Re: [EuroTwitch] Dr James F Clements 1927-2005

Subject: Re: [EuroTwitch] Dr James F Clements 1927-2005
From: Peter Woodall <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 08:45:39 +1000
In the interests of accuracy and intercontinental fellowship and
goodwill to all nations may I make a slight correction to the
obituary that follows below.

The late and foundling President of Malawi was:

His Excellency Ngwazi Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda,

not Bonda as listed.


At 11:42 AM 16/06/2005 +0200, you wrote:

Anyone knows if the current project of continuous update of the
Checklist of the Birds of the World is going to be continued?

BR: Szimi

Gunnar Engblom (Kolibri Expeditions) <>

> Maybe people know already that Clements passed away last
> obituary below was done by his brother.

> Saludos

> Gunnar

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> -----Mensaje original-----
> De:
> nombre de Gunnar Engblom (Kolibri Expeditions)
> Enviado el: Lunes, 13 de Junio de 2005 03:05 p.m.
> Para:
> Asunto: [Birdingperu] Dr James F Clements 1927-2005

> Noam Shany asked me to re-send this to the list. It is a sad loss for
> all birders.
> Gunnar
> Dr James F Clements
> 1927-2005
>             Dr James Franklin Clements: brother, husband, father,
> naturalist, entrepreneur, adventurer, diplomat, leader, and friend,
> born October 31, 1927 in New York. He passed away on June 9,
2005, at
> Tri-City Hospital in Oceanside, California from complications associated
> with acute myloid leukemia.
> Jim spent most of his early years in the Graham School Orphanage in
> Hastings-on-Hudson. He joined the Merchant Marine at age 15, and
> to the navy when he was of age seeing service on the Philippine Sea
> aircraft carrier.
> He started his post secondary education at Beloit College in
> married Mary Norton, and completed his undergraduate education at
> University of Minnesota.
> He served his country again during the Korean conflict, this time in the
> United Stated Air Force. His family, which now included two sons,
> to California in 1952 where he eventually became a partner in the
> successful printing firm of George Rice & Sons. He received his PhD
> California Western University in 1975. His thesis became the first
> edition of his Birds of the World, A Check List, which has since sold
> five editions and is used by tens of thousands of bird watchers
> internationally. The Smithsonian Institute recently contacted Dr.
> Clements to use his list in their plan to classify each of the 9800
> birds in the world.
> After retiring in 1988 Jim founded Ibis Publishing Company, and
> subsequently produced a number of books, including: A Natural
History of
> the Waterfowl, by Frank Todd, California Birds, by Arnold Small, A Field
> Guide to the Birds of Yap Island, Ornamental Trees of San Diego, A
> Guide to the Birds of Peru, Clements and Shany, Birds and Mammals of
> Antarctica, by Frank Todd.
> In his role as an accomplished naturalist he has funded several
> enterprises in Ecuador, Peru, Baja California. In 1989 he raised money
> for the Schreiber Hall of Birds at the Los Angeles Natural History
> Museum by viewing a record number of bird species seen in a
> year and donating funds pledged by individuals and organizations to
> museum. Recently Jim received the high honor of having a bird named
> after him, The Iquitos Gnatcatcher, Polioptila clementsi.
> In 1986 Dr. Kamuzu Bonda, President of the Republic of Malawi,
> Dr. Clements as Honorary Consul General for the State of California.
> was past president of many civic organizations including the San
> Museum of Natural History and the Explorer's Clubs of Los Angeles
> San Diego.
> Dr.Clements is survived by his wife, Karen of Temecula, CA., a brother
> Robert of San Francisco, step son Dave of Murietta, step son Tim of
> Temecula, son Bob of Salt Lake City, son Dan of Everett, WA., and
> grand children.

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