Bauers endow new scholarship for performing arts students

March 6, 2016

Larry and Betty Bauer

Larry and Betty Bauer

Clemson professor emeritus Larry Bauer and his wife Betty have endowed a new scholarship in support of students in performing arts.

“We are proud to establish this student scholarship which will permit students to attend the department of performing arts who may not otherwise be able to come,” Betty Bauer said.

In addition to the endowment, the Bauers have also pledged a multi-year annual gift, which will allow the scholarship — known as the Bauer Family Endowment — to become active immediately.

“We are thrilled about this new scholarship,” said Richard Goodstein, dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. “Larry and Betty Bauer’s generosity and vision will make it possible for deserving students to pursue their dreams when otherwise they may not have been able to.”

Larry Bauer taught for 28 years in Clemson’s department of agricultural and applied economics. He was a devoted and effective teacher, winning the University’s prestigious Alumni Master Teacher award in 1992. During his tenure at Clemson, he and Betty frequently served as chaperones of Tiger Band — a role that came naturally to two very musical people.

Like his father before him, as well as his son (both named George), Larry played the Conn trombone and loves collecting and listening to music. Betty plays the piano and loves singing in the church choir.

Larry and Betty’s son George went on to attain a B.A. in trombone performance from Winthrop and an M.M. in trombone performance from the University of North Texas. His wife Deborah has a B.A. degree from Winthrop and an M.A. from Indiana University, both in organ performance. Their daughter Kathryn is showing propensities toward visual art.

Larry and Betty’s son William played saxophone in high school. He has a B.A. from Wofford and an M.B.A. from Clemson. His wife Margaret has a B.A. in art from Converse. Their sons have studied piano, guitar and violin.

About the Department of Performing Arts

Clemson’s Department of Performing Arts offers an undergraduate degree with separate tracks in music, theatre and audio technology. The program is housed within — and is closely linked academically with — Clemson’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. Brooks is home to a state-of-the-art, 968-seat proscenium theatre that was recently ranked eighth on the list of “The 25 Most Amazing University Performing Arts Center.”

For more information about how you can support Clemson’s students in performing arts, contact:

Rachelle Beckner, Director of Development
College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities