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Mr. Clay from Nicolas
When some of us attended Nicolas Junior High between 1956 and 1970, Mr. Clay was a counselor on campus. Remember? His office was right by the cafeteria, near Dr. Fisler's science classroom and Mr. Kreps' wood shop. .  

 

Andrew Wickham Clay died suddenly on July 24, 2013, at the age of 78. 

Born on July 2, 1935 in Glendale, CA to Robert and Mabel (Wickham) Clay, Andy lived in Los Angeles County until moving to Anaheim in 1952, graduating from Anaheim High School in 1954. As a youth, he was active in theater arts and sang in the local boys' choir, usually as a soloist. He attended Fullerton Junior College and transferred to San Jose State University, graduating with a degree in elementary education. At FJC, he met his future wife, Dorothy (Addy), whom he married in 1956. 

Returning to Orange County, he accepted his first teaching position at Nicolas Jr. High in Fullerton where he also served as vice principal. For more than twenty years, he was the principal at Ladera Vista Jr. High, but eventually returned to the classroom- his first love- teaching 6th grade at Hermosa and Acacia before retiring after a forty-five year career in education. 

Retirement was anything but. He continued to accept substitute teaching positions and traveled extensively with Dorothy when not engaged in tireless volunteer work-a hallmark of his entire life-for Habitat for Humanity, St. Vincent de Paul, several orphanages in Tijuana, and his church, St. Boniface. 

His outgoing personality and quick wit made him a favorite among his students and colleagues, but especially his grandchildren, with whom he shared countless jokes and silly stories. 

He leaves behind Dorothy, his beloved wife of fifty-seven years; children, Stephanie George (Hal) of Villa Park, Michael (Lori) of Fullerton, David (Angela) of Vista, and Rosemary Segal of Fullerton; fifteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Anna Clay of Katy, Texas; and five nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert Wickham Clay, son-in-law, Charles Segal, and two grandchildren. 

Vigil is scheduled for Monday, July 29, 7:00 p.m. St. Catherine Academy (St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel) Anaheim. 

Funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 10:00 a.m. St. Boniface Catholic Church. Anaheim. 

Interment will be at Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to One Legacy Foundation or the charity of your choice . HILGENFELD MORTUARY 
 
 
Published in Orange County Register from July 27 to July 29, 2013
 

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Barb Smith Whitfield on July 28, 2013 at 10:28 PM said:

Mr Clay was an inspiration to so many Nicholas students. He had such a positive attitude and relationship with all of us. Always smiling while keeping order on campus. We listened to him and respected him. Hard to believe he was not much older than we were; only 14 years our senior? He was a great influence in my life!
Paul Saevig, '67 on July 27, 2013 at 7:41 AM said:

I can still see Mr. Clay walking around campus at lunch, in his red sportcoat and black horn-rimmed glasses. He usually smiled and had a slightly formal manner with us. He taught us to be young ladies and gentlemen. If he had reason to talk to you, he'd put his arm around your shoulder, leaving space between you and him. He spoke slowly and reasonably, and encouraged good citizenship.

He was a gentleman who cared very much about us. I'll always remember Mr. Clay, and I'm grateful for what he taught me.

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July 27, 2013.