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.