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Dr. Ernest McPherson (Whitey) Lander Jr., 1915-2013

August 22, 2013
Dr. Ernest McPherson (Whitey) Lander Jr., 97, of Clemson, husband of the late Sarah (Tish) Shirley Lander, died Saturday, August 17, 2013.
He was a native of Calhoun Falls, S.C., a son of the late Ernest McPherson Lander Sr. and Kizzie Jones Lander. A graduate of Wofford College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he was a long-time Alumni Professor of History at Clemson University before his retirement in 1983. He was the last surviving grandson of Dr. Samuel Lander, founder of Lander University. During his teaching career, he also served as a Fulbright Lecturer at universities in Calcutta, India, 1966-1967, and Lagos, Nigeria, 1970-1971. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, several historical societies, and the Clemson United Methodist Church. During World War II he served as a staff sergeant and an information specialist in the AAF in the India-Burma theater. In addition, he was the author of numerous books and articles, mainly of South Carolina and Southern history.
Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth Lander Purcell and Caroline Jones Lander; a former son-in-law, Michael Purcell; a granddaughter, Connie Purcell; a sister, Margaret Lander Scheibler; four nephews, James A. Lander, Robert B. Lander, and Thomas and John Baskin of Idaho. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two brothers, William and Samuel Lander, and a sister, Miriam Lander.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 23, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Clemson United Methodist Church. A private burial will be at Woodland Cemetery (Cemetery Hill) on Clemson University Campus.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to S.C. Botanical Gardens, 150 Discovery Lane, Clemson, S.C. 29634.
Condolences may be expressed online at or at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, 108 Cross Creek Road, Central, S.C. 29630.