Clarence Charles Traum, 91, of Princeton, passed away on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Princeton Nursing and Rehabilitation.
He was born Sept. 28, 1929 in Sioux City, Iowa. His parents were Clarence Albert Traum and Nora Ella Bartz.
Clarence’s college years included the University of Nebraska where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and Los Angeles State College. He received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.
He served his country in Guam and the Marianas Islands, PFC Military Police Company in the United States Army, 1947-1948.
He started his career as a hospital administrator in Norwalk,Connecticut, in 1961. He was a partner in Susquehanna American, a management company for health care facilities. In 1979 he became CEO of Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, KY, he became president in 1987, and CEO of Consolidated Health Systems in Prestonsburg, KY, in 1984. He retired from all duties in 1999, moving to Lake Barkley.
He was elected chairman of the Kentucky Hospital Association in 1987 and in 1996, was presented the Kentucky Hospital Association Award of Excellence. In 1994, he was Kentucky’s delegate to the Board of American Hospital Association. He became a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives in 1960. The Kentucky Hospital Association honored him by naming an award for his work on PAC contribution. “The Clarence Traum Award” is given each year recognizing the facility and staff that most exceeds their PAC goal for the year and is the highest Circle of Friends award given by KHA.
Over the years he was involved with many community and civic organizations. His past time was given to photography and reading, along with a passion for cars and watches, German made.
Survived by spouse, Carolyn Hay Traum of Princeton, who he married in Pacific Palisades, California the 11 of January 1981 and their daughter Nora Jane Traum of Canada. Three children from a previous marriage to Ann Carol Davies survive, Mark and wife Janet Fowler Traum of CO, Michael and wife Julie Fensteer Traum of CT and Bradley Bloom and Tracy Traum of CT. Four grandchildren survive, Lily Traum, Evan, Marisa, Travis, and wife Meghan Ledan Bloom. He is also survived by sister Doris Jean Traum Breglia and brother Charles Fredrick “Chuck” Traum both of Omaha NB.
A Celebration of Life is planned at Morgan’s Funeral Home at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 12, 2021 with a private burial of the ashes.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Morgan’s Funeral Home.
The family request expressions of sympathy be given to your favorite charity or St. Matthew By The Lake Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 3966 US HWY 641 North Benton, KY 42025.