David V. Clough
Dr. David V. Clough died peacefully on December 2, surrounded by his loving family.
David Clough was born in Laramie, Wyoming in 1931 to Wilson and Laura (Bowman) Clough. He grew up in Wyoming and enjoyed the wide-open spaces. He completed an undergraduate degree in Zoology at the University of Wyoming. He combined his interest in science with a desire to work with people through his study of medicine at the University of Rochester. He met his wife, Ann Lee Vonderahe, when she was attending nursing school in Rochester, NY. They were married in December of 1957. The newly married couple then traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah where David completed his rotating internship followed by a general practice residency at the University of Colorado in Denver. His first two children, Edward and Matthew, were born during that time. The family then moved to Bangor, Maine where Dr. Clough served as captain in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Air Force for two years. In 1963, the Cloughs moved to Gloversville (Ann Lee’s hometown) where Dr. Clough established a private practice. Over the next few years, the couple had three more children, daughters, Sarah, Jean and Martha.
In addition to maintaining a private family practice, Dr. Clough served as Nathan Littauer Hospital’s chief of medicine, vice chief of staff, and chief of staff. Dr. Clough was involved with the Hamilton County Rural Task Force and established and directed a medical clinic in Wells from 1978 to 1990. He was active in recruiting family practitioners to this area.
Dr. Clough developed a special area of expertise in the treatment of respiratory illnesses and was responsible for establishing and operating Littauer’s Respiratory Care Department. He was also instrumental in the development of an asthma camp which evolved into Camp SuperStarrs, a summer day camp for children with chronic breathing disorders, cystic fibrosis and diabetes. In 1989, David Clough was named Family Physician of the Year by the New York State Academy of Family Physicians. At that time the academy reported, “He has continued to be a caring, dedicated, outstanding family physician who has given his personal and professional life to his community, his colleagues and his students.” In 1992, he was also named one of the most influential physicians in New York State. Following his departure from his private family practice, he served as the medical director of Nathan Littauer Hospital. After retirement, he remained active as a medical consultant and counselor for the Family Counseling Center and Fulton County Addiction Services.
David Clough was active in the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Gloversville where he served as president on two occasions and was a regular in the church choir. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Ambulance Service of Fulton County as well as a member of the Gloversville Human Rights committee. He was one of three local representatives from Gloversville to march on Selma in 1965.
David and his family have enjoyed camping, hiking and various adventures along with singing and good times together. From the song written to celebrate his 85th birthday: “Hey now, David Clough, We think you’re mighty keen! You’re thoughtful and compassionate, and in your eyes a gleam! A legacy of love and life and kindness all day long, We celebrate your 85 years and toast you now in song!”
David is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ann Lee; his sons, Ed and Matt; daughters, Sarah (Don Bleier), Jean (Anne Kelly), Martha (Jason Sweet) and grandchildren, Zakariah Davila, Mattie Ann Clough, Max and Ava Barker.
There will be a celebration of his life at Harold’s Restaurant on December 23, 2017. Friends and well-wishers are invited to come by between 2-4 p.m. and there will be a service/celebration of his life at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Nathan Littauer Hospital’s Camp SuperStarrs or The Family Counseling Center. Online condolences can be made to www.finocanfh.com.