Brother Peter Clifford, FSC

Brother Peter Clifford, F.S.C., a former member of the faculty at Bishop Loughlin M.H.S., Fort Greene, died Tuesday, July 23 at De La Salle Hall in Lincroft, N.J. He was 88.

Born in the Bronx, he entered the Christian Brothers in Barrytown, N.Y., in 1943. He made his first vows in 1944 and his final vows in 1950.

He studied history at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.; education at Manhattan College; and history at Fordham University. In 1968, he received a C.A.S. degree in educational administration from Harvard University. In 1970, he received an Ed.D. in educational administration, also from Harvard.

After several teaching assignments in Manhattan, he served as principal at St. Cecilia School, Greenpoint, 1951-54. He then spent five years as a missionary in the Philippines, as the academic dean of De La Salle College in Manila.

Returning to the U.S., he worked as a teacher and administrator at St. Augustine D.H.S., Park Slope, and Bishop Loughlin M.H.S., from 1962 to 1965.

He also worked for the Diocesan Catholic Schools Office in Brooklyn, from 1968 to 1971, and as the executive secretary for secondary schools at the National Catholic Education Association in Washington, D.C., from 1971 to 1974.

Brother Peter began his ministry to higher education as academic dean at St. John’s University, Jamaica, from 1974 to 1976.

He also served for two years as an assistant in higher education for the U.S. Catholic Conference in Washington, D.C. His last college connection was as president of St. Mary’s College in Leavenworth, Kan., 1989-94.