Former Clemson University dean of engineering Linvil Gene Rich, who created one of the nation’s first environmental engineering departments, was presented with the Order of the Palmetto award last week. It is the highest civilian honor awarded by the state of South Carolina.
Rich was instrumental in creating Clemson’s first environmental systems engineering program, which is a graduate degree in the civil engineering department. Named dean of engineering in 1961, Rich elevated the program to become its own department in 1968, making Clemson among the first universities to do so.
When he left the dean’s office, Rich joined the faculty of the Environmental Systems Engineering department, which is now the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences.
Rich retired in 1986.