George M. Polk, Jr.
Clemson, SC

George Merritt Polk, Jr., 92, husband of Sarah Jane Belt Polk, died Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Oconee Memorial Hospital.

Born in Independence, Missouri in 1925, George was the son of the late Dr. George Merritt Polk, M.D. and Agnes Annabell Messersmith Polk.  After serving as an Army Medic during WWII, he graduated from the University of Kansas, married Sarah Jane Belt in 1949 and earned a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Oklahoma.  They lived for the next 25 years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where George practiced architecture, was chairman of the Broward
County, Planning Commission, taught at Miami Dade College, was president of the Audubon Society and Commodore of the Gulf Steam Sailing Club. After moving to Clemson to teach at the university in 1977, he became active in conservation through the Sierra Club Foothills Group and Forest Watch.  George was also an avid sailor, was Commodore of Keowee Sailing Club in Seneca, SC, and a member of Fort Hill Presbyterian Church. He retired as a Professor in the Architectural Department at Clemson University in 1989.  George sketched, designed and painted his way through life. He transformed his personal and professional experiences into different artistic expressions, and left behind a legacy of creativity for family and friends.

In addition to his wife Jane, he is survived by his children, Susan Jen (Michael) Phillips of St. Ignatias, Montana; Ann Scott Polk (Jim) Ewel of Bellevue, Washington; Daniel George (Pamela) Polk of Salem, SC; and Sarah Merritt (Jan Gustafsson) Polk of Gothenborg, Sweden. He had five
grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service in Celebration of his life will be at 11:30 a.m., January 26 th at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church.

The family will great friends immediately following the service in Tartan Hall at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to: South Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club, Foothills Group, P.O. Box 2388, Columbia SC, 29202, and Fort Hill Presbyterian Church, 101 Edgewood Ave., Clemson, 29631.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at Duckett- Robinson Funeral Home, Central, SC.