Clayton Kulp Gotwals, II., MD, died peacefully on March 19, 2020 at age 80 at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Born on June 29, 1939, Clayton was the third of five siblings born to Jacob Schueck Gotwals and Eva Derstine (Kulp) Gotwals in a Pennsylvania Dutch Mennonite community in Souderton, Pennsylvania. Clayton attended Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and enjoyed fishing and playing with his siblings and cousins, occasionally leading the singing at Plains Mennonite Church, and climbing up a tree to watch episodes of The Lone Ranger on his neighbor’s television.
Clayton graduated from Goshen College and received his MD from Temple University in 1966. He completed his internship in Burlington, Vermont, where he met his future wife, Betsy, while playing tennis. Clayon and Betsy married on August 13, 1967, and moved to Aibonito, Puerto Rico, where Clayton served two years of Alternative Service at a Mennonite hospital and their first son, Jacob, was born.
Clayton then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he did his residency in psychiatry at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital. Clayton was a founding member of the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute in 1973 and the Cincinnati Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in 1981, where he served multiple terms as Director and Dean. When Clayton stopped practicing psychiatry in 2018 after a fall, he was very missed by his patients, many of whom had been with him for years.
Clayton enjoyed tennis, movies, current affairs, all kinds of music (choral, classical, bluegrass, and country, as well as the old Mennonite hymns), and was a connoisseur of red wine and good food—especially potato pie. Clayton was a longtime member of Queen City Racquet Club, The Indoor Tennis Club, and Camargo Racquet Club, where his opponents were confounded by his right-handed serve and left-handed ground strokes. Clayton also enjoyed laughing at and retelling favorite family jokes. Most of all, Clayton loved his wife Betsy of almost 40 years and his four children.
Clayton took pride in providing for his family. He was known for being quiet and friendly and standing firm in his wishes. He loved his home in North Avondale and lived there for 43 years.
Clayton is predeceased by his wife Emily “Betsy” (Witte) Gotwals, his parents Jacob and Eva (Kulp) Gotwals, and his brother-in-law Hardy Carroll. He is survived by his four children—Jacob (Emilah DeToro) Gotwals of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Anne (Kevin Huyler) Gotwals of Washington, DC; John (Alexa Haberer) Gotwals of Thunder Bay, Ontario; and Sarah (Steve) Stowell of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is also survived by his three grandchildren (Henry Huyler, Emily Gotwals, and Samuel Gotwals) and his four siblings—Mary Carroll of Kalamazoo, Michigan; John (Yixia) Gotwals of West Lafayette, Indiana; Martha (Pieter) Postma Gotwals, of Gouda, The Netherlands; and Paul Gotwals of Souderton, Pennsylvania.
The family would like to thank Clayton’s many colleagues and the administrative staff at the Cincinnati Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, family friend Bettina Schmid, his caregivers—especially Gay Griffin, Jasmine Williams, and DeLisa Washington—and Hospice of Cincinnati.
Date and time of service to be determined.