Mary A. Clem

Honored by:The Statistics Department
Brick location:PAVER:45  map

B. 1905 d. 1979

Mary A. Clem was born in Nevada, Iowa and worked as a computing clerk, audit clerk and assistant bookkeeper at Iowa State College and the Iowa State Highway Commission for six years before joining the Mathematics Statistical Service of the Mathematics Department of Iowa State College in 1931 as its only staff member with primary responsibilities in computing. When the Statistical Laboratory was established in 1933, she continued in that role. When Gertrude Cox left in 1940, Mary Clem was put in charge of the Computing Service of the Statistical Laboratory as technician and chief statistical clerk, later being promoted to associate. She served as junior statistician on the 2nd Allied Mission to Greece to observe the 1946 elections; she also served as statistical consultant to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission Hiroshima Japan in 1952. In 1962 she transferred from the Statistical Laboratory to the staff of the new Computation Center Iowa State University.


Paver Inscription:

"Statistics Dept & Lab
Lenore Bancroft
Helen J. Bozivich
Donna Ruhl Brogan
Mary A. Clem
Gertrude Mary Cox
Vera David
Kathleen D. Shelley
Shashikala Sukhatme"