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You can make a powerful difference in our University’s future by including Clemson in your estate plans.

Your Legacy is our Future

Establishing a legacy by including Clemson as a beneficiary of your estate plans will impact generations of Clemson students, faculty, and staff by enhancing learning perpetuity. Generally, assets are used to establish endowed funds that can be dedicated to support Clemson in the way that follows your estate plan instructions. Our Planned Giving team will quickly and confidentially provide gift illustrations and the language needed to ensure your wishes are realized. We are here to serve you with expertise and partnerships as you explore the impact you can make at Clemson — today, tomorrow and forever.

Clemson Legacy Societies

Clemson Legacy Society members signing the Clemson Legacy Society Registry.
Clemson Legacy Society members signing the Clemson Legacy Society Registry.
Clemson Legacy
Clemson Legacy Registry and quill. In honor of Clemson's will and in appreciation of alumni and friends who make provisions in their own estate plans to support the University, the University has formed the Clemson Legacy Society.

The Clemson Legacy Society is an honor society created especially to recognize individuals who have included Clemson University in their last will and testaments or as a beneficiary of a revocable trust, retirement account, brokerage account or life insurance policy.

In appreciation of their commitment, members of the Clemson Legacy Society receive a beautiful print of excerpts from Mr. Clemson's will, done in calligraphy and sealed with the intaglio from his signet ring.

Note: Please be assured that no individual bequest amounts are ever released publicly, and we honor all requests for anonymity.

The Clemson Legacy Society Registry

Because Clemson Legacy Society members have followed so closely in the footsteps of Thomas Green Clemson, the University initiated a new tradition to coincide with the 120th anniversary of the signing of his will on November 6, 1886. The Clemson Legacy Society Registry, unveiled on November 10, 2006, is a handsome, archival, leather-bound ledger that serves as a record to be treasured and celebrated for all time. Only members of the Clemson Legacy Society are invited to add their signatures in the Clemson Legacy Society Registry, symbolizing the power of personal philanthropy and the perpetuation of Thomas Green Clemson's legacy.

Members are invited to sign the Clemson Legacy Society Registry in the parlor of Fort Hill, by personal appointment, in the very room where Thomas Clemson and Anna Calhoun were married on November 13, 1838. In addition, throughout the year we offer specific dates and times for members to sign their names in this remarkable keepsake. The Clemson Legacy Society Registry is permanently housed at Fort Hill for display and for future members to add their signatures.

Fort Hill Legacy Society

The Fort Hill Legacy Society honors bequests or testamentary trusts of $1 million or more when the University receives them. Fort Hill, the beloved home of John C. Calhoun, became a visionary gift from Thomas Green Clemson to the people of South Carolina. Today, Fort Hill is at the heart of the Clemson campus. The names and personal signatures of the Fort Hill Legacy Society members, along with information about them and their gifts, are displayed on bronze oak leaves affixed to the grounds of the estate where trustees first signed Clemson Agricultural College into existence.

Clemson Ft. Hill Legacy Society Members

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of Jerry E. Dempsey and Harriet Calvert Dempsey

    Jerry E. Dempsey and Harriet Calvert Dempsey

    A 1954 Clemson mechanical engineering graduate, Jerry Dempsey was a prominent business executive beloved for his wisdom and leadership. Harriet Dempsey was an educator and passionate Tiger supporter. The Dempseys' inspiring legacy carries remarkable impact through endowed scholarships, esteemed professorships and a national research conference.

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of William M. Ballenger and Florence Coles Ballenger.

    William M. Ballenger and Florence Coles Ballenger

    William M. Ballenger was a 1923 Clemson alumnus. In 1985, a bequest from his estate created a trust fund to provide income for his wife, Florence. As directed by Mrs. Ballenger upon her death in April 1999, the trust became an unrestricted gift to Clemson.

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of Robert H. Brooks.

    Robert H. Brooks

    Bob Brooks '60 never forgot that he was able to earn a dairy science degree because of Mr. Camp's gift to Clemson. A Christian who dearly loved his family, Bob gave back to Clemson during his lifetime and left a legacy to support the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts and the Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute.

