Obituary — Jerome Martin Clubb


Jerome Martin Clubb, professor emeritus of history and research scientist emeritus, died Dec. 15, 2021, in Vancouver, Washington.

Jerome Martin Clubb
Jerome Martin Clubb

He was born Dec. 7, 1928, in Yakima, Washington, to Robert Earl and Erma Margaret (Chandler) Clubb.

Jerry was a child of the Great Depression and remained a champion of the poor throughout his life. As a youth, he worked in the fruit orchards of the Yakima Valley and as a stock boy. After completing high school, Jerry earned an arts associate diploma from Yakima Valley Junior College.

In September 1950, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Germany from 1951-53, rising to the rank of sergeant first class. With the support of the G.I. Bill of Rights, he attended the University of Washington, where he received a Ph.D. in history in 1963.

He started his professional career as a member of the Department of History at Bowling Green State University in Ohio from 1961-65. In 1966, he moved to the University of Michigan where he worked for 26 years until 1992. He retired from the university as research scientist in the Institute for Social Research and professor in the Department of History. The Board of Regents named Clubb a professor emeritus of history and research scientist emeritus.

While at U-M, he served for 16 years as executive director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. He was a founder and the first executive director of the Social Science History Association and was the author or editor of several dozen articles, chapters, books and collections.

Jerry met his loving wife, Vera Alice Clubb (Thompson), in Yakima upon returning from Germany in 1953. They were married for 64 years and together built a family and fulfilling life. She preceded him in death. He is survived by his daughter, Leslie Ann Krager, and son, Robert Thompson Clubb, as well as four grandchildren.

No services will be held. In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, donations should be made to a local food bank of one’s choice.

— Submitted by the Clubb family


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