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Clifford Adelman  

Of Kensington, MD passed away at home at the age of 75 on May 3, 2018, surrounded by his family. Cliff is survived by his wife Nancy; his sons Jonathan and Nicholas (Aliina); his granddaughters Lucy and Marigny; and his mother-in-law Bette Taverner.
Born September 29, 1942 in Boston to Samuel and Estaire Adelman, Cliff graduated from Brookline High School in Brookline, MA (1960). He received a BA in English from Brown University (1964) and earned a Masters in English and a Ph.D. in the History of Culture from the University of Chicago (1965, 1976). Cliff served as a professor and administrator at the City College of New York and William Paterson College through the 70's. In 1979, he began a 30+ year career with the US Dept. of Education as a specialist in higher education. After retiring from the government, Cliff served as Senior Assoc. with the Institute of Higher Education Policy and served on the board of the Assoc. for Institutional Research (AIR) until his passing. Cliff was the 2005 recipient of the Sydney Suslow Scholar Award which recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of institutional research. Further details of Cliff's professional work can be found at and
Cliff was a prolific writer and was passionate about photography, jazzercise, gardening, birds, reading, and music. He was a true renaissance man. We will miss Cliff, and always remember him. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Montgomery Hospice Foundation, the Audubon Society, or The White Helmets. Services will be planned in the future.

Published in The Washington Post on May 11, 2018