Lamar Clifton, 84, a native Albanian who served his community for many years as the Chief Executive of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, died Tuesday.
His funeral service will at the First United Methodist Church on Friday at 2 PM. Visitation will be in Ford Hall at the church from 12:30 to 2 PM. Interment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery with Military Honors.
In 1973, he served as the Executive Vice President of the Albany Chamber of Commerce. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Naval Air Station closed, threatening the local economy. Working with community leaders, Lamar was successful in persuading Miller Brewing Company, Delco Remy, Tara Foods, and the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Group, Philadelphia, to locate in Albany.
Additionally, Procter and Gamble and other companies expanded locally, reinvigorating the town he loved. He left the Chamber in early 1987, and joined First State Bank as Senior Vice President for Economic Development until his retirement in 1994.
He helped lead the effort to preserve the Radium Springs Casino, authoring the book, "Skywater, a Comprehensive History of Radium Springs" which was published by Morgan Murphy. He also wrote a history book, A First State Corporation Legacy.
Lamar is survived by his wife of 60 years, Evelyn.