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Clyde Edward Bailey, Sr
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Birth: Aug. 24, 1946
Petersburg City
Virginia, USA
Death: Dec. 12, 2005
Bavaria (Bayern), Germany

Parents: John Richard Sr. and Eunice King Bailey (both deceased)of Petersburg, Virginia.
Spouse: Ura Jean Bailey, PhD

Clyde Edward Bailey, Sr. Esquire, of Silver Spring, MD, died in Munich, Germany. He grew up in Petersburg where he was regarded as a "tall young man...­alert with intelligent eyes and a pleasant open smileˇ­mannerable and obviously concerned about the well-being and feelings of others." That description was one that depicted his journey through out this life. Clyde Edward Bailey Sr.,

Educated in the Petersburg Public School System, Clyde was always regarded as a "kind and generous leader" who loved learning. An avid reader, he graduated from Peabody High in 1964 and began his lifelong pursuit of knowledge and wisdom upon entering Virginia State University. The fruit of his pursuit is evidenced by his having earned five degrees: a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in mathematics and a Master of Science degree (M.S.) in physics both from Virginia State University; a Master of Science degree (M.S.) in materials science from the University of Rochester; a Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) from Cleveland State University; and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in Patent and Trade Regulation law from the National Law Center of The George Washington University. Clyde also completed the Executive Development Program of The George Washington University and was awarded a certificate by the Weatherhead School of Business, Case Western Reserve University.

During his distinguished career, Clyde served as Patent Counsel for Eastman Kodak Company of Rochester, New York. At this internationally recognized corporation, he prepared and prosecuted well over 500 patent applications world-wide in diverse technologies ¨C including advanced turbomachinery components and materials, space and terrestrial analytical equipment, photosensitive film/paper processing equipment, advanced ceramic/composite materials, packaging, and photosensitive materials.

Prior to Kodak, Clyde was a practicing attorney with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the legal areas of intellectual property, space commercialization and equal employment. Those experiences were buttressed by service as Congressional staff attorney for Congressman Louis Stokes (Ohio), Senior Engineer and Physicist at the Xerox Corporation, Rochester, NY, Technical Leader at General Electric Company, Cleveland, OH, and an Adjunct Professor of mathematics, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH.

Attorney Bailey's gifts and talents led him to substantial international engagements, including: meetings with the U.S. Ambassador to Italy in Rome (2001); the South African Embassy in the United States (1996 - 2003); the South African Interministerial Security Council in 2001 (Minister of Justice, Minister of Security and the Minister of Corrections); and the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria South Africa (2002). In 2004, he led a National Bar Association delegation to the Republic of Botswana where they met with President Mogae to help shape the country's economic and legal agenda. Clyde had the distinction of chairing the National Bar Association's 2001 International Affiliate Meeting in Italy and coordinated highly acclaimed Forums on Human Rights, Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), and Corporate Responsibility during the 2000 International Affiliate Meeting in South Africa. He also represented the National Bar Association at the 2002 World Conference on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the 2001 World Conference Against Racism, Xenophobia and other Intolerances. Clyde also addressed the law faculty of the University of Natal (Durban, South Africa) where he served on the Board of the Friends of the University of Natal.

Additionally, Clyde was one of several international speakers invited by His Excellency, the Honorable Penuell Maduna, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and the Honorable Bulelani Ngcuka, National Director of Public Prosecutions, to address the National Prosecution Authority's national leadership management team on "Challenges Facing Prosecuting Services in the 21st Century" in Durban, South Africa (2001). Speaking on Cyber-terrorism, Clyde appeared with distinguished Directors of Public Prosecuting Services from South Africa, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, LaSotho, Canada, and Botswana.

As a noted attorney, Clyde was licensed to practice law in the highest courts in New York, the District of Columbia and Ohio. He was also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Of the numerous awards and honors that he received, he valued most highly being the recipient of the National Bar Association's Ron Brown Award of International Distinction (2005), the Minority Corporate Council Association Diversity Award (2004), and Rochester Black Bar Association's Lifetime Achievement Award (2004). In 2005, he was humbled when the Lexnoir Foundation and the National Bar Association established the Clyde E. Bailey, Sr. International Scholarship Fund in his honor. He had the distinction of being invited to membership in Beta Mu Bouleˇä of Sigma Pi Phi (the oldest African American Fraternity) in 1999 and was an active participant in all of its activities.

Clyde's expertise was always in high demand in many professional and civic circles. He was an advocate of diversity, a strong supporter of women and other minorities in leadership. Not only did he serve as President of the National Bar Association, but he was also a Fellow of the American Bar Association Foundation. He has served as President of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation Board of Directors. While serving as President of the NBA, he was the founder and Co-Chairman of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition (NAADPC), a coalition of twenty-three organizations which addressed substance abuse policies affecting African Americans.

On the occasion of his being elected to the Presidency of the National Bar Association and in establishing Services to our Communities as one of his major goals, Clyde succinctly stated that one's civic responsibility and demonstrated service, particularly to the underserved community, were equally important adjuncts to a fulfilling profession. While he was successful in his own field, he believed that it was not sufficient for African Americans to merely succeed in their chosen professions, while others in the community did the "heavy lifting." Throughout his life he demonstrated this by volunteering as a Big Brother, serving as a mentor for the Rochester Urban League, and being a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in Cleveland, Ohio. He was also a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Although Clyde left a legacy as a prominent lawyer, scientist, leader, administrator and social activist, his greatest legacy is that which he gave to his family.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel of Howard University, Washington, DC.

Memorial services were held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at the Chapel of the James M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., Petersburg, VA.
Published in the Progress-Index on 12/16/2005 - 12/18/2005
 
 
Burial:
Dinwiddie Memorial Park
Dinwiddie
Dinwiddie County
Virginia, USA
 
Created by: Geri
Record added: Dec 21, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12761494
Clyde Edward Bailey, Sr
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may you rest in peace. you lead a wonderful life
- laqunita meshondra
 Added: Apr. 18, 2007
May you rest in peace after a valiant fight against this dreadful disease!
- Geri
 Added: Jul. 29, 2006
When my best I've tried to live...­ and my best in service to give.... Then my Lord will carry me home...­. Home where pain and sorrow ceases- Home where there's eternal peace- In God's ethereal realm, I shall ever roam.
- The Family
 Added: Dec. 21, 2005
 
 
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