Luther Bryan Clegg

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April 11, 1933 - July 25, 2019

Luther Bryan Clegg,86, retired professor of education at Texas Christian University, died July 25,2019 at his home in Fort Worth.

Visitation will beheld on Monday, July 29, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at Thompson’s Harveson & ColeFuneral home, 702 8th Avenue, Fort Worth. Funeral serviceswill be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30th at the funeral home’s chapel with Rev. Bill Bowersofficiating, assisted by Chip Govan. The family will hold a private burial at alater date at the Cottonwood Flat Cemetery in Rotan, TX.

Luther was born on a cotton farm in Fisher County, Texas on April 11, 1933. He graduated from Hobbs High School in Fisher County TX. He attended Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University) in Bethany, OK, earning a B. A. in History in1954. After marriage to Mary Jo White of Muleshoe, TX in 1955, the coupletaught in the Muleshoe schools for three years. They then moved to Lubbock, TX,where he earned an M. Ed. and Doctorate from Texas Tech University. After tenyears in the Lubbock Public Schools as teacher, principal, and administrator,he joined the faculty of the School of Education at Texas Christian University.At TCU he was a professor, administrator, and supervisor of student teaching, andretired as Emeritus Professor of Education in 2003 with 35 years of tenure.

Dr. Clegg will be remembered as a caring and effective teacher

who received numerous teachingawards, including selection as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2006 by the Collegeof Education of Texas Tech University. In 2015 he was presented the Excellencein Education Award by TCU College of Education Alumni Association. Hislegacy includes numerous contributions to his profession, includingpresentations at professional conferences and publications in educationaljournals. He is the author of The Empty School House: Memories ofOne-Room Texas Schools (Texas A & M University Press 1997).

One of their most memorable events occurred in1984, Luther and Mary Jo (at the age of 51) rode bicycles more than 1500 milesfrom Fort Worth to Winnipeg, Canada. They were on the road 29 days, averaging 65 miles per day. It was one of the most amazing experiences of their lifetime:seeing America’s heartland, meeting new people, camping and “moteling”, andstopping at small towns gave them a new appreciation for America.

Luther is preceded indeath by his parents J. F. Clegg and Narcissus Poteet Clegg, a sister Nita, andnine half-brothers and -sisters.

His survivors includehis wife of 64 years, Mary Jo, sons Derek (Leslie Wallace) of Menlo Park, CAand Stuart (Deborah Hall) of Fort Worth; grandchildren Keafer, Boone, and AbbyClegg of Fort Worth; brother Jimmy Clegg of Borger, TX; sister Frances Ferrisof Wayside, TX; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Luther leaves behind ahost of friends and loved ones, as well as hundreds of former students whoselives he touched.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be madeto a charity of one’s choice.

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