Clemson, SC-Bill Shain, a noted professor in the Clemson University
Forestry Department, who served Clemson athletes for nearly 40 years,
died Friday, June 29th in Mobile, AL. Shain, who battled cancer for
the last three years, was 70 at the time of his passing.
Shain served the Clemson Athletic Department for 38 years,
serving as the school's electric clock operator at home basketball
games. His service dated to 1962 when he was hired by the late Bob
Bradley, who also died of cancer last October 30th. Shain served
Clemson for over 950 men's and women's games played in Fike
Fieldhouse and Littlejohn Coliseum.
In April, at the Clemson men's basketball banquet, Shain was
honored by Head Coach Larry Shyatt with a special commemorative
plaque for his extraordinary service. "What a wonderful man," said
Shyatt. "He was always there, doing his job. A great example,
especially the last couple of years when he was battling that
difficult illness." Despite painful and exhausting treatments, Shain
missed just a handful of games this past season.
Shain first came to Clemson in 1961 when he began a 35-year
career as a professor in the Forestry Department. In 1997, he was
presented the Master Teacher Award from Clemson University. After
his retirement he continued to work Clemson basketball games, through
this past season.
Shain grew up in Louisville, KY where he lived across the
street from future Heisman Trophy Winner and Green Bay Packer great
Paul Hornung. He attended the University of Georgia on a basketball
scholarship in 1950. His freshman coach at Georgia was future
college football Hall of Fame coach Shug Jordan.
A memorial service will be held July 28th at the Madren
Center on the Clemson University campus. In lieu of flowers
donations may be sent to the William A. Shain Endowed Scholarship
Fund at Clemson University. The fund supports scholarships in the
Clemson Forestry Department. The address is Clemson University
Foundation, PO Box 1889, Clemson, SC 29633.