Walter G. Clippinger, D. D., LL. D. - One of the most widely known educators of Ohio is Doctor Clippinger, who
is president of Otterbein College, and a representative citizen of Franklin County. He was born at Lurgan, Pennsylvania,
March 1, 1873, the son of Harry R. and Harriet R. (Gillan) Clippinger.
Harry R. Clippinger was born in Pennsylvania on March 16, 1844, and died June 10, 1918. His wife, born in Franklin
County, Pennsylvania, September 24, 1846, died May 30, 1917. Both are buried at Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. During
his active career Mr. Clippinger was a farmer and carpenter.
The boyhood of Walter G. Clippinger was spent in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and he attended the district schools.
In 1894 he entered Lebanon Valley College at Annville, Pennsylvania, and after receiving his degree in 1899 spent
three years at Bonebrake Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, where he received the degree of B. D. This was followed by graduate
work at the University of Chicago during intervals between 1903 and 1911, and in the meantime Doctor Clippinger
engaged in educational work as a teacher in Pennsylvania. He had also spent one year in the employ of Dodd Mead
& Company, publishers of New York, and from 1903 until 1905 was engaged in the publishing work for the United
Brethren Publishing House, of Dayton, Ohio. Doctor Clippinger served as professor of religious education in Bonebrake
Theological Seminary from 1905 until 1909, and in the latter year he was called to the presidency of Otterbein
College. He is the author of "Student Relationship," a book intended for freshman orientation, which
was published in 1926, and which has had a wide distribution among college administrators. Doctor Clippinger is
also a frequent contributor to various magazines and educational journals. He is vice chairman and a member of
the board of trustees of the International Council of Religious Education, and is president of the Ohio Council
of Religious Education. He is also chairman of the council on legislation of the Ohio College Association, and
is a member of the University Club of Columbus. He is also a member of the Commission of Fifteen of the Liberal
Arts College Movement of America.
On May 19, 1903, Doctor Clippinger was united in marriage with Miss Sarah Alverda Roop, the daughter of Henry J.
and Justina Roop, of Highspire, Pennsylvania. Mr. Roop died in 1930. Mrs. Roop died in 1881. To Doctor and Mrs.
Clippinger have been born three children: Donald R., Walter G., Jr., and Charlotte Elizabeth. Donald R. is assistant
professor of chemistry at Ohio University. The other children are at home.
Politically, Doctor Clippinger is a Republican. He and his family hold membership in the United Brethren Church.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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