LT. CMDR. JOHN HENRY CLAGETT - MIDDLEBURY - The Clagett Family is grieved to announce the passing of Lt. Cmdr. John Henry Clagett, 97, on Nov. 5, 2013. He was born on April 6, 1916, son of William Argo and Sena Ballard Clagett, in Bowling Green, Ky. He went on to college and entered the Naval Academy in 1936. During W.W.II, he was appointed Lt. Cmdr. of the PT 111, which was shelled and destroyed during an attack at Guadalcanal on Feb. 1, 1943. During his long convalescence from the severe burns from Guadalcanal, he met and married the love of his life, Marjorie Douglas, RN. The couple just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. After his distinguished Naval career, he joined the Foreign Service and was sent to Norway. Upon their return to the United States, John received his Doctorate degree from Yale University. From 1955 to 1978, he taught at Middlebury College, where he attained full professorship. During this time he published 19 books, fact and fiction, adult and juvenile. He was accomplished, interested in the world around him, and was very involved in the community. John is survived by his beloved wife, Marjorie; two daughters, Marjorie and Randi Anne; grandson, John; and great-granddaughter, Kiley. His ready smile and kind heart will be missed by many. A memorial service is planned for Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at 1 p.m. at St. Stephen's Church on the Green in Middlebury.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Nov. 18, 2013