Cleeremans, Richard William
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Richard W. Cleeremans, Phoenix, AZ, a long-time member of the Mayo Clinic Administrative Staff has died. He was 90. A native of Green Bay, WI, he graduated from its West High School in 1941 after which he was employed by the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation. During World War II he was a radio operator in the U.S. Army's 86th Infantry Division and served in Europe where he was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Bronze Star and later served in the Philippine Islands. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1948 he was employed as an industrial engineer by the Wisconsin Electric Power Company, Milwaukee, WI, until joining the Mayo Clinic's Personnel (Human Resources) Section in 1950. During the Korean War he served for one year as a U.S. Army Medical Service Corps Officer. On return he was assigned to the Systems and Procedures Section, which he later served as head for 18 years. In 1987 he was transferred to the Foundation Facilities Project Management Section where he was the project manager for the construction of the Charlton Building and the Scottsdale Phase II expansion. He retired from Mayo after 42 years. Mr. Cleeremans held leadership roles in the United Way, Olmsted Country Historical Society, Rochester Airport Company, Rochester Swim Club and the Boy Scouts. He served for many years on the Downtown Development Advisory Board and as secretary of the Ability Building Center. He was an enthusiastic bicyclist and participated in many bicycle tours including 7 RAGBRAI'S and 7 tours in Europe. He is survived by his long time companion Sylvia Hadlock; daughters, Catherine, Irvine, CA; Margaret (Paul) Hamamoto, Honolulu, HI; sons, Bruce (Nancy), San Juan Capistrano, CA; Mark, Boulder, CO; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Paul, one grandchild and three sisters. Memorials are suggested to the Mayo Foundation. Plans for a memorial service are pending.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 3, 2013