Condolence & Memory Journal

I just found out about Gray's passing yesterday. I am retired now, but Grady was a prolific contributor to the Clemson University Herbarium, where I worked as curator for a dozen years. However, he collected plant specimens for the herbarium years and years before I ever got my post! He would come in frequently, with a pile of plants for me to identify, and then donate them to our preserved collection. He was out hiking and collecting, solo, into his eighties! He had amazing energy, an interesting perspective, and a contagious sense of humor -- just a one-of-a-kind individual. Everyone should be so lucky to get to know somebody like Grady in their life.

Posted by D.Z. Damrel - Greenville, SC - friend   January 03, 2022

My deepest condolences on the passing of your dad and my Uncle.
He kept in touch with me remembering all the joy he had spent with our family. I will miss him and his sense of humor.

Prayers for the family. Maureen Companion

Posted by Maureen Companion - SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT - Family   October 29, 2021

Our family lived next door to the Kingslands for many years. My brothers and I grew up with them. I fondly remember playing "Army" and other games in the wooded area next to their home. I've lost touch with Grady and David, but I want them to know that I think of their family with fondness.

Posted by Thomas Rhymes - FL - Neighbor   October 08, 2021

We overlapped for just a few years when I was a new Assistant Professor at Clemson. I took over some of his teaching responsibilities, which without his guidance I would have never survived. I still have profound awe of his vast knowledge and expertise of mycology.

Posted by Ralph Dean - Raleigh, NC - Coworker   October 07, 2021

Dr. Kingsland was on my PhD committee at Clemson, and I fondly remember his support and input into my dissertation research on wheat genetics. He was always ready with a quip or a question, and he loved getting responses - usually with a smile or laugh. I appreciated his expertise and personality, both low key with Dr. Kingsland, but filled with surprising humor. May his family find peace knowing of his positive influence on many students at Clemson.

Posted by Jim Palmer - Central, SC - Student   October 07, 2021

I have lived in the neighborhood for for the past 14 years, and Prof Graydon was always up for a friendly chat when he was working in his yard. I do have a small suspicion that he had a preference for my dog, Coco, but still very kind and friendly. Very best wishes to Professor Kingsland's family.
Joseph Mai

Posted by Joseph Mai - Clemson, SC - Neighbor   October 06, 2021

Dear David and family, my prayers are with you. Dr. Kingsland was a pleasant soul that I enjoyed seeing walking our neighborhood. It was so good to read about his life and accomplishments. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Laurie Parsons - Easley, SC - Family   October 06, 2021

Back in the 1970s, I was friends Graydon, Jr. (his primary transportation was a hearse), and I also had Dr. Kingsland for Plant Pathology. He was one of my 10 favorite professors, being one of those teachers who taught not only the subject in question, but infused his lectures with philosophical musings about how to live one's life.

His teaching style was fairly unique, at least in the sciences. He "lectured" some, but a portion of each class was spent asking individual students questions. He tended to ask relatively easy questions and focused on the mediocre to poor students in an effort to induce them to study. This technique had mixed results.

I have several anecdotes about my experiences with Dr. Kingsland, but the following is my favorite.

He was, as usual, asking individual questions. It was well into the semester, so he had already figured out that I essentially always knew the answers (I actually studied!). The question was: What is name of the reproductive spore of Helminthosporium maydis (which causes Southern Corn Leaf Blight and has since been reclassified in the genus Cochliobolus)? A VERY easy question, and he was going down the list of the worst students in the class. I had closed my eyes, put my head on the desk, and was daydreaming, paying just barely enough attention so that I would know if I needed to "wake up".

Although I did not see his actions, after about eight students failed to correctly answer, I feel fairly confident that he thought he had caught me napping in class.

"Mr. Park?"

I did not move. I did not open my eyes. I simply responded in a bored voice, "Conidia".

I suspect this surprised him, but probably not much. He made some quip like "Mr. Park can even answer the questions in his sleep!" or something similar.

Although the last time I spoke with him was probably 20 years ago, I will always remember him fondly. Best wishes to his family and all who cared for him.

Dr. William Park
Emeritus College
Clemson University

Posted by William Park - Edisto Island, SC - Student   October 05, 2021


Grady, David, Chris, Karen & Family

Please accept my deepest condolences of the passing of your beloved father.

I have spoken with him on occasion over the past few years. He always had a good story or remembrance to pass on. He certainly made a great effort to keep in touch.

I know many times he expressed how much he missed your mother. I know now they are together, whereever that may be.

Take care.

Melanie McCarvell

Posted by Melanie McCarvell - So Burlington, VT - Family   October 04, 2021