Cliff died of cancer of the mouth Oct. 9, 1996, in his native St. Louis. He had enjoyed a long and distinguished career in state politics, serving as a member of the House of Representatives from 1950-58, and Republican Floor Leader in his final year. That was followed by 24 years as a state senator.
Cliff prepared for Princeton at St. Louis Country Day School, majored in psychology, and was a member of Cottage Club. After four years in the Navy, during the war, mostly aboard the USS Valencia as a lt. sergeant, he received an LLB from Washington U. Law School in 1948.
He joined the law firm Salkey & Jones, subsequently becoming secretary/treasurer of HewittLucas Body Co. and president of Aluminum Truck Bodies Inc., all in St. Louis. His pro-bono associations were many and varied, resulting in his being named Outstanding Man of the Year by the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce in 1952.
His political contributions were best summed up by the St. Louis PostDispatch in a feature story, headlined: "There Will Never Be Another Like Him," saying; "He had earned his colleagues' respect by being a careful crafter of the state's statutes, a constant companion of the budgeting process, an intellectual debater, someone who never misses a vote and always seems to vote his conscience."
To his children, Irene, Wesley, and Janet, the class extends its most sincere sympathies.
The Class of 1942