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of Thomas Green Clemson and Anna Maria Calhoun Clemson.

    Thomas Green Clemson and Anna Maria Calhoun Clemson

    "To establish an institution for teaching the Sciences and Arts - I have been solicited again to use my feeble exertions to convert Fort Hill into such a purpose, and thus save from desecration that beautiful hallowed spot. The subject was first agitated by Mrs. Clemson and myself."

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of Ernest L. Corley, Jr.

    Ernest L. Corley, Jr.

    Dr. Ernest L. Corley, Jr. was a 1949 Clemson dairy science graduate who became one of the top officials in the United States Department of Agriculture. Throughout his career, he credited Clemson with opening the door to his success.

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of Kenneth G. Caughman, Jr. and Caroline Barton Caughman.

    Kenneth G. Caughman, Jr. and Caroline Barton Caughman

    Carolina and Ken '48 Caughman were loyal supporters of Clemson academics and athletics for more than 40 years. Ken earned his mechanical engineering degree at Clemson, where his father had played football years before. The Caughman legacy will provide vital support to scholarships and the University library.

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of Wofford Benjamin Camp and Louise P. Camp.

    Wofford Benjamin Camp and Louise P. Camp

    W.B. "Bill" Camp, a 1916 Clemson graduate, was one of the nation's leading agriculturists in the 20th century. He was called "the father of cotton" because of his pioneering work with that crop in California. He married Louise Phifer Wise in 1956, and together they were generous supports of Clemson.

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of Charles E. Daniel and Homozel Mickel Daniel.

    Charles E. Daniel and Homozel Mickel Daniel

    Charles E. Daniel, the founder of Daniel Construction Company, was a Clemson Life Trustee from 1949 until 1964. He received an honorary doctorate from Clemson in 1951. His widow, Homozel, continued the family's support for Clemson with her own generous benevolence.

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of Earl C. Ray.

    Earl C. Ray

    Earl C. Ray received his Clemson chemistry degree in 1938 and won the Norris Medal as the best all-around graduate. Later, on his way to becoming president of Gulf Oil's Harshaw Chemical Company, he wrote: "I look upon my four years at Clemson as 'four of the happiest years of my life.' [They] taught me 'how to live with my fellow man' and enhanced my desire to constantly strive for improvement."

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of Clyde V. and Mamie Westendoff Madren Sr.

    Clyde V. and Mamie Westendoff Madren Sr.

    Clyde V. Madren, who with the love and support of his wife, Mamie, built the Madren Paint Company in Charleston, S.C., into a thriving business, once said: "Life is sort of like painting. You have to prepare the surface properly before the paint goes on to make it stick. I see education as that preparation."

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of Margaret K. Sullivan.

    Margaret K. Sullivan

    Margaret "Peggy" Kanapaux Sullivan funded the Charles Kanapaux Scholarship Endowment in memory of her brother Charles, a 1935 Clemson graduate. Peggy believed in the value and opportunities that a college education provides. She was well educated and served during WWII. She was fiercely independent and a gracious, loyal Southern Lady.

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of Mary Katherine Littlejohn.

    Mary Katherine Littlejohn

    Mary Katherine "Sooky" Littlejohn radiated love and loyalty for Clemson from her home at 114 Daniel Drive, built by her family in 1937. Popular in the community as an author and speaker, she was perhaps best known for her two volumes of "Tales of Tigertown."

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of Porter H. and Sarah L. Adams.

    Porter H. and Sarah L. Adams

    Porter Adams, a 1940 graduate of Clemson and a Korean War veteran, spent his career educating others as a high school teacher. He and his wife Sarah believed that every level of education deserved support and demonstrated their devotion to Clemson by establishing an unrestricted scholarship endowment.

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of Ernest H. and Virginia B. Carroll.

    Ernest H. and Virginia B. Carroll

    The Carrolls' only son, Ernest Jr., was killed in action in 1944 during the invasion of Normandy. In honor of their son's sacrifice, they established the Ernest Hill Carroll Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund at Clemson, where he attended but was unable to graduate before enlisting in the Army.

