Jerry Lee Clement was born in Sioux City Iowa in 1932, and attended the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. He was part of the 1953 freshmen class, which his classmate John Nyfeler, FAIA, tells us started at 220 in size and was down to 22 by graduation in 1958.
Clement studied at UT when the legendary Texas Rangers were on the faculty and went on to become an excellent designer. Some of the firms he worked for included James R. Killebrew, Harrell & Hamilton, Woodward and Cape, and Envirodynamics, which became EDI/Cape Hopkins Clement. Notable works included North Lake Community College, Lemmon Park East, North Dallas Bank, and Old Town in The Village Shopping Center, all in Dallas.
Clement was a leader at Jacobs Engineering Group for many years, serving as one of the company’s executives on the 1996 School Bond Program, which provided $500 million in funding. He was also very active in the municipal affairs of the City of Dallas and served for a time as chair of the city’s planning commission.
Clement was the president of the Texas Society of Architects in 1983. He had previously served as vice president in 1981 and president-elect in 1982. Under his leadership, TxA undertook an initiative to identify and publish the 20 buildings that represented Texas' Proudest Architectural Achievements, bringing attention to the state’s architectural treasures.
Bryce Weigand, FAIA, who met Clement in the early 80s when the two were part of a luncheon group called the Architects’ Enclave, shared, “Jerry was one of the most enjoyable, funny, and witty guys I’ve ever known.” When the group eventually started going on camping outings to state parks, the discussions ranged from serious, to funny, to architectural, and literary. “Jerry was the absolute life of those parties,” said Weigand.
Reflecting on those times, as well as on the meaningful opportunity he and other TxA members had to see Clement in action as president-elect and president of the Society, Weigand added: “Jerry was a friend around the table, and a friend around the campsite.”
Jerry Clement passed away on January 13, 2015. Services will take place on Friday, January 30, at 10:00 a.m. at the Highland Park United Methodist Church (3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75205). An obituary was published in the Dallas Morning News on January 25.