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Former Belhaven president Cleland dies

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Howard J. Cleland, who served as president of Belhaven College for 17 years, died Sunday at the age of 95.

Officials with Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home say Cleland died Sunday. The cause of death was not released.

Graveside services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Parkway Memorial Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson.

Cleland served as Bailey Junior High School's principal from 1947 to 1955. When Murrah High School opened in Jackson in 1955, he was selected as the school's first principal and served until 1961. Our own Bert Case was a student at both Bailey and Murrah while Cleland was principal.

In 1961, he was named president of Belhaven College - now Belhaven University - and served until 1978.

Cleland also served in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He was a lieutenant when he joined the crew of the U.S. S. Humbolt in the South Atlantic. While aboard the Humbolt, the ship captured a German submarine. The U-505 sub is still on display at the Museum of Industry and Science in Chicago.

Survivors include his wife, Gustava; three children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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