Lena Clemmer-McGoury, 90, business teacher

May 18, 2004

Lena Altman Clemmer-McGoury, a retired business teacher and high school department chair, died May 11 of undetermined causes at her home in the Linstead section of Severna Park. She was 90.

Born Lena B. Altman in Johnsonville, S.C., she earned a degree from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., and a master's in education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

She was chairman of the Severna Park High School business department from 1963 until her retirement in 1976.

She was a past president of the Anne Arundel County Retired Teachers Association and founded the Severna Park chapter of the American Association of University Women.

For more than 40 years, she was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an honorary group that promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

Mrs. Clemmer-McGoury was a charter member of the local chapter and held local and national offices in Colonial Dames XVII Century. She was also active in Daughters of the American Revolution and United States Daughters of 1812.

Monroe Burgin "John" Clemmer, a chemist, her husband of 52 years, died in 1989. She then married Thomas E. McGoury, also a chemist, who died in 1992.

Services were held Friday at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Severna Park, where she was a founding member and established a women's group and library.

Survivors include a daughter, Monlen Anne Clemmer of Grosse Point Farms, Mich., and three sisters, Willie Swenson of Clay Center, Kan., Willa McCutchen of Johnsonville and Phontella Griffis of Titusville, Fla.

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