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Clarence L. Hallquist Obituary
Clarence L. Hallquist WILLOW, N.Y.- Clarence (Clem) L. Hallquist, 81, of Willow, N.Y., died peacefully at home of natural causes, on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. He was born in Albee, S.D., the eldest of 10 children of Walter and Edna Hallquist. When he was a teenager, the family moved to Deptford, N.J. Clem attended Washington University on a football scholarship before transferring to Temple University where he majored in communication. He graduated in 1955 as one of ten outstanding seniors. While a student at Temple he joined Philadelphia's Singing City Choir. He sang with the choir for many years and also produced many of its newsletters, programs, press releases and other publicity materials. He also served on its board of directors during the early 90s and traveled with the choir to the former Soviet Union in 1991. He was an executive at Smith Kline & French (now GlaxoSmithKline) and Merck in public relations and traveled the world working on films and educational materials related to a variety of health issues, including glaucoma, high blood pressure, and suicide prevention, among many others. After retiring, he moved to the Woodstock area and served on the town's planning board, championing a large project to bring affordable housing to the community. He continued to travel extensively. His many passions included carpentry, cabinet making, painting, cooking, and photography. He was also a voracious reader. Clem is survived by his wife, Barbara Zausner; his children, Lauren Anderson, Tina Hallquist, Greg Hallquist, and Lisa Schneller; a stepdaughter, Erica Tener; and ten grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. at Lasher Funeral Home, 100 Tinker Street, Woodstock, N.Y., 12498.

Published in the Daily Freeman on Oct. 24, 2013
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