Richard Boykin Pool

January 3, 1922January 14, 2018

COLUMBIA - Dr. Richard B. Pool, 96, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering of the University of South Carolina, was born in Greenville, South Carolina on January 3, 1922 and passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018 at Bethel United Methodist Church, 4600 Daniel Drive, Columbia, SC 29206. Visitation with the family will follow in the Pool Activities Building at the church. Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel is assisting the family. He grew up in Lugoff, South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1942. He was commissioned into the US Navy and was sent to MIT for design training in battleship repairs. After which he was stationed in Recife, Brazil where he met his wife Carmen whom he was married to for 72 years. After the war, he worked as an engineer briefly in Birmingham before going to Georgia Tech for his masters and his first professorship. From 1955 to 1960 he taught at the University of Oklahoma before going onto the University of Illinois to obtain his doctorate. In 1963 he returned to the University of South Carolina as head of the Civil Engineering Department where he served for 30 plus years. He opened his home to international students and gave many a sense of family away from family. He was an active member of Bethel United Methodist Church where he served in many capacities. He was a deeply kind and caring person, generous to all except himself. He played tennis and rode his bike into his 80’s. He has left a wonderful legacy of selflessness and Christian faith to family and students alike. He and his wife Carmen have three children, six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. He is survived by his wife; Carmen, his sons Tom, Steve (Mary) Pool, and his daughter Susan (Scott) Wilhelm; grandchildren; Alicia (Pool) Jones, Steve Pool, Ryan (Liz) Pool, Jeff Wilhelm, Laura (Wilhelm) Anderson, and Leah Pool; great-grandchildren are Eli, Marion, and Eva. He will be deeply missed. Memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church. Please sign the online guest book at www.dunbar


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Nadim Zureik

April 11, 2021

Dr. Pool was a very intelligent, dignified and a fair man who respected all students, he left an excellent impression on me . I remember him like it was yesterday. May his soul rest in peace.

January 20, 2018

Really sorry for your loss, Susan and Scott. May God bless you with strength at this difficult time.

Lisa and Eddie Gu

Sharon Gilbreath

January 19, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss, Susan and Scott! We are praying for you as everyone comes together to celebrate a life well lived!
Sharon and Clint Gilbreath

Chris Grant

January 19, 2018

I met Doctor Pool in 1970 as a Civil Engineering student in his Introduction to Engineering class at The USC. He arranged a field trip for the class to visit the construction site of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Power Station Unit 1. That trip really opened my eyes to the possibilities of my future. I found him to be a kind mentor during my time at USC in undergraduate and graduate level courses. Thank-you Doctor Pool! Prayers for you and your family.

Hugh & Theresa Bell

January 18, 2018

Hey Carman, Steve, Tom & Susan God sure picked a flower last Sunday! What an incredible man he was I really enjoyed reading the many comments from his students as well, no surprise that he influenced so many!
I guess I was about 11 or 12 (over 50 years ago) when Helen & Potch (my grandparent Helen & Harvey Bell, to those of you reading this that didn't know Richards sister Helen) gave me a Penn Basketball for Christmas I was so proud! From the time I opened the gift I was dribbling & could not wait to shoot some hoops. We ended up in a car after Christmas lunch & rode over to your house with the entire Bell crew We all visited for a while and it was all I could do to wait through all the hugging & kissing (that was you Carman pinching my cheeks & always so sweet) & loving on all of us! I knew I had to go through all of the hello's and how old are you now's before I dared to head to the court. It would be rude and run straight down to your basketball court that you had in the front yard which is what I really wanted to do! After what seemed like an hour and was probably all of 5 minutes off I went with my new PENN basketball in hand. It was not long before your dad came down and began to rebound and hit me with bounce passes and I would shoot! He was complimentary and encouraged me and told me what a good shot I was. After a while, he began to shoot that funny looking set-shot of his and after that, it was game on! You gotta understand I thought he was an old man and I intended to show him a thing or two. Well that's exactly when the lesson began! He was schooling me!!! One of us suggested that we play HORSE. Well if it was me that made the challenge, (and I am quite sure it was) then I was about get a lesson! I was blown away! It wasn't home court advantage either Richard Pool could just shoot the eyes out of a basketball. I think he hit like 10 maybe 20 free throws in a row Wow He was quite the athlete. I will never forget that day as long as I live! When I was at USC one of my teammates, Jimbo Neely, had Richard as a Professor and I asked him how he was as a teacher. He told me that he was tough but fair! That's how I remember him too! Tough but so gentle and always fair! I remember seeing him riding his bike on campus! And Jimbo told me stories from his classmates, more than half Richards age that he would beat playing tennis I understand that he could hardly get a game with the other professors because he beat them all so badly! I know this for sure I wouldn't play him in tiddlywinks for a grade! I learned my lesson on the basketball court. He was so talented. But mostly I remember how much he was loved by you, first Carman and it was always easy to see how much you kids loved and respected your dad as well It was evident in your mannerisms, & your personalities and the way each of you carried yourselves. Always polite and always complimenting others. I loved Richard Pool He reminded me of my dad so much! Quite unassuming but underneath, a fierce competitor that allowed his actions to define his presence!
To you Carmen, and all the rest of your family I leave this poem and it's like this poem was written for Richard Pool specifically A friend sent it to me when my mom passed away I hope it will bless you like it did me!
Rest in peace brother Richard

Miss Me But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little-but not too long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me-but let me go

For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone.
It's all part of the Master's plan
A step on the road to home

When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds
Miss me but let me go.
Author: Anonymous

Carroll Barker

January 18, 2018

Dr. Pool touched many lives over the years he taught engineering. You could tell by his demeanor and kindness that he lived out his Christian beliefs. What an outstanding legacy! He was truly one of my favorite professors.

Steve McAnally

January 18, 2018

I will miss Dr. Pool. He was a wonderful mentor for me at USC. Even more, he was a shining light on how to live life to its fullest. I missed him when he "really retired" from USC. He and Mrs. Pool were always such beautiful and faithful ambassadors to the international students at the "Meet the Prof" dinner and speaker meetings (sponsored by the Chinese Christian Student Fellowship). Carla and I looked forward to those Tuesday evening times of fellowship- Dr. Pool's smile, his encouraging words and of course... a new Dr. Pool humorous story or joke. He was the best.

Jimmy Chao

January 17, 2018

I had the privilege to learn the Prestressed Concrete Design from Dr. Pool. He was a great teacher with a lot of practical knowledge. My professional career had benefitted significantly from his teaching. Thank you Dr. Pool!

Rebecca Mayo

January 17, 2018

Dr. Pool was unfailingly kind and thoughtful. I always looked forward to him stopping by to visit for a moment. We have all missed him since he retired. I am saddened by his passing but know he's rejoicing on the streets of Glory. We love you, Dr. Pool

"Twinkle" Heather Meetze

January 17, 2018

So sorry to hear you lost your Dad.