In memory of
VINCENT CLEPHAS
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In memory of
VINCENT CLEPHAS
CLEPHAS Vincent R. Clephas Of Rhinebeck, NY, a former communications professional and business executive, died on January 26, 2018, at the age of 82. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Vince graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in political science. Before his 19th birthday, he landed a job in broadcasting at WHAS-TV and radio. After graduating, he moved to Roanoke where he worked as editor, newscaster, documentary producer and host for the Times-World Corporation and WDBJ-TV. Moving to the Washington, DC area, he worked at WMAL-TV as reporter, newscaster, national correspondent, news director and manager of the Washington bureau. From 1971 to 1973, Vince worked for two Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Subsequently, he was named Director of Communications at the Democratic National Committee. In 1977 he joined the Carter administration as Executive Assistant to Robert S. Strauss, the U.S. Special Trade Representative, with a range of key responsibilities. In the early 1980s he was Director of Communications for Philip Morris in New York City. He was a senior manager and advisor on eight Democratic National Conventions from 1972 through 2000 and served on numerous Democratic party committees since 1971. He made five lecture tours of the then-Soviet Union on American politics, and lectured extensively in the U.S. on a range of topics. He served on an international trade advisory committee, the Public Affairs Council, the American Association of Political Consultants, and numerous other organizations. Vince had been president of the Metropolitan Center for Educational Research at New York University. He had also served as Treasurer of the Women's Equity Action League. Multi-talented, Vince was also an artist and active environmentalist. He was a board member for many years at Mohonk Preserve in New Paltz, NY and Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli, NY. As a volunteer hiking guide at the Preserve, Vince offered not only a wealth of information on the environs, but enriched the hikes with references to literature connected to the trail taken. Vince will be best remembered for his intelligence, curiosity, gravitas, wit, compassion, wisdom, and gentle demeanor. He is survived by his wife, Mary G. Burns, daughter, JoAnn Lavender of Annapolis, MD, and daughter, Dawna Clephas (McDowell) of New Castle, VA, as well as grandson, Alexander McDowell. Contributions in his memory can be made to Mohonk Preserve or Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. A memorial service will be planned for the Spring. Updates will be posted on the Dapson - Chestney Funeral Home website: www.dapsonchestney.com www.dapsonchestney.com
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In memory of
VINCENT CLEPHAS
CLEPHAS Vincent R. Clephas Of Rhinebeck, NY, a former communications professional and business executive, died on January 26, 2018, at the age of 82. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Vince graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in political science. Before his 19th birthday, he landed a job in broadcasting at WHAS-TV and radio. After graduating, he moved to Roanoke where he worked as editor, newscaster, documentary producer and host for the Times-World Corporation and WDBJ-TV. Moving to the Washington, DC area, he worked at WMAL-TV as reporter, newscaster, national correspondent, news director and manager of the Washington bureau. From 1971 to 1973, Vince worked for two Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Subsequently, he was named Director of Communications at the Democratic National Committee. In 1977 he joined the Carter administration as Executive Assistant to Robert S. Strauss, the U.S. Special Trade Representative, with a range of key responsibilities. In the early 1980s he was Director of Communications for Philip Morris in New York City. He was a senior manager and advisor on eight Democratic National Conventions from 1972 through 2000 and served on numerous Democratic party committees since 1971. He made five lecture tours of the then-Soviet Union on American politics, and lectured extensively in the U.S. on a range of topics. He served on an international trade advisory committee, the Public Affairs Council, the American Association of Political Consultants, and numerous other organizations. Vince had been president of the Metropolitan Center for Educational Research at New York University. He had also served as Treasurer of the Women's Equity Action League. Multi-talented, Vince was also an artist and active environmentalist. He was a board member for many years at Mohonk Preserve in New Paltz, NY and Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli, NY. As a volunteer hiking guide at the Preserve, Vince offered not only a wealth of information on the environs, but enriched the hikes with references to literature connected to the trail taken. Vince will be best remembered for his intelligence, curiosity, gravitas, wit, compassion, wisdom, and gentle demeanor. He is survived by his wife, Mary G. Burns, daughter, JoAnn Lavender of Annapolis, MD, and daughter, Dawna Clephas (McDowell) of New Castle, VA, as well as grandson, Alexander McDowell. Contributions in his memory can be made to Mohonk Preserve or Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. A memorial service will be planned for the Spring. Updates will be posted on the Dapson - Chestney Funeral Home website: www.dapsonchestney.com www.dapsonchestney.com
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Rhinebeck, NY 12572
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