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Samuel Clifton "Clif" Kelley

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KELLEY Samuel Clifton "Clif" Kelley, 93, died December 29 in Minneapolis, surrounded by his family. Born in Alliance, Ohio, on April 16, 1917, Dr. Kelley had a long and distinguished career on the faculty of The Ohio State University. He was a professor of labor economics, and taught at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks before returning to OSU as Director of the Labor Education Center, and, later was a co-founder of the Center for Human Resource Research, which focused on economic planning for developing countries in the Middle East and South America. Dr. Kelley also served as a consultant for the World Bank. The first college graduate in his family, Dr. Kelley had nearly completed his education in architecture at Ohio State when the United States went to war in 1941. After officer's training in the Army, Kelley served as an artillery commander in the coastal defenses of the Pacific Northwest. It was there that Major Kelley met his future wife, the former Patricia Ann Cameron. They were married in 1943. After the war, Dr. Kelley returned to OSU, completing his Masters and PhD degrees in economics. His first teaching job was at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. In 1956, he and Mrs. Kelley moved back to Columbus, where they lived for 53 years. Dr. Kelley was a member of Maple Grove Methodist Church, and a founder of the Fighting 21st, a grassroots organization influential in the election of Democratic candidates in Ohio. He used his architectural skills to build and remodel homes and cabins for the family. Kelley had many other interests including music, reading, camping and travel. The Kelleys traveled the world and lived in Paris, France, from 1962 to 1964, where Dr. Kelley worked for the OECD. Dr. Kelley is survived by two children, Ann Bloom (Tom) of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and Bruce Kelley (Ellen Gavin) of Minneapolis. He is also survived by his sister, Verle Galbreath; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and ten nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Robert Kelley of Fort Lauderdale, and his wife Patricia, who passed away two days before his own death. A private service will be held this summer at the family's lake home in Minnesota. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any gifts be in the form of donations to the Columbus Literacy Council, Hospice, or a charity of the giver's choice.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 10, 2011
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