Clark Willard Strausser, 80, of Richland, died on August, 20, 2020 at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
Clark was born on April 27, 1940 in Sunbury, PA, son of Clark B. and Myrtle (Willard) Strausser. He was preceded in death by his parents and an older brother.
Clark earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics at Penn State University and a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Minnesota. His areas of special interest included Economic Growth, Environmental Economics and Financial Economics.
Clark’s teaching career spanned more than four decades, beginning in 1965 at the College of St Thomas in Minnesota followed by six years at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1973, Clark joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Upon his retirement in 2008, his involvement with UPJ seemed to deepen and become even more personally meaningful. He visited campus almost daily, retained an active interest in college affairs and, as part of his daily routine, nurtured long standing friendships with staff, faculty and administrators at all levels in the organization. The college became his home away from home. As President Jem Spectar recently commented, “He was more than just a retired faculty member, he was our friend and part and parcel of the UPJ family.”
Of note is Clark’s avid support of UPJ Athletics and, in particular, his dedication to the wrestling program. He gave generously of his time and talents, befriending and mentoring several generations of UPJ student athletes. This meritorious service was formally recognized in 2017 when he was inducted into the UPJ Athletics Hall of Fame.
Clark’s roots were in rural Pennsylvania and he was happy to make the Laurel Highlands his home.
This area was a natural fit. There were streams to fish, interesting towns and villages to explore and a rich local history to embrace. And, he really liked those handmade chocolates from Bedford.
Clark will be missed by many, ranging from those in his close-knit residential community to the students he has influenced over the years. Individuals close to Clark include Pat Pecora, Jem Spectar, Frank Plummer, Mike Yates, Beth Bailey and Willie Myers. Beth and Willie were particularly supportive of Clark during his difficult final days.
At Clark’s request, there will be no services to mark his passing.
Memorial contributions in Clark Strausser’s honor may be made to, Office of Institutional Advancement, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, 450 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, Pa 15904.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Frank Duca Funeral Home, East Hills Chapel and Crematory, 404 Walters Avenue, Johnstown PA 15904.
Condolences may be posted to www.ducafuneralhome.com.
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