The Reverend Bruce M. Clary died on September 15, 2011. He was 72 years old.
Rev. Clary was born in Berwyn,
IL, on July 30, 1939, to
Bruce H. and Jane (Maxfield) Clary. Rev. Clary received his BA from the University of Tulsa
in 1961 and his Bachelor of Divinity from Meadville Lombard
in 1965. He was ordained by All Saints Unitarian Church in Tulsa, OK on
June 14, 1965.
Following ordination, Rev. Clary served as minister at the
following congregations: First Parish, Unitarian in Bridgewater, MA; First
Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, OK; First Church in Barre Universalist in
Barre, VT; First Parish Universalist Church in Stoughton, MA; East Shore UU
Church in Mentor, OH; and First Church and Parish in Dedham, MA, where he was
later installed as Minister Emeritus.
Rev. Clary had served on committees and boards over the years
including the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Board, the Unitarian
Universalist Ministers Association Executive Committee, the Church of the
Larger Fellowship Religious Education Committee, the Liberal Religious
Education Directors Association Board, the Ballou Channing District Religious
Education Committee, and the Unitarian Sunday School Society. He was listed in
Who’s Who in Religion and Who’s Who in America. He had received Special
Recognition by the UUSC and had been awarded the Oklahoma Governor’s Award for
Community Service. Among his writings, Rev. Clary was the author of Views from
After retiring, Bruce and his wife Dottie moved to Tulsa and continued to spend summers on Cape
Cod, maintaining friendships across the country. He had always
loved painting and, upon retirement, vowed to pursue art "with seriousness,”
which he did. Earlier in his career Rev. Clary participated in a Native
American Studies and Art Painting Project while on sabbatical in Oklahoma. Besides
painting, his interests included: photography, writing, cooking, community
theatre, antiques, nautical history, and Native American arts and rituals.
Rev. Clary was predeceased in death last December by his wife,
Dorothy Clary. He is survived by his sister Barbara Clary Martin and her
husband Steve, a son David Clary and his wife Beth, three granddaughters; Emma,
Lauren, and Catherine, and a niece and two nephews. Notes of condolence may be
sent to David and Beth Clary, 3634 E. 102 St., Tulsa, OK 74137.
A memorial service was held at All
Church in Tulsa, OK
with the Revs. Tamara Lebak and John Wolf officiating. Contributions can be
made to Meadville
School, Office of
Institutional Advancement, 5701 S.
Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.