born in Barrett in western Minnesota, taught theatre for over 30 years at St. Louis Park High School. He shepherded the initial organization and subsequent growth of St. Louis Park Community Theatre and directed many of its plays. In the early 1960s he and friends brought summer stock theatre to the Brainerd Lakes area, forming a company of college students and young theatre educators. The growth and success of the current Central Lakes College Theatre is partly an outgrowth of his Old Opera House Players. In his home town DeClercq played a key role in the growth of the Prairie Wind Players, starting in 1979, and in renovating the historic Roosevelt Hall into a performance facility. He has directed many of PWPs most successful shows, concluding three years ago with Guys and Dolls. Since his wifes death five years ago, he remains active with many Elderhostel expeditions around the country.