December 8

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December 8 in Clemson History

  • 1846: Henry A. Clemson, an officer in the United States Navy in the early 1800s, born in 1820, is lost with his ship this date. A native of New Jersey, Clemson was appointed a midshipman in 1836. He served on the USS St. Mary's and the USS Somers during the Mexican-American War. He was lost when the USS Somers capsizes off Vera Cruz while chasing a blockade runner. The USS Clemson will be named for him.
  • 1888: Two days after Representative W. C. Benet of Abbeville introduces a bill before the South Carolina Legislature to accept the Thomas G. Clemson bequest, the Agricultural Committee returns it with a favorable report while the Judiciary Committee returns an unfavorable report.(Bryan, Wright, "Clemson: An Informal History of the University 1889-1979", The R.L. Bryan Company, Columbia, South Carolina, 1979, ISBN 0-934870-01-2, page 27.)
  • 1899: After John Heisman accepts the coaching position for the 1900 football season, there is doubt about the salary the Clemson Athletic Association can afford, and a document dated December 8 is circulated soliciting contributions from faculty and staff to guarantee him something. Pledges of $415.11 are secured.
  • 1928: Clemson wraps up 8-3 season with a 7-12 loss to the Citadel, in Charleston. During the 1928 season, Clemson outscored their opponents 192-77.
  • 1939: Clemson's 1939 Football Team accepts its first postseason bowl bid to appear in the Cotton Bowl on New Years Day, 1940.
  • 1941: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issues a proclamation of war to the United States Congress.
  • 1977: Dr. Piotr Tomasik, Vice-President for Science, at Pedagogriocal University, at Czestochowa, Poland, speaks in Brackett Hall, room 30, at 7:30 p.m. on "Chemical Education Behind The Iron Curtain". The speech is sponsored by the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates.
  • 1979: Pickens County authorities conclude two days of arrests of some eight or ten students on drug charges culminating an investigation that began in mid-year.
  • 1980: Exams begin. Former Beatle John Ono Lennon is assassinated in New York City in front of his apartment building, The Dakota, by a deranged "fan". He was forty.
  • 1989: Sophomore Shannon Gill, 20, of Orlando, Florida, falls approximately 27 feet as she attempts to climb outside from one window to another on the third floor of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house on campus at about 1 a.m. and dies. An autopsy report indicated that Gill had a blood alcohol content of 0.17 at the time of her death. In South Carolina a person is considered legally intoxicated at 0.10. Pickens County coroner Mitchell Davis ruled the death accidental. Police found no foul play, said John McKenzie, assistant director of public safety for the university. Alpha Tau Omega was found in violation of the university's alcohol for student organizations, however, and the University's Office of Student Development suspends ATO's charter for one year. The national organization also suspends the local chapter's charter. The group can apply for readmission as an organized fraternity in January 1991. The university's alcohol policies, already under review before the coed's death, are modified under a proposal by the university alcohol and drug abuse committee, and accepted by the administration. Under the new policy, alcohol may still be served at some student functions, but under tighter restraints to ensure that university rules are observed, as are state alcohol and fire safety laws. Beer kegs are now prohibited, and trained party managers must be present at all parties with alcohol, and stricter penalties for non-compliance are now in place. ('News Front", Clemson World, Spring 1990, Volume 43, Number 1, page 8.)
  • 2006: The Athletic Department announces this date that all 11,500 Clemson tickets to the Music City Bowl are sold. Further, all tickets for Kentucky and the bowl office are sold, as well. The "Tiger-Am" golf event held at the Thornblade Club, Greer, South Carolina - registration/warm-up at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. shotgun start. For information go to
  • 2008: Memorial services will be held for Dr. R.C. Edwards at Clemson University. The family will receive visitors in the Tillman Hall foyer, 12:30-2:15 p.m., with the casket open for viewing, followed by a memorial service at 2:30 p.m. Military honors will be rendered by Clemson ROTC members on Military Plaza at 3:45 p.m. with a 21-gun salute and the playing of "Taps". The Tiger Pep Band will play "Tiger Rag", followed by a procession accompanied by bagpipes to Cemetery Hill above Dr. Edwards' beloved Death Valley. These are the same observances rendered Dr. Walter Merritt Riggs in 1924. The Student Government distributed cans of R.C. Cola and Moon Pies to students lining the funeral route.
  • December 8, 2008-December 12, 2008: Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition - Outside the Lines, Jonathon Bryson, Trina Krieger, Charlie Humphries, Jessica Reynolds, Devin Rubinstein, Catherine Whitten, Erin Whitten and Kristen Williams, Lee Gallery, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Lunchtime gallery talk, Friday, December 12, 12:15 p.m. with Krieger, Reynolds and Rubinstein, with Closing artist reception on Friday, December 12, 6-8 p.m. Call 864-656-3883 or check for more information.
  • 2009: Obituary
Roman Jerry Woodall, 44, a student in secondary education, died December 8.
Son of Betty Zane Nix Woodall and the late Clyde E. Woodall, an agricultural experiment station retiree, Woodall graduated in 1988 with a degree in history. He had returned to Clemson to pursue an additional teaching certification. He was also employed by GNC.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11 at First Baptist Church of Pendleton, where he was a member.
There will be a reception for family and friends following the service in the Fellowship Hall of the church.
In addition to his mother, Woodall is survived by a brother, Randall E. Woodall and wife Pamela of Kings Mountain, N.C.; nephew Justin Woodall of Central; and niece Beth Ann Moses of Kings Mountain, N.C.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Pendleton, 351 S. Broad St., Pendleton, SC or to the charity of one's choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at:
104 Wren Street
Clemson, SC 29631
Condolences may also be expressed at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central-Clemson Commons or online at:

Woodall was a member of the CU After 6 Singers, and a brother of Mu Beta Psi music honor fraternity.

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