UPTON, WY, July 30, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Richard "Dick" A. Claycomb with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Claycomb celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Spouse's Name: Darlene L. (Stumpf) Claycomb (1939-2013)
Children's Names: Tracy R. (Claycomb) Oneale.; Troy D. Claycomb
Grandchildren's Names: Sophie Claycomb, Lainee Claycomb, Jess Claycomb, Maureen Oneale, Emery Oneale
Great Grand Child: Truitt Claycomb
Having accrued nearly three decades of expertise as an educator, Mr. Claycomb garnered a laudable reputation as the Superintendent of the Niobrara County School District in Lusk, Wyoming, from 1985 until his retirement in 1994 and Principal of Upton Elementary in Upton, Wyoming, and as the Assistant Superintendent of the Crook County School District. Before rising into academic administration, Mr. Claycomb initially found success as a teacher of mathematics and science and coaching wrestling and football at several schools throughout the state of Wyoming.
Among his many vocational accomplishments, Mr. Claycomb notably led staff in the development of educational behavioral objectives in Crook County and Niobrara County Schools. Mr. Claycomb developed the original draft of the Wyoming State Mental Health Board's constitution. In a career suffused with highlights, he is especially proud to have begun the process of developing a school for Special Education Students, in Northeast Wyoming, with the support of Northeast Wyoming School Board members. He improved every school he led in a way that benefited his students and ensuring that his teachers received the assistance they required in their daily responsibilities. Moreover, Mr. Claycomb helped established a youth wrestling program in many schools he served.
Outside of his primary career path, Mr. Claycomb earned distinction as the president of several education organizations, such as the Wyoming Northeast District School Administrators, the Wyoming School-University Partnership and the Wyoming Association of School Administrators. Civically, he served as president of the Northeast Wyoming Mental Health Board, president of Niobrara County Chamber of Commerce. He has most recently been involved as a member of the Upton Economic Development Board, for which he was the president (2002 -2017) and Weston County Memorial Hospital Foundation. Likewise, Mr. Claycomb has served as director of such organizations as the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Alumni Association and the, and a member of various other groups pertinent to his interests.
Prior to embarking upon his professional journey, Mr. Claycomb pursued a formal education at Casper College, from which he attained an Associate of Arts Degree in 1963. During this time, he drew inspiration from Dale Stiles, a rodeo coach who provided the younger man with rodeo scholarships, as well as Evelyn Sedar, his calculus instructor, who advised him to change his major from electrical engineering to education, recognizing his innate talent for working with people and Dr. Tim Alley, President of Casper College who encouraged him to run for Student Body President. While at Casper College Mr. Claycomb was elected Freshmen C ass representative (1961-1962) and Student Body President (1962-1963). He was also elected regional director to the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association in 1962 and served as the NIRA student president (1963-1965). Dick was part of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Championship Team in in 1963, where he was the finals Bull Riding Champion. He subsequently transferred to the University of Wyoming, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and science in 1966. Guided by Dr. Myron Basom, Dr. Maurice Wear, and Dr. Jim Hook University of Wyoming professors who helped him discover his path toward education administration, he received a Master of Science in physics in 1973 and an educational specialist degree in 1979. Eminently qualified in his respective fields as a certified teacher of mathematics and science, as well as a superintendent of schools, Mr. Claycomb was also licensed as a ground school flight instructor. He was Western States Rodeo Association Bareback and All Round Champion after graduating college.
Widely involved in his local community, Mr. Claycomb was elected Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Likewise, he is a founding member of the Casper College Alumni Association, and a lifetime member of the University of Wyoming Alumni Association. He currently serves on the Weston County Memorial Hospital Foundation, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Alumni Association and is a member Phi Delta Kappa International. In accounting for his standout success, both personally and professionally, Mr. Claycomb credits the advice he has received over the years from his many talented mentors.
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