Diane Shaver Clemens, professor emerita of history at University of California, Berkeley, passed away on May 18, 2016. A memorial and celebration of Diane's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, at the Hillside Club on the UC Berkeley Campus.
Born in Cincinnati in 1936, she received an M.A. at the University of Cincinnati in 1960 and her Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara in 1966. A specialist in United States diplomatic history, she was well known for her book Yalta (Oxford University Press, 1970, published also in German, Italian, and Korean) and for her study of executive agreements as an instrument of U.S. foreign policy. She was known as a stimulating lecturer and helpful supporter of research by undergraduate as well as graduate students. Earlier in her career she taught at Santa Barbara City College, Boston University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she joined with Noam Chomsky and others in anti-Vietnam War activities. She was a consultant to the U.S. State Department publication Foreign Relations of the United States and to history programming at Harvard University.
Diane is survived by her daughter, Iolani Clemens, three grandchildren, Rose Paoletti, Olivia Clemens, and Julian Zey, and two great grandchildren, Julia and Benjamin Paoletti; and by her first husband, Walter Clemens; her late husband Richard Allen died in 2014