Vera Clemente

Puerto Rican philanthropist

Vera Clemente (March 7, 1941 – November 16, 2019) was a Puerto Rican philanthropist. She was the head of the Roberto Clemente Foundation. She founded a sports education center in Puerto Rico, and was a Goodwill Ambassador for Major League Baseball.

Vera Clemente
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Vera Cristina Zabala Vivada

March 7, 1941
DiedNovember 16, 2019 (aged 78)
Years active1964-2019
Known forchair of the Roberto Clemente Foundation, founder of the Ciudad Deportiva Roberto Clemente

She was the wife of baseball player Roberto Clemente, who died in 1972, and the mother of sportscaster Roberto Clemente Jr. She went to the White House in 2003 to receive her husband's posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Clemente died of a short-illness on November 16, 2019 at a San Juan, Puerto Rico hospital, aged 78.[1][2]


  1. "Vera Clemente, humanitarian and widow of Pirates legend Roberto Clemente, dies". Los Angeles Times. 2019-11-19. Retrieved 2019-12-01.
  2. EndPlay (2019-11-02). "Vera Clemente, widow of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente in 'delicate health'". WSBTV. Retrieved 2019-12-01.