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Clarence Calman, Class of 1939

Dr. Clarence Maurice Calman, DDS born June 13, 1923, passed away on February 4, 2012 surrounded by his family at his home in Glen Rock after a long battle with heart disease complicated by pneumonia.

Dr. Calman was an accomplished oral surgeon, lifetime member of the American Association of Oral and Maxilofacial Surgeons, a Clinical Professor of Oral and Maxilofacial Surgery at New York University and attending oral surgeon at both Refuah Health Center in New Square, New York and the Institute for Family Health’s Walton Family Health Center in the Bronx until his retirement a few years ago. In his later years, he cherished the opportunity of practicing beside many of the students he trained during his years at NYU.

Dr. Calman practiced for most of his life in Washington Heights after assuming the office of his father, Dr.Maurice Samuel Calman, also an oral surgeon. He had a long and distinguished career that included serving on the faculty at Mount Sinai Hospital, at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens and at NYU. He was one of the most senior dentists ever inducted into OKU, the dental honor society in 2003 at the age of 80. Dr. Calman moved to Glen Rock in 1954 with his wife Sonja. He was almost immediately inducted into the U.S. Army where he practiced as an oral surgeon in Fort Eustis, Virginia. After completing his tour of duty as a Captain, he moved his family back into the home he had purchased and lived there continuously until now.

Dr. Calman is survived by his wife of 64 years, Sonja, his children Dr. Neil Calman and wife Marlene of Scarsdale, New York, Debra Enchelmeyer and husband Robert of Portland, Oregon, Karen Petrillo and husband Louis of Paramus, Julie Herink of Oakland and Marc Andrew Calman and his wife Kristin of Ringwood. They have 13 grandchildren, Jonathan and Daniel Calman, Conor and Brendan Whelan, Max Calman, Brian and Amy Enchelmeyer, Kaili and Jake Petrillo, Noah and Sophie Herink and Nate and Evie Calman.

Published in The Record/Herald News on February 5, 2012.