George R. Klare 1922—2006
George R. Klare, 83, died Friday, March 3, 2006, at his home in The
Plains, Ohio, from pneumonia.
He was born April 17, 1922, in Minneapolis, Minn., son
of the late George C. Klare, and the late Lee L. (Launer) Klare. A 1940
graduate of North Bend, (Neb.) High School, he served as senior class
He received a Regents Scholarship to the University of
Nebraska before being called into the Army Air Force in 1942, taking
additional college and officer training at the University of Missouri.
Following basic military and flight training, he served
as a navigator on B-17 bombers in the Eighth Air Force in England until
he was shot down on Dec. 31, 1944. He spent the remainder of World War
II in German POW camps, and was liberated by advancing Soviet troops
from Stalag Luft One on May 1, 1945. He was honorably separated as a
first lieutenant in December, 1945, receiving the Air Medal, the Purple
Heart, European area ribbons and the Prisoner of War medal.
After WWII, he earned a BA degree cum laude in 1946, a
MA degree in 1947 and a PhD degree in 1950 in psychology from the
University of Minnesota. After holding positions at The Psychological
Corporation in New York City and the University of Illinois, he became
an assistant professor of psychology in 1954 at Ohio University. He was
named Distinguished Professor of Psychology in 1978, retiring in 1987.
While at Ohio University, he served as chair of the Psychology
Department from 1959-63, acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
from 1965-66 and 1984-85, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
from 1966-71. He also served as acting associate provost for graduate
and research programs in 1986-87.
He was author or co-author of five books, including
"Know Your Reader," "The Measurement of Readability," "Elementary
Statistics," "A Manual for Readable Writing" and "How to Write Readable
English," the latter published in London in 1985. He also published 85
articles and book chapters, including "Assessing Readability," which was
named a Citation Classic by the Institute for Scientific Information. He
served on the editorial boards of eight journals, as well as "The
He received numerous research grants and contracts, and
served as a consultant to a number of education, industrial and military
organizations. He also held a Fulbright grant to the Open University of
England. He received the Best of Show award in the Journal Article
Competition of the International Technical Communication Conference in
1978 and the Oscar S. Causey Award for Outstanding Contributions to
Reading Research in 1981, and was elected to the Reading Hall of Fame of
the International Reading Association in 1997. He is listed in "Who's
Who in America" and was listed in the Fourth Edition of "How's Who in
He is survived by his wife, Julie M. Klare of The
Plains; a daughter, Deborah Fox of Vero Beach, Fla.; a son, Roger, and
daughter-in-law, Connie Schmittauer, of Dublin, Ohio; and a daughter,
Barbara, and son-in-law, Galen Fultz, of San Anselmo, Calif. He has a
grandson, McCoy, and a granddaughter, Zoe, also of San Anselmo; a
granddaughter, Sivan, of Portland, Ore.; and a step-sister, Dorothy
Launer, of Fremont, Neb.
A memorial service will be held in April 2006, and
contributions may be made to the Red Cross and Appalachian Community
—From The Messenger, Athens, Ohio, 5 March 2006.