Dr. Sam Lillard Clark Jr., 86
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KENNEBUNK -- Dr. Sam Lillard Clark Jr., 86, a resident of Kennebunk, died early Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough after a courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease.
He was born on June 9, 1926, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Sam Lillard Clark and Nettie Lee (Petrie) Clark.
Dr. Clark grew up in Nashville, Tenn., and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1949. He served as a doctor in the U.S. Navy from 1949 to 1954. In 1958 he was promoted to a Lieutenant Commander of the Naval Reserves.
He lived in St. Louis and was on the faculty of Washington University Medical School in St. Louis for 14 years, with a research focus in immunology. He moved to Concord, then Grafton, Mass., and was the first faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester where he served as chairmen of the anatomy department for 12 years. He re-entered clinical medicine after more than 30 years in academic medicine to join a private practice.
Dr. Clark was an active member of the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Massachusetts Medical Society and the American Association of Anatomists.
His also enjoyed sailing, reading, woodworking and cheering for his Boston Red Sox.
He was a senior warden, vestry and choir member at St. Stevens in Westborough, Mass., All Saint's in Worcester, Mass., and vestry and choir member at St. David's in Kennebunk. He was also a proud member of the Tri City Chorus.
He was predeceased by his parents; his brother William; and his son Jeffrey Battle of Tacoma, Wash. He is survived by his
Dr. Sam Lillard Clark Jr.
beloved wife of 38 years, BarbaraJean (Welch) Clark; and his children, Susan Clark of Franklin, Mass., David Clark and his wife Marta of Charlotte, N.C., Leanne Jolin and her husband Scott of Guilford, Conn., Cynthia Houghton and her husband Scott of Dudley, Mass., J. Christopher Dimmock from Chicago, Ill. He is also survived by his 12 grandchildren, Jason, Elena, Bridget, Benedict, Forrest, Lindsey, Raegan, William, Eric, Katherine and Henry; and his three great-grandchildren, Eden, Halle and Finnian.
There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at St. David's Episcopal Church, 138 York St., in Kennebunk, with the Rev. Daniel Riggall officiating. Committal will be at the All Saint's Church Columbarium in Worcester, Mass., at 5:30 p.m. on the same day. A celebration of life will be held on Dec. 15, 2012, location to be announced at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk. www.bibberfuneral.com.
Should friends desire, donations in Dr. Clark's memory can be made to:
Hospice of Southern Maine
180 U.S. Route One, #1
Scarborough, Maine 04074
St. David's Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 165
Kennebunk, Maine 04043
All Saint's Church
10 Irving St.
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609
or Downeast Coastal Conservancy
P.O. Box 760
Machias, Maine 04654
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 13, 2012