Dudley Clendinen, 1944 – 2012

May 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm 8 comments

Dudley Clendinen and Tom Hall in the WYPR studios in October 2011.  Photo by Stephanie Hughes.

The writer and journalist Dudley Clendinen died today in Baltimore after a year and a half long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.  Dudley worked as a reporter and editorial writer for The New York Times, and was the author of several books, including  Out for Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America, on the evolution of the gay rights movement, and A Place Called Canterbury: Tales of the New Old Age in America.  He remained in his home until he was moved to hospice care at the Joseph Richey House earlier today.  He was 67 years old.

Dudley was open about his experience with terminal illness, both in the op-ed pages of The Times, and on Maryland Morning, where he spoke about the disease in a series of interviews with Tom Hall called “Living with Lou: Dudley Clendinen on a Good, Short Life.” 

Tom Hall’s remembrance of Dudley was broadcast on WYPR on Thursday, May 31.  You can listen above, or a transcript is available here.  The music used is “Ae Fond Kiss” by Corrina Hewat from My Favorite Places.  You can listen to it here.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 4, at 10 am at the Cathedral of the Incarnation on University Parkway in Baltimore. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Dudley’s name to the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins or to Joseph Richey Hospice.

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  • 1. Wendy Rambo Shuford  |  May 31, 2012 at 12:19 am

    A very special man.I am blessed to have known him.
    A gift to all of us who knew him.Wendy Rambo Shuford

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  • 2. Lorraine Whittlesey  |  May 31, 2012 at 9:00 am

    So sorry to hear of his death. My husband and I had the pleasure of knowing him over the years. He was an amazing writer and critic.

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  • 3. judith McFadden  |  May 31, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I don’t think I exchange a dozen words with him, but I was pleased to have had those–he was a beautiful soul.

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  • 4. Don North  |  May 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I worked with Dudley at the former St. Pete Times. I always envied his skill with words and enjoyed having long convesations with him in the newsroom. He will remain in my memory as a good friend who left too soon.

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  • 5. Susan  |  May 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Another amazing person lost to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). We MUST find a cure! It can strike anyone!

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  • 6. .Joyce  |  May 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    My mother had progressive bulbar palsey diagnosed in 2002, and she read Dudley Clendinen’s NYTimes piece last year with interest, saying he was something who understood.

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  • 7. Pat  |  May 31, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    So sad to hear this. I’ve just gotten to know him through this series. I so enjoyed his person.

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  • 8. Annette P. Sale  |  June 2, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Heartfelt thanks to all the media personnel who helped Dudley (cuz) find his “way.” There were over 100 regular Facebook friends also who “knew” him enough to care. He so much loved your repartee. Annette P. Sale

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