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Joan Ellen Kennedy Clapp

Obituary for Joan Ellen Kennedy Clapp

May 22, 1932 - September 22, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 85

... served in Washington DC as a staff officer in the Office of Naval Intelligence ...


Joan Ellen Kennedy Clapp passed away Friday, September 22, 2017. She was 85.

Joan was born in New Haven. Connecticut on May 22, 1932. She was the only child of William Richard Kennedy and Helen Gertrude O'Neill Kennedy. She grew up in New Haven and graduated from St. Mary's High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Radcliffe College, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. She received her Master of Arts degree from Trinity University, San Antonio, TX.

Upon graduation from Radcliffe, Joan received a commission in the U.S. Navy. She served in Washington DC as a staff officer in the Office of Naval Intelligence. She served as Navy Member of the Departments of State and Defense Military Information Control Committee.

She met her beloved husband of over 50 years, Lt. Col. Ray M. Clapp, a US Air Force pilot, while she was serving as a Top Secret courier to Europe. Upon his retirement from the US Air Force, they settled in San Antonio, TX. They had two children, Carol Clapp Drought and Ray M. Clapp, Jr.

Joan taught school for many years. She taught at Saint Mary's Hall and for many years she was on the faculty of Garner Middle School.

Joan and Ray loved to travel. They lived many summers at Key Allegro, Rockport, TX. Many summers were spent touring the U.S. with their children. The family has a special love for Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, spending summers there enjoying the wilderness and Jackson Hole. In later years, Joan and her daughter, Carol, enjoyed frequent trips to Europe.

After retirement from teaching, Joan became an active volunteer. She was a docent at the McNay Art Museum, serving on the docent Board of Directors. She was active in the Assistance League. She was a member of the Republican Business Women of Bexar County and the Northeast Bexar County Republican Women. She served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Federation of Republican Women as a District Director and as Deputy President. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Women's Education Foundation. Joan also served as President of her Radcliffe College class for many years and was active in Harvard and Radcliff activities. She was a member of the Harvard Club of San Antonio and the Harvard Club of New York City. She spent a great deal of time on the East coast for these activities.

Joan was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ray, her daughter, Carol, and her grandson, Brett W. Bratcher, Jr. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Marianne Clapp; her son-in-law, Gerald T. Drought; stepdaughters, Brenda Butler and her daughter Rory; Donna Dove and her daughters, Cathy, Tiffin, Amy, Christa and Rachell; and her grandsons, Ray M. Clapp III, Benjamin C. Clapp and Gerald T. Drought, Jr.

Visitation will be on Monday, October 2nd from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Porter Loring on McCullough Ave.


Memorials may be sent to McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas.

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