Alan Clayton

Alan J. Clayton

Wednesday, December 1st, 1937 - Saturday, July 18th, 2020
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82, of Winchester. Entered Eternal Rest on July 18, 2020 peacefully, at his home that he loved so much. He is survived by the love of his life Marlene Clayton, loving father of Barbara Leslie and Jacob Clayton; cherished papa to Alana Leslie; brother of Deborah Feinberg and special member of the family Cameron Askew. He was a Professor of Romance languages at Tufts University. Aside from teaching he was an author and had many articles and books published. His deep love for nature, animals and music kept him busy and happy when he wasn’t teaching himself a new language to speak. His wit and humor were contagious and his puzzle solving on Wheel of Fortune was genius. Even with all his accolades, his greatest joy was his granddaughter Alana, with whom he shared not only his name, but a bond that will last an eternity. A celebration of his life will be held at his daughter Barbie’s home 20 Fletcher St. Winchester Wednesday evening July 22 from 4-7PM. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be donated to MSPCA-Angell 350 South Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02130.
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Jule Frechette

Posted at 05:51pm
Barbie and Alana, I am so so sorry for your loss. I loved to read that there is a lasting legacy for him in you, Alana, by sharing his name and other wonderful qualities that’s him so important to all of you. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Xo, Jule and Bruno

Karen Maguire

Posted at 09:45am
My heart felt sympathy to you and your family. I may not have been blessed to have met Alan but working with Marlene for these last 8 years and hearing the love she had for her husband and best friend for life made my heart smile. Together they cherished their children and were so very proud of their grand daughter Alana and all her accomplishments. May he rest in peace.

Amanda Hill Posted at 11:29am

Professor Clayton was the only teacher who’s name I remember from my undergraduate years at Tufts forty years ago. I don’t recall the titles of the two courses I took from him, but we read translations in both. The first course was so thrilling and mind-opening to me, and his teaching style so engaging, that I signed up for an intensive summer course with him afterwards. I remember being surprised at the secret depths of literature that his teaching revealed. In the decades since I have often wished that there were an Alan Clayton around to guide me through a difficult book! May his family be comforted a bit by the knowledge that there are certainly droves of old students who are equally grateful to have spent time in his classroom.

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