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William N. Clements II, Summers Fuel chief


William N. Clements II, a businessman who was senior warden at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church and president of the board of St. Paul's School, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Woodbrook. He was 66.

Mr. Clements was president and chief executive officer of Summers Fuel, Inc., which sells coal.

He was a former president of the Maryland Coal Association, a former board member of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of the Coal Exporters Association of the United States.

The Rev. William N. McKeachie, rector of Old St. Paul's Church, said Mr. Clements was not interested in self-aggrandizement but was a person "with no airs, pretensions or ambitions, who served out of loyalty, love of St. Paul's and total commitment."

Father McKeachie appointed him senior warden in 1985.

He noted that Mr. Clements was the vestryman who had invited him to become the rector. Father McKeachie referred to Mr. Clements as "Mr. St. Paul's" because of his connections with the church, its choir in which he had been a choir boy, and St. Paul's School, where he had been the first elected head of the board from 1979 to 1982.

Father McKeachie said that he and his wife, who is from Kentucky, took Mr. Clements and his wife to the Kentucky Derby when he left the vestry in 1989, adding that any winnings went into the collection plate.

George C. O'Connell, alumni and development liaison at St. Paul's School where Mr. Clements served on the board from 1975 to 1989, said he was "just a marvelous person, a good family friend who took an interest in you."

"You can't say too many good things about him," Mr. O'Connell said.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Clements was a 1946 graduate of St. Paul's School where he played football and lacrosse.

In 1950, his senior year at Washington and Lee University, he was the first string goalie on the All-American lacrosse team and the winner of the Kelly Award as the best goalie in college lacrosse, a feat that was duplicated 30 years later in 1980 at the same school by a son, Robert S. Clements of Ruxton.

A member of the board of trustees at Washington and Lee since 1992, Mr. Clements earlier was president of the board of the university's alumni association and a board member of the Baltimore alumni chapter.

In 1989, St. Paul's School honored him as a Distinguished Alumnus, and, in 1990.

During the Korean War, he was an Army officer.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Old St. Paul's Church, Charles and Saratoga streets, Baltimore.

Other survivors include his wife, the former Jane Summers; another son, William N. Clements III of Phoenix; a brother, Otis G. Clements of Key West, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

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