Clemson honors three donor families for their legacy gifts
CLEMSON – Clemson University has inducted three new members into the Fort Hill Legacy Society, which honors donors posthumously for leaving $1 million or more to the university in their estate plans. Each member of the society has a bronze leaf memorial on the grounds of Fort Hill, the historic home of Thomas Green and Anna Calhoun Clemson.
This year’s inductees, whose bronze leaves were dedicated on Legacy Day (Nov. 22), are Porter and Sara Adams, Ernest and Virginia Carroll and Ethelyn Berry Smith.
Porter and Sara Adams
The Adams family has long been tied to both academics and athletics at Clemson University; Porter graduated from Clemson in 1940, and their son Porter Jr. graduated in 1964. After his 26 years of service in the United States Air Force, Porter Sr. taught both high school and college. The Adamses believed that every level of education deserved support, and in 1997 they created the Porter Adams Family Endowed Unrestricted Scholarship.
Ernest and Virginia Carroll
Tragedy struck Ernest and Virginia Carroll when their only son, Ernest Jr., was killed in action in June 1944 during the invasion of Normandy, while Ernest Sr. was serving in the Pacific theater. In honor of their son’s sacrifice, the Carrolls created the Ernest Hill Carroll Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund at Clemson, where he had attended, but was unable to finish, before enlisting in the Army.
Ethelyn Berry Smith
Born in Greenville, Ethelyn Berry Smith dedicated her life to education. She taught several years in Kershaw County and continued her devotion to education by establishing the Harry Graves Berry Bioengineering Endowment to honor her brother, who graduated from Clemson in 1941.
“These donors are the epitome of Thomas Green Clemson’s legacy of planned giving,” said Brian O’Rourke, director of development and alumni affairs. “Like Thomas Green Clemson, these people had the foresight to plan for the future, and Clemson students will benefit from their generosity for generations to come.”
The Adams and Smith gifts are part of The Will to Lead, a $1 billion capital campaign to support Clemson University students and faculty with scholarships, professorships, facilities, technology and enhanced opportunities for learning and research.