Clarence E. Dade Jr., 77, a Rockville resident who spent his career in education and youth outreach programs, died Dec. 10 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington. He had cancer.

A son, Corey A. Dade, confirmed the death.

In the early 1960s, Dr. Dade was first director of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Playground in Northwest Washington and later was staff director and senior manager of employment for the United Planning Organization, which used federal “War on Poverty” funds to provide educational and health-care programs for D.C. residents.

In the mid-1970s, he was executive director of boys clubs in Washington and started a summer high school basketball league at the Jelleff boys club in the Georgetown neighborhood, his family said. From 1977 to 1981, he was director of the National Park Service’s Young Adult Conservation Corps at Rock Creek Park in the District.

He spent the next five years as a guidance counselor in Montgomery County public schools, advising students with behavioral programs and learning disabilities. He ended his career as an education and youth outreach consultant.

Clarence Edward Dade Jr. was a native of Warrenton, Va., and a 1957 recreation administration graduate of what is now Virginia State University in Petersburg. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he received a master’s degree in education in 1994 and a doctorate in education in 1998.

He served in the Army from 1958 to 1962 and remained in the Air and Army National Guard until being reactivated to Army service during the Persian Gulf War in 1990. He did intelligence work during the war and retired at the rank of chief warrant officer 4.

His marriage to Cecelia Savage ended in divorce. Survivors include three children, Celeste D. Arnold of Bristow, Va., Clay E. Dade of Austell, Ga., and Corey A. Dade of Washington; and four grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein