CLARENCE C. MONDALE Ph.D.

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MONDALE CLARENCE C. MONDALE, Ph.D, "Pete" Clarence C. "Pete" Mondale, Ph.D., husband, father, teacher mentor, and friend, died peacefully at his home in the District on May 2, 2014, from complications relating to melanoma. Mondale taught at the George Washington University from 1965 through his retirement in 1992 as Professor of American Civilization. Widely recognized for his leadership in the American Studies movement, and particularly for his pioneering scholarship on regional identity in the United States, he also took charge of several important projects for the University: He was director of a Peace Corps-GW training program from 1965-66, coordinator of the "GW-Poor People's University" in 1968, Director of the Division of Experimental Programs from 1968-77, and he supervised a series of National Institutes of Health grants for the University. He co-authored with Michael Steiner a source book for academics in the humanities and social sciences called Region and Regionalism in the United States (1988) and his article Under Reduced Circumstances: Space and Place for the Aging, was published in the Journal of American Studies in 1988. Mondale founded the American Studies Program at the University of Alabama in 1962, and taught there as a Professor from 1960 to 1965. He was very pleased to be the guest of honor for the fiftieth anniversary of the program in 2012. From 1953 to 1960, Pete was a teacher of English, and ultimately, a Professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Pete Mondale was born on July 12, 1926 in St. James, Minnesota to Theodore Mondale, a Methodist Minister, and Claribel Mondale, a music teacher. He spent his childhood and youth in southern Minnesota, relocating as his father changed assignments. Pete received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1943 from Macalester College. He volunteered for the U.S. Navy at age 17, and served until his honorable discharge in 1945. Mondale received his Masters degree, and in 1960, his Doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. Pete is survived by his wife of 63 years, Virginia Aceto Mondale, also of the District, and by seven children, Alex Mondale(Sally Weber), Sarah Mondale (David Keppler), Eric Mondale (Anita Flynn), Peter Mondale(Yang Hsieu Mei), Leo Mondale (Sarah Patton), Tad Mondale (Adele Borie) and Lucy Mondale (Michael Curran). Pete is also survived by 13 grandchildren, and by two brothers, former Vice President Fritz Mondale, and Mort Mondale. Pete leaves behind a legion of grateful former students and many friends and relatives. An informal service of remembrance will be held at the Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington DC on Sunday, June 8 at 4 p.m. The family requests that condolences be expressed in the form of contributions in Pete's name to the Dupont Circle Village, a community group organized to support aging in place, the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, where Pete exercised in his final years, the ACLU, or to any of the progressive causes that Pete held dear.An informal service of remembrance will be held at the Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington DC on Sunday, June 8 at 4 p.m. The family requests that condolences be expressed in the form of contributions in Pete's name to the Dupont Circle Village, a community group organized to support aging in place, the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, where Pete exercised in his final years, the ACLU, or to any of the progressive causes that Pete held dear.

Published in The Washington Post on May 8, 2014
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