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Memorial Funeral Chapel—College Station

2901 Texas Ave South, College Station, TX

OBITUARY

Clarence Wendell Wilkerson Jr.

August 12, 1944August 17, 2019
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Clarence Wendell Wilkerson, Jr. passed away peacefully on August 17th, 2019 while surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born to Clarence Sr. and Dorthea Wilkerson in Laredo,TX and was later raised in Donna, TX. As a young man, Clarence was active in the Boy Scouts of America, achieving the rank of Eagle, and at the age at 16 received the Carnegie Medal for Heroism.

Clarence graduated as Student-Body President and Valedictorian of the class of 1962 from Donna High School and later earned his both his bachelor’s degree and a PhD in Mathematics from Rice University. He then went on to teach Mathematics at the college level and became a leading figure in the field of Algebraic Topology. He was well-known by his colleagues not only for his intellect, but also for his sharp wit and sarcastic sense of humor.

After an extensive tenure of teaching around the globe, including The University of Hawaii, Wayne State, and Purdue University, Clarence and his wife, Sharon, returned to Texas where he continued to teach Mathematics at Texas A&M. In 2013 he was inducted into the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society.

Clarence is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Sharon; his two sons, Wendell and Christopher; his brother, Michael; and his two grandchildren, Taylor and Alex.

A celebration of Clarence’s life will be held at the Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station on August 24th at 2 p.m. The Reverend Dr. Dan De Leon of Friends Congregational Church~UCC will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas 77840. Please designate the Wilkerson Endowed Lectureship in the memo line of the check.

Services

  • CELEBRATION OF LIFE Saturday, August 24, 2019

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Barbara Williams

August 25, 2019

Sharon— I was just talking about you Clarence and Wendell this week as I recalled going to the Michigan State Fair in Detroit years ago with my math husband Bruce and son Eric. Bruce died in Jan 2018 so I can empathize with your loss. Bruce was in the icu for our 50th anniversary and I’ve had a difficult time dealing with his absence. I’ve been helped a lot by grief counseling —both individual and group. Even though I ‘be seen patients become widows and read a lot about grief, I have learned a lot first hand about what my counselor calls “widow brain”. Please treat yourself gently. I just moved into a retirement community (one of the youngest here). Address is Box 839, 1120 E Village Dr. Notre Dame IN 46556-0893. Phone. 574-220-2911. Barbara Williams

Nicole Lucier

August 23, 2019

Sharon, Wendell, and Chris,
I was surprised and saddened to hear of Clarence's passing. I have fond memories of seeing you on visits back to West Lafayette and of Clarence's lively sense of humor. Dana and I will hold you and all your family in our thoughts.

In sympathy,
Nicole

Linda Lombard

August 23, 2019

Sharon, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Linda Lombard

Martin Bendersky

August 20, 2019

Sharon

I treasured talking to Clarence every month or so. We spent some of the time enjoying good laughs, even when his medical condition became serious. I admire his strength and courage during those difficult times. I will miss talking to him. He was a dear friend.
Martin

Jana Pressler

August 18, 2019

Sharon,
I am very sorry about Clarence’s passing. I did not know that he had fallen so ill. He will be missed by many family members and friends.
My deepest sympathy,
Jana

Regina Beard (Bentley)

August 17, 2019

Sharon,
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you feel my arms around you I pray for peace in this sorrowful time.

Regina

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Biography

Clarence Wendell Wilkerson, Jr. passed away peacefully on August 17th, 2019 while surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born to Clarence Sr. and Dorthea Wilkerson in Laredo,TX and was later raised in Donna, TX. As a young man, Clarence was active in the Boy Scouts of America, achieving the rank of Eagle, and at the age at 16 received the Carnegie Medal for Heroism.

Clarence graduated as Student-Body President and Valedictorian of the class of 1962 from Donna High School and later earned his both his bachelor’s degree and a PhD in Mathematics from Rice University. He then went on to teach Mathematics at the college level and became a leading figure in the field of Algebraic Topology. He was well-known by his colleagues not only for his intellect, but also for his sharp wit and sarcastic sense of humor.

After an extensive tenure of teaching around the globe, including The University of Hawaii, Wayne State, and Purdue University, Clarence and his wife, Sharon, returned to Texas where he continued to teach Mathematics at Texas A&M. In 2013 he was inducted into the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society.

Clarence is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Sharon; his two sons, Wendell and Christopher; his brother, Michael; and his two grandchildren, Taylor and Alex.

A celebration of Clarence’s life will be held at the Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station on August 24th at 2 p.m. The Reverend Dr. Dan De Leon of Friends Congregational Church~UCC will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas 77840. Please designate the Wilkerson Endowed Lectureship in the memo line of the check.