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Judson University Mourns Loss of Faculty Emeritus Richard Clossman

 (ELGIN, IL – November 10, 2019) Judson mourns the loss of faculty emeritus Rev. Dr. Richard Clossman, 91, who died on November 9 surrounding by his family. Dr. Clossman was a history professor at Judson from 1972 to 1997. After retiring from full-time teaching in 1994, he continued to teach as an adjunct professor in the History Richard ClossmanDepartment and was recognized as a Faculty Emeritus by the university.

While teaching history, American studies, church history and Third World Studies, Dr. Clossman was also an active scholar and received three scholarship awards from the National Endowment for Humanities for further study at John Hopkins University, Barrington College and Gordon College. Early in his career with Judson, Dr. Clossman wrote A History of the Ohio Baptist Convention (1975). In retirement, he also authored American Character and the Influence of Film: A Retrospective (2012) and Heritage and Horizons: Historical Sketches of American Baptist Churches in Illinois and Missouri (2000).

Dr. Clossman was born in Kokomo, Ind., and earned a bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University and a bachelor’s of divinity from Northern Baptist Theology. He was ordained in 1952. He earned his masters and doctorate from Ohio State University. Before coming to Judson, he pastored and served on church staffs in Ohio and West Virginia, and was campus pastor at Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., where he also taught history for a year.

Dr. Clossman is survived by his wife of 66 years, Gloria (Dovenbarger) Clossman; son Gray Clossman of Palo Alto, Calf.; daughter Mary Ann (Paul) Lamb of Norwalk, Ohio; daughter Catherine (Jeff) Krikau of Fairfield, Conn.; and daughter Amy (Freddie) King of Elgin. He and his wife, Gloria, were long-time members of First Baptist Church of Elgin. He was a long-time member of Kiwanis and Friends of Judson.

During a recent Judson Homecoming, the Clossman family was honored with the 2018 Family Legacy Award. Family members who have continued the Judson legacy by graduating from the university are Richard and Gloria Clossman; Paul and Mary Ann Lamb; Freddie and Amy King; Jeffrey and Catherine Krikau; and David and Tiffany Lamb.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, at First Baptist Church (1735 W. Highland Ave., Elgin). Burial will be in Zanesville, Ohio. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friends of Judson. More information is provided at

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