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Ernest Clements Jr.(1921 - 2013)

photoErnest V. Clements, Jr. (Vint) passed away on March 18th from congestive heart failure at the age of 91 in Oakmont, PA. Born in Sialkot, Pakistan to missionary parents, he grew up in India attending Woodstock School in the Himalayas. Returning to the U.S., he enrolled at Westminster College, where he captained the cross-country track team and met his future bride, Carolyn Downs (Jackie). When WWII intervened, Vint joined the Army and fought in several battles, most notably the Battle of the Bulge. He went on to teach English at Wright Jr. College in Chicago, ultimately becoming President of that institution. His service of 37 years at Wright and as founding president of the Harold Washington Community College makes him one of the longest tenured college presidents in Illinois history. Vint lived with his family in Glenview, north of Chicago for over 40 years. An intellectual and scholar, he played tennis and sailed his Sunfish into his 70's. He was a family man of integrity and dry wit, humility, generosity and calm energy. Vint is survived by his sons Ernest V. Clements III (Chip) and Wallace G. Clements (Wally), their wives Lois Fletcher and Sandy Clements, six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Vint not only profoundly touched those close to him, but literally thousands who knew him as friend, associate, teacher and college president. We celebrate his life and choose to remember him on that sailboat heading out into the lake on a gentle breeze. Donations in Vint's memory can be made to: The at: www.heart.org

Published in Chicago Tribune on June 27, 2013
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