Celebrating the Class of 1968

This year’s Golden Tiger Reunion focused its attention on the 50th reunion class, 1968. Each member of the class of ’68 was inducted into the Golden Tiger Society and presented with a lapel pin and certificate by Unviersity President Jim Clements, Alumni Association Executive Director Wil Brasington and Alumni Association Board President Sandy Edge. The Tiger mascot also joined in on the festivities.

In total, more than 340 guests from the classes of 1938 to 1969 returned to Clemson to enjoy a variety of celebrations and activities, including a University update from President Clements, tours of the new Douthit Hills facility and athletics venues, updates from each of the seven colleges and a special presentation by Clemson’s new admissions director, David Kuskowski.

Bring Your Daughter to Clemson 2018

Girls get a glimpse of what college life is like at Clemson.

The Women’s Alumni Council celebrated the 20th annual Bring Your Daughter to Clemson weekend on May 18-20 with 132 girls ages 6 to 18 and 117 chaperones.

As has become tradition, those in attendance stayed at Stadium Suites residence hall and took tours of Tillman Hall bell tower, the Watt Family Innovation Center, the Fort Hill mansion, Lee Hall, and athletics and academic facilities. They also had an overall campus tour by the CU Tour Guide Association. To signify the 20th anniversary, they planted lilies around the Class of ’56 Academic Success Center.

The weekend concluded with the Breakfast of Champions in the WestZone and running down the Hill. Always one of the most popular campus events, registration filled up in record time.

Goodman Family Establishes Endowment in Memory of Their Parents

The family of Robert and Wanda Goodman — children, grandchildren and their spouses — holds 19 degrees from Clemson University to date. To honor the memory of their parents, the Goodman children and their spouses have established an endowment. The family is pictured here, including Robert and Wanda Goodman, seated, as well as Gary and Maria Goodman, Grant ’74, M ’80 and Sonya Boozer Goodman, Gayle Goodman Lever ’74, M ’79 and David Lever ’75 (now deceased), Gloria Goodman ’78, M ’81 and David ’74, M ’79 Young, and Greg ’81, M ’83 and Kim Goodman.

When in Washington, D.C.

Charlotte Richardson

Charlotte Richardson ’16 enjoying a chilly day at Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C.

Welcome to the nation’s capital! My name is Charlotte Richardson, class of 2016, and I live in Washington, D.C., where I work as a global events planner for the United Nations Foundation. While D.C. is home to some of the most famous monuments and museums, here are my top five recommendations, as a local, for restaurants to try and neighborhoods to explore while touring the district:

1 Georgetown

GeorgetownThis classic D.C. neighborhood is filled with history and old brick houses. I like to spend my Sunday mornings at the Georgetown flea market, then wind my way down Wisconsin Avenue. My favorite lunch spot is Oki Bowl @ Georgetown. A tiny hole-in-the-wall, this local ramen house is equal parts colorful, eclectic and delicious. Other restaurants to try: Martin’s Tavern, Farmers Fishers Bakers and Chaia.

2 DowntownDowntown

One of my favorite restaurants to frequent is GCDC — D.C.’s only gourmet grilled cheese bar. One block away from the White House and a quick walk from the National Mall, this restaurant serves a vast array of unique grilled cheese sandwiches and is complete with outdoor seating. I recommend the Young American or the French Onion.

14th Street 1_Richardson3 14th Street/U Street

The sidewalks are lined with endless restaurants, bars, mom and pop shops, concert venues and apartments, but this neighborhood is also home to one of D.C.’s most iconic venues: the 9:30 Club. The list of big-time bands who have graced the stage there is endless, so be sure to see a show for yourself. PRO TIP: Make a reservation at Le Diplomate in advance of your visit; this is D.C.’s most popular French restaurant and one of my favorite brunch locations.

4 Blagden AlleyBlagden Alley

One of D.C.’s hidden gems, Blagden is an alleyway in the Shaw neighborhood that looks like it’s out of a movie set. Brick pavement and brick buildings give way to dive bars, Michelin-starred restaurants and open-air patios. Favorite spots: Calico has a great custom-built wooden patio, Lost & Found if you like a vintage dive bar, and The Dabney for one of the best meals in the city.

5 Dupont

DupontIf you’re in Dupont Circle and looking for a place to unwind and grab a cup of coffee, look no further than Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café. Part bookstore, part café, Kramerbooks is my favorite place to browse for new books and escape from the hustle of the city. PRO TIP: Evenings and weekends, they have custom literary cocktails. I recommend The Adventures of Sherbet Holmes.



U.S. Capitol Building

The U.S. Capitol Building in the heart of Washington, D.C.

My Clemson: Nina Kawar M ’14

Nina Kawar

Nina Kawar M ’14 in her studio in Asheville, N.C.

Q: Where do you live now, and what do you do?

A: I’m a Palestinian-American artist currently living in Asheville, North Carolina. The majority of my time is spent working in my studio in Marshall, North Carolina, creating porcelain fine art sculptures for galleries and exhibitions.

Q: How would you describe your artistic style?

Hinged Exposure

Hinged Exposure

A: Organic, abstract and reminiscent of forms found in nature.

