The highly competitive Mershon Award is presented to alumni who have
demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to The Ohio State
University, and it is awarded to no more than three selected
individuals in any given year.
Clemens, a 1954 College of Dentistry grad, has been an
advocate for the college for more than 50 years.
Clemens, a 1954 College of Dentistry graduate, has been an advocate
for the college for more than 50 years. Always an active supporter
of dental alumni activities and organizations, Dr. Clemens sat on
the founding committee of the College of Dentistry Alumni Society in
1976, and he served as the society’s first vice president. He was
also the president of the Board of Governors and editor of the
group's alumni magazine.
Since his graduation from the college in 1954, Clemens has been a
passionate advocate for the College of Dentistry and for organized
dentistry in Ohio. He aided in the development of Ohio State’s
regional campus in Lima, and he was instrumental in the founding of
the Rhodes State dental hygiene program. He is also a charter member
of the President’s Club, and he has been actively involved in the
Ohio Dental Association and the American Dental Association.
At the age of 84, Clemens continues his dental practice in Lima,