Clarence Siegel was a member of the "greatest generation," having served our country during World War II as an Army corporal. A Chicago native and a graduate of the University of Chicago, Clarence found his calling after the war in civil service, working at the Department of Commerce. Washington, D.C. became his home, and Clarence built a life here with his wife, Jeanette.
Jeanette Gold Siegel was a New Jersey girl, but moved to Washington for work. She, too, made a career in the civil service as s a statistician in the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Together, Clarence and Jeanette enjoyed life in the district, and found enjoyment in classical music on WETA FM. There were also devoted WETA 26 public television viewers and especially enjoyed the British programs and MASTERPIECE.
After Jeanette died in 1987, Clarence worked on his golf and tennis games. He also was passionate about helping many charities. He exhibited a kindness and dedication to helping others that inspired many who knew him.
A dedicated WETA member for more than 20 years, Clarence Siegel lived a good, long life. He appreciated the music and programs on WETA so much that he included the station in his Will.
In the summer of 2013, WETA received a generous bequest from the Estate of Clarence and Jeanette Siegel so that future viewers and listeners will continue to enjoy the programs and music of WETA.