangers involved in high risk behaviors. She also promotes the field of death investigation at job fairs.
Alice is a member of the South Carolina Coroner's Association. In 2013, Coroner Durr was recognized by Dorchester County as Employee of the Year. Alice currently lives in St. George. She has three daughters and seven grandchildren.