- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 6, 2008

Howard Clery, 77, victims’ rights advocate

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (AP) — Howard Clery, who pushed for a landmark federal law requiring colleges and universities to disclose campus crime statistics following the rape and murder of his daughter in her dorm room in 1986, has died. He was 77.

Mr. Clery died Jan. 1 at his home in Palm City, Fla., according to King of Prussia-based Security on Campus Inc.

Mr. Clery co-founded the watchdog group a year after his daughter, Jeanne Clery, was killed by another student at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

The Jeanne Clery Act, signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, requires colleges and universities to disclose information about campus crime and security policies in a timely fashion. The Education Department can fine violators up to $27,500 for each infraction or can suspend them from participating in federal student financial aid programs.

Security on Campus said the Clerys helped secure passage of more than 30 state and federal laws related to the disclosure of crime information and victims’ rights.

Born in Boston in 1930, Mr. Clery contracted polio as a teenager and used a steel leg brace and canes for the rest of his life. He received bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Dartmouth College and served as chief executive officer of Rapidforms, now a subsidiary of checks- and forms-printer Deluxe Corp.

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