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William L. Clayton Professorship in International Economics

ClaytonWilliamWILLIAM L. CLAYTON, university trustee emeritus and a former member of the SAIS Advisory Council, was a leader in business and international affairs. He served for many years as president of Anderson, Clayton and Company, a Texas-based cotton trading company. In addition, Mr. Clayton served as the first American undersecretary of state for economic affairs, during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. In 1963, when Mr. Clayton was in his eighties, President John F. Kennedy asked him to work on the national export expansion program and nuclear test ban treaty. The Clayton family is one of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s most generous benefactors. In 1947, Mr. Clayton, along with his wife, SUSAN VAUGHAN CLAYTON, established at Hopkins the Clayton Fund for Medical Research. In 1961, he established the William L. Clayton Professorship in International Economics at SAIS.

SUSAN VAUGHAN CLAYTON’s trust continued their tradition of generous support for research on cancer and heart disease. The Clayton Professorship in Oncology at the School of Medicine is named in their honor.