Obit: Joseph Clumpner

Obit: Joseph Clumpner

November 20th, 2011 in Obituaries
Location: Hamilton county

Dr. Joseph Clumpner, 78, beloved emeritus professor at Covenant College passed into the presence of God on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at a local hospital. Born in Spokane, Wash., Joe completed his degree at MIT in 1955 and worked for Olin research in New Haven where he won the first research award for rolled aluminum degassing. He went on to earn his PhD at Yale University in 1970 after which he spent five years teaching at the American University of Beirut. Returning to the U.S., he worked for Cabot Corp in Massachusetts followed by eight years with Consolidated Aluminum in St. Louis heading up a research group. Soon after that company was bought by Alusuisse, he took the position at Covenant College in 1985 to teach engineering students headed to Georgia Tech, returning to his true calling and love for students. He spent his sabbatical year of 1991-92 in China teaching engineering to Chinese professors and students in English - a first for them. After returning to Covenant he took students to China to study for a semester at a time. He retired in 2000 from Covenant to teach for five years in Qinhuangdao, China. In 2008, he resumed teaching at Covenant College until his illness in October of this year. Joe was a member of First Presbyterian Church, singing in the choir and working with their First Friends ministry. His strong faith in Jesus motivated his life. He was a talented pianist and loved music. An avid tennis player, he enjoyed a good chess match, as well as working with his hands on carpentry projects. He developed many long-lasting friendships with students and colleagues drawn to his warm smile, listening ear, generous heart, and easy-going personality that contained just a touch of mischief. Throughout all his travels he always found a piano to play and friends to meet. He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Karin; his brother, David (wife, Suzanne) Clumpner; his children, Jeff (wife, Nicole) Clumpner, Elisa (husbandm Richard) Alabaster, Christa Clumpner, Samya (husbandm Tom) Lutz; foster daughter, Dori (Wayne) Knope; grandchildren Francesca, Bryce and Julian; five foster grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marianne Hutchinson; several nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed. A Memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at First Presbyterian Church with visitation beginning at 3 p.m. in the connector. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Covenant College on behalf of the pre-engineering program. Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace. Visit www.lanefh.com to share condolences.


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