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of Robert P. 'Pat' Jenkins

    Robert P. "Pat" Jenkins

    A 1962 graduate of Clemson, Pat Jenkins was a U.S. Army veteran and a prominent civil engineer who believed in helping others accomplish their goals. He established two unrestricted endowments - one for the College of Engineering and Science and one for the College of Business and Behavioral Science.

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of Ethelyn Berry Smith.

    Ethelyn Berry Smith

    Ethelyn Berry Smith dedicated her life to education as a teacher in Kershaw County, South Carolina. She continued her devotion to education by establishing the Harry Graves Berry Bioengineering Endowment to honor her brother who graduated from Clemson in 1941.

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of R. Roy and Margery W. Pearce.

    R. Roy and Margery W. Pearce

    R. Roy Pearce, Class of 1941 President, and his wife, Margery "Marnie" Walker Pearce, were dedicated to student success. Along with supporting scholarships, they provided significant funding for the Robert Muldrow Cooper Library and generously established the R. Roy and Margery W. Pearce Center for Professional Communication. They leave a legacy of opportunity and ongoing success for Clemson students.

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of William 'Bill' Brooks Thayer.

    William "Bill" Brooks Thayer

    Bill Thayer, Class of 1952, served his country as an officer of the United States Air Force and served his community as a talented agricultural engineer. Bill's dedication to future generations is seen in his bequest to establish the William B. Thayer '52 Quasi-Endowment for Excellence, designated for Clemson's areas of greatest need. He leaves a legacy of critical support for his alma mater, and Clemson students will forever benefit from his visionary philanthropy.

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of Samuel B. Deal and Patricia Oliver Deal.

    Samuel B. Deal and Patricia Oliver Deal

    Samuel B. Deal ('43) valiantly served his country in World War II's Battle of the Bulge, receiving a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. After the war, he enjoyed a 40-year career as a leading engineer at RCA, obtaining numerous patents. The visionary investment from the Deals will promote alternative energy research, changing the course of energy consumption and improving the environmental well-being of future generations.

  • Bronze oak leaf in honor of Homer McConnell and Peggy Wyrosdick McConnell.

    Homer McConnell and Peggy Wyrosdick McConnell

    The Homer E. McConnell, Jr. and Peggy W. McConnell Endowed Scholarship will support South Carolina students who demonstrate leadership, character and an ability to succeed. Though they did not have children, their legacy will live on through generations of Clemson students.

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    William "Bill" C. Nettles, Jr. and Patricia M. Nettles

    William "Bill" C. Nettles, Jr. '55 held Clemson degrees in chemistry and entomology and received a Ph.D. in toxicology from Rutgers University in 1962. Bill served in the U.S. Army Reserve and worked in research for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Pat was a brilliant accountant and master quilter. The Nettles, married 37 years, retired to Lake Keowee. They were passionate about education, creating university-wide scholarships and a named professorship in entomology, while also supporting the Library and the South Carolina Botanical Garden. Bill later married Jeanne McGonigal in 2006.

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    Michael G. Roetnor, Margaret Roetnor, and Phyllis Roetnor

    Michael G. Roetner, born and raised in California, graduated from California State University and began his career as a B-29 bomber pilot in the Korean conflict. A successful entrepreneur in the Los Angeles area, Michael and his first wife, Margaret, retired to Hilton Head in 1993 and found Clemson on their way. Margaret passed in 1996, and he found love again with Phyllis "PJ". Michael's only son, Nick, served as an Army helicopter pilot. The Roetnors were loyal patriots and left a legacy to inspire and prepare ROTC cadets for military service.

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    John D. and Alice C. Lamar

    John D. and Alice C. Lamar left a legacy of hard work, generosity and humility. Their lives of international service with Voice of America and foreign service nursing were centered around promoting freedom and helping others. Retiring in Oconee County, the Lamars became committed to creating an endowed scholarship for future generations from Oconee County who, by their service, will make a difference in the world around them.