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English Professor Arthur Clements dies at 71

Arthur Clements, 71, professor of English, died Sunday, February 22. He joined the faculty at Binghamton University in March 1964 as an assistant professor. Prior to coming to Binghamton, he taught at Syracuse University and the University of Connecticut.

A recipient of the University and Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching in 1990, Clements “was an utterly committed teacher, whose fierce dedication to his students and deep love of poetry moved generations of young writers and scholars,” said Liz Rosenberg, professor of English.

Clements began his career in Renaissance Studies and Poetry, and according to Albert Tricomi, professor of English, Clements’ “most enduring work was his book, John Donne’s Poetry, which is a really fine text.” Clements earned his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Princeton University, his master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Connecticut and his doctorate, also in English Literature, from Syracuse University.

A memorial service is being plan-ned for later this semester. Details will be announced as they become available.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08