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Favorite Clemson Professors?

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Posted: Jul 8, 2020 11:46 PM
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Two other posts about professors got me thinking about some of the really good teachers I had at Clemson.

My favorite all time was Dr. Louis Henry. He loved southern literature and made it easy to enjoy class. He was one of those professors who genuinely cared about his students. After changing my major from Chem to English at the end of my soph year I took him every chance I got.

Who are some favorites for you?


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Bart Knijnenberg


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Bart Knijnenberg


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Eddie smith, Dr. Reel, James Gaubert, Marty Williams


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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 3:34 AM
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Eddie Smith and James Gaubert were great. Eddie Smith is definitely my favorite.

Also I don’t recall his name but I had a African American professor teaching Marketing 420 who was excellent.


I bet it was Dr. Jesse Moore.

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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 8:11 AM
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https://newsstand.clemson.edu/jesse-moore-becomes-6th-chair-in-marketing-programs-history/


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Hands down the best professor at Clemson was Frosty Bauknight. You never wanted to miss his class because he was so entertaining, you learned a lot and he gave three pop quizzes during the semester that counted like a test.

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Frosty Bauknight and COL Ben Skardon. Frosty had an


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entertaining class and kept you on your toes with pop quizzes. COL Skardon was tough and made his English course very entertaining too. Used to run into him around campus after that semester and he always wanted to know how you were doing and if I was planning to graduate any time soon.

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I loved Frosty .... only had him for AgEcon one semester. Another favorite was Vernon Hodges for Architectural History.

Not my favorites but does anyone remember:

Stumpy Stewart - Calculus

Theta Wood - Physics

Foggy Reed - Physics


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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 7:40 AM
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PB Nowack

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PB called my roommate a ##### for dropping his dynamics class. Hahaha. Loved the slide rule in the shadow box. In case of emergency break glass. God bless him.

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Nowack for me too. Showing tension by pulling my hair in statics class will never be forgotten. Old school, great guy.

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I must say I liked Nowak's statics class so much that I signed up for it again the following semester. I took a W the first time and he told me maybe I wasn't cut out to be an engineer if I needed to withdraw from a statics class. I wasn't going to let him beat me and I wound up with the highest grade in his class the following semester and went on to become an engineer. Back in the day, he had no scheduled exams, all pop tests, so you had to come to every class prepared to take a test.


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Posted: Jul 10, 2020 4:17 PM
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Not sure who my statics professor was but I think I can say I hated every minute of it ..... passed with a D .... but don't have any idea how I did!


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Theada wood


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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 8:00 AM
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Dr. Flowers, Astronomy


Dr. David Ward, sociology.

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I remember being amazed that he would walk in the class and lecture for the entire time without looking at any notes. He wrote the textbook, so I guess it shouldn’t have been surprising. It was so impressive to me as a freshman though.

He was a great guy who loved teaching and cared about his students. He always made it a point to learn everyone’s name and something about them.

He passed away about 10 years ago.

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Posted: Jul 11, 2020 8:11 PM
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He was something. First class I had with him he let us know that he quit smoking and used the gum to kick it. Said he was addicted now (Back then) to the gum.

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Dr Dave Woodard, POSC

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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 8:29 AM
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Dr Woodard was the hardest but the best prof in the dept. He was voted Master Teacher one of the years I was there. Every class, every semester, began with the same quotes - "Life's hard. Woodard's hard. Life won't grade you on a curve. Woodard won't grade you on a curve."

If you got an A in his class - and I'm proud to say I got A's in his classes! - you EARNED an A grade. You worked harder in his classes, but you also learned more in his classes. He retired last year, I think, but he was a huge credit to the university and to all of us who had the privilege to sit in his classes.


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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 9:56 AM
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My daughter graduated in 2009 and still keeps in touch with him.


A complex character, but one of my faves as well. Slann was


Posted: Jul 9, 2020 12:32 PM
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my guy.

