Deceased February 2, 2015
Roger Clapp died in Naples, Fla., in February 2015. During his life, our paths crossed on several occasions. As youths, we had both been residents of Greenwich, Conn., we both were graduates of Amherst, and we both chose Naples as the place to spend our retirement years—all by pure coincidence.
At Amherst Roger was a brother of Theta Delta Chi.
His place of birth was Scarsdale, N.Y. In addition to Connecticut, he spent his youth in Rhode Island and California. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War aboard vessels in the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea.
After discharge from the Navy, Roger worked for two advertising companies in New York City, Rumrill-Hoyt and, as vice president, Benton & Bowles. During his career, he served as president of International Advertising and Marketing Executives, the Mid-Atlantic Advertising and Marketing Executives and the Advertising Club of Richmond, Va. He concluded his career as vice president and advertising director of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Following his retirement to Naples in 1993, he was a counselor with SCORE Naples, counselors to America’s small business. He was author of Through the Ages, an Abbreviated History of Our World.
Roger’s wife, Patricia Townshend Clapp, predeceased him, as did his son, Roger H. Clapp Jr. He is survived by two daughters—Georgia Moyer of Richmond, Va., and Sarah Zimmerman of Naples, Fla.—and seven grandchildren.
Roger’s life was celebrated at his church of many years, the First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, Fla.
Andy Scholtz ’50