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Marin Independent Journal
Thursday, January 4, 1962


News accounts of the death last month of Dennison Haley Clift, author, playwright and director, who died at the age of 76 at his Beverly Hills home, recall his humble beginning in San Rafael. He was reared in the Presbyterian Orphanage in San Rafael. The orphanage, which later became Sunny Hills in San Anselmo, was at the corner of Fourth and E streets in San Rafael.

Former classmates remember him as a brilliant student. He went to San Rafael public schools and was a graduate of Stanford University. He directed the films “Honor Among Man,” “A Bill of Divorcement,” “The Mystery of the Mary Celeste” and “Ports of Call.”

Among the Broadway plays he wrote were “The Woman Disputed” and “Scotland yard.”

Clift is survived by his widow, Vivian, a daughter, Mrs. Catherine Peck of Palo Alto, a brother, Henry Clift of San Francisco and two grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted in Forest Lawn.

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