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Harry M. Clor, a loving husband and father, and a distinguished professor of political science at Kenyon College for 34 years, passed away peacefully on Aug. 25 after a brief illness. He was 89.
Professor Clor was many things to many people: a U.S. veteran (Army, 1952-54), author, editor, critic and wit. His philosophies and teachings touched many lives in the halls of Gambier and beyond, and brought him to speak before congressional subcommittees and on presidential commissions.
Above all, Clor was a friend to many from all backgrounds, ideologies and generations. Though revered as one of the great thinkers of his time, Harry’s humor and self-deprecation made him a master conversationalist, preferably with a martini in hand.
Born July 20, 1929, in Springfield, Ill., Clor is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret (Hyink), daughters Kate (Aaron) Portzline of Granville, Oh., and Laura Clor (fiance’ Ben Davidson), of Vancouver, Wash., and a granddaughter, Grace Portzline. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Sophie, and his brother, Daniel.
He was a member of the Ohio Freemason’s, Lodge #199, in Bladensburg.
A graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc., Clor earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and began teaching at Kenyon in 1965. He was recognized by the college with the Trustee Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1990 and with the Harry M. Clor Professorship in Political Science, endowed by former students, in 1998. He authored three books and numerous essays on political philosophy and matters of free speech.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lasater Funeral Home, 11337 Upper Gilchrist Rd., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Capital City Hospice (capitalcityhospice.com or 614-441-9300).
Harry's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Country Court Nursing Center and Capital City Hospice for their care and compassion in recent weeks.