Douglas Duke Richardson ’64

The Clemson Alumni Association will present Douglas “Doug” Duke Richardson the 2016 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor.

“I am extremely proud to honor Douglas Richardson with the Distinguished Service Award,” said Clemson President James P. Clements. “He has done so much to support Clemson, and I am truly grateful for his contributions. His personal accomplishments serve as a wonderful model for our current and future students.”

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 10.59.33 AMRichardson graduated from Clemson in 1964 with a degree in industrial management and commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. His tours of duty included the Quartermaster Depot in Philadelphia and Vietnam.As a student at Clemson, Richardson was a member of Blue Key, Tiger Brotherhood and the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps honor guard, the Pershing Rifles. He was a member of the student Senate for three years.

He returned to South Carolina and forged a distinguished career in finance, culminating with his return to Clemson in 2001 to be the school’s director of finance and administration for Institutional Advancement Division. He held that position until he retired in 2007.

Serving as chief executive officer and treasurer of the Clemson University Foundation, Richardson modernized the accounting and processes of Institutional Advancement and was instrumental in the work to establish CU-ICAR.

He has been a member of the Clemson Legacy Society, the Academic Success Center advisory board and the Madren Center and John E. Walker Golf Course advisory board. He has been on the Clemson University Finance Corporation board of directors since 2008.

Richardson has served the Clemson community in volunteer positions in Clemson United Methodist Church and with the Boy Scouts of America. He received the Silver Beaver Award, which recognizes scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service.

Richardson lives in Clemson with his wife, Wilmer. They have two grown sons, David and Ted, and five grandsons.