on being an “idea man,” and was known for his original thinking and his ability to inspire those around him. His most recent project in Aiken was the construction of an elegant viewing pavilion at the club’s historic Whitney Field, which was completed in the fall of 2014. The project earned a leadership award from the Historic Aiken Foundation, as well as the highest praise from the Aiken Polo community. Alan died before he could fulfill the other part of his dream, which was to complete a memento brick campaign to construct a brick floor at the pavilion. Funds raised through this campaign, which is ongoing, will create the foundation of a legacy for Aiken Polo Club and the Whitney Trustees. A celebration of Alan’s life was held on Whitney Field on Saturday, May 16. Hundreds of people attended the service, coming from New York, Florida and points between. The Reverend Grant Wiseman from St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church was the officiant. Speakers included Alan’s good friend and fellow Aiken Polo Club board member Charlie Bostwick, as well as his stepson, Geoff Ellis, and close friends from his 36
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college days at Yale. After the service, the pavilion was formally dedicated to Alan by Geoff Ellis and Alan’s friend Woody Millen, who served with him on the Whitney Trust. The dedication included the unveiling of a plaque bearing his name, and his picture. At the end of the dedication, a bagpiper played as Katherine Thomas, who is Aiken Polo Club’s social director, led Alan’s favorite grey polo pony past the crowd, his boots backwards in the stirrups. The Alan Lyle Corey III pavilion is Alan’s legacy both to polo and to Aiken. The family asks that those who wish to make a donation to honor him purchase a commemorative brick to be installed on the floor of the pavilion. Information about the brick campaign and order forms can be found on the Aiken Polo Club website: www.aikenpoloclub.org. Alan is survived by his wife, Patricia Ellis Corey; daughters, Christine Corey Romero and Cynthia Corey Dolezal; sons, Alan Lyle Corey IV, and Robert William Corey; stepsons, James Thomas Raezer and Geoffrey Alan Ellis, as well as his sister, Patricia Corey Montgomerie, and brother, William Russell Corey, and seven grandchildren.
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