Dr. Randolph Bruce Huff of Clinton died on Sunday, November 24, 2019, after an extended illness. A professor of chemistry at Presbyterian College for over 40 years, Randy taught countless students over his career, and he never truly stopped trying to educate anyone who would listen to him after his retirement.
Randy was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, last stationed in Fairfield, Calif., where he met the love of his life, Helen. After eloping and getting married in Reno (for $12, he often bragged), they later returned to South Carolina, where Randy finished his education at Furman University and Clemson University. He began his teaching career at Presbyterian College in the early 1960s and soon realized he had a captive audience who had to listen to him regardless of the content of his lecture.
Randy served many years as Chairman of the Chemistry Department at Presbyterian College and relished always taking the opposing side of any debate. A highlight of his career was a sabbatical to Thessaloniki, Greece, where his research focused on the environmental impact of heavy metals found in leaded gasoline. Randy was an environmental scientist ahead of his time, partly because of how much he loved nature, but also because he recognized the serious impact of heavy metals on the brain-health and development of young children.
His love of nature led Randy and Helen to visit many of the country’s national parks and monuments. They especially loved Montana because of its expansive beauty and wildlife, and both enjoyed researching the history behind the sites they explored.
Randy was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Tricoles Huff. He is survived by his three sons: Peter Huff and his wife Robin of Laurens; Andrew Huff and his wife Mary of Louisville, Ky.; and John Huff and his wife Kathie of Greensboro, N.C., as well as his grandchildren: Jamie (and husband Jacob), Thomas, Clayton, Sam, Lindsey and Jack.
A memorial service will be held at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 505 Calvert Avenue, Clinton, S.C. 29325, or to Hospice of Laurens County. May his memory be eternal.