Ludwig H. Clifton

Ludwig H. Clifton

Ludwig Harold Clifton, 98, of Southern Pines, died peacefully in his sleep Sunday, July 27, 2014.

He was born Ludwig Clominski in Krakow, Poland, and arrived at Ellis Island with his mother and two sisters when he was six. His family settled in Gary, Ind., where he grew up. He worked in the steel mills and put himself through school, graduating from Indiana University first in his class in 1938. He spent six years working in Bogota, Colombia, and Lima, Peru, for several phone companies before he came back and got his CPA and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1949.

He met and married the love of his life, Margaret Lyness, in 1948, while they both attended different colleges in Boston. His working life started with Arthur Anderson, and then he worked for a variety of companies as vice president and treasurer: General Telephone, Panagra Airways and Worthington Pump, ending his career happily at Doubleday Publishing Company. He defined and distinguished himself in business and community work.

Lud was a wonderful husband, a caring father to three children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who will all miss his bright eyes and infectious smile. Lud and Peg Clifton were happily married and lived a blessed healthy life together for 66 wonderful years.

A celebration of his life in the chapel at St. Joseph’s of the Pines Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

His family is appreciative of the loving care he received through Hospice from Janet, Kathy and Robin.