Clayton Doyle McAuliffe


Posted: Thursday, September 02, 2004

Kenai resident Clayton Doyle McAuliffe died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004, surrounded by his family at Stonebrook Inn Assisted Living in Soldotna. He was 86.

A private family service was held in his honor at Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

Mr. McAuliffe was born Aug. 18, 1918, in Chappell, Neb., the son of John and Emma (Stenger) McAuliffe. He attended school in Deuel County, Neb., graduating from Deuel County High School in 1936. He then attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and received his bachelor of science degree in 1941. In 1947, he received his doctorate in soil science from Columbia University. He then was a civilian scientist working at the Manhattan Project and at Oak Ridge, Tenn. from 1942 to 1945. He later worked as a chemistry professor at North Carolina State University in Raleigh and as a research scientist with Chevron USA for 33 years in LaHabra, Calif.

"Clayton and his brother Earl grew up in western Nebraska on a farm in Chappell, 12 miles from the Colorado border. Clayton always liked to learn how things worked, and why they are the way they are. From an early age, he wanted to be a scientist. He excelled at Duell County High School, becoming class valedictorian his senior year. Through contacts following his college and master's degree in chemistry, he was drafted into the Manhattan Project in 1942 at Oak Ridge, Tenn. He will always be remembered for his unselfish support of his children and his many years spent researching the effect of oil spills in support of responsible development," his family said.

Mr. McAuliffe was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 45 years, Irene Pickering McAuliffe.

He is survived by his brother, Earl McAuliffe of Bellevue, Wash.; daughter, Carol Krenck of Irvine, Calif.; sons, Cliff McAuliffe of Martinez, Calif., Doug McAuliffe of Kenai and Tom McAuliffe of Bend, Ore.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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