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James E. Byrd – Graduate Student

James E. Byrd, 49, passed away Friday, Feb. 21. Byrd was a 1994 graduate of South Carolina State University and was pursuing a master’s degree in Clemson’s real estate development program.

“Today our campus community mourns the loss of James,” said Chris Miller, interim vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students. “He was a tremendous asset to the university and community and will be sorely missed. Please continue to have his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is providing grief counseling to students. Any student who wants to speak to a counselor should contact CAPS at 864-656-2451. A walk-in clinic is open in Redfern Health Center from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Clemson University Employee Assistance (EAP) program is available to employees seeking additional resources during this time. For more information and assistance, please call (866) 327-2400 or visit

For more information, access the obituary of  James E. Byrd.

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