Clarence Ellis George

Clarence Ellis George

November 10, 1947 – August 24, 2022

Clarence Ellis George was born in New York City on November 10, 1947, to Louise and Clarence George. He had one half brother, William “Billy” Eugene Brown. Clarence graduated in 1965 from parochial school. From 1967-1971, Clarence attended John F. Kennedy College in Wahoo, Nebraska, where he was a member of the Phi Theta Chi fraternity, senior class president, yearbook editor, and singer/soloist with The New Generation vocal group. He graduated with a degree in elementary education and later received a master’s degree in elementary education from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.

In 1971, Clarence started his career as elementary teacher with Lincoln Public Schools where he taught at several schools throughout the years. He spent the majority of his career at Irving Middle School where he developed a multicultural program that is still being used today. In 1988, Clarence took a leave of absence from LPS to teach for two years in Dusseldorf, Germany. While there, he traveled extensively and made many close friendships that lasted a lifetime. Clarence finished his public school career teaching social studies at Irving Middle School in 2005.

After retirement, Clarence continued to be involved with education. He supervised student teachers for Doane College and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. For several summers, Clarence also taught continuing education classes in multicultural studies for Nebraska teachers.

Clarence was an amazing teacher who truly cared for his students. Throughout his career and his retirement, he maintained contact with his students and their parents. The letters that he received and the comments on Caring Bridge are a testament to the admiration, respect and love that Clarence garnered through the years.

After retirement, Clarence moved to Rancho Mirage, California, for six years before returning to Omaha, Nebraska, where he lived the last 5 years until his death on August 24, 2022.

Clarence is survived by his close childhood friend, Pat Jones, second cousin Jacqueline DeMesme Gray, several godchildren, and a host of friends and former students.

A memorial will be established with the Lincoln Public Schools Foundation for the purpose of furthering multicultural education. Memorial donations can be made out to Lincoln Public Schools Foundation with Clarence’s name noted on the memo and sent to 5905 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510. Per Clarence’s request, there will be no service.


  • Lori Sloup Posted September 4, 2022 5:47 am

    Mr George made this a better world ! My children were blessed by his teaching but more importantly he cared and ga e young people a boost into the future!

  • Judi Cook Posted September 4, 2022 6:56 am

    Clarence was a special teacher to my children, broadening their understanding of varied cultures and values.
    He continued to be a friend and support to me and my children and will be a treasured memory..

  • Linda Biggerstaff Posted September 4, 2022 7:25 am

    How sad to hear of Clarence’s passing. Worked with him at Irving and always enjoyed his visits to my health office as he could always make me laugh. Loved his smile and his stories. He was pretty mischievous and whenever I needed his class to come for vision & hearing screenings, he’d always get them worked up by telling them they were going to get shots. (Which was never the case!). I learned to immediately tell his class when they entered that there would be no shots. Rest In Peace and thanks for being a part of my life for 9 years!

  • JOHN MCNEIL Posted September 4, 2022 9:49 am


  • Heather Morse Posted September 4, 2022 2:40 pm

    I had Mr. George for my 6th grade teacher at Rousseau in the 80s. He was my favorite teacher! I remember giving speeches, him giving me some leniency after I broke my arm, awkwardly going up to his desk when he said to someone “come hither” and I thought he said Heather. He remembered me when I saw him years later and I got to tell him that I became a teacher. Mr. George will be missed!

  • Betty Douglas Posted September 4, 2022 2:55 pm

    Mr George was my teacher at Rousseau Elementary. I loved having him as a teacher. I wore jeans for the first time in 6th grade and he saw me across a the long hallway and called me Betty Jean that day and every time he saw me since. His smile was infectious. He was the only black teacher I had at LPS and made such a great impression on me. I was blessed to have seen him at my dad’s funeral in 2018. That really warmed my heart that he would come to support me.. Thank you, Mr George for being in my life. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, sense of humor, and presence. I miss you. Your memory will always be a bright spot in my life.

  • Pat Shepard Posted September 4, 2022 6:31 pm

    My heart is broken to hear of Clarence’s passing. He was a dear friend for many decades and I will miss him teasing me about being old because I was born exactly 11 months before him. He touched so many lives and we are all better because he was with us.

  • Pamela Trehearn Posted September 5, 2022 6:53 am

    Mr George: it was an honor to know you & have you as an outstanding teacher of our son at Irving. It was fun chatting with you about our possible connection thru Mr Jefferson! Rest well until we see you again.

  • Heather Walsh Preuss Posted September 5, 2022 2:33 pm

    Heather Preuss

    A good and honorable man. I hope he is making music and teaching the angels well!

  • Renet Posted September 8, 2022 9:32 am

    What a beautiful obituary! Clarence has been a dear colleague and loyal friend for over 40 years. He was an honorable man with integrity, wit, great humor, and compassion for others. Clarence was an amazing teacher that touched the lives of so many students and fellow colleagues. It has been an honor to have been his friend. The angels must be in awe of his beautiful voice as he now sings with them! Much love, Renet Tooley

  • Donald Phillip Yanik Posted November 10, 2022 10:41 am

    I first met Clarece when, as a student at John Kennedy College came to observe my 6th grade classroom in Lincoln, Nebraska. We became instant friends. I will miss his incredible wit and ability to make people smile.
    Clarence’s skills as a teacher/professor expanded throughout his career. He was much admired and will be greatly missed. I am greatly saddened by his passing.

  • Courtney (Clark) Piccoli Posted May 14, 2023 6:11 pm

    The best, most insightful, caring teacher I’ve ever had. My biggest regret is that I never expressed to him, the impact he had, and still has, on my life.

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