A statue honoring and recognizing the devoted service of Clyde “Doc” Partin, Sr., was recently unveiled at the Woodruff PE Center.
Considered the architect and patriarch of Emory Athletics,
Partin served the University for over 50 years in the physical
education department including a distinguished stint as the
school’s athletic director (1966-83) and department chair of
Health and Physical Education from 1966 through 1986. During
his tenure as athletic director, Emory Athletics saw unprecedented
growth culminating in the construction of the Woodruff PE Center
which opened in 1983. The number of intercollegiate sports
expanded as well with women’s tennis being added in 1975
followed by women’s cross country and track field in the
early 1980s. From 1986 until his retirement in 2002, Partin was as
a professor in physical education. He also made his
impact felt in the coaching ranks during his tenure as an assistant
with the baseball and softball programs. In 2007, an endowment was
established to name Emory’s athletic director’s
position, the Clyde Partin Sr. Director of Athletics. Partin
passed away in June of 2009 at the age of 84.
“It’s comforting to know that Doc will never hang up his hat,” said Emory Athletics Director Tim Downes. “The statue is a visible reminder of everything for which Doc Partin stood – being trustworthy, respectful, responsible, fair and caring.”
Designed by Hanlon Sculpture Studio in Toms River, New Jersey,
the statue is eight feet tall and weighs about 150 pounds. It
resides in the Doc Partin Timeline area of the Woodruff PE Center,
where a history of Emory Athletics and Recreation is chronicled.
The statue design is that of Partin’s famous tip-of-cap from
when his No. 4 jersey was retired.