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Duane E. Hood Hall Honors Alumnus and Faithful Board of Trustees Member

Published: April 13, 2021

During Homecoming 2016, one event both surprised and honored a special guest on campus who has a 60-year history at Greenville College.

On October 22, the College renamed and dedicated the former West Oak residence hall as the Duane E. Hood Hall.

The naming came as a welcome surprise to Duane Hood '56. Duanes connection to GC dates back to his undergrad days, when he lettered in basketball and track. In adult life he served on the Greenville College Board of Trustees for 13 years and was known for insightful spiritual guidance. His children and one grandchild (all pictured with Duane at left), attended GC as well.

Duane's career apart from GC includes a stint in the Aviation Cadet Corp in 1957, several years in education as a teacher, coach and principal, and 27 years with World Book, Inc.

Dedication ceremony speakers included President Ivan Filby, Duane's son and current Board of Trustees President Jerry Hood '82, Trustee Emerita Marjorie Smith '56 and President Emeritus W. Richard Stephens, Sr. '53.

Duane received a replica of a plaque to hang in the Hood Hall lobby which reads, in part, "Duane's faith, generosity, humor and wisdom serve as an example to all who reside here."

Before this naming ceremony, the former West Oak Hall had been the only residence hall without a legacy name. It now joins facilities such as Burritt Hall, Joy Hall and Holtwick Hall in carrying forward the legacy of the College's most distinguished alumni and friends.

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