Clifford L. Duckworth of Falmouth died March 2, 2017 from complications of pneumonia. He was 90 years old. He had been married to Carol Greer Duckworth for 53 years before her death in 2006.
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mr. Duckworth grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 as a cryptographer. He attended Washington University in St. Louis on the G.I. Bill, graduating in 1951 with a degree in chemical engineering.
He worked for the Olin Chemical Corporation for 28 years as a researcher, and later as a plant manager. During his time with Olin, he and his family lived in East Alton, IL, New Haven, CT, Canton, OH, and Mobile, AL. He joined Publicker Chemical Co. in Philadelphia in 1979, and later worked for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority. Living in Moorestown, NJ, he was active in township affairs, and became an accomplished maker of Nantucket Lightship Baskets and a member of the New Jersey Basketmakers Guild.
After retirement in 1996, he and Carol moved to Falmouth, where he was active in the Falmouth Public Library as a volunteer and in the First Congregational Church as a deacon. He continued to make Nantucket Lightship Baskets, which he exhibited at craft shows and sold at the Woods Hole Handworks Co-Operative Art Gallery.
He is survived by his son Gregory L. Duckworth and daughter-in-law Deveaux Duckworth of Belmont, MA; his daughter Christina D. Romer and son-in-law David Romer of Oakland, CA; and five grandchildren, Greer Duckworth, Key Duckworth, Katherine Romer Stansifer, Paul Romer, and Matthew Romer.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Falmouth.