Clifford (Cliff) Lorenz

October 3, 1931 - January 20, 2022

Clifford (Cliff) Lorenz passed away peacefully on January 20, 2022 in Fort Myers, FL. Cliff was born October 3, 1931, the son of Clifford J. and Mary Aird Lorenz. He graduated from Loras Academy, received a BA in 1953 from Loras College, and a Masters degree in Education and Psychology from the University of Iowa in 1957. He married Mary Willits on December 27, 1955. He taught at Loras Academy and held administrative and School Psychologist positions with the Dubuque and Jackson County School Districts. He pioneered the formation of special education programs and was a founder of the Dubuque Reading Clinic which provided developmental programs for children and adults. In 1966 he joined the faculty of Clarke College. In 1970 he was hired by Mercy Health where he held various positions including Vice President. He retired from Mercy in 1991. Cliff Lorenz was active in many community organizations including: President of the Dubuque Rotary Club; Barn Community Theater; Dubuque Art Association; American Hospital Association Health Manpower and Education Division; Dubuque Chamber of Commerce; Scoutmaster with Boy Scouts of America Troop 45; Board of Directors of the University of Iowa Alumni Association; and, along with his wife Mary he was active in productions of the Barn Community Theater.

He was pre-deceased by his loving wife, Mary. He is survived by a Son, Mark Lorenz his wife Laurie and three grandchildren: Dr. Zachary Lorenz, Rebekah Lorenz, and Elijah Lorenz. 

Memorials may be given to the Grand Opera House, 135 West 8th Street, Dubuque, IA 52001.

No formal services are planned at this time.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Kathy Roberts Jan 30, 2022 at 11:37 am

    Mark and Laurie,
    We are very sorry for the loss of your father, Cliff. He obviously made significant contributions to the Dubuque community.
    Thoughts and prayers to your family,
    Jeff & Kathy

  2. Sue Riedel Feb 4, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    Dear Mark, How I enjoyed your talented parents.They brought joy to so many on and off stage !!! Hugs and prayers from your old teacher. Sue

  3. Sharon Kress and Keith Cook Feb 7, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    We have many wonderful memories of your parents. Your dad’s role as the conductor in “The Music Man” at the Grand many years ago stands out!

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