Distinguished Service Award

  • Distinguished Service Award

    Congratulations to the 2017 DSA Recipients! Richard M. Davies ’86, John W. Kelly Jr ’77, Ronald D. Lee ’76, Perry Sprawls Jr ’56, M’61, PhD’68, James H. Stovall ’51

Call for Nomination for the 2018 Distinguished Service Award 

The Clemson Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Service Award. This award is the highest honor that the Association can bestow upon an alumnus or alumna. This prestigious award is given to those alumni who have not only devoted their life to professionalism and public service, but who have also continued a lifelong dedication to Clemson University. Through a competitive nomination process, members of the Clemson family promote and support those who have given back in many ways and who deserve the honor of being recognized by the Alumni Association and by their Alma Mater.

The Distinguished Service Award is based on three main criteria – dedication and service to Clemson University; personal and professional accomplishments; and devotion to their community and public service.

To submit your nominee, please complete the official nomination form no later than 4:30 pm on Monday, July 31st. To review the eligibility requirements and submission instructions, please review the nomination guidelines. Each nomination submitted for consideration must be typed and in the official nomination form. Nominations not submitted through the official online form will not be accepted. A minimum of three letters of support are required for each nomination. Each submission must not exceed the allowed nine pages of support materials which includes the nomination form.


About the Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor that the Clemson Alumni Association can bestow upon an alumnus or alumna. This prestigious award is given to those alumni who have not only devoted their life to professionalism and public service, but who have also continued a lifelong dedication to Clemson University. Through a competitive nomination process, members of the Clemson family promote and support those who have given back in many ways and who deserve the honor of being recognized by the Alumni Association and by their Alma Mater.

Congratulations to the 2017 Honorees:

        • Richard M. Davies ’86
        • John W. Kelly Jr ’77
        • Ronald D. Lee ’76
        • Perry Sprawls Jr ’56, M’61, PhD’68
        • James H. Stovall ’51

Click here to view photos of the presentation ceremony. For a full bio of each of the recipients and to see their tribute videos, please click on the posts below.

The Distinguished Service Award is based on three main criteria – dedication and service to Clemson University; personal and professional accomplishments; and devotion to their community and public service. Review the nomination guidelines for further details. Please see below for the biographies of this year’s winners.

To request information, please contact us at info@alumni.clemson.edu or at 864-656-2345.

The Alumni Association thanks our corporate partner and title sponsor:
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Richard M. Davies ’86

The Clemson Alumni Association presented Richard M. Davies, a Charlotte business owner and volunteer, with the 2017 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor for a Clemson graduate. “Rich Davies sets an extraordinary example of what a Clemson graduate can accomplish,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements. “He is a leader in his career, he is […]

John W. Kelly Jr ’77

The Clemson Alumni Association presented John W. Kelly Jr. of Boca Raton, Florida, with the 2017 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor for a Clemson graduate. “John Kelly sets an extraordinary example of what a Clemson graduate can accomplish,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements. “He is a leader in his career, he is a […]

Ronnie D. Lee ’76

The Clemson Alumni Association presented Ronald D. Lee, D.M.D., of Aiken with the 2017 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor for a Clemson graduate. “Ronnie Lee sets an extraordinary example of what a Clemson graduate can accomplish,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements. “He is a leader in his career, he is a dedicated public […]

Perry Sprawls Jr ’56, M’61, PhD’68

The Clemson Alumni Association presented Perry Sprawls Jr. of Black Mountain, North Carolina, with the 2017 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor for a Clemson graduate. “Perry Sprawls sets an extraordinary example of what a Clemson graduate can accomplish,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements. “He is a pioneer and leader in his career, he […]

James H. Stovall ’51

The Clemson Alumni Association presented James H. Stovall of Greenville with the 2017 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor for a Clemson graduate. “Jim Stovall sets an extraordinary example of what a Clemson graduate can accomplish,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements. “He was a pioneer and leader in his career, he is a dedicated […]

