Thomas (Tucker) Fadden Clauss, M.D., of Justus, Pa., passed away on Aug. 19, 2013, following complications of a recent stroke.
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Born in EI Paso, Texas, on Feb. 8, 1923, to Harvey and Alice Clauss, he was a graduate of Olyphant High School, the University of Scranton and Jefferson Medical College. A veteran of World War II, Dr. Clauss served in the Navy aboard the USS North Carolina and USS Alabama in the Pacific theater, first as a blue jacket and then as lieutenant JG after completing the V-12 program at the University of Notre Dame and Columbia University.
Following an internship at the Scranton State General Hospital and a residency at Nanticoke State Hospital, Dr. Clauss practiced family medicine in Throop from 1952 until he retired in 2006. During his 54 years of compassionate care for families up and down the valley, he was affiliated with the Mid-Valley, CMC, State and Mercy hospitals, served as Mid-Valley's and Mercy's president, Head of Mercy's Department of Family Practice, chairman of Mercy's and Mid-Valley's Quality Assurance Committees, medical director for the Holy Family Residence and the L.C.H.C.C., and school physician for Penn State's Worthington Scranton campus and the Lakeland School District. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the American Academy of Family Practice and the Lackawanna County Medical Society, for which he served as president. Dr. Clauss was also a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Olyphant, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.
Dr. Clauss was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, the former Joan Audrey Christman; his son, Jon; his parents; his stepfather, Russell Harrison; his brothers, Harvey and Peter; his sister, Gretchen; and his sister-in-law, Mary Murray Clauss.
He is survived by his brother and his sister-in-law, James and Marion Clauss of Dunmore; his sister-in-law, Jane MacDonald Clauss of Lake Ariel; his brother-in-law, James Evans of Baltimore; and his children, Thomas F. Clauss Jr. and his wife, Laura, of New Canaan, Conn.; Patti Clauss and husband, Dana Zucker, Gilford, N.H.; Joan Pierce and husband, Ken, Oakton, Va.; Gary Clauss and wife, Suzanne, Colchester, Conn.; Kevin Clauss, College Park, Md.; Suzanne Kraky and husband, Michael, Scott Twp.; Kerry Clauss and wife, Theresa, Stewartstown; Chris Clauss and wife, Elizabeth, Clarks Summit; Sandra Clauss-Wallace and husband, Craig, Fort Walton, Fla.; and Kim Clauss and husband, Patrick Walton, Justus. He is also survived by 39 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; 28 nieces and nephews; numerous cousins, grandnieces and grandnephews.
The funeral Mass for this loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, friend and caregiver to so many will be on Aug. 23, 2013, at Holy Cross Parish at St. Patrick's Church in Olyphant at 9:30 a.m. with interment to follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Blakely. Friends are requested to go directly to St. Patrick's Church, Olyphant, Friday morning.
Friends may call Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509-1515 or the Jon Clauss Scholarship Foundation at the University of Scranton.
Online condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in Scranton Times on Aug. 20, 2013