Biography: Clement Benjamin Glen London was the ninth of twelve siblings, born in the village of Toco in Trinidad, Awest Indies. In 1960, he emigrated to the United States to pursue higher education.
At Teachers College, Columbia University, Clement earned the Ed.D degree in Curricular and Instructional Practices. As a Professor of Education in the Division of Curriculum and Teaching at Fordham University, Dr. Clement London taught courses at the Masters, Professional Diploma and Doctoral Levels for 28 years. He was passionate about high quality educational opportunities and rigorous scholarship at every level in academia. His research interests in Theories and Development of Teacher Education Practices, Oral History Within the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora, International Education and Caribbean Studies, directed him to present at several conferences throughout the Caribbean, South Africa and London. In 1994, Fordham University recognized his years of dedication and committed service to the community of educators and students. He was honored with the prestigious “Bene Merenti” Award. As a prolific author, he has published more than forty works, including books, articles and poems.
Among his various memberships and affiliations, Dr. London cherished the strong bonds of brotherhood in Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. and Phi Delta Kappa. With a loyalty to community development and humanitarian service to underserve and marginal communities, he was a true servant –leader. He always shared the importance of reaching out to help others. Over the years, he has been a dynamic force in many different cultural, educational and community building organizations, including the Board of Directors at The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture and The African Heritage Studies Association. Following his retirement in 2002, Dr. Clement B.G. London was recognized as Professor Emeritus by Fordham University.
Dr. London and his beloved wife, Pearl, recently celebrated 56 years of marriage and he has left a legacy that will always advocate for sustaining strong family bonds. “Let the circle be unbroken,” he will continue to plead as his spirit speaks to immediate and countless extended family members and friends. “Keep on keeping on”, his voice will echo through the ages. The lives of his children, Mu’Min, Sherwyn (Chet), Shawn, Sharon and Tamika; his grandchildren, Alexis and Aahron in New York City and others in Trinidad and Tobago, nieces, nephews, colleagues, students and numerous others have been touched and changed by his gentle spirit and always encouraging words of advise and support. They will cherish the wonderful memoires and impressive opportunities that he has lovingly created for those whom he met along his journey…
We are thankful that God placed Clem in our lives to share his gifts with so many. He has fought the good fight. He has finished his race and kept the faith. Henceforth, there is laid up for him, his crown of righteousness which The Lord, his righteous judge has prepared for him. For every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven. This is Clem’s time. Sleep on in God’s perfect peace. Amen.