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Ireland G. Regnier, professor emeritus – Aug. 15, 2020

Ireland G. Regnier, 95, professor emeritus of Art, died Aug. 15, 2020. He retired from Clemson in 1988 after 26 years.

A decorated World War II veteran and graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute with a Master of Fine Arts degree, Regnier had works in private collections in the U.S. and England and a painting in the permanent collection of the Greenville Art Museum.

Regnier was inducted in the Army and sent to the Pacific Theater, where he fought as a machine gunner in the 41st Infantry Division and was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism.

During his teaching career, he had two sabbaticals, one in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the other in London. He was invited to teach painting and drawing at Penland Arts and Crafts School in North Carolina, which he did for more than a decade during the summer months. Many of his former students cite him as the professor who influenced them most during their years at Clemson.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, and her son, Ryan; his oldest son, Michael, and his wife, Andrea, and grandson Max; and son, Marc, and wife Jane.

A graveside military service will take place at a later date at the Woodland Cemetery.  A celebration of life including family and friends will take place at a later date.