Geraldine Grace Clements, mother of West Virginia University President James P. Clements, passed away Friday (Feb. 4) in Maryland after a battle with cancer. The family was called together Thursday to be with her and Dr. Clements issued this statement late Friday:

“I am very thankful for the prayers and support of the University community,” President Clements said. “Our family has been embraced by the University family since our arrival in West Virginia nearly two years ago. The outpouring of support during this very difficult period has been touching and is very much appreciated. My mom instilled in me the importance of a higher education and was so proud when my career led me here to West Virginia.”

A small, family service will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Maryland on Tuesday. Memorial gifts may be made to her favorite charity, the Grace Clements Speech Pathology and Audiology Research Endowment at West Virginia University. Please make checks payable to “WVUF/Grace Clements Research Fund” in care of WVU Foundation, PO Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507-1650.


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