Governor William P. Clements
April 13, 1917 - May, 29, 2011
May 31, 2011
Dear Friends of
Former Texas Governor William P. Clements died on May 29, 2011 at the age of 94. In 1995 Clements embraced the idea of starting a research center at SMU that would advance scholarship in the Southwest. His support materialized in two ways: the creation of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies and the creation of the PhD programin the History Department that would prepare future scholars to deepen our understanding of the region. In 1996, the Clements Center opened its doors and in 1998 the History Department welcomed its first PhD students. As a result of Clements generous contribution, over 58 research fellowships have been awarded as well as 19 PhDs.
Clements is survived by his wife, Rita Crocker Clements; his daughter Nancy Clements Seay; four stepchildren: Jim Bass, Barbara Bass Moroney and Bonnie Bass Smith of Dallas, and Dan Bass of Utah; five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
As per the family's request, memorial contributions can be sent to those who wish to make a gift to SMU in memory of Governor Clements should direct their gifts to the William P. Clements, Jr. Memorial Fund. See http://smu.edu/giving/howtogive.asp