Richard Franklin CLAPP
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CLAPP, Richard Franklin Richard Franklin Clapp was born to the Rev. Richard H. Clapp and Ellen Louise (Lyman) Clapp in Brattleboro, VT on May 30, 1917 and passed on August 14, 2014 at age 97. He grew up in New Haven, CT where he received his basic education in the New Haven public schools. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1939 and the Yale School of Public Health in 1943. He was employed in 1940 as a Sanitarian, the first by competitive examination, by the New Haven City Health Department. In September, 1943 he was commissioned as an Assistant Sanitarian (R) with the rank of 1st Lt. in the newly authorized Sanitarian category of the U. S. Public Health Service which was part of the U. S. Armed Forces in WWII. For the next 31 years he undertook many increasingly important assignments, foreign and domestic, involving field investigations, the development and presentation of basic and advanced training courses in environmental health and the application of years of experience to leadership in development and implementation of previously unavailable undergraduate and graduate college courses leading to degrees in environmental health. Retiring in 1974 with the rank of Captain (6) he took assignments with USAID and WHO relating to environmental education and training. He was active in Boy Scout leadership and Leader training, the American Rhododendron Society and the Azalea Society of America. He enjoyed worldwide travel, classical music, fishing, gardening and church work. He was predeceased by his loving wife June Greeno Clapp in 2006 after 65 years of a wonderful marriage. He is survived by two sons and their wives, Richard and Patricia and Michael and Nancy and their daughter and granddaughter Tamara and Isabella Dixon of Pembroke Pines, FL. In 2007 he married Althea Davis Stadler, a college classmate and lifelong family friend. She died in December, 2011 after four and a half miracle years of love, comfort and joy. He touched many in his life and will be missed. Services will be held in Bristol, CT. in the Spring of 2015.

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sep. 7, 2014.
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April 7, 2017
Met Mr Clapp several times. He was the father of my very good Friend, Skip Clapp. Mr Clap was brilliant, but he also was a very, very kind and generous person. This old world was a better place for having him in it.
Homer Felknor
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September 13, 2014
Captain Richard Clapp was one of the most effective environmental heath professionals to have ever served in the United States Public Health Service. He was one of the first specialists – then called “Sanitarians” - to have joined the PHS Commissioned Corps. In 1943 he began a 30 year career of service with distinction, which included a seminal assignment to the US Centers for Disease Control where he trained many of the early contributors to the environmental health movement across the nation and the global health community. Along the way he also mentored new PHS officers who continued their service to the US Public Health Service. I was one of those officers who count Dick Clapp as a mentor and valued colleague. All who have known him morn his passing and are thankful for the good fortune of having him touch our lives.

Rear Admiral Jerrold M. Michael, Retired, U. S. Assistant Surgeon General
September 13, 2014
September 12, 2014
That name caught my eye & as I read on things fell into place. He was Director of the USPHS School in Columbus, Ga. in the fall of 1952. I was there as a newly hired Sanitarian for the Macon-Bibb Co., Ga. Health Dept. It was a good course & Dick made it interesting & fun. I have remembered him fondly over the years. I hope his life was as good as it was long.
Robert Kopp
September 12, 2014
That name caught my attention & as I read on things fell into place. He was the Director of the USPHS School in Columbus, Ga. in the fall of 1952. I was there as a newly hired Sanitarian for the Macn-Bibb Co., Ga. Health Dept. It was a good course & Dick made it interesting & fun. Have remembered him fondly over the years. Hope his life was as good as it was long.
Robert Kopp
September 8, 2014
DICK CLAPP WAS SUPREME ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST FOR THE CDC. AN EXCELLENT LEADER, TEACHER AND ALL-AROUND HUMAN BEING. IT WAS AN HONOR TO HAVE WORKED FOR HIM IN THE U.S. PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE. TO SONS SKIP AND MIKE- WE'LL ALL MISS DICK- HE WAS TRULY AN OUTSTANDING PERSON IN ALL THAT HE DID. JIM STEWART, ATLANTA, GA.
September 7, 2014
My condolence to the Clapp family.
pat
September 7, 2014
Mr. Clapp was a remarkable strong man and true to Psalm 90:10 "The span of our life is 70 years, or 80 if one is especially strong or because of special mightiness from GOD.
bvd (Psalm 83:18)
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