Martin H. Clenott ’43

Martin H. Clenott ’43 died January 17, 2009, in Portland, following an eight- year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He was born in Portland on June 22, 1921, and prepared for college at Deering High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, played baseball and basketball, lettered in football and graduated third in his class. He graduated early from Bowdoin, where he was a member of Alpha Rho Upsilon fraternity, so that he could join the Army Air Corps. He married in November, then left for military service, stationed in India as a radio operator directing planes in the Burma/China Theater. He served from 1943 to 1946, attaining the rank of staff sergeant and earning a Distinguished Unit Badge. After World War II, he returned to Portland and worked as a shoe salesman, first as co-owner of the Boston Shoe Store and then Mortt’s Shoe. He retired in 1983. He was devoted to community affairs, serving as director of the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Center, a member of the Downtown Portland Business Association, president of the Greater Portland Association for Retarded Children, treasurer of Little League Four. Blessed with a deep voice and a love of music, he was a member of the adult choir at Temple Beth El. He was also a graceful dancer. He loved sports from the sidelines as well as the court. He was an ardent Boston sports fan, and was a member of Riverside Golf Course for more than 50 years. He was an aggressive racquetball player until the age of 80, when Parkinson’s took its toll. He is survived by Esther Berman Clenott, his wife of 65 years; a daughter, Laurie Clenott Kadoch; two sons, Peter Clenott ’73 and Michael Clenott; a brother, William Clenott ’46; and four grandchildren.