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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 8:29 AM
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Ben Skardon--Dr Hugh Mccauley


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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 8:41 AM
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I loved Hugh McAuley. I also liked Dr. Slann Poli Sci Dr. Leon Seamon(Spanish introduced me to my husband), Dr. Jerry Whitmire(Spanish) Dr. Gaston Fernandez and his wife Elena and this Computer Science professor who would always start the database we brought down in the middle of the night when trying to finish our projects at the end of the semester. The good old days...


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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 9:07 AM
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Hugh Macauley Ben Skardon


Agreed Ben Skardon and Hugh Macauly


Posted: Jul 9, 2020 9:54 AM
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Bothe really seemed to care about the students and they put energy into their teaching.
Back then, I had no idea that I was in the presence of a military hero (Skardon). What a great man, as was Macauly.

I would add BR Skelton (labor econ) and Deal (business law) and Mary Ann Prater (accounting) as great profs as well.


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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 8:41 AM
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I too had Dr Henry my guess would be in 1970 or 1971. When I first reaD the topic my mind immediately wen to him and M. C. Bell for 106 calculus.


My favorites from the IE department were

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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 8:56 AM
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Dr. Mary Kurz, Dr. Scott Mason and Dr. Kevin Taaffe. Kurz and Mason were also my advisors and gave me much needed butt kickings at times, leading me to have my best grades as a senior. Mason's iron fist proctoring of my senior capstone project is a big reason why I'm a successful engineer today.

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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 8:59 AM
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Boy, that is a good one! I have a couple who I recall making an impact. Dr. Steven Taylor inspired me to explore HR (My 30+ year career is in that field.) Mary Ann Prater taught Accounting, and I still recall her stories of creative employee fraud. Labor economics (Dr. Elliot? - went on to direct the professional development center) - he had the best "Mr. Haney" impersonation from Green Acres. I still use logistics I learned from Col. Wheeler (?) and remember his USAF manifest documents from a shipment that he taped together, which reached from one side of the classroom to the other. A great visual of government inefficiency. <img border=">

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You are correct for economics....Dr. Ralf Elliot. He would do crazy things to make the dismal science of Economics interesting. He was great and after having him I worked for him in the Professional Development Dept. Ran into him several years after graduation at a conference where we were on a fishing boat with 60 people and 35 were puking. With his usual humor he said " Mark, it's one vicious cycle...we puke in the barf bags and the bags go over the side of the boat, the fish eat the puke, we catch and eat the fish, and it repeats..LOL!

For logistics It was Col. Tom Mertens who you may be thinking of. He was great also.
I am class of 81 for reference.


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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 9:00 AM
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Both of my favorites were English professors: Dr. Henry and Dr. Willey

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Dr. Gill Robinson


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Did he teach Strength of Materials ..... if so I liked him too ..... think he wrote the textbook!


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There were a number I enjoyed...Louis


Posted: Jul 9, 2020 9:10 AM
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Henry, Jerry Reel and Ben Skardon come to mind.

Most of the Army Military Science staff were also favorites.

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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 9:20 AM
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PB Nowack


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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 9:26 AM
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Kenzo Seo for first 2 calculus classes back in early 80's. He was very short, so we would put the erasers on top of the chalk board everyday. He was also a great ping pong player.
I had to drop his class the first time I had him, but I got him again and really liked him.


That's a tough one

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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 9:28 AM
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Seeing as how I only came into contact with a few of them 3 or 4 times

I guess I am going with Richard Rouse or Mary Ann Prater. I also have to shout out to my academic advisor Dr. Klein who really had his work cut out for him with me.

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Sid Gauthreaux


Posted: Jul 9, 2020 9:35 AM
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Loved his light Cajun accent and passion for Ornithology

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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 9:47 AM
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Dr B J Todd- operations- almost stayed and took an assistantship to do Masters because of him. Dr BR Skelton

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Dr. Reel was probably my favorite...

