He was also past chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Alliance of Business and was national chairman of Junior Achievement and president of the Atlanta Council of Boy Scouts.
Clendenin was a member of American Red Cross’ board of governors and the United Way’s board of directors; served as chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Alliance of Business and the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
Clendenin was born May 8, 1934, in EI Paso, Texas. He graduated high school in 1951 and attended Swarthmore College before transferring to Northwestern University, where he graduated with honors. It was during this time he married high school sweetheart Ann Matthews.
Clendenin served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command before working for Illinois Bell Telephone Company. He then moved to Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company in Seattle and to AT&T in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, before moving to Atlanta as president of Southern Bell Telephone Company.
The Ann and John Clendenin Computer Science and Mathematics Building at Kennesaw State University was named in the couple’s honor in 1999 after a $1 million gift.
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Clendenin is survived by three children, 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and was buried at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
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