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Janet Elizabeth Hays Livermore Clemmer ’38

Janet Elizabeth Hays Livermore Clemmer ’38, December 17, 2004, in Portland. Janet graduated from Reed with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Influenced by her high school study of the League of Nations, she became a volunteer-advocate for peace and justice and a supporter of the United Nations. In 1971 she earned an MAT in social science from Portland State University. Through her work with the P.S.U. Environmental Education Project, she became a board member of Children of the Green Earth. Her interest in international affairs and peace education resulted in her helping to organize the International Affairs Coordinating Council of Greater Portland in 1975. Beginning also in the 1970s, she was active in establishing the World without War Council of Greater Portland, and joined the NAACP, the Council for Alternatives to War, and the League of Women Voters. An early introduction to piano grew into an appreciation for music that, in turn, positively affected her personal and family life, as did her appreciation of wilderness areas. She married Arthur H. Livermore ’40 in 1940; they had five children, and later divorced. In 1968 she married John H. Clemmer; they happily pursued many common interests until his death in 1996. In 1998 she married Alex Karter, with whom she spent six enjoyable years. A lifetime learner, she studied language, read extensively, and traveled. She was a member of the Rose City Singers, and attended the First Unitarian Church of Portland for more than 50 years. Survivors include her husband, two daughters, three sons, including Arthur H. Livermore Jr. ’69, and five grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2005

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