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Upstate Giving, May 8, 2017

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Alumnus pledges $1.2 million to support Clemson

William H. “Bill” Pelham, AIA, president of Pelham Architects LLC of Greenville, has pledged gifts totaling $1.2 million through the Jean T. and Heyward G. Pelham Foundation to support Clemson University’s School of Architecture, the Clemson Architectural Foundation (CAF) and other Clemson initiatives.

According to a news release, these gifts bring the Pelham family’s total donations to Clemson to more than $2.8 million since 2007. The philanthropic Pelham Foundation was established in 2006 by Bill Pelham’s parents, Jean and Heyward Pelham. The Pelhams were strong advocates and supporters of education and the arts and very active in the Greenville community.

Pelham is a South Carolina-registered architect who graduated from Clemson University in 1977 with a B.A. degree in pre-architecture and in 1981 with a master’s degree in architecture. In 1978, he spent a semester studying in Genoa, Italy, at Clemson’s Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Study, an experience that has informed his world view and inspired his charitable giving, the release said.

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