March 2-8, 2006
By Claudia Mathis/ SUN staff writer
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Father Clarkson, a Jesuit for 75 years, Passes Away
Father Theodore Clarkson, SJ, 92, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2006, at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y.
Father Clarkson was born June 18, 1913, in Bronx, N.Y., the son of the late Theodore and Mary Clarkson.
He was a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) for the last 75 years and an ordained Catholic priest for 62 years. Father Clarkson was a graduate of Cathedral College, the college seminary of the Archdiocese of New York, the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues, Wernersville, Pa. and Woodstock College, Woodstock, Md.
Father Clarkson served as faculty member at Le Moyne College starting with its second graduating class. Except for the period of the Korean conflict when he served as a U.S. Army Chaplain in Alaska, his remaining years of ministry were on the Le Moyne faculty as Dean of Men and later professor of German and Italian until his retirement to the Jesuit Community residence in 1978. He also served as resident chaplain at Nelligan Hall.
Father Clarkson was noted for his kindness to animals and especially his love of dogs. Father Bill Dolan, SJ, rector of the Le Moyne Jesuit community, said the reason that Father Clarkson lived until he was 92 is he took his dog for a walk five or six times each day.
His sister, Kathleen Colbert of West Hempstead, N.Y., and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews survive Father Clarkson.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Panasci Family Chapel at Le Moyne College.
Contributions in Father Clarkson’s memory may be made to the Rev. Theodore J. Clarkson, SJ, Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Office of Advancement, Mitchell Hall, Le Moyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Rd., Syracuse, N.Y. 13214.