2011-08-20 / Obituaries

William E. Clausen

William E. Clausen was born March 11, 1938, in Rochester, Pennsylvania, and died August 10, 2011, in Newark.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Thelma Clausen; and daughter, Carol Anna Clausen (Thomas). Bill is survived by wife of 47 years, the Rev’d Kathryn Clausen of Millersport; and son and daughter-in-law, David and Diana Clausen of New York City.

Bill was a 1960 graduate of Lehigh University with a BE in engineering mechanics. He received his PhD in mechanics from Ohio State in 1965. He spent 30 years as a faculty member at Ohio State in the Department of Engineering Mechanics, then Mechanical Engineering. His specialty was structural dynamics and vibration measurements. Bill was co-author of the last three editions of Beer and Johnston’s classic textbook of “Vector Mechanics for Engineers- Dynamics”.

His passion in life was music. He was an accomplished organist and pianist and was organist-choirmaster at St. John Episcopal Church in Lancaster, for 25 years. He studied in 1981 at the Royal School of Church Music in England. He was an active member of the Columbus Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Bill was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa honorary, Columbus Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, St. John Episcopal Church in Lancaster, American Radio Relay League (call sign W8IMI), and supporter of the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2011, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 76 E. Main St., Newark, with the Rev’d G. William Pursley, celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make donations to St. John Episcopal Church, Lancaster, or the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

Hoskinson Funeral Home, Kirkersville, is honored to care for the Clausen family. An online guest register and tribute to Bill are available at www.hoskinsonfuneral.com.

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