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  • Don Fowler in the oval office with Bill Clinton

Tribute to Donald L. Fowler, Ph.D.

We held a tribute to Don Fowler’s life and legacy on April 16 at noon.  A recording of the event is available here. 

The tribute slideshow is available here.  

You may share memories or tributes with the Fowler family on the form below.

Don Fowler

Donald Fowler was a beloved professor and political leader.

He taught at the University of South Carolina for nearly 50 years while also serving the Democratic Party at the state and national level. He was a champion for bipartisanship, democracy and civil dialogue; winning the respect and admiration of students and politicians from all sides of politics. 
He died on December 15, 2020 at the age of 85. 


The College of Arts and Sciences hosted this virtual tribute with Don's friends, colleagues, and family. 
Speakers include: 

  • Joel Samuels, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences 
  • Lois Lovelace Duke, Mentee of Don Fowler and Fellow CAS Board of Visitors Member 
  • Kirk Randazzo, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Political Science
  • Jaime Harrison, Chair, Democratic National Committee
  • David Beasley, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme
  • Donnie Fowler, J.D.,  Son of Don Fowler
  • Jim Lane, Ph.D., founding donor of the Donald L. Fowler Endowment Fund  
  • Erin Bailey, J.D.,  Former student of Don Fowler 
  • Todd Shaw, Ph.D.,  Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences 

Tribute Form

Use the form below to share photos or memories with the Fowler family.


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