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Hall of Fame Inductees 2017

James F. Barker, FAIA

James F. Barker, FAIA

Jim Barker came to Clemson University from Kingsport, Tennessee as an architecture student and track athlete. After graduating from Clemson, he spent several years as a practicing architect, at Mississippi State University and Clemson as a faculty member and dean, and was named Clemson president in 1999.
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Harvey B. Gantt, FAIA

Harvey B. Gantt, FAIA

In 1963 Harvey Gantt became the first African-American student to enroll at Clemson University. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Clemson with honors in 1965, and in 1970, he received a Master of City Planning degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Throughout his career, Harvey’s ties with academia have remained strong. He has been a visiting lecturer at a number of prestigious institutions, including Clemson, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2012.
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Jeanet S. Dreskin

Jeanet Dreskin

When Jeanet Stecker Dreskin and her late husband Arthur settled in Greenville, S.C. in 1950 to raise their family, she wasn’t thinking about going back to school. She had her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tulane University and a certificate in Medical Art from John Hopkins University. She had also studied at the NY Art Students League. Then the offer came — to become Clemson’s first Master of Fine Arts student. She accepted, she excelled, and she set the bar high for all who have followed in her footsteps.
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Richard Alexander Lou

Richard Alexander Lou

Richard Alexander Lou was born in San Diego, Calif. and was raised there and in Tijuana, Mexico. Lou grew up in a biracial family which was spiritually and intellectually guided by an anti-colonialist Chinese father and a culturally affirming Mexicana mother. Lou received his A.A. in Art in 1981 from Southwestern College in California; a B.A. in Fine Art in 1983 from California State University at Fullerton; and a Master of Fine Art in 1986 from Clemson University.
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Byron W. Brooks, AICP

Byron W. Brooks, AICP

Byron Brooks has more than 30 years of professional experience in the public sector. He was appointed as Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Orlando in 2005, and is responsible for assisting the Mayor with the day-to-day oversight and supervision of the City’s operating departments and services. This involves administration of an organization with approximately 3,300 employees and an annual budget of approximately $1.1 billion, serving a community of more than 270,000 residents and thriving businesses. Orlando welcomes over 60 million visitors annually.
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William Millard Choate

William Millard Choate

William Millard Choate is the Chairman and CEO of Choate Construction Company, one of the largest commercial building contractors in the southeastern United States.
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Doug Hunter

Doug Hunter

Doug Hunter is Executive Vice President of Holder Construction Company. Hunter has 28 years of construction experience and has been with Holder for the past 23 years.
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Ron Rash

Ron Rash

Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena, in addition to five other novels, including One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, The World Made Straight, and Above the Waterfall; five collections of poems; and six collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award, and most recently, Something Rich and Strange. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.
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Beverly N.

Beverly N. "Ben" Skardon

Colonel Beverly N. “Ben” Skardon was born on Bastille Day, 1917, in St. Francesville, La. He was one of four brothers who graduated from Clemson College. He entered the U.S. Army in 1939. During WWII, he was captured by the Japanese Army at the fall of Bataan. He is a survivor of the Bataan Death March and the POW camps. He was liberated in 1945 by units of the Russian Army in Mukden, Manchuria.
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David H. Wilkins

David H. Wilkins

The Honorable David H. Wilkins earned a bachelor’s degree in History cum laude from Clemson University in 1968. A graduate of Greenville High School, Ambassador Wilkins came to Clemson on a tennis scholarship.
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Donald Collins

Donald Lynn Collins, FASLA

Raised in Charlotte, Don was destined to be a landscape architect. His father often engaged in construction projects between his tours of duty as a firefighter. His grandfather was a land developer. Both men were frugal, bringing home job-site wood scraps to re-purpose. While his mother tended the books, young Collins spent hours playing in his grandfather’s storage yard, laying out roads and arranging little wood blocks as “buildings” to form villages. Little did he know that this “design on the land” was the essence of landscape architecture.
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Edward Pinckney, FASLA

Edward Pinckney, FASLA

Ed Pinckney received a Bachelor of Architecture from Clemson University in 1958 and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. Until his retirement, he was founder and president of Edward Pinckney/Associates, Ltd., a landscape architecture firm he founded in Bluffton, S.C.
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Ralph Rynes, M.D., Ph.D., FDTI

Ralph Rynes, M.D., Ph.D., FDTI

Prior to his retirement, Dr. Ralph Rynes was a board-certified physician with more than 30 years’ experience in treating the neurological aspects of infectious diseases. He worked primarily with individuals living with HIV and co-occurring mental health or substance use disorders. He earned a B.A. at Clemson University and an M.A. at the Universität Hamburg in Germany before completing his Doctoral degrees (M.D. and Ph.D.) at l’Université Denis Diderot. Dr. Rynes completed clinical and research residencies in Neurology and Neuroscience at l’Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris, France, followed by post-doctoral research in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Patricia W. Wannamaker

Patricia W. Wannamaker

Pat Wannamaker received both her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She taught English and German for nine years in secondary schools in the state before finishing her Ph.D. in German and linguistics at Louisiana State University in 1964.
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Michael East

Michael East

Since moving to Charleston, Mike East has had the privilege of working on productions of many shapes and sizes with dozens of other Clemson alumni. From not-for-profit operas to multi-million-dollar Broadway productions, Mike has managed and installed over 100 shows across 49 states and 9 countries. He currently serves as a Senior Production Manager for Work Light Productions and as the Technical Supervisor for Spoleto Festival USA. Mike is also a founder and the President of TTS Studios, a custom fabrication company that specializes in scenery construction for the performing arts industry.
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Stephan Barton

Stephen C. Barton

Stephan C. Barton is President of Physicians Financial Services, LLC in Atlanta, Ga., and has specialized in comprehensive financial and estate services for the affluent since 1983. He is a Certified Senior Advisor, Registered Investment Advisor, and Registered Financial Consultant. From 1988 until 2005, Stephan was President of MAG Mutual Financial Services in Atlanta, which was endorsed by the Medical Association of Georgia, 23 county medical societies, and five specialty societies. Stephan started that company, and it grew to serve over 4,000 physicians in 32 states. After retiring from MAG Mutual Financial, he founded Physicians Financial Services in Dunwoody, Ga., and continues to serve individual physicians across the southeast with their financial needs.
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Ronald Moran

Ronald Moran

Ronald Moran joined the Clemson faculty in 1975 after having spent nine years at UNC-Chapel Hill, one year of which he served as a Fulbright Lecturer in West Germany at the University of Wuerzburg. During his tenure at Clemson, Moran taught a variety of courses, with an emphasis on modern poetry and the creative writing of poetry.
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