Final class tribute held for Clem

Final class tribute held for Clem
Who was the young political scientist who began teaching at USD during the Eisenhower administration, and just taught his last class on Thursday, May 4?

The answer is Alan Clem, professor emeritus and a Nebraska Cornhusker alumnus, who brought his family from Washington, D.C. to Vermillion in 1960, directed the Governmental Research Bureau, wrote several books in his field, and taught classes such as American Government, Political Parties, Research Methods, and � his last one � Political Geography.

The 20 students in this spring's class have been studying a mix of current and historical geo-political subjects, ranging from the changes brought about by feudalism, nationalism, and colonialism; to mastering anything found on a map.


Clem held two terms on the Vermillion City Council, had a seat on the USD Athletic Board, and served in several capacities at St. Paul's Episcopal Church where he is currently treasurer. All five of his children � Andy, Chris, Connie, John, and Dan � graduated from VHS and USD, while two of his grandsons currently attend USD.

Chris and Dan, along with Chris' sons Noah and Justin, attended Clem's final class, which was held in Old Main. Also on hand was Dr. Don Dahlin, a colleague and friend of Clem's for the past 38 years, as the gathering shared a cake presented after the class. It was a modest tribute to a distinguished career.

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