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Richard F. Clark M.D. Obituary
HAMPTON - Dr. Richard Franklin Clark, 80, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Sentara Careplex Hospital. Born January 11, 1933 in Winthrope, Mass., Dick grew up in Hampton graduating from Hampton High School as President of the Senior Class in 1951. He attended the College of William and Mary where he graduated in only two and a half years and was elected President of the Junior Class. He then earned his M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia in 1958 where he had been elected class President. Dick was elected into the Alpha Sigma Chi, Alpha Omega Alpha and Sigma Zeta medical honor societies. After graduating medical school he completed his internship in internal medicine at Yale University followed by a residency in pathology at the Medical College of Virginia. Dick practiced medicine for over 45 years in the Hampton Roads area. His distinguished medical career included the following positions: Director of Pathology at Hampton General Hospital and Mary Immaculate Hospital, Consultant in Pathology at Hampton Veterans' Administration Medical Center, Langley Air Force Base Hospital, and McDonald Army Hospital. He also served the Hampton area as a Medical Examiner for the State of Virginia. Dick was a founding instructor, Research Fellow, Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology and Commissioner at the Eastern Virginia Medical School where he later became Professor Emeritus in 1977. Dick had many interests and always contributed his time and talents to life in the Hampton Roads area. One of his accomplishments came in 2001 when he helped to found the Dr. Richard F. Clark, H.E.L.P. Medical Clinic after seeing the need to help the uninsured in the Hampton area. Dick had been a member of the AMA, the Medical Society of Virginia, College of American Pathologists, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, Virginia Pathology Society, Hampton Medical Society, American Association of Blood Banks as a Regional Inspector, Commissioner of Eastern Virginia Medical Authority, Director of the Optima Health Plan and President of the Hampton General Hospital Medical Staff. He served in numerous other leadership positions including: the Board of Directors of the Hampton History Museum Assoc., Board of Trustees and Board of Directors of Hampton General Hospital, and Board of Directors of American Cancer Society. Dick was elected to the Board of Directors of Old Point Financial Corporation, Old Point National Bank, and Old Point Trust and Financial Services, N.A. He was Past President, Honorary Member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Hampton Rotary Club; a member and former Vestryman of St. John's Episcopal Church; and served on the Boards of Eastern Virginia Health Systems and Sentara Health Systems. Dick was a third generation member of the Hampton Yacht Club and member of the James River Country Club. He and wife Martha had always enjoyed their many functions as members of the Hampton Roads Assembly. They also enjoyed golfing at the James River Country Club, Williamsburg Country Club and Kingsmill Resort. He loved bird hunting, boating and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at the Buckroe Beach house. Dick was preceded in death by his father, James Emerson Troupe who died while stationed in Panama when Dick was only a small child; his mother, Ellen Elizabeth Slaughter Clark and father, John Arnold Clark; and his first wife and mother his three children, Joanna C. Clark. He is survived by his loving wife of thirty years, Martha L. Clark; children, Dr. Richard F. Clark Jr. and fiancée, Alicia B. Minns of San Diego, CA, Ellen Clark Thacker and husband Scott Thacker of Yorktown, Thomas M. Clark and wife Cathleen S. Clark of Richmond; seven grandchildren, Mahlon Clark, Odessa Thacker, Alexander Clark, Abigail Clark, Benjamin Clark, Catherine Clark, and Logan Clark; and two brothers, Robert G. Clark and his wife, Anne of Gloucester and John B. Clark and his partner, John C. Shulson of Williamsburg. The family will receive friends Monday from 5-7 PM at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home 245 S. Armistead Ave, Hampton. A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 100 W. Queens Way, Hampton, VA 23669, followed by a reception in the church Parish House. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, The Dr. Richard F. Clark H.E.L.P. Medical Clinic, P.O. Box 190, Hampton, VA 23669, The Hampton History Museum Association, PO Box 646, Hampton, VA 23669 or a .
Published in Daily Press from Nov. 14 to Nov. 17, 2013
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