Dr. Raymond Leopold Clemmens, 76, pediatrician

August 26, 1998|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Dr. Raymond Leopold Clemmens, a retired pediatrician, died Friday of a heart attack at his Towson home. He was 76.

Dr. Clemmens was director of the Central Evaluation Clinic for Children at the Walter P. Carter Center in Baltimore from 1958 to 1984, and professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine from 1954 until his retirement in 1985.

He was renowned in the fields of atypical child development, hyperactivity and behavioral and learning problems in childhood, and was the co-author of "Behavioral Pediatrics and Child Development."

"He was a tireless advocate for the child with special needs," said his son, Dr. Michael R. Clemmens, an Annapolis pediatrician.

"His major contribution was as director of our Central Evaluation Clinic for Children, and his program continues to this day," said Dr. Ronald L. Gutberlet, interim chairman of the department of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a longtime friend and colleague.

A Baltimore native, Dr. Clemmens graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1940 and then served in the Army in Europe from 1942 to 1945 during World War II.

He earned a degree in biology from Loyola College in 1947 and his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1951.

He completed an internship at Mercy Hospital in 1952 and a pediatric internship at the University of Maryland Hospital in 1954.

He was a member of the American Pediatric Society, the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland and the Southern Society for Pediatric Research, and was a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Clemmens began jogging with his wife of 47 years, the former Jane K. Blunt, in 1967 and completed five Maryland Marathons before a 1984 heart attack.

After his physician advised him against resuming distance running, Dr. Clemmens began walking 10 miles a day.

Until last week, he was walking at least three miles a day on the Goucher College campus. His family estimated he walked some 30,000 miles in the last 14 years.

"He was very faithful, and it was something that he did every day," said Mrs. Clemmens.

"He'd walk in the heat or the snow; it made no difference to him."

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Merrick Hall in the Dorsey College Center, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson.

He also is survived by another son, James C. Clemmens of Towson; a daughter, Jeanne Morris of Annapolis; a brother, Robert L. Clemmens of Towson; a sister, Ruth Kammer of Towson; and 10 grandchildren.

Pub Date: 8/26/98

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