Clarence Louis "Lou" House

clarence house

August 16, 1946 ~ May 8, 2024

Born in: Lexington, KY
Resided in: Vienna, Va

Clarence Louis “Lou” House, 77, passed away May 8, 2024, at his home in Vienna, VA.
A native of Kentucky, he graduated from Saint Brigid grade school and Saint Xavier
High school in Louisville, Kentucky. After graduating from St. X, he enrolled in
Georgetown University in Washington DC, where he completed his undergraduate
degree in Russian in 1968. He was then awarded a fellowship, which was interrupted by
the military draft. After spending 2 years in the Army, and having served in Vietnam, he
returned to Georgetown University, where he completed his PhD in Russian. He then
joined the Voice of America, first in the Russian service, then as a newsroom editor, the
position from which he retired.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thekla Reiniger House and Clarence Levi

He is survived by his wife Judith House and children Michael and Jennifer as well as his
brothers Reginald Joseph House, Mark Stephen House (Barbara), Gregory J. Francis
House (Cheryl), Lawrence Daniel House (Dena), and sisters Regina T. Spurlock,
Theresa Cecilia Klingenfus, Bertha Marian Rose Carpenter (Dave), Carolyn Elizabeth
Gregory (Ed), and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 9:00am to 10:00am, and followed by his funeral Mass at
10:00am, on Wednesday, May 22,2024, at St. Brigid Catholic Church, 1520 Hepburn
Ave, Louisville, KY 40204. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, 1600 Newburg Rd,
Louisville, KY 40204.

A celebration of life will also be held locally in Virginia at a future date

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  1. Lou was one of the sweetest, kindest, most even tempered people I was privileged to work with. I have fond memories of occasional overnight shifts with him running the show.

  2. I knew Lou while he worked in the newsroom, he was one of my favorite editors and colleagues. He always had a kind word, shared good stories, and gave solid journalistic advice. I am sorry for your loss, it certainly is for those who worked with him.

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