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Aldridge, Clarence E., 1923-2015



Clarence was born July 8, 1923, in Rochester, NY, the youngest child of Frank J. and Marion E. (Shuart) Aldridge. Raised in Honeoye Falls, NY, Clarence graduated as class valedictorian from Honeoye Falls High School in 1941. He also graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, the Class of 1945. A veteran of the US Naval Reserves, Clarence was a Lt JG, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Returning to central New York, Clarence began his career as a management trainee with General Electric at Electronics Park in Syracuse before transferring to Utica in 1953. He was an accounting/finance manager in the Aerospace Defense division for nearly 39 years before his retirement in 1985. He was a longtime member of GE Elfun Society. Clarence met his young bride while working at GE in Syracuse, the former Ruth A. Franklin of Potsdam. They were married on April 9, 1949, at the Potsdam Methodist Church. Married over 50 years, Ruth predeceased him in 1999. The circle completed when he returned to Clinton in 1963 with his wife and young family. A member of the Clinton United Methodist Church, he sang with many church choirs and choral groups along with his wife. Active on the hill, Clarence was seen at many of Hamilton's events over the years. He was also an avid history buff, serving as a board member and a past president of the Clinton Historical Society. He also serviced as treasurer for Clinton's bicentennial celebration in 1987. - See more at:

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

1943 photographs of Lambda Chi Alpha members by Clarence Aldridge '45

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: yhm-arc-2017-004
Dates: 1943-06-06

Memorabilia: clothing: sweater, 1941 Freshman beanie, 1945 reunion beret; Wedgwood plate

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: yhm-arc-2005-004
Dates: Majority of material found within 1941 - 2004

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