Melissie Clemmons Rumizen
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Rumizen, Ph.D., Melissie Clemmons Dr. Melissie Clemmons Rumizen, a Baton Rouge native and a Central area resident until the age of 15, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va. She was 51. An accomplished and well-respected leader in the field of knowledge management, Dr. Rumizen's career began as a Russian and German linguist in the U.S. Army. From there, she moved to the National Security Agency, and later, joined the private sector as a knowledge strategist and much-sought-after speaker and consultant. Her work in the speaking and consulting arena took her all over the world, including England, Germany, Japan, China, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Iceland and Spain. She earned her master's degree from Boston College and her Ph.D. from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She is the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knowledge Management." Dr. Rumizen is survived by her parents, Bill and Laura Clemmons; brothers, Brian and Darryl Clemmons; sister, Alicia Hill; stepdaughter, Lara Rumizen; grandparents, Anne LeDuke and Mae Brian; other relatives and numerous friends around the world, all of whom will greatly miss her unique style, humor, passion, intelligence and generosity of spirit. The family received visitors at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Sunday, followed by a brief graveside service at Redwood Baptist Church Cemetery, near Slaughter.

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Published in The Advocate from Dec. 8 to Dec. 10, 2006.
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December 22, 2006
Goodbye, Melissie. It is good to able to say thanks for your being, for your lifelines, and for being in your network, as you always said, and still being in your network now.
Etienne Wenger
December 12, 2006
Melissie was a special person. I was always impressed by her personal and professional manner. I like others, will remember her with appreciation.
Michael G Davis, DMin.,BCC
Michael Davis
December 11, 2006
Dear Bill and Laura:

All our love to you at this very
difficult time. We will continue
to remember you.
Thurston and Jimmie Brice
December 11, 2006
Even though I never got you meet you other than by email, I feel as if I have lost my sister, your cousin, Virgil P. Clemmons
Virgil P Clemmons
December 11, 2006
Melissie was special. That girl had spunk, and always provided a quotable anecdote. She will be sorely missed.
Carla O'Dell
December 11, 2006
Melissie was just a fun person to be around. She was always laughing, always cheerful, and kept her spirits up even in the face of death. I thought she was one of the bravest people I ever met. I will miss her great stories and great advice on many areas.
Pam O'Beirne
December 11, 2006
Melissie was a light in the world. Because of her generosity of spirit and legacy of knowledge, her light will continue to burn in the thoughts and deeds of so many, like me, that she inspired and affected.

I was so lucky to have the chance to spend many hours online, and even the rare gift of a few days F2F. He memory burns bright. To you, her family, we send our love and gratitude for the beautiful woman you raised into the world.
Nancy White
December 11, 2006
Melissie was a wonderfully unique and caring person. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Sheila Miller
December 10, 2006
Dear Laura and Billy Ray,
Due to Beverly's shared correspondence with Melissie and you, we felt as if we knew Melissie personally. Our prayers and most caring thoughts go out to each member of the family she loved so dearly.
Love,
Carol and Bobby Clemmons
Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Clemmons
December 10, 2006
Melissie is the rare soul you meet along the path of life that simultaneously inspires and challenges you ... I do not have any words of sympathy, but of appreciation for her undying spirit that has touched so many people worldwide, and of joy for a life well-lived.
Alex Bennet
December 10, 2006
Melissie, among all her other virtues, was also a model of grace and dignity throughout this very trying past year. For having such tiny little feet, she leaves very big shoes to fill in the KM community. I miss her.
Laura Moore
December 10, 2006
Dear Laura and Bill,
We were so very sorry to learn of your daughter's passing. There are no words that will comfort you. Please know that you are not alone in this journey for we, too, have lost a child. Your family is in our hearts and in our prayers.
Sharon and Joe Aycock
December 9, 2006
Melissie taught me a lot about the discipline that is now my profession. A great colleague -- the signed copy of her book with her personal note will now have even more meaning to me
Bill Kaplan
December 9, 2006
Melissie was a kind and generous friend. We had
some wonderfully interesting conversations over
delicious food she cooked and exquisite wine she
served. The stories, oh, the stories she would tell
from her extensive travels. I was blessed to have
her in my life.
Wynanne Dierssen
December 9, 2006
I admired her so much, her energy, her positive thinking, her spirit.
Carolyn Jones
December 9, 2006
I will miss Melissie very much. The obituary is a stunning tribute to her.
Alison Tucker
December 9, 2006
... a lifetime of friendship in only two years! I can hardly imagine the loss for those who knew her longer.
Rod Wilkinson
December 9, 2006
Melissie was a good friend, something I have very few of. She will be deeply missed.
David Aswad
December 8, 2006
Melissie was a true "force of nature" and a wonderful friend. As the connsumate networker, I know she would be so thrilled to see how her network has come together to honor her spirit, her energy, and her warmth as we share our wonderful memories of her. Save a place for me at your networking dinners, Melissie, for I know we will meet again some day.
Sue Hanley
December 8, 2006
Melissie was my best friend for more than 30 years. Her generosity, intelligence, wit, and caring nature attracted people to her everywhere she went, and it seemed that she went everywhere. Her courage in the face of mortal illness was inspirational to those of us who had the priviledge to be with her to the end. I shall miss my dear friend more than I can say.
Barbara Aswad
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