Robert Lee Atkinson

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Robert Lee Atkinson (May 10, 1899-October 5, 1918) was a Clemson Agricultural College senior who died of complications of Influenza in the fall of 1918.

From the TAPS 1919, Volume Twelve, dedication to him (page 6):

Robert Lee Atkinson was born at Lowryville, S.C., May 10, 1899. He was prepared for college in the Armenia School near his home, and in the fall of 1915 he entered Clemson that he might become better fitted for the great work he hoped to do. In October he was stricken with Influenza, which later developed into Pneumonia. On October fifth, after a brave fight of more than a week, during which time he faced Death with a smile always on his face, he quietly passed into another world. His death cannot but have recalled to those who saw him die, those lines of Bryant when he said,
"So live that when thy summons comes to join the innumerable caravan that moves to that mysterious realm where each shall take his chamber in the silent halls of death, thou go not like the quarry slave at night scourged to his dungeon; but sustained by an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams."
Robert was an excellent student, a devout Christian, and a man.
May "Chief's" life and death inspire us to higher things.

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