Gerald Clay

Dr. Gerald L. Clay, 81, died peacefully on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. Dr. Clay was a longtime resident of Oak Park and was active in numerous Oak Park civic and community organizations. He was the founder of African-American Parents for Purposeful Leadership in Education (APPLE) and co-founder of the community forum, Black-White Dialogues with Lanny Lutz. He served in both the U.S. Army and the U.S Navy where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Dr. Clay is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ret. Judge Evelyn Clay (nee Brown); his daughter, Tracy-Elizabeth Clay; his son, Dr. Lamont G. Clay (Jill); and three grandchildren, Hannah (19), Isaac (15) and Harper (9).

Visitation will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 at Peterson-Bassi Funeral Home, 6938 W. North Ave. Interment will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery (20935 Hoff Road, Elwood).

The funeral service will take place at noon on Saturday at Living Word Christian Center, 7600 W. Roosevelt Road, Forest Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Dr. Gerald L. Clay Scholarship Fund at

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