Dennis Alan Clare

  • Wednesday November 9, 2016
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December 10, 1939 �" September 27, 2016

Dennis Alan Clare, 76, passed away September 27, 2016. Dennis �" Denny to his friends and relatives �" was born December 10, 1939, in Boise, Idaho, to Herbert Cecil Clare and Margarette Lucille Johnson Clare. He died at Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital, in Portland, Oregon.

He attended grade school and high school in Boise, and finished high school in Portland. He received a bachelor's degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles, with a double major in music and psychology, and a Ph.D. in psychology from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

After receiving his Ph.D., Denny worked for many years as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at City University of New York in New York City, and in the Department of Psychology at the College of San Mateo in San Mateo, California. He taught humanities during that time as well. He called on his many interests and background in his teaching, including classical music and opera, travel, and geography and maps. In addition to these pursuits, Denny took a special interest in counseling people on overcoming anxiety and stage fright in public speaking.

Denny will be remembered as a great professor, mentor, and friend, and for his "giant smile, caring heart, and unique humor."

Denny retired and moved to Portland in 2010. He continued his interests in music, with the Portland Gay Men's Chorus, and his ongoing interests in travel. Denny is survived by his brother, Larry; and by good friends, acquaintances, and relatives in Portland, San Francisco, and Boise.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. December 17, at St. Michael's Episcopal Cathedral in Boise.