Who was Harold Clemens…. and why do we have
an award named after him?
Harold Clemens was born on April 16, 1918 in Cushing,
Oklahoma. He was the son of Earl and Sarah Clemens. Harold’s travels
eventually brought him to Maryland, where he became a plant engineer at
the American Bank Stationary Company in Baltimore County.
Harold’s hobbies included restoring antique
automobiles, building dollhouses, and miniature steam engines. He was a
member of the Antique Automobile Club of America and became an active
member of Chesapeake Region, Brandywine Region and Harford Region. In
1972 when an attempt to form an antique automobile club in Harford
County began, Harold attended the first planning meeting to provide
advice and assistance from his experience in Chesapeake Region. He
became a Charter member and remained active in the club.
Harold was always
ready to lend a hand with club activities and help his fellow members.
One of the better-known stories about his helpfulness pertains to
traveling. During club tours, Harold would always be sure to pack extra
parts and supplies in the rear of his Model A Ford pickup in case any
members experienced a problem during the trip. Harold also served on
many committees and as Technical Chairman of the region.
In the Fall of 1983, Harold became sick and was
hospitalized. Still, Harold remained upbeat and was hopeful that he
could attend an upcoming region activity. Unfortunately, Harold died on
November 17, 1983 while still in the hospital. Even in death, Harold
tried to benefit his fellow man by having previously donated his body to
the University of Maryland Medical Center for medical research.
A memorial service for Harold was held on November
27, 1983 at the Oak Grove Baptist Church located between Churchville and
Bel Air. Members of Harford and Chesapeake Regions participated in the
service and Harford Region paid for the service. On January 31, 1984,
the Harford Region Executive Board authorized the Harold Clemens Award
in memory of their friend.
Harold Clemens Award is presented annually to a Harford Region club
member, determined by a vote of the membership that has:
1. Contributed the most to the region during the past
Exhibited the attributes of Harold Clemens,
Makes his/her fellow members glad to be a member of
1918 - 1983