He was one of the first education graduates of Portland State University in 1956, and a long-time friend of the GSE. Dr. Clemans helped start the Friends of the GSE and served as chair of the organization for the first four years. He was instrumental in initiating the Friends of the GSE Scholarship Fund, a central part of the GSE scholarship program today.
“I was in the first graduating class with Chuck and I have to say his achievements have been extraordinary,” says Dr. Steve Brannan, GSE professor emeriti. “He has left us quite a legacy. In terms of PSU’s mission, I can’t think of a person who could better represent PSU.”
“Chuck Clemans was an indefatigable supporter of teacher education and of PSU,” says friend and colleague Ulrich Hardt. “He was a much-loved classroom teacher in Portland who went on to become the district’s Director of Governmental Affairs and its lobbyist in Salem and Washington, D.C.”
Dr. Clemans served as the Oregon City School District superintendent for 10 years. He taught education administration for Lewis and Clark College and collective bargaining for PSU.
He was heavily involved in service to the community and served on scores of boards, committees, and organizations too numerous to mention. Dr. Clemans was president of the Portland State University Alumni Association, and was named the University’s Outstanding Alumnus in 1994, and was awarded the GSE Partnership award in 2003 for his ongoing commitment and support of education programs. He was named Oregon City Citizen of the Year in 2009.
A memorial service is planned for 2 pm on January 7 at Clackamas Community College, followed by a reception.