In Memory

Clyde Wilson LaMotte (Ovalo Eagles) - Class Of 1932

Clyde Wilson LaMotte

July 18, 1916 - January 22, 1995

Clyde Wilson LaMotte, son of Alfred F. LaMotte and Herma Ona Butler, married to Mary Louise Reynolds and buried in Hillsboro Cemetery, Hillsboro, Loudoun County, Virginia.

Clyde LaMotte, 78, a former journalist who was president of the National Press Club in 1975, died Jan 22 at a nursing home in Jefferson City TN, after a series of strokes. He lived in Morristown TN.

He specialized in energy and environmental reporting. He was editor of the former Petroleum Week magazine and Washington bureau chief for the Oil & Gas Journal. He wrote an energy column for Southwestern newspapers and operated a newletter business that published the Washington Energy Memo and Huttlinger's Pipeline Report.

Mr LaMotte was born in Quanah TX and graduated from the University of Texas. He was sports editor and assistant city editor of the Houston Post and worked for the Houston Chronicle before World War II.

He served in the Army Air Force during the war, then moved to Washington to work at the US Chamber of Commerce. He left Washington in 1977 go work for Public Relations International in Tulsa, retiring in 1982.

Mr LaMotte was president of the Association of Petroleum Writers and Sigma Delta Chi journalism society and vice president of the Environmental Writers Association.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Louise LaMotte of Morristown; five children, Larry LaMotte of Atlanta, Greg LaMotte of Los Angeles, LaLinda Egerstrom of St Paul MN, Michele Valkenaar of Morristown and Kay Bernier of Sterling; and 13 grandchildren."
(Washington Post, 24 Jan 1995)