Clyde Alan Lawrence Patrick Brictson passed away on Friday, March 30, 2012. He passed away in his home in La Jolla in the company of his family. Clyde was 78.|
He is survived by his wife, Bette; three grandchildren, John Brictson, Christopher and David Lutze; his sister, Eileen Niesen; two brothers, Robert and David (Jan) Brictson; his daughter, Bretta (Alan) Lutze, and his son, Timothy (Guadalupe) Brictson [children of his first wife Benita Glow]; and his stepson, David (Nancy) Phillips [son of Bette].
Clyde was born in Chicago, IL, the son of Casper and Eileen. He graduated from St. Gregory High School. He loved basketball his whole life. In high school, he chose to commute across town when the family moved rather than lose a year of eligibility to play on St. Gregory's basketball team.
Clyde graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1954. While at UC Boulder he was an officer in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. During his tenure, his fraternity defied the times and their national charter by accepting the fraternity's first African-American pledge.
After college Clyde went to Officer Candidate School and volunteered to serve in the U.S. Navy. He served aboard the USS Helena in the Pacific. Those years produced lessons in problem solving that Clyde shared with his progeny.
After leaving the Navy, he obtained a job with Dunlap & Associates in Santa Monica, CA, as a human factors analyst. Clyde's central focus was on pilot performance on aircraft carriers.
While working full time during the day and raising a family, he went to school at night to obtain his PhD in psychology from USC. After obtaining his PhD, he concurrently held a full time job at Dunlap, had a private psychology practice, and taught at Loyola Marymount. In the1970s, Clyde ran workshops and published articles regarding Transactional Analysis.
In 1972 he and his family moved to La Jolla, California, where he was president of the West Coast Division of Dunlap & Associates. In the early 80s, Clyde opened CB & Associates, continuing his human factors work. During that time Clyde developed APARTS [Automated Performance Assessment and Readiness Training Systems] for the U.S. Navy, bringing pilot landing performance analysis into the computer age.
Clyde was an avid tennis player and golfer. He gave golf lessons in college. Throughout the years he won so many tennis trophies that the family started using them as door stops and paper weights. He continued to play competitive tennis throughout his years, winning the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club Singles Tournament, Senior Men's, at the age of 73.
Over the past 40 years Clyde became a fixture at the LJBTC. He had a usual spot to sit and read the Wall Street Journal, have some almonds, and enjoy the company of his friends, which included the people who worked there and the other members.
Clyde was a wise and charming man who understood that people and relationships were important. He knew that his abundance of friends was a blessing. He was a great comfort and support to his family and friends and someone that could be relied on. His work ethic and approach to life stemmed from the poem his mother repeated to him as a child, "It Couldn't be Done" by Edgar Albert Guest.
Clyde's funeral services will be on Friday, April 20, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. The services are open to all of Clyde's and Bette's friends. The family would also appreciate the posting of pictures of Clyde on the Facebook account created for Clyde Brictson. A prolonged flower account has been arranged for his widow with Bloomers of La Jolla, if you would like to contribute.
Published in La Jolla Light on Apr. 12, 2012