Paul Clement died on March 24th surrounded by the family he loved and cherished, and who loved and cherished him. He is survived by his wife Cathy, their children Paul Jr., Blake, Erika, Patrick, and Rachel, and their nine grandchildren Kaitlyn, Jordan, Taylor, Jacob, Zachary, Zoe, Nicolai, Alexander, and Dmitri.
Born on a farm in rural Washington, Paul rose to a position of national prominence in the field of psychology. He served as president of professional associations at the local, state, regional, and national levels. He is adored and admired by the generations of psychologists that he trained while serving on the faculties of UCLA Medical School from 1965 to 1967 and Fuller Theological Seminary Graduate School of Psychology from 1967 to 1989. He was recognized as being responsible for the American Psychological Association's accreditation of Fuller as the first school (not department) of psychology in America. He was a distinguished scholar, coauthoring over 90 journal articles and books during his career. And he was a true innovator, developing one of the nation's very first community psychology institutes, The Psychological Center, lauded by The American Psychologist as one of the two best examples in the country of how psychological services can be delivered to the public. He spent the past 26 years of his career as a distinguished clinician in private practice, while advocating for psychologists to measure and disseminate their treatment outcomes.
Paul lived a full life, not just measured by the number of his years, but in the energy he put into every moment of every one of his endeavors. Paul rode a motorcycle to work most days, coat and tie flapping in the wind, with his backpack strapped to his chest and his handball gear slung over his shoulder. He played handball weekly, crashing into his partners and arguing calls with his buddies who played together for over 30 years. He didn't just fly planes; he built his own. And crashed. Seven years ago. He has counted these last seven years as a genuine gift, time to spend in loving relationship with his wife Cathy, his kids, and his grandkids. He was an active and valued member of All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena for more than 25 years. Above all else, Paul was loyal; to his family, to his friends, and to his colleagues. We will miss him terribly.
Paul's memorial service will be held at 5:30PM on Saturday, March 29th at All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena. All are welcome to attend.
Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Mar. 28, 2014