DSA Past Recipients
Year Past Recipients
1960Frank Gunby Sr. ’02
Frank Jervey ’14
Claude Lawson ’15
Wofford B. Camp ’16
S.C. McMeekin ’23
W. Wright Bryan ’26
1961Theodore C. Heyward ’08
Samuel Littlejohn ’17
J. Strom Thurmond ’23
John R. Heller ’25
James A. Milling ’27
1962Silas N. Pearman ’24
J. Wilson Newman ’31
Patrick N. Calhoun ’32
Robert C. Edwards ’33
William G. DesChamps ’38
1963John P. Tarbox ’04
F. Porter Caughman ’08
Robert M. Jones ’30
Walter Snyder ’30
R. Roy Pearce ’41
1964Frank Kolb ’20
James H. Sams ’24
Amos Priester Jr. ’32
Joe Sherman ’34
William Folk Jr. ’37
1965E. Hugh Agnew ’16
George H. Aull Sr. ’19
Goode Bryan ’18
William Grier ’23
Walter Cox ’39
1966T. Wilbur Thornhill ’14
William J. Erwin ’21
Henry C. Coleman ’26
Sherwood E. Liles ’27
J. Banks McFadden ’40
1967B. Rhett Turnipseed ’96
S.R. Rhodes ’07
John M. Fleming ’26
George G. Durst ’30
Harry S. Ashmore ’37
1968Claude Hayden ’12
James G. Gee ’17
Jesse A. White ’24
Howard D. Nottingham ’35
Julian Dusenberry ’42
1969John W. Lewis ’08
Thomas S. Buie ’17
Harper S. Gault ’28
C. Calhoun Lemon ’32
Earl Mazo ’40
1970Milton D. Berry ’13
States R.G. Finley ’18
William J. Clapp ’23
Thomas S. Millford ’29
Charles E. Hammond ’42
1971Gerald R. Tyler ’17
Deems Haltiwanger ’19
William S. Coleman ’39
J. Richard Sosnowski ’42
Rembert R. Stokes Jr. ’53
1972Lucius H. Harvin ’34
Harold B. Risher ’38
T. Ed Garrison ’42
Glenn J. Lawhon ’46
Earle E. Morris ’49
1973O. Harold Folk ’37
Marshall E. Walker ’41
Wilson C. Wearn ’41
Harris W. Hollis ’42
Fletcher C. Derrick ’55
1974George Chaplin ’35
Taze L. Senn ’39
Robert W. Moorman ’40
Edward L. Young ’41
Thomas C. Breazeale ’42
1975O. Romaine Smith ’33
Robert E. Marvin ’42
J. Givens Young ’42
Thomas E. Thornhill ’48
Robert H. Yeargin ’49
1976Thomas M. Hunter ’09
H. Hugh Dukes ’15
Ottis R. Causey ’27
George H. Aull Jr. ’44
George M. Moore ’58
1977Herman J. Nimitz ’17
Kenneth N. Vickery ’38
Paul J. Burns ’40
William H. Orders ’48
Sam E. McGregor ’49
1978R. Brice Waters ’16
Murray M. Stokley ’36
George M. Williams ’39
Paul W. McAlister ’41
Ben Hudnall ’43
1979Hamilton E. Russell ’27
Clifford T. Smith ’27
Jesse H. Yarborough ’30
J. Garner Bagnal ’34
William W. Dukes ’38
1980Herbert P. Cooper ’11
DeWitt T. Hardin ’12
Eugene P. Willimon ’33
Edward L. Proctor ’47
Davis T. Moorhead ’54
1981Matthew L. McHugh ’19
Frank M. Hubbard ’40
Marvin McClam ’43
Louis P. Batson Jr. ’48
Lawrence V. Starkey ’56
1982C. Hoyt Rogers ’26
Cecil O. Browning ’37
Gordon Rogers ’37
Robert L. Stoddard ’41
H.C. McLellan ’54
1983Edwin P. Rogers ’31
S.F. Horton ’32
Philip H. Prince ’49
Billy G. Rogers ’49
William E. Dukes ’57
1984Rembert G. Horton ’30
Lewis Holmes ’44
William H. Hunter ’45
David L. Peebles ’49
Clifton D. Wright ’55
1985Marion R. Lawton ’40
Lee W. Milford Jr. ’43
R. Ramsey Mellette Jr. ’47
Frank S. Hanckel Jr. ’55
John J. Britton ’58
1986Wallace R. Roy ’26
Daniel S. Lesesne Jr. ’38
I.L. “Rusty” Donkle Jr. ’49
George J. Bishop III ’52
Jay D. Hair ’67
1987Robert S. Campbell ’37
Winston A. Lawton ’37
George Bennett ’55
John D. Tice ’55
Robert H. Brooks ’60
1988Jesse Boyce ’44
Leonard Butler ’53
Milton Holcombe ’53
Tom Lynch ’58
Currie Spivey ’58
1989Raymond A. All ’34
Robert C. Bradley ’49
Henry F. Cooper ’58
James P. Creel ’60
Bill Amick ’66
1990James E. Bostic Jr. ’69
Walter K. Lewis ’37
Wellington M. Manning Jr. ’58
