Oct. 19, 2002
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CLEMSON – One of Clemson University’s legendary athletes is being honored this weekend for his academic pursuits.
The university’s School of Education will be named to honor two-sport Clemson Hall of Fame member Eugene T. Moore, who spent his career after college as a teacher, coach and principal. A resident of Lake City, he made his mark at Clemson playing football and baseball in the late 1940s. He played center on the 1948 team that beat Missouri in the Gator Bowl.
After graduating in 1949, he was drafted by the pros in both sports. He picked the Philadelphia Phillies over the New York Giants, and entered the baseball organization’s farm system. However, he also was drafted by the Army. After serving in the military, he returned to baseball briefly, but went back to Lake City after sustaining an injury while playing for the Boston Red Sox farm team in New York. Moore’s career in the field of education began then, and lasted until his retirement.
A $10 million gift from Moore’s daughter, Darla Moore, and her husband Richard Rainwater, names the Eugene T. Moore School of Education, and provides the means to strengthen how the school prepares teachers and administrators for the next generation. It is the largest gift from an individual in Clemson’s history.
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