Q: What is the best part of being a sculptor and artist?

A: Working with multiple materials and tools. Whether it’s clay, wood, metal, fabric or resin, there is always something to learn from each material, and I get excited about learning new processes, challenging myself to play and giving myself permission to fail.

Q: Anything you wish you knew when you were younger?

A: That not everyone is going to like who you are or what you do. It took me some time to figure this one out and let go of others’ opinions and thoughts. If only I’d come to understand the validity and unique perspective of my voice as a child, perhaps I would have been making art a lot sooner.



Q: Favorite memory you have from Clemson?

A: Some of the sweetest moments for me were collaborating with my peers in firing the Anagama wood kiln. From splitting wood, stacking the work, stoking the kiln and unloading, it took a village.


Career Resources at Your Fingertips

If you’ve been out of school at least a year, Alumni Career Services is available to provide career assistance that ranges from job boards and assessment tools to mentoring and networking/recruiting events. If you’re an employer looking to hire well-qualified employees, Alumni Career Services offers resources for you as well.

Available resources include:

  • Clemson job board
  • Assessments and exploration tools
  • Résumé tools
  • Links for military and retirees
  • Job search engines
  • HireCLEMSON recruiting/networking events in Atlanta, Charlotte, Charleston, Columbia and Greenville
  • HireSouthCarolina Alumni Career Fair that includes other South Carolina colleges and universities
  • Phone and in-person training
    (as time permits) on the available tools and resources
  • Mentoring opportunities

If you’ve been out of Clemson less than a year and need assistance, the Michelin Career Center is available to help.

Questions? Contact Debby Cremer, director of Alumni Career Services, at dcremer@clemson.edu or 864-656-0295.

All the ways you can Reunion

Fall Band Party
This is a great occasion for alumni of all ages to gather and reconnect. Sponsored by the Young Alumni Council, IPTAY and the Alumni Association, the event will be held this fall on Friday, November 2, the night before the Louisville game. Catch up with friends, grab some snacks and dinner from local food truck vendors, and listen to some great music entertaiment. Mark your calendar now and plan to join us this year.

Details about all the ways you can reunion will be available at clemson.edu/alumni.

Alumni Association Calendar of Events


28 Roaring 10 Reception

29 Hall of Fame Day: Clemson vs. Syracuse


1 Call for Honorary Alumni Nominations.
Details at alumni.clemson.edu/honoraryalum.

3 HireSouthCarolina Alumni Career Fair in Columbia.
Details at alumni.clemson.edu/career-fairs.

4 HireCLEMSON Career Recruiting Event in Atlanta.
Details at alumni.clemson.edu/hireclemson.

19 Tigerama

20 Homecoming: Clemson vs. N.C. State


2 Fall Band Party.
Details at alumni.clemson.edu/fall-band-party.

8 HireCLEMSON Career Recruiting Event in Charlotte. 
Details at alumni.clemson.edu/hireclemson.

15 Ring Ceremony.  
Details at alumni.clemson.edu/clemson-ring.

17 Military Appreciation Day: Clemson vs. Duke

24 Solid Orange Day: Clemson vs. South Carolina

Tinker Tailor Surgeon Spy: Fletcher Derrick ’55

Alumni Profile: Fletcher Derrick '55

No one would suspect a urological surgeon to be a covert courier — even his wife.

“AS THE CIA SAYS, I was hiding in plain sight.”

After graduating from Clemson in 1955, Fletcher Derrick joined the Army as a young medical student at the Medical University of South Carolina and was sent to Fort Benning in Georgia for an internship. Following medical school, he traveled with the Army to Germany and continued his urology training there at a hospital in Landstuhl. When Derrick and his wife, Martha, returned to the U.S. with a new baby, Derrick began his four-year residency at MUSC, where he helped start the kidney transplant program.

Next came teaching and chairing the urology department at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., until Derrick finally settled back in Charleston, where he started his private practice. “Settled” is perhaps the wrong word because the Derricks traveled constantly for medical conferences and committee trips to places like Cambodia, Egypt, Scandinavia, Japan, Peru and Nepal, to name a few.

But Derrick’s work as a covert courier for U.S. Military Intelligence began long before this, when he was a medical intern at Fort Benning — at the height of the Cold War.

“The commanding officer called me in on what I thought was a routine check,” Derrick says. But after a few moments of small talk, the officer approached him with the courier position, which involved transporting and delivering sensitive documents around the globe during Derrick’s many travels. When asked if he would be in any danger, the officer replied, “Highly unlikely.” The next question was, “Can I think about it?”

“You have 24 hours. And you can’t tell a soul. Not even your wife.”

Derrick accepted. And it wasn’t until he wrote his book Surgeon Spy in 2016 that Martha Derrick was surprised to discover her husband’s secret life.

After serving as a courier for over 20 years, Derrick remembers the last package he ever delivered: “How they knew we were planning a trip to Italy, I’ll never know, but they called and said, ‘Package on the way.’ So, we traveled to Anzio and were visiting one of the art exhibits there. I was just looking at a mural on the wall when this major walks in. Seeing his nametag, I knew I had to deliver the package to him.

“He said, ‘I’ve been waiting on you!’”