William J. Neely Jr. ’58
William B. Sturgis ’57
1991Frank S. Barnes Jr. ’42
Jack T. Day ’56
Harvey B. Gantt ’65
John T. Mundy Jr. ’28
Ted P. Pappas ’58
1992Charles M. Campbell ’42
Jerry E. Dempsey ’54
Lawrence M. Gressette Jr. ’54
Frank E. Lucas ’59
Warren H. Owen ’47
1993Leslie G. McCraw ’56
Emory G. Orahood Jr. ’43
Cyril Ovierre Shuler ’34
Byron K. Webb ’55
James Ryan White Jr. ’42
1994John Q. Adams III ’67
Henry Carroll Chambers ’49
Willie Cecil Godley ’43
William Philip Kennedy ’61
William Harry King ’44
1995Frank Erwin Abell Jr. ’60
Donald Edward Golightly ’65
Leon J. “Bill” Hendrix Jr. ’63
Joseph Davis Swann ’63
Kermit Madison Watson ’34
1996Carolyn Willis Creel ’61
William Charles Kennerty ’48
L.G. “Skip” Lewis Jr. ’66
James Edward Robinson ’40
Allen Price Wood ’63
1997William C. Laffoday ’51
W. Joseph Lanham ’43
Thomas E. Skelton ’53
J.R. Swetenburg Jr. ’56
Joseph J. Turner Jr. ’71
1998Frank M. Bishop ’65
J. Richard Cottingham ’66
R. Thornwell Dunlap Jr. ’53
Laurie Coke Lawson ’53
Virginia C. Skelton ’58
1999Paul E. Blackwell Sr. ’63
Dennis H. Kekas ’59
William John Park ’48
Thompson E. Penney ’72
Marshall “Sonny” White ’65
2000James O. Sweeny ’39
Darra W. Cothran ’69
Renee J. Keese ’82
W. Richard Mattox ’51
F. William Vandiver ’64
2001Joel W. Collins Jr. ’65
Harry M. Lightsey Jr. ’52
Louis B. Lynn ’70, M ’72
John H. Pitts ’51
David S. Rozendale ’57
2002Rowland P. Alston Jr. ’70, M ’72
Carol K. Brown ’65
Beverly N. Skardon ’38
Arthur M. Spiro ’45
John E. Walker ’58
2003Alvin N. Berry ’65
Charles W. Bussey Jr. ’57
Benjamin T. Rook ’68, M ’74
David H. Wilkins ’68
Hughey A. Woodle Jr. ’51
2004M. Padgett Black Jr. ’71, M ’73
Albert N. Cameron Sr. ’41
Rebecca A. Epting ’62
James L. Sutherland ’67
Thomas P. Turner Jr. ’51
2005Alan Johnstone ‘32
Debbie DuBose ‘75
Earle Gaulden ‘51
Margaret Worsham ‘71
Mendal Bouknight ‘74
2006Robert Donald Fairey, ’75
Frank Kellers, III, ’57
H. Lloyd Lancaster, Jr., ’48
Dr. Thomas Charles Mann, ’51
Robert J. Rutland, ’64
2007Roger J. Troutman ’74
Fredrick W.Faircloth, III ’72
John H. Holcombe, Jr. ’58
M.Nick Lomax ’63
John W. Rheney, Jr. ’47
2008R. Glenn Hilliard ’65
Kathy H. Hunter ’80, ’83
Roy B. Jeffcoat ’55
Danny L. Rhodes ’68
Randy R. Smith ’66, HD ’97
2009Mr. Harry H. Frampton III ’67
Dr. Eddie M. Robinson ’75
Mr. Neil C. Robinson Jr. ’66
Mr. Kenneth L. Smith ’81
Mrs. Jane S. Sosebee ’78
2010Thomas F. Chapman ’65
Jerry D. Handegan ’65
Bartow S. “Bo” Shaw, Jr. ’63
T. Larry Sloan ’74
Joseph M. Todd ’79, M ’83
2011Chalmers R. “Hap” Carr ’60
Harold D. “Doug” Kingsmore ’55
Wilbur O. “Billy” Powers ’57
Charles K. Watt ’59
Kimberlee A. Wilkerson ’80
2012Gosnold G. “Goz” Segars, Jr. ’66
William Kelly Durham ’80
Palmer E. “Satch” Krantz ’72
E. Smyth McKissick III ’79
Charles L Sullivan, Jr. ’66
Dr. Theodore G. “Ted” Westmoreland ’56
2013William L. “Roy” Abercrombie, Jr. ’69
James Warren “Jimmy” Addison ’68 R
ussell Carlton Ashmore, Jr. ’50, ’55
Edgar James “Ed” Duckworth ’61
Ernest Mitchell “Mitch” Norville ’80
2014Senator Thomas C. Alexander ’78
Charles E. Dalton ’64
Steve C. Griffith Jr. ’54
Daniel C. Stanzione Sr. ’67,’68,’72
2015Robert J. “Bobby” Conrad Jr. ’80
Gerald M. Glenn ’64
Charles C. Mickel ’79
Gregg F. Morton ’78
Norman F. Pulliam, Sr. ’64
2016Bryant Graves Barnes ’76
Janine Anthony Bowen ’89, M’91
E. Grantland Burns ’88
Leslie Dunlap Callison ’81
Douglas Duke Richardson ’64