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Clinton Gardner


Thursday, August 03, 2017

Hanover, N.H. — Clinton Conkling Gardner, veteran, author, citizen diplomat for peace, and longtime resident of Norwich, Vt., died Friday, July 28, 2017. He was 94.

Clint was born Dec. 26, 1922, in New York, N.Y. to Raymond and Margaret Gardner. After his freshman year at Dartmouth College, Clint volunteered for service in the army. He first saw combat on D-Day, June 6, 1944, when he landed in Normandy on Omaha Beach. Wounded, he returned in July rejoining his battalion and fought again during the Battle of the Bulge where he received his second purple heart. In April of 1945 Clint volunteered for U.S. Military Government and was designated Acting Commander of the recently liberated Buchenwald Concentration Camp.

Returning to finish Dartmouth (class of 1944) after the war, Clint met Libby Cone and they married in June 1947. In 1956 Clint and Libby founded Shopping International, a mail order company importing handicrafts from India, Japan, Europe, and Mexico.

In the 1980’s, Clint turned to publishing and citizen diplomacy, founding Argo Books to publish the works of Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy and US-USSR Bridges for Peace. Initially based at the Norwich Congregational Church, “Bridges” sought to facilitate constructive dialogue at a citizen level between the US and USSR. Clint and other Russian-speaking Americans led yearly exchange trips and hosted visitors.

Clint authored three books including Letters to the Third Millennium: An Experiment In East-West Communication, D-Day and Beyond: A Memoir of War, Russia and Discovery  and  Beyond Belief: Discovering Christianity’s New Paradigm. Clint was also managing editor of the book World War II Remembered by residents of Kendal at Hanover retirement community.

Clint is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Libby) Gardner and their three children and their spouses: John (Donna), James (Sandy), and Catherine (Bill); eight grandchildren: Liza, Katy, Corrina, Oona, Adriane, Kyle, Daniel, and Troy; and 14 great-grandchildren. Clint is also survived by his sister, Mariot Huessy, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Clint’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Sept. 30at the Norwich Congregational Church. A reception will follow at the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions be made to the Norwich Congregational Church.