Clifton C. Stroud III, 60, of Warrenton, died July 12, 2017.
He was born July 27, 1956, in Baltimore, and was reared in Wynnewood and Devon, Pennsylvania. Mr. Stroud was a graduate of the Montgomery Country Day School and the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, and Syracuse University. He had a distinguished career in the field of business aviation marketing communications as an editor, writer and public relations executive, promoting the use of corporate jets as essential business tools.
More recently, Mr. Stroud worked as a writer and editor for the Federal Aviation Administration on the Next Generation Air Transportation System. He loved his family, Bach, Elton John, the Outer Banks and riding his motorcycle on the scenic back roads of Fauquier County. An accomplished church organist and choral director who secured his first position at the age of 14, he held numerous music positions throughout his career at prominent churches in Philadelphia and in the Washington, D.C., area. Most recently he served as the organist at Warrenton United Methodist Church.
Mr. Stroud performed three times at Washington National Cathedral, including in 1997 when he gave a solo organ recital. He was one of several organists to record a compact disc on the world's largest pipe organ, the historic 450-rank, 33,000-pipe organ in the Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1998. One prominent music critic described Mr. Stroud’s playing of the great hymn “Abide with Me” on the CD as the most thrilling sound he had ever heard. Mr. Stroud taught organ and piano privately and served as a board member of the Northern Virginia chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
He for many years was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains and served on the vestry at the church. He also served on the Penn Charter Alumni Board and on the Board of Directors for the Kennett Symphony.
Survivors include his father, Ira Glenn Stroud; a son, Davidson R.N. Stroud and wife Veronica Nicole Stroud; a granddaughter, Autumn Marie Stroud; a brother, Harold Wilson Stroud Sr.; a nephew, Harold Wilson Stroud Jr.; a sister-in-law, Carmen Patricia Stroud, and his former wife, Keith Nelsen Stroud.
The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, at Warrenton United Methodist Church. A reception will immediately follow in the church hall. A private family burial will follow the reception at Little Georgetown Cemetery near Broad Run.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Warrenton United Methodist Church Capital Campaign for Organ Improvement. Alternatively, contributions may be made to The William Penn Charter School, 3000 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, Pa., 19144, in support of the performing arts program.