Clemson receives $1.2 million estate gift

Clemson University has received a bequest of more than $1.2 million from the estate of the late Caroline Barton Caughman, formerly of Pinehurst, N.C., university officials said Tuesday.

It is part of Clemson’s The Will to Lead capital campaign to raise $1 billion to support students and faculty with scholarships, professorships and improved facilities and technology.

The campaign has raised $696 million toward its goal.

The bequest comes on the heels of a $744,000 gift on June 7 from the Class of 1963 for the university’s Bridge to Clemson program.

Most of the estate’s gift — $1.15 million — establishes the Kenneth and Caroline Caughman Memorial Endowment Fund, which will be used for undergraduate student scholarships, according to university officials.

The remaining $90,000 will create the Kenneth “Ken” G. Caughman Jr. ’48 and Caroline Barton Caughman Quasi-Endowment for the Library, which will provide operating funds for R.M. Cooper Library.

“The Caughmans have left a legacy that will benefit generations of future Clemson students,” Clemson President James F. Barker said.

In addition to the scholarship, a library study room is named in memory of Caroline Caughman.

She was the widow of Clemson alumnus Kenneth Gladstone Caughman, who earned his mechanical engineering degree in 1948.

Born in Hartwell, Ga., she grew up in Anderson and worked for Southern Bell Telephone Co. before marrying her husband in 1947. They were married 51 years.

The Caughmans were avid supporters of Clemson athletics and IPTAY members for more than 30 years.

“Ken was a true Tiger fan. He was fanatical about Clemson, and that rubbed off on my sister,” Caroline Caughman’s brother, Don Barton, said in a statement.

“Caroline became very devoted to Clemson, just as Ken was.”