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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 10:00 AM
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Anyone else have or like Ma and Pa Bishop?




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I notice no one mentioned the bishops.


Ma and Pa


Posted: Jul 9, 2020 11:28 AM
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I avoided them like the plague...


I did...

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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 11:50 AM
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I asked if anyone had them or liked them.

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Posted: Jul 9, 2020 12:24 PM
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I had Ma for chemistry 101. I was overloaded with classes that semester and just didnt have the time to devote to CH101. I was not doing well in her class and went by to drop her class. She convinced me that I was not doing that bad and I should stick with it and that my grades were above average for the class. I stayed, I failed I went to summer school at Spartanburg Methodist. Not a big fan of the Bishops.


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my mistake I had Ma for CH102. I had George Heung (sp?) for CH101. The man did not speak english...I struggled to understand anything he said. He may have been a brilliant chemist, but the communication was a real problem for me in that class. I remember him giving a lector one day and he kept using the term minimole. Finally someone raised their hand and asked are you saying minimole or millimole? He said yes minimole and proceeded to write out millimole on the overhead projector. I looked over at the my buddy who was sitting beside me and said man we are screwed in this class.I passed CH101, but i didnt have a real good chemistry foundation going into CH102. The only class I ever failed....but im not bitter.


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I had a german dude named Herlinger that taught me Spanish 101. He had a thick german accent and I too could not understand a word he said in English or Spanish.


I had Ma Bishop too but not Pa***


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My first college class ever was Pa Bishop. Shudder.

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Dr. Charlie Gooding. Taught like a normal person, and I


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always felt like he wanted me to learn. None of the uppety crap of a lot of professors, and none of the lab-rat can't deal with people you get from others. Normal person. Tests were fair and reflected the material you were supposed to learn. Always felt that I had learned a lot of useful stuff in his classes.

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as liberal as he is, best ChE prof I ever had.

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Dr. Serge A. (civil)

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He was always entertaining.


He was one of my favorites.


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Earl Hayter was the other.

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Played intramural soccer with Serji while at Clemson. He's

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a great guy. Ran into him years later working on tire recycling. Here is a bio I found online:

https://ppc.uiowa.edu/sites/default/files/amirkhanian_serji_cv_09.2018.pdf

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Jimmy D. Sheriff. Kicked my butt in accounting but I learned I lot.


Bill Steirer and Dave Woodard


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If I ever taught history, it would be like Dr. Steirer taught. Both were super hard teachers, but also they demanded that you actually learn, and not regurgitate. Best part was they each taught somewhat complimentary courses and if taken together, it was very enlightening. Learned more for those two professors than perhaps all others combined.

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Politically we were not in sync, but he encouraged debate. The man absolutely loved everything related to railroads. I was a science major, but thoroughly enjoyed the 2 History courses I had with him.

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Dr. James Daniels Ag Ed
Dr. Lloyd Blanton Ag Ed
Dr. Tom Skelton Ent.
Dr. Spurgeon Cole Psy


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Dr. Cole was great. Professor emeritus. Had him for human sexual behavior.


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I agree that Skelton was good. Most did not like Gail Noblet. I had her for med and vet parasitology and invertebrate bio. She was tough but good. I had an older prof for contemporary lit in 1983 or 84 who was an incredible instructor. I’m ashamed to say I cannot remember his name. Tall, slim, older gentleman with gray hair. Anyone know who that was? I was a bioscience major so I think it’s okay I forgot his name.


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Billy Bridges was a great Stats professor too. He was young just starting when I was there. I think he’s still teaching? Been there a long time.


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Any other Packaging Science majors out there? Bob Moore was a legend.

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BOMO! He was the man. Guy would do podcasts of all the notes for tests and called them "RITMOKs"...Repetition Is The Mother Of Knowledge. Also loved his orange overalls with the tiger tail.


