Clyde R. Bell Jr., 61, Supervisory Park Ranger, Gettysburg National Military Park, died suddenly Thursday, June 20, 2013 at his home.
Born Jan. 4, 1952, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. the son of the late Clyde Bell Sr. and Sophia Breyo Bell of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Clyde grew up primarily in upstate New York, where he attended high school and graduated from Eisenhower College. During his high school days he worked on a neighbor's dairy farm. His first National Park Service job was a seasonal Park Ranger position at Saratoga National Historical Park where he portrayed both an American and a British soldier. Subsequent NPS jobs were at Desoto National Park, Colonial National Historic Park (Jamestown and Yorktown), C & O Canal National Historic Park, and also the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hartwell Lake Project in Georgia. Clyde had been with the National Park Service for more than 40 years.
He had been at Gettysburg National Military Park since 1997 fulfilling the unique and challenging job of overseeing Gettysburg's corps of 155 Licensed Battlefield Guides as well as the park's museum and visitor center operations and interpretive staff operations. Clyde had a critical role in the park's upcoming nine day commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, which begins June 29.
Clyde's work in developing and managing the testing and certifying of Licensed Battlefield Guides at Gettysburg had recently been profiled in The Civil War Monitor, Summer 2013 issue, Vol. 3, No. 2.
Plans for a memorial service are not yet available.