Deceased December 2, 2022
James Clauson Jr.—“Jamie” to his friends and classmates—was admired and respected as a curious, independent lifelong learner. He was an athlete during his undergraduate years, on the rugby team for all four years and a ferocious and effective blocker on the Beta fraternity flag football team. He was an economics major and a member of the International Association of Students in Economics and Management, becoming president of the local chapter.
He passed away on Dec. 2, 2022, after a recent diagnosis of epilepsy, subsequent steep physical and neurological decline, and a brief time in home hospice care.
Jamie and his wife had most recently lived at Loomis Village in South Hadley, Mass., where he was an active part of the Loomis community. He is survived by his wife, Pat Clauson, of South Hadley; his sister, Judy Holmes, of Hartline, Vt.; his daughters, Lisa Clauson and Laura Clauson Ferree; his son, Peter Clauson; and his wonderful grandchildren.
Jamie spent decades teaching world history at Bronxville High School while living in Greenburgh, N.Y., and spent several years in Johnstown, N.Y., running a U-Pick-It strawberry farm with his brother, Andy Clauson, while teaching at a local county jail. Jamie and his family spent one memorable year in rural Kenya, experiencing life in one the places he had taught about.
After retiring, he started volunteering as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for children removed from their homes due to allegations of neglect or abuse.
Peter Barnett ’63