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James D. Clauser
James Donald Clauser, 57, passed away unexpectedly on March 1, 2022 at his Allentown home. Born in Allentown, Jim was the son of the late Christine (Nishnic) and Donald Clauser.
Jim, or “JD” as he was known by many of his radio fans, was an avid music and movie collector. He graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School in 1982. He went to Penn State University in University Park, PA, where he earned his BA degree in Film and Video Production. A few years later, in 1992, he received his MA in Communications with a focus in Entertainment and Media Management from Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA.
JD’s entire career was grounded in the Arts. He spent much of his employment in television production but he also did some work in local movie production. While living in NYC he worked in the publishing field. He concluded his professional life as a part time professor at Penn State University in the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Jim did some part time work at the Rectory of the Cathedral in Allentown.
JD volunteered at radio station WMUH – 91.7 FM as a disc jockey for over 30 years. He oversaw many of the radio shows but the Classical Music Program was uniquely his. He often hosted the “Movie Chat” program as well. His love of music and breadth of knowledge about many artists and genres was impressive.
Jim will be lovingly remembered by his family which includes his sister Mary Walsh and her husband Gerald, his brother Francis Clauser and his wife Patricia, his nieces Kimberly Clauser and Mary Pop and husband Chip, nephew Jerry Walsh, and great nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his brothers Stephen and Christopher Clauser.
A visitation will be held on Monday, March 7 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Catharine of Siena in Allentown immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. The Cathedral is located at 1825 W. Turner St. in Allentown, PA 18104. As per Jim’s wishes, he will be buried at Green Meadow in Fountain Hill which is a natural burial ground.