Dr Clarence Cowan “Pete” Mondale

Dr Clarence Cowan “Pete” Mondale

Birth
Saint James, Watonwan County, Minnesota, USA
Death 2 May 2014 (aged 87)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Unknown
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MONDALE CLARENCE C. MONDALE, Ph.D, "Pete" Clarence C. "Pete" Mondale, Ph.D., husband, father, teacher mentor, and friend, died peacefully at his home in the District on May 2, 2014, from complications relating to melanoma. Mondale taught at the George Washington University from 1965 through his retirement in 1992 as Professor of American Civilization. Widely recognized for his leadership in the American Studies movement, and particularly for his pioneering scholarship on regional identity in the United States, he also took charge of several important projects for the University: He was director of a Peace Corps-GW training program from 1965-66, coordinator of the "GW-Poor People's University" in 1968, Director of the Division of Experimental Programs from 1968-77, and he supervised a series of National Institutes of Health grants for the University. He co-authored with Michael Steiner a source book for academics in the humanities and social sciences called Region and Regionalism in the United States (1988) and his article Under Reduced Circumstances: Space and Place for the Aging, was published in the Journal of American Studies in 1988. Mondale founded the American Studies Program at the University of Alabama in 1962, and taught there as a Professor from 1960 to 1965. He was very pleased to be the guest of honor for the fiftieth anniversary of the program in 2012. From 1953 to 1960, Pete was a teacher of English, and ultimately, a Professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Pete Mondale was born on July 12, 1926 in St. James, Minnesota to Theodore Mondale, a Methodist Minister, and Claribel Mondale, a music teacher. He spent his childhood and youth in southern Minnesota, relocating as his father changed assignments. Pete received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1943 from Macalester College. He volunteered for the U.S. Navy at age 17, and served until his honorable discharge in 1945. Mondale received his Masters degree, and in 1960, his Doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. Pete is survived by his wife of 63 years, and by seven children. Pete is also survived by 13 grandchildren, and by two brothers. Pete leaves behind a legion of grateful former students and many friends and relatives. An informal service of remembrance will be held at the Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington DC on Sunday, June 8 at 4 p.m. The family requests that condolences be expressed in the form of contributions in Pete's name to the Dupont Circle Village, a community group organized to support aging in place, the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, where Pete exercised in his final years, the ACLU, or to any of the progressive causes that Pete held dear.An informal service of remembrance will be held at the Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington DC on Sunday, June 8 at 4 p.m. The family requests that condolences be expressed in the form of contributions in Pete's name to the Dupont Circle Village, a community group organized to support aging in place, the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, where Pete exercised in his final years, the ACLU, or to any of the progressive causes that Pete held dear.

Published in The Washington Post on May 8, 2014

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Clarence C. Mondale, 87, GWU emeritus professor of American civilization

Clarence C. Mondale, an emeritus professor of American civilization at George Washington University, was also former vice president Walter F. Mondale’s brother. He died May 2 at age 87. (Family Photo/Family Photo)
By Adam Bernstein May 6, 2014
Clarence C. Mondale, an emeritus professor of American civilization at George Washington University and a brother of former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, died May 2 at his home in Washington. He was 87.

The cause was melanoma, said a daughter, Lucy Mondale.

Dr. Mondale, widely known as Pete, taught at GWU from 1965 until his retirement in 1992. Earlier, he was on the faculty at the University of Minnesota and was credited with starting the American studies program at the University of Alabama in the early 1960s.

His academic concentration was on regional identity in the United States, and he co-wrote with American studies scholar Michael Steiner “Region and Regionalism in the United States: A Source Book for the Humanities and Social Sciences” (1988).

In his review for Great Plains Quarterly, historian Frederick C. Luebke called the book “so useful that most scholars seriously working in regionalism will want to benefit from the authors’ wide-ranging yet measured assessments.”

Early in his tenure at GWU, Dr. Mondale led a Peace Corps training program. He also coordinated the “Poor People’s University” on GWU’s campus in 1968 as part of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s “Poor People’s Campaign,” which marched on Washington to address poverty and other issues concerning the nation’s underclass.

From 1969 to 1977, Dr. Mondale directed GWU’s now-defunct division of experimental programs, an interdisciplinary academic initiative.

Clarence Cowan Mondale was born July 12, 1926, in St. James, Minn., to Theodore Mondale, a Methodist minister, and the former Claribel Cowan, a music teacher. He grew up in southern Minnesota, relocating as his father changed assignments during the Depression.

“Dad never made more than $1,800 a year, so we just squeaked by,” Dr. Mondale told People magazine. “But we never felt poor.”

He was a 1943 graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., then entered the Navy during World War II. He received a master’s degree (1954) and a doctorate (1960) from the University of Minnesota, both in American studies.

Besides his brother Walter, of Minneapolis, survivors include his wife of 63 years, Virginia Aceto Mondale of Washington; seven children, Alex Mondale of Portland, Ore., Sarah Mondale of Suffern, N.Y., Eric Mondale of Oakland, Calif., Peter Mondale of Vienna, Va., Leo Mondale of Céligny, Switzerland, Tad Mondale of New Orleans and Lucy Mondale of Herndon, Va.; another brother, William “Mort” Mondale of Selma, Ore.; and 13 grandchildren.

Dr. Mondale drew press attention when his younger brother Walter served as Jimmy Carter's vice president from 1977 to 1981 and was the Democratic nominee for president in 1984. He lost in a landslide to incumbent President Ronald Reagan.

Dr. Mondale told The Washington Post in 1984 that his relationship with Walter was strained at times because of sibling rivalry. “We’re not close,” he said. “We’re in two different worlds. But we are sympathetic.”

“Everyone is overshadowed by someone,” he added. “You can’t wring your hands and hide away in a closet.”

adam.bernstein@washpost.com



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