Clemens Prokesch Obituary

Clemens E. Prokesch
Clemens E. Prokesch

November 21, 1918 - May 1, 2007
Born in Dorchester, MA
Resided in New London, CT

Obituary

Dr. Clemens E. Prokesch, a longtime physician in New London who lived at 30 Admiral Drive, died Tuesday at the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. He was 88.
He was born on Nov. 21, 1918, in Dorchester, MA, to Solomon and Ray (Brooks) Prokesch. He graduated from Yale University in 1939, earned a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1945, and received a medical degree from New York Medical College in 1949. He later was named a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
In 1945, he married Jeanne Chase, who died in 1976. In 1980, he married Natalie Gourse Frisch.
Dr. Prokesch served in the U.S. Air Force in the early 1950s and rose to the rank of captain. After being discharged in 1954, he and his family moved to New London, where he established a practice in internal medicine and joined the staff of Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. He retired in 2001.
In 1960, he and his wife Jeanne, along with others, co-founded Temple Emanu-El, which is now in Waterford.
A passionate philatelist, he served for 25 years as president of the Thames Stamp Club and also was president of the Connecticut Philatelic Society.
In addition to his loving wife Natalie, Dr. Prokesch is survived by three children from his first marriage: Dr. Richard C. Prokesch of Atlanta; Steven E. Prokesch of Needham, MA; and Linda P. Foster of Wilmette, IL. He is also survived by his daughters-in-law, Helene Prokesch and Marianne McGowan; a son-in-law, William R. Foster; and eight grandchildren: Bonnie, Emily, Nicholas, Peter, and Timothy Prokesch and Jeremy, Rachel, and Daniel Foster. He also leaves behind three stepchildren: Howard S. Frisch of Marblehead, MA; Daniel J. Frisch of Cabin John, MD, and Ada F. Kussell of Needham, MA.
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The funeral service will be held at noon on Thursday at Temple Emanu-El in Waterford. Burial will be in New Haven at B’nai Jacob Cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at his home.
Donations in his memory can be made to Temple Emanu-El, PO Box 288, Waterford, CT 06385.

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Service
Temple Emanu-El
29 Dayton Road
Waterford, CT US 06385
Thursday, May 3, 2007
12:00 PM
Visitation
Prokesch Home
30 Admiral Drive
New London, CT US 06320
Thursday, May 3, 2007
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday, May 5, 2007
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cemetery
B'nai Jacob
21 Jewell Street
New Haven, CT US
Thursday, May 3, 2007

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