A total of $3.25 million in gifts from the estate of former Aiken football standout Art Gregory will support academic scholarships and the Duke football team, the university announced Thursday.
Gregory was a lineman on Duke’s football team from 1960 to 1962. He was a two-time All-American and helped the Blue Devils win three consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference titles. Gregory was a two-time winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which honors the ACC’s best blocker, and he was inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989.
Of the bequest, $3 million will be used to establish a named scholarship fund to support students from South Carolina. The remaining $250,000 from Gregory’s estate will provide unrestricted support to the football team.
Gregory died at age 71 from complications of cancer in July 2011. He served on the management team at the Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Association, where he retired as its executive director in 2001.
He was also the former chair of the Peach Bowl Selection Committee and a member of the Chick-Fil-A Bowl selection committee.