SIFE team to host estate sale for late business professor

PLAINVIEW – The Students in Free Enterprise team at Wayland Baptist University will host an estate sale of the property of the late Dr. Vance Clapp, longtime business professor at the Plainview campus who died in April 2005.

The sale will be held Nov. 18, beginning at 8 a.m., at the Clapp home, located at 711 Portland Street in Plainview.

Proceeds from the sale will be split among the Vance and Bertha Clapp Endowed Scholarship fund and the SIFE team, supporting their community projects to promote business skills, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

“We’ve spent pretty much every Saturday for two months cleaning and sorting and pricing items for the sale,” said Stephanie Clements, SIFE president. “There are some great items here for folks to look at.”

The estate features a good collection of clocks, as well as books, Bibles and Biblical reference books, antique photo equipment, plates and sewing materials. The typical furniture and household items are also included.

Clapp worked as a business professor at Wayland from 1959 to 1980, when he retired as professor emeritus of business administration. He also served as head of the business division, director of special services and dean of the Hawaii Campus.

Prior to his time at WBU, he had worked in accounting in Oklahoma City for Baker, Hanna & Blake, Co. and for Swift and Company Dairy and Poultry Plant before earning three degrees from the University of Denver. He then taught at Central High School in Pueblo, Colo., and was assistant professor of business administration at Oregon State University for four years.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Clapp and his wife Bertha were married 58 years when she died in October 1996.