The Presbyterian College family is mourning the loss of one of its own today: William Plumer Jacobs, III, affectionately known as “P3”to the PC community. Mr. Jacobs was the great-grandson of the founder of Presbyterian College and son of one of its presidents, William Plumer Jacob, II. As a 1940 alumnus of PC, “P3” was engaged with the College all of his life. He served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and as a Class Agent for the Annual Fund. He was a Guardian of PC and a member of the Ben Hay Hammet Society. Attending most PC concerts, plays, and athletic events, “P3” remained a known figure on campus. He was a loyal Blue Hose fan, was a life-long member of the Scotsman Club, and was regularly present at home contests.
As a student, “P3” was a member of the tennis team and Theta Chi fraternity. He was the art director of both PC magazines which preceded Figs and Thistles and the PaC SaC. He was also active in the Glee Club and Pan-Hellenic Council and was a part of the radio program at PC. He produced programs that were aired on numerous radio stations throughout the upstate. After leaving PC, Jacobs served honorably in WWII. He had once said that wherever he was during the service, he always ran into other PC grads.
Jacobs’s early career took him to New York, where he served as General Manager for two years for the American Lawn Tennis Magazine. He later moved back to Clinton to join other family members in the operation of Jacobs Press. He served on numerous boards during his career. Prior to his retirement in 1982, Jacobs took up painting and writing poetry. He published one book of poetry in 2007, “My Sentiments Exactly,” and received numerous awards for his painting.
“P3” penned the words and music for the Presbyterian College Alma Mater. As generations to come sing those meaningful words, “Here we stand now side by side…,” the legacy of William Plumer Jacobs III will live on in the PC family. The faculty, staff and students of PC extend heart-felt sympathies to the Jacobs family and friends of “P3.”
Services for William Plumer Jacobs III will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, January 30, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church of Clinton, S.C. The family will receive friends following the service in the church Fellowship Hall.