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Alden G. Clayton ’42

Alden G. Clayton ’42 died August 8, 2010.
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 ALDEN G. CLAYTON ’42

 Alden Clayton died in North Andover, Mass., on Aug. 8, 2010.

               Alden was born and grew up in Providence, R.I., graduating from Moses Brown School.  At Amherst, he was a Phi Delt and was active in track and cross-country, serving as manager of the cross-country team. He also worked on the Olio for three years and was managing editor in his senior year.

               Two months after graduation, he was in the U.S. Navy as a “90-day wonder” at Columbia University. After receiving his commission, he served on the destroyer U.S.S. Knapp in nine Pacific campaigns during the next three years. In his 50th Reunion write up, Alden said it was “a lucky ship with near misses, but no casualties, ending our war cruise in Tokyo Bay.”

               After the war, Alden married Nancy, his devoted wife for 49 years until her death not many years after our 50th Reunion. Early in their marriage, Alden went to work in marketing research for Lever Brothers Company in New York City, commuting from Connecticut. He and Nancy had two children, Christina and Geoffrey, who both had successful careers and who provided Alden and Nancy with four grandchildren.

               After working for Lever Brothers for many years, Alden took a position in 1974 with the Marketing Science Institute (MSI) in Cambridge, Mass. He enjoyed his work there immensely and retired as president in 1986. Alden’s enthusiastic hobby in later years was bird-watching. He was a member of the Nuttall Ornithological Club and participated actively in the Brookline Bird Club, Bird Observer and Eastern Massachusetts Hawk Watch in many roles. He was heard to say that his only regret in life was that he had not been a bird-watcher in the navy when he could have observed many Pacific sea birds.

—Ted Heisler ’42

 

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