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R. William Clark ’43

R. William Clark ’43, March 7, 2002, in Portland. He was a retired school administrator with Portland Public Schools. After graduating from Reed, he enlisted in the navy and served as an officer in the naval reserves, reaching the rank of lieutenant. He returned to Portland after the war and continued to serve with the reserves, eventually retiring with the rank of lieutenant commander. Upon returning to Portland, he married Grace Wilmarth ’44, MA ’62. He attended Cornell University and earned a BA in hotel and motel management in 1948, with the intention of following his father’s career as an innkeeper, but after several years of working in this field he began a career in teaching. He earned a master’s degree in education from Oregon State University in 1953 and a PhD in education from the University of Portland in 1958. He taught freshman English and social studies and was a guidance counselor at Jefferson High School in Portland. Later, he became a vice principal, first at Jefferson and then Jackson High School, retiring in 1981. In retirement, William and Grace spent time on their 50-foot yacht in Sequim, Washington. William was involved in activities on the Reed campus and served on committees of the Foster-Scholz Club. Survivors include Grace; two sons, including Ray Clark ’70; a daughter, and four grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2002

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