Clifton R. Wharton III – Wordless Wednesday

This is a photo of Clifton R. Wharton III, My mother’s Godson.  Clifton’s Grandfather Clifton Reginald Wharton, Sr. was confirmed as the First U.S. black foreign minister of Romania on February 5, 1958.

Clifton R. Wharton III

 

I had never met Clifton, but my mother was devastated by the news of his passing.  I happened to be with her when she received the call.


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Clifton R. Wharton III – Wordless Wednesday — 14 Comments

  1. AMAZING THAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC CANNOT FIND ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE DEATH OF THIS FAMOUS, TRULY AMAZING, COUPLE’S SON CLIFTON R WHARTON III. HIS BIRTHDATE, DEATH DATE, CAUSE OF DEATH. PLEASE SHARE. MARILYN

  2. I worked with Clifton III at Kalamazoo Valley Community College between 1976 and 1978. I have photos of him as a twenty-something year old, so we were around the same age. If that’s so, he had to be born in the 1950s. He worked in the school library. I know he was prone to depression, so I can only assume he took his life, although I have no idea. I always thought I’d see him again. I can scan and send you the photos I have of dear Clif!

  3. I went to Oakland University with Cliff, 1974 and 1975, he studied Botany. He took me to meet his parents when his father was the President of Michigan State University. Cliff was a kind and intelligent soul. He had a little brother. When did he pass?

    • AS MUCH AS I ADMIRE THE WHARTONS FOR ALL THEY HAVE CONTRIBUTED, IT IS DIFFICULT TO IMAGINE WHY THEY WOULD SURPRESS SUCH IMPORTANT INFORMATION. VERY MYSTERIOUS AND NOT GENUINE ABOUT THEM AT ALL.

      THEY MUST HAVE A HUGE GUILT THEY DO NOT WANT TO BE TRANSPARENT ABOUT.

      • Marilyn, I think you probably stated it right. It must also be difficult to live up to the legacy of his father and grandfather. I also visited his parents house when they lived in Lansing. I was taking a photography class and took a photo of his parents walking their dog “Mitch”. I printed it in black and white and I know he gave it to his parents as a gift. The childhood photo of him is what he still looked like as an adult, with an infectious smile. Tall, lanky, flexible like a rubber doll. His household reminded me of The Fresh Prince with his little brother being the preppy “Carlton” type and Clif being the free spirit.

  4. It’s very odd, I was thinking about Clif today and on a whim I Googled and came to this. A dear, sweet, smart, and lovable man. I will never forget him. I worked with him for many years at the Pratt Library. His death left a hole in my heart.

  5. I went to St.Lawrence University with Cliff. He was a cashier at the bookstore and I met him my first week on campus. He was a sophmore. We became very good friends.We stayed in touch for awhile after he left SLU. In recent years I tried to track him down and was very sorry to learn he died.That’s all the info I could find-no obituary,no anything. I’d be grateful for any info you can provide.

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