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Clements 1927-2005
  Date: June 17, 2005
 
Dr James F Clements
1927-2005
Dr James Franklin Clements: brother, husband, father, naturalist, entrepreneur, adventurer, diplomat, leader, and friend, was born October 31, 1927 in New York. He passed away on June 9, 2005, at Tri-City Hospital in Oceanside, California from complications associated with acute myloid leukemia.
Jim spent most of his early years in the Graham School Orphanage in Hastings-on-Hudson. He joined the Merchant Marine at age 15, and shifted to the navy when he was of age seeing service on the Philippine Sea aircraft carrier.
He started his post secondary education at Beloit College in Wisconsin, married Mary Norton, and completed his undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota.
He served his country again during the Korean conflict, this time in the United Stated Air Force. His family, which now included two sons, moved to California in 1952 where he eventually became a partner in the successful printing firm of George Rice & Sons. He received his PhD from California Western University in 1975. His thesis became the first edition of his Birds of the World, A Check List, which has since sold five editions and is used by tens of thousands of bird watchers internationally. The Smithsonian Institute recently contacted Dr. Clements to use his list in their plan to classify each of the 9800 birds in the world.
After retiring in 1988 Jim founded Ibis Publishing Company, and subsequently produced a number of books, including: A Natural History of the Waterfowl, by Frank Todd, California Birds, by Arnold Small, A Field Guide to the Birds of Yap Island, Ornamental Trees of San Diego, A Field Guide to the Birds of Peru, Clements and Shany, Birds and Mammals of Antarctica, by Frank Todd.
In his role as an accomplished naturalist he has funded several enterprises in Ecuador, Peru, Baja California. In 1989 he raised money for the Schreiber Hall of Birds at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum by viewing a record number of bird species seen in a calendar year and donating funds pledged by individuals and organizations to the museum. Recently Jim received the high honor of having a bird named after him, The Iquitos Gnatcatcher, Polioptila clementsi.
In 1986 Dr. Kamuzu Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi, appointed Dr. Clements as Honorary Consul General for the State of California. He was past president of many civic organizations including the San Diego Museum of Natural History and the Explorer?s Clubs of Los Angeles and San Diego.
Dr.Clements is survived by his wife, Karen of Temecula, CA., a brother Robert of San Francisco, step son Dave of Murietta, step son Tim of Temecula, son Bob of Salt Lake City, son Dan of Everett, WA., and eight grand children.
 
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