Clarence “Oley” Oldenburg
Clarence “Oley” Oldenburg. co-founded the Oley Foundation in 1983 with Dr. Lyn Howard, and served as a board member and Regional Coordinator until he passed away in January, 1998. We, the staff and board of Oley, as well as thousands of homePEN consumers and their families, are grateful for his vision and efforts to share information and support with fellow consumers across the country and around the world.
Born October 2, 1929, Clarence was a veteran of the Korean conflict and lived with his wife Kay in Syracuse, NY. He led a normal and healthy life until 1975 when he experienced a life-threatening blood clot that cut off circulation to his intestines. Numerous emergency surgeries were required to remove most of his small intestines, leaving Clarence hospital-bound for the next five years, in a demoralized, state of starvation. Fortunately, in 1980 Clarence met a nutrition support specialist, began TPN and was able to leave the hospital for good. In his later years Clarence spent much of his time at the VFW, and enjoyed gardening and watching his grandson play baseball.
Clarence, as with all consumers, had endured his share of the tough realities that can come with TPN — infections, limited access and most recently, renal failure. We remember him for his courage and vision, and miss his presence dearly.