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Ann (Fessenden) Clymer, 75

WASHINGTON,DC -- Ann (Fessenden) Clymer, 75, of Washington, DC, died February 10, 2013 at her home after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Newton, August 16, 1937 a daughter of Donald and Margaret (Wood) Fessenden and was a 1955 graduate of Needham High School. She continued her education at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. A talented athlete, she enjoyed playing field hockey, basketball, and tennis. She was also an accomplished pianist.

She leaves her husband of 56 years, former New York Times reporter, Adam Clymer and her sister, Jane Fessenden of Falmouth.

As an adult, moving with her reporter husband from one posting to the next in the United States and abroad, Mrs. Clymer taught piano in schools and privately.

The Clymer's only child, a daughter was killed by a drunk driver in 1985. Jane Emily Clymer was in her junior year at the University of Vermont when a drunk driver struck her as she walked her bike along a back road. She was 18 years old.

The Clymers channeled their grief into a lifelong effort of creating awareness to the problem of drunk driving. They directed proceeds from a successful lawsuit to a University of Vermont scholarship.

The legacy she and her husband built from their daughter's death, meanwhile, continues at the University of Vermont. The Clymers designed the scholarship to reflect the life and college experience of Jane Emily, who was involved in volunteer work, and whose academic record improved after a somewhat hesitant start.

Until her stroke last fall, Mrs. Clymer took pleasure in meeting recipients of the scholarship named for her daughter.

CLYMER -- Mrs. Clymer will be interred in her family lot in Hillside Cemetery, Townsend.

The T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 250 Main Street, Townsend is assisting the family with arrangements. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information.

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Apr. 9, 2013
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