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CLEM DR. BILL
DR. BILL CLEM
Dr. Bill Clem, age 83, died peacefully on November 30. Dr. Clem was the beloved pediatrician to untold numbers of babies and children throughout the Cleveland area from 1965 until his retirement in 1999. He was affiliated with Rainbow Babies and Children's University Hospitals and Hillcrest Hospital and also served there for many years as a Clinical Professor. In 1992 the faculty awarded him the Golden Microscope award for his contribution to clinical teaching. He was honored in 1995 for his many years of selfless, caring, exemplary service to the community by having a family room in University Hospital named in his honor.
Dr. Clem's second love was his horses. He bred, trained and exhibited American Saddlebred horses and won numerous national awards for his skill as a rider. At the height of his career, he held up to 12 horses under his training. He also found time to volunteer at Fieldstone Farm, combining his deep love for children and his interest in horses.
He also served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1957 serving as a Lieutenant, Medical Corp. He earned his undergraduate degree from DePauw University, and his Doctorate from Indiana University. Prior to moving to Cleveland, he lived briefly in New Orleans with a N.I.H. Fellowship at Louisiana State School of Medicine.
His spirit will live on in the hearts and minds of the many, many patients that he cared for over the years and the numerous children, now grown, whose lives he saved using his learned skills and his innately intuitive medical gift.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 17, at 2:30 p.m. at The First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, 21600 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Hts., OH. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his honor to Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, P.O. Box 23129, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023.
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