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Nelson ‘Bob’ Bauld, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering – February 22, 2023

Nelson Robert “Bob” Bauld, Jr. of Clemson, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, died on February 22, 2023.

He joined the faculty of Clemson University in 1963, spending 25 years teaching in Clemson’s Department of Mechanical Engineering before retiring in 1989. In retirement, he wrote an instructional book, “Mechanics of Materials,” for undergraduate engineering students that was adopted by numerous institutions. Among his many sources of pride and joy were the successes and friendships of his many graduate students along with special research projects with NASA and Langley Air Force Base.

He served in the U.S. Army and following his service, he attended West Virginia University on the GI Bill where he received his bachelor and master degrees in mechanical engineering. He was awarded his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana in 1963 and arrived at Clemson later that same year.

Memorials may be made to the South Carolina Botanical Garden (earmark: Canopy Walk, Children’s Garden, 150 Discovery Lane, Clemson, SC 29634 or donate online at Support the SC Botanical Garden ( or to the Saint Andrew Catholic Church Building Fund (P O Box 112, Clemson, SC 29633).  

Dr. Bauld’s full obituary is available online.