The Passing of Our Founding Director

The Passing of Our Founding Director

Littleton, Colorado, USA – May 23, 2017

Just over one month ago, Ronald C. Clute, Ph.D., the founding director of The Clute Institute, unexpectedly passed away. Dr. Clute’s dedication to the Institute has been essential to its success and continued growth, and his guidance will be forever missed. Moving forward, the Institute is now directed by Dr. Clute’s wife and co-founder, Diane Pielat-Clute. She is an experienced classroom teacher, holding a Bachelor’s in Education and a Master’s in Special Education from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. The Institute will continue to operate as normal.

We thank those who have already reached out to provide their condolences. Dr. Clute was known for inspiring a relaxed and inclusive perspective to the Institute’s work, with some describing it as a feeling of being a part of a larger family. Our hearts are saddened by the loss of Dr. Clute, however, our dedication to the academic community stands firm. We continue to strive relentlessly to provide our authors with the best conference experience and journal publication services available. This has been our promise since our humble beginnings in 1985, and we intend to stand behind that promise well into the future.


The Clute Institute Team

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  1. Dr. Abram Poczter May 23, 2017 at 11:10 am

    My sincere condolences to family and friends. Wishes for a continuing success for Ron’s labor of love.

  2. Magdy M Hussein May 23, 2017 at 11:21 am

    These news are heart-aching. I met Ron last year in SF conference and he was such a sweet gentleman with a beautiful presence. He will be missed greatly. RIP Ron.
    Dr. Hussein

  3. Magdy M Hussein May 23, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Please accept my condolences. I met Ron last year in SF conference and found him a sweet personality and beautiful soul. RIP Ron.
    Dr. Hussein

  4. Patricia Wiggin May 23, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I am so sorry to hear this news. I know your strong team will carry on the work your Father started. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Best regards to you all.

  5. BILAL ANWAR May 23, 2017 at 11:50 am

    oh sad condolences for his family,friends.A great loss for the research community as well.God rest his soul in peace.

  6. Dr. Imanii Akin May 23, 2017 at 11:53 am

    My sincere condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Clute at the conference in Munich. I met most of the family, there.

  7. Najma Sharif & Atul Dar May 23, 2017 at 11:54 am

    My wife and I have been attending Clute conferences since 2005. We always found Dr. Clute to be gracious and friendly, and shall miss his presence. Both of us extend our sincere condolences to his family.

  8. Riste Simnjanovski May 23, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Saddened to hear the news. Ron was a kind soul and our interactions with him were memorable, professional and downright fun at times. We want you to know that the team at Cal Baptist University has you all in our prayers.

    Dr. Simnjanovski

  9. Dr. Donald C. Smith May 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    This is very sad news and my condolences to the family. Ron was a very good man. I’ve known him for over 20 years and over the course of many conferences – he will me missed by all who knew him. The last time we spoke was during a side trip from Venice to the mountains of Italy. As chance would have it we both we’re on tours that stopped at the same convenience store. We talked about looking forward to this year’s summer conference. I have nothing but respect and admiration for him. God Bless. — Dr. Donald C. Smith, University of New Haven, USA.

  10. Eva Panczyk May 23, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    My heartfelt condolences are extended to Dr. Clute’s family and friends. He was a gentle, caring person always willing to assist others at previous conferences I attended. What a wonderful tribute to him that the Institute will continue to thrive in his name. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. Dr. Poonam Garg May 23, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Our deepest condolences to you upon the passing of Dr. Ron.Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your loss.
    Our sincere sympathies to you and your family.
    We pray the love of God enfolds you during this difficult time.

  12. Dr. Chachan J. Mohammed Head of Dept.of Special Education University of Duhok, Iraq May 23, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this news. I know your strong team will carry on the work your Father started. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Best regards to you all.

  13. Belinda Karge May 23, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    My deepest sympathy and prayers for you all. Dr. Clute was an amazing, innovative, creative, and exceptionally personal individual. His smile and passion for education will be missed.
    Belinda Karge

  14. Dr Nahla Gahwaji May 23, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    My sincere condolences to family, friends, and colleagues. My best wishes for a continuing success for his wife and clute team.

  15. Dr. Lloyd M. Basham May 23, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Dr Clute’s passing. Enjoyed our conversations at the S.F. conference in August of last year and the last conference in Spain. Dr. Clute always expressed an interest in getting to know the attendees at the conferences. In Spain, my wife, granddaughter and I had a most enjoyable evening dinner.

    His contribution to Academia will be remember for many years to come.

    My condolences to his family as they experience this grieving period. May the success of the Clute Institute continue.

  16. Kofi Sarpong Adu-Manu May 23, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Please accept my sympathy. God knows best. Be strong and courageous and know ye that the Lord will provide for you and the rest of the family. He will also make Clute great. Fear not only trust in the Lord. Amen.

  17. Dr. Johnson-Snyder May 23, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He was a great, kind man. I had the opportunity to meet him and his family at a conference last fall. Wonderful family. My heart aches for his family.

  18. George May 23, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Heart felt condolences to the Clute family.

  19. UCHECHUKWU OHIA May 23, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    My condolences to the family for this loss. Take consolation that death is a passing itnto another world and the spirit , that is man, never dies.Sincere Cheer!
    Uche Ohia, Ph.D. – Famous Assessment System International

  20. Joe Mosca May 23, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    This is Heart felt sad news, Ron was a guiding light for many, including me, certainly will miss him. My prayers are with his family.
    J. Mosca, Monmouth University.

  21. G. Titi Oladunjoye May 23, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    May His Soul Rest in Perfect Peace!!!

