Sidney J. Claunch, Jr., 93, of Easthampton, professor emeritus of management, died Feb. 17 at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke.
Born in Humboldt, Tenn., he spent his youth in Oakwood, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. After graduation from Oakwood High School in 1940, he worked as an apprentice tool and die maker at National Cash Register in Dayton.
He served in the infantry in World War II from 1943-45 in the European Theater and was a Purple Heart recipient. After the victory in Europe, he was to be deployed to the Pacific, but halfway across the U.S. by train, word was received that the Japanese had surrendered and he was subsequently discharged from service.
After returning home, he entered Ohio University in Athens, where he received a bachelor's degree in economics. He received a master’s degree and a doctorate in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
It was at the University of Wisconsin that he met a fellow graduate student, Pearl Grapel. They were married in 1954 and spent seven years in Reno, Nev., where he taught economics and management at the University of Nevada.
The family moved to Amherst in 1961 where he joined the management department in the School of Business Administration, now the Isenberg School of Management. He retired in 1986.
The Claunches moved to the Lathrop Retirement Community in Easthampton in late 2008, where Pearl still resides.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his daughters Anne Claunch, Helen Claunch, and Emilie Chmiel and her husband, all of Connecticut, two sisters and a sister-in-law.
A memorial service will be planned for later in the spring.
His family asks that those who wish to remember him, do so in the form of kindnesses to others.