Retirees Association

Jerome McClain Clemens, 84, Professor of Urban Affairs & Geography

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Jerome McClain Clemens, 84, passed away on Jan. 15, 2021, at Trinity, a United Church Home, Fairborn, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Faye Adolph Clemens of Fairborn, son, William McClain Clemens of Fairborn, and sister, Ellen Clemens Bryant of Johnstown, Ohio. Other surviving family include nephew, Andrew Bryant, niece, Megan Bryant, and cousins in Seattle, Baggs, Wyoming and Bradenton, Florida.

He was born in Coshocton, Ohio, to Max Carlton Clemens and Madge McClain Clemens. After attending public schools in Bucyrus, Ohio, he attended Columbus North High School, graduating in 1954, enlisting straightaway in the U.S. Navy and serving honorably at sea through 1957. His professional career began as a cartographer for Replogle Globes in Chicago and for the Ohio Department of Transportation in Columbus.

In 1974, he earned his Ph.D. in geography from The Ohio State University, where he had completed his bachelor's degree. As a faculty member at Indiana University and for 22 years at Wright State University, he taught physical geography and climatology, holding an emeritus professorship upon retirement from WSU. After retiring, he continued research on climate and energy problems, despite challenges of retinitis pigmentosa.

Clemens was a lifelong fan of classical music and good movies. The last 10 years or so of his life, he also enjoyed books on tape, especially of the mystery and spy genres, mailed on loan from the Ohio Library for the Blind in Cleveland. He was a member of several professional societies, including the American Meteorological Society, and Fairborn United Methodist Church.

Services were handled by Burcham Tobias Funeral Home, Fairborn, Ohio. Burial took place at  at South Lawn Cemetery, Coshocton, Ohio. Donations may be made to the Foundation Fighting Blindness or Ohio's Hospice of Dayton.