Dr. Max Hair: His Legacy Lives On

Dr. Clayton Maxwell Hair and his mother,
Mrs. Bobbie Holcombe.

It’s not often that students so influenced by a faculty member step forward to establish an award in memory of their beloved professor. The late Dr. Clayton Maxwell “Max” Hair was an assistant professor of chemistry, committed to engaging students and making chemistry exciting and relevant. To continue his caring legacy, his mother, Bobbie Holcombe, thoughtfully created an endowed scholarship in her son’s memory for the top organic chemistry student majoring in chemistry on the Dahlonega campus.

 “I’m so proud of the caliber of the recipients of Max’s scholarship and know he would be proud and impressed that many are pursuing a Ph.D. in different and emerging areas of chemistry,” Holcombe said. This scholarship provides students support to reach their goals, continuing Hair’s philosophy of giving and doing what you can, when and where you can.

Max Hair Scholarship Recipients:

  • Lily Rainwater Diodati , B.S. Chemistry ’18, pursuing a Ph.D. in smart polymers at the University of Florida.
  • Diana Graves, B.S. Chemistry ’19, attends Vanderbilt University earning a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences.
  • Brooke Tate, B.S. Chemistry ’21, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in bioanalytical chemistry.
  • William Mason” Butt, B.S. Chemistry/Pre-Medicine ’21, graduated from UNG with a B.S. Criminal Justice ‘16 with a concentration in forensics. In 2019, he returned to UNG majoring in chemistry with plans to enter medical school in 2021.

The UNG Society of Chemistry Students (an ACS member group) established the Max Hair Award which honors chemistry majors, who, like their professor, are passionate about chemistry.

For more information on creating a scholarship at UNG, please contact Donna Brazzell.