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Dr. Lew Fitch and it's not even close. He was always there for the ECE students in the 70's and 80's. I have met up with him the last couple of years for lunch before a game and to thank him. And even though he is in his 80's, he is amazingly sharp.


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Fitch was good, no doubt.

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Dr. Schvaneveldt was the man. I think he only teaches intro chem classes now (101 and 102 during my time there) but he was great.

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Dr Joel Brawley, Ben Skardon and Dr Perry Woodside


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Dr Brawley was an amazing math teacher - he could make the most complex things seem easy. I think he was voted Master Teacher more than once.


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Serji Amirkhanian. Great teacher and mentor.

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MA Prater
Daniel K Benjamin
Gaybear (marketing)

Are the ones I actually remember

My English 101 teacher was from Canada and loved me.

My Spanish 4-0-too many knew I was dumbest kid in class.

My favorite two classes were statistics and economics of labor, but I don’t remember any professors names


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I don't remember any of their names..


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Dr. Kenyon Revis-Wagner (biology). Entertaining and great teacher. I try to emulate his teaching style in my classes. Always like seeing him behind the bar at Nick's.


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Louis Henry was my best, but the most fun were Frog Ware and Frosty Baughnight. Once in lab Frog came by and patted my stomach as I was looking in a microscope and said “ see anything, fat boy?” I thought it was funny but this generation would get him fired!


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Frosty Baughknight, Dr BR Skellton, Jim Turner-Acctg ( I struggled in his classes but not his fault). The smartest I had was Knox Landers. He could arrange the class in alphabetical order and have all the girls on the front row! A genius!

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Cliff Ellis


Dr. Robert Panoff - physics, Dr. Zumbrunnen - ME, Dr Hayter—


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Panoff Really brought the points home...fantastic sense of sarcastic humor.

Dr. Z taught me to do research and write, and stay organized (not sure that last bit stuck.)

Dr. Hayter introduced me to my profession, and sent me off to grad school at UF

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Dr. Bob Nowack


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He was demanding, but he was good for my college career. Taught me that drinking a lot of beer and trying to learn Dynamics was not a good match ??


Dr. Bob Nowack


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He was demanding, but he was good for my college career. Taught me that drinking a lot of beer and trying to learn Dynamics was not a good match ??


And actually, now that I think about it, I don't think he was a Dr.***


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His students called him PB....................

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Dr. Fred Shilstone


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English professor from 1974 until his death in 2005. He was a master of the British Romantics, and he especially loved Lord Byron. When he would read from Byron's Manfred, it was like he was possessed. A great professor whom I still remember often from my time in the late 80s.


Brent Igo in Education.


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I just found out that he’s still at Clemson. That’s great! He’s originally from Florida, and I thought maybe UF would have snatched him up since I took his class.

Professor Igo is so much fun and so full of energy and humor. I NEVER wanted to miss his class. He made learning EASY. Just pay attention and follow his examples and you understand the material. Class didn’t require a textbook. Just bring a notebook and a pencil/pen and Brent would tell you everything you needed. Just a great fella all around.

~JKB


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I had an engineering services class back around 82. Shop equipment, early CNC... Don't recall the teacher's real name, but he told us to call him "Reb" (short for Rebel).
He told us "A Yankee is a person that lives north of Walhalla or south of Pelzer."
I'll never forget it. Good guy.


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I don't recall his last name because Dr.___? told us just to call him Fred. He was a tall sandy haired man and taught a statistics class, probably Math 301. He made fun of the way other professors would end an explanation with "clearly..." when a concept obviously wasn't at all clear to most students. He kept the class entertaining but made sure we learned the material. I really enjoyed that class and did well in it. I can't say the same for my other statistics-based classes.


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As soon as I walked away from the computer I remember Dr. Fred Morgan's full name. :)


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Professor C O Huey Jr and his mentor Professor D W Bradberry.


Larry LaForge - great guy in the school of business.


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I believe he retired recently.

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J.E. Wannamaker


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