  22. Odunayo Ani May 23, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Condolences to Diane, Ron’s Children and Clute Institute. May the Lord comfort you all on all sides. May the soul of the departed Rest In Peace.

  23. Professor Austin N. Nosike May 23, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    I wish to express my deepest sympathy to The Clute Institute on the death of the founding father.As a senior professional colleague I learnt alot from him and remain indebted for the inspiration and his commitment to.academic excellence.May his soul rest in peace.

  24. Professor Michael Menchaca May 23, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    So sorry to hear about Ron’s passing. I met him several times at multiple conferences and he was always very gracious and thoughtful. He’ll be missed.

  25. Chandra Aleong May 23, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I am so sad to hear about the passing of Dr. Clute. I have been to many Clute conferences and Dr. Clute has served the educational opportunity with great opportunities for growth. If I can serve in any capacity I will be very willing to do so.

  26. Robert (Chip) Matthews May 23, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Words never seem adequate at a time like this, but my deepest sympathy to the Clute Institute and to all the family. You have all meant a lot to me in my professional development over the last decade, and I remain deeply indebted for that. May the Lord comfort all of you in this time of grief, and may Ron’s soul rest in peace.

  27. Catherine AbouZaid May 24, 2017 at 12:39 am

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to the family. He was a lovely man and a gentleman. My pleasure to have met him and he was an inspiration to all.


  28. Ejaz Ali May 24, 2017 at 1:36 am

    My profound sympathies to the Family of the departed. May his soul rest in Heaven with eternal peace. The Institute will be indebted for his untiring and sincere efforts. I pray for the courage and health of the successor.

  29. Hafiz Muhammad Inamullah May 24, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Mrs Clute
    I am very shocked to see this email that Prof Clute passed away last month.It is indeed a great loss for your family and especially for the academic community.I had some good memories.He was a very nice ,polite and cooperative man.He engoured me so many time to participate in the conference,even once i reached the conference and had less money to pay my registration fee.He directed you to wave off his registration fee and i was able to participate.
    I feel very sad and accept my condolence and share this your children and family please
    Dr Hafiz Muhammad Inamullah
    Institute of Education and Resaerch
    University of Peshawar

  30. Jerzy Zemke May 24, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Condolences to Diane, Ron’s Children. I am deeply sorry to hear about the death of dr Ronald Clute.

  31. Lisa Ekmekjian May 24, 2017 at 7:48 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Clute family. I met you at a conference in Italy some years ago. I remember spending nice times at the lounge with Ron and Diane, feeling welcomed. May God welcome Ron now.

  32. Sajid Hussain Mahar May 24, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I am deeply saddened by the news of Ronald C. Clute loss. I pray that God will grant him the strength. My most sincere condolences

  33. OLADELE Isaac and Adetoun May 24, 2017 at 8:42 am

    This is shocking to myself and my husband . We were looking forward to meeting Dr Clute at this year s international conference in Sweden for the first time.We have even planned to attend next year s conference on education because of the prompt response we receive on issues.May God console his family and give them the fortitude to bear this huge loss .We want to advise them to keep the flag flying.It shall continue to be well with the family and the institute.

  34. Professor Sir Kolapo Ige May 24, 2017 at 9:57 am

    My sincere condolences to the wife and the entire family of Clute Institute. The good Lord Will uphold the family and great Clute Institute.

  35. Abdul S. Muntaka May 24, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    My heart felt condolences goes to the entire Clute family and especially to the wife and family. I strongly believe and pray that the good work he has started will continue as indicated by the Clute team.

  36. Bhupender Rana May 25, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Our deepest condolences to you upon the passing of Dr. Ron.Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your loss.
    Our sincere sympathies to you and your family.
    God console his family and give them the fortitude to bear this huge loss .

  37. Funda Savasci Acikalin May 27, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    My deepest condolences to the Clute family. I am so sad to hear of Dr. Ronald Clute’s passing away. It is big loss for his family and especially the academic community. I met him several times at the conferences. We will miss him.

  38. Sujeet May 29, 2017 at 3:58 am

    These news are heart-aching. I met Ron in Las Vegas conference and he was such a sweet gentleman with a beautiful presence. I missed so much him

  39. Tayeb Bouhitem June 3, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    On behalf of English Department, University of Biskra we r e mailing u this condolences message to Clute Institute. We are very saddened to hear of the recent loss Ronald C. Clute
    A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for is still alive in our hearts and minds, he will not be forgotten he was a great man and he will be truly missed and will always be remembered. He was helpful, generous and very kind. Indeed, he was a great man. It was an honour to have known such a great person and we will truly miss him.
    Our sincere sympathy to you, all the staff, and his family.
    Our deepest condolences
    God bless his soul
    Tayeb Bouhitem
    EFL Teacher
    English Division,Department of Foreign Languages
    University of Biskra, Algeria

  40. Rick Cummings June 5, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Ron and Diane have been indeed been very welcome entrepreneurs in the academic publishing and conference providers industry. Their efforts have forced the competition to rethink how to offer these services to academics and to share research. Ron never met a stranger as was always very helpful when you needed assistance. He was a great example of a father, academic, and friend. It was a joy to see the family grow up and be part of the business as we have attended annual conferences. My condolences to the family and may I suggest that the world is a much better place because of Ron and Diane’s contribution. Best wishes for keeping the Clute Institute at the cutting edge for publication and conference venues.

    Richard G. Cummings, PhD, CPA
    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    Accounting Department-Hyland Hall 3529
    800 West Main Street Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

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