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Clara Lee (Redwood) Moodie

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Clara Lee (Redwood) Moodie Obituary
November 22, 1934 - February 4, 2014

Clara Lee Redwood Moodie, the only child of Rosamond Brady and Thomas Edward Moodie, was born November 22, 1934 in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Garden Hills Elementary School and North Fulton High School. Her father died prematurely in July 1944, and her mother married Joseph Robert Lane in August 1946.

Clara Lee left North Fulton High School to attend Stratford Hall in Danville, Virginia from which she graduated Valedictorian in 1952. She returned to Stratford College from which she graduated Salutatorian and received her A.A. Degree. She returned to Atlanta and finished college at Emory University where she earned her B.A. in English.

Clara Lee began teaching 11th and 12th grade English back at North Fulton High School in 1956. She spent her summers at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado working on her master's degree. She moved to Boulder and taught 8th and 9th grade English at Boulder Junior High in 1961. She also received her M.A. degree in English Literature from the University of Colorado.

After moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1961, she began teaching at Eastern Michigan University while she attended graduate school at the University of Michigan. She then completed a double Ph D. in English with a specialization in American Literature and a Ph D in Higher Education with a specialization in the Community College in 1971.

In 1971, Clara Lee began teaching English and directing a Masters degree in training Teachers of English for the Community College at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. During her twenty-eight years at CMU, Clara Lee interned under the Provost for one year, was Chair of the Academic Senate for one year and interned for one semester at Winterthur where she studied Colonial American Literature. Clara Lee was a Faulkner specialist. She was Chair of Graduate Studies for the English Department her last fifteen years of teaching.

Clara Lee retired from CMU in the summer of 1999. She gave one of the Commencement addresses and receive an honorary Ph D in Education upon her retirement. She was predeceased by her step-father in 1966 and her mother in 1968. Clara Lee is survived by her long-time beloved friend and partner in life, John L. Wagner. By her many friends, Clara Lee will be fondly remembered as the "Southern Belle" in our midst.

A memorial service is will be held Saturday, March 1st, at 11:00 AM at St. John's Episcopal Church in Mt. Pleasant, with the Fr. Wayne Nicholson officiating and the Rev. Barbara Wagner and the Rev. Nancy Casey Fulton assisting. Memorial donations may be sent to: The Clara Lee R. Moodie Memorial Scholarship Fund at CMU.

You may view Clara Lee's obituary online and send a condolence to the family, light a memorial candle, or place a memorial donation at www.clarkfuneralchapel.com.
Published in The Morning Sun on Feb. 20, 2014
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