Clemson World writer Cynthia Landrum had the unique opportunity to interview three true Clemson gentlemen to tell the story of the Wagener family legacy. With over 125 years of Clemson ties, the three Wagener brothers’ orange roots run deep.
Earl Wagener returned to Clemson in “retirement,” but quickly took up a second career as co-founder and former CEO (2001-2018) of Tetramer. Having grown up in Clemson playing pickup basketball with Pistol Pete Maravich and Sunday afternoon touch football in Death Valley, he is a homegrown South Carolinian who graduated from Clemson with a PhD in Chemistry in the 60s only to find it impossible to find a job in industry in his hometown or even the Upstate. After a long and successful career at Dow and Stepan, Earl came back home to Clemson. His willingness to give up retirement to help build Tetramer was largely born out of a desire to help ensure other South Carolinians with advanced degrees in the chemical industry would find greater opportunities here in SC.
Check out the story of the Wagener family’s long legacy at Clemson here.