Cheering on the Tigers at Memorial Stadium, hanging out in Cooper Library and spending afternoons on Lake Hartwell are just a few of the many Clemson memories that alumna Drake Loflin ’07, M.S. ’10 enjoys looking back on. However, one memory will always stand out among the others. “A guy who had class next door to me in McAdams Hall would always wink at me before our classes started,” said Drake. Little did she know, the boy standing outside the classroom would become more than just an acquaintance. Josh Loflin ’07 would become her college sweetheart, and in 2010 the couple happily married.
Over the next few years, Drake and Josh shared new experiences together and made many fond memories, but in March 2014 an event happened that changed the lives of many. Josh passed away in a plane crash in Hartsville, S.C.
The couple shared a wonderful life together — one filled with a love for many things including their alma mater, which is why Drake chose to establish an endowment for students in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences in Josh’s name. “Josh was so giving. That’s what attracted me to him. He gave his time, his resources and was all around a really good guy,” said Drake. “He made the decision to give to Clemson and set up a scholarship in his name a really easy one.”
Drake began working side-by-side with the Office of Development in May 2014, and with the help of Clemson alumni and friends, the Joseph Melton “Josh” Loflin III (’07) Memorial Scholarship Endowment was fully funded in May 2016. “It’s been so humbling for so many people to come forward and want to donate and give, and it’s really been a testament to Josh’s life,” said Drake. Clemson is confident the endowment will grow and benefit Tigers throughout the years. Every gift, no matter the size, truly makes a difference in the lives of current and future students.
Josh was a faithful Clemson Tiger who will be truly missed. His legacy will continue to live on through students thanks to Drake and the Clemson Family. While Josh may not be here today, we know he is looking down and smiling, wishing those students well and giving them a “Go Tigers!”