July 29 in Clemson History
Events on July 29 in Clemson's History
- 1891: First election of faculty members takes place. Chosen were C. M. Furman, English; C. W. Welch, physics; W. S. Morrison, history; J. S. Newman, agriculture; A. V. Zane, applied mechanics, and President Henry Aubrey Strode, assigned as chair of mathematics. Among the assistant and associate professors elected were Richard Newman Brackett, soon to beome head of the Chemistry Department.
- 1985: President Walter T. Cox places Vice President of Business and Finance Melvin Barnette on medical leave. Within three months Barnette will be fired. But not before campus security is removed from his purvue and a new safety director selected as James Brummitt is let go. Cox also supports awarding a year-long sabbatical to former President Bill Atchley at a cost of $100,000. Cox also accepts responsibility for making an oral contract of three years with former athletic director Bill McLellan at $68,000 per annum. McLellan accepts a forced retirement. (Wunder, John R., "A Good Sport: Walter Thompson Cox, 1985-1986", McKale, Donald M., editor, "Tradition: A History of the Presidency of Clemson University", Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 1988, ISBN 0-86554-296-1, page 257.)
- 1995: A Tribute To Coach Frank Howard held at the Fluor Daniel Center, Greenville, at 6:30 p.m., presented by the Greenville Touchdown Club. (Bourret, Tim, "Clemson University Football Vault", Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia, 2008, ISBN 0794824307, page 114.)
- 2008: The Clemson Wiki main page tallies hit number 54,000.
- 2008: Louise Odom Edwards, 92, former first lady of Clemson University, died July 29 at Sterling House, an assisted living residence in Central where she and President Emeritus Robert Cook Edwards have lived since December 2007. Dr. and Mrs. Edwards served the university during a time of phenomenal growth and monumental events that shaped the future of the institution, such as the graduation of Clemson’s first female students and the enrollment of its first black students. “Louise Edwards is the role model for all of us at Clemson University in her affection for students and her care for the Clemson family,” said President Jim Barker, who graduated from Clemson in 1970, during Dr. Edwards’ presidency. “She was a tremendous help to Marcia and me in our service to Clemson. She will be greatly missed.”
- A native of Red Springs, N.C, she attended Flora McDonald College in North Carolina. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Nancy Edwards Reid and her husband, Bill; daughter-in-law Sandra Edwards Waggoner; brother, Joseph Thomas Odom Jr. and wife Martha Ann; sister, Josie Odom Galloway and husband Herbert; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Robert Cook Edwards Jr. Following a private committal service at Woodland Cemetery on the Clemson campus, there will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, at Clemson United Methodist Church, 300 Frontage Road in Clemson. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home in Central. A proud and gracious Southern lady Louise Odom met R.C. Edwards when he moved to her hometown in 1934 to accept a position with a textile manufacturing plant. They were married May 30, 1935. She came to Clemson in 1956 when her husband was named Clemson’s first vice president for development and stood by his side when he became Clemson’s eighth president in 1959. He had served as acting president following the death of President Robert F. Poole in June 1958. She was a strong presence in the community and on campus, welcoming new students at an annual Freshman Picnic on the lawn of the President’s Home — a tradition she started — and hosting events for new faculty and their spouses. She was a long-time member of the Clemson United Methodist Church, the Clemson Garden Club and the Clemson University Woman’s Club. After Dr. Edwards’ retirement in 1979, they moved to their home on Wyatt Avenue in Clemson and continued to participate in university activities and to support student-athletes in competition. When they were no longer able to attend games, they never missed watching the Tigers on TV. Mrs. Edwards was affectionately known as “Moon Pie” by students and alumni, a reference to the popular Southern snack cake said to be the perfect compliment to “RC Cola.” Citing “unselfish service to Clemson and outstanding contributions to student life,” Tiger Brotherhood honored Mrs. Edwards as Mother of the Year during the Clemson-North Carolina football game in 1978. She was honored with a surprise celebration March 13, 1996, to mark her 80th birthday (March 28) by the Clemson University Woman’s Club. In addition to receiving a Clemson letter jacket from George Bennett, then executive director of IPTAY, Mrs. Edwards was congratulated in proclamations by S.C. Gov. David Beasley and the General Assembly, City of Clemson Mayor Larry Abernathy, and Clemson University President Deno Curris. The Pickens County legislative delegation honored her at a luncheon March 29, 1996. Memorial requests - In addition to flowers, memorials may be made to the following:
- Hospice of the Foothills
- 390 Keowee School Road
- Seneca, SC 29672
- Clemson United Methodist Church
- P.O. Box 590
- Clemson, SC 29633
- Alzheimer’s Association
- 521 N. McDuffie Street
- Anderson, SC 29621
- Clemson University Foundation
- P.O. Box 1889
- Clemson, SC 29633-1889
- Condolences may be expressed online or in person at the Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, :Central-Clemson Commons.
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