Photo courtesy of Anderson Funeral Home - DeKalb


Oct 10, 1926 - Mar 25, 2013

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To the Clayton Reitan family:
I am very sorry to hear of Clay's passing. We both began our studies in the UW Meteorology Department in the Fall of 1967. Clay was a master teacher who inspired his students to excell. He was also a creative scholar who pioneered today's work in climate science. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Reitan family. Very sorry to hear of Dr. Reitan's passing.

Dear Reitan family, I just learned of Clayton's passing, he was always such a kind man.
You all are in my thoughts and prayers, Vicki (Riddle) Johnson

I was saddened to hear of Clayton's passing last week. Clayton was so kind to me as I was getting established in the NIU meteorology program during the early 1990s. I could tell, based on our conversations, that he really enjoyed teaching and advising students. I am grateful for his contributions to the atmospheric sciences and NIU.

Dr. Reitan taught the class I still tell my cohorts today was the class I learned the most from - Cloud Physics. I remember when a class mate and I were working on a tough project and we spoke to Dr. Reitan about our solution. We knew when we saw his smile that we had figured out the solution and that he was proud we did.

On visit to NIU about 10 years after graduation, he had saved the class listing from my GEOG 275 course and said he had saved it and handed it to me. I still keep...

My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to the Reitan family. As a NIU alum I will always remember Dr. Reitan as being kind and so supportive of his students. He was a man who earned your respect as well as showing the same to you. He had a great impact on many of us and I'm so grateful to have known him.

Dr. Reitan was my toughest professor, and for that I will always be grateful. He taught me well.

I will always remember this great man. He was always helpful to me in school and was always around when I needed help. He always said that I should get into television because of my voice ..... I can't tell you how flattered that always made me feel. You'll be missed Sir, from me and so many people that you helped in launching their career.

My condolences to the entire Reitan family on the passing of Dr. Reitan. Being a meteorology student at NIU, I always found Dr. Reitan as a kind and gentle man. He helped me out when applying to graduate school at the University of Chicago. he will be missed.


CLAYTON's Obituary

Clayton Harold Reitan, 86, of DeKalb, Illinois, died Monday, March 25, 2013, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb.

Born October 10, 1926, at home in Grove City, Minnesota, the second son of his beloved parents, Ernest A. and Caren Helene (Jensen) Reitan, Clayton attended public...

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