Clark, James Christian
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Feb. 4, 1936 - Apr. 30, 2013
James Christian Clark, 77, of Sarasota, FL, passed away on Apr. 30, 2013.
He was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Clark graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Finance. He received his Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1965, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review and was elected a member of the Order of the Coif. From 1965 to 1968, he practiced law in Sarasota. In 1969, he joined the faculty of the Florida State University Law School and served as Associate Professor of Law. In 1969, he was selected as F.S.U.'s first General Counsel and was subsequently appointed Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs. In 1971, Mr. Clark joined the University of South Florida as Executive Assistant to the President and Professor in the College of Business. In 1973, he returned to Sarasota and was engaged in a private practice of law. Mr. Clark was appointed by the Governor of Florida to two four-year terms on the Board of Trustees of the Ringling Museums, serving as Chairman of the Board for five years. He has served as a member of the Asolo State Theater Board and a Director and Vice President of the Asolo Theater Festival Association. He was a past President of the Kiwanis Club of Sarasota and a past Lieutenant Governor of the Florida District of Kiwanis. Mr. Clark also served as President of the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council. He was a past Commodore of the Field Club. As an avid boater, he was also on the Board of Governors at Useppa Island Club.
Mr. Clark is survived by his wife, Ann Clark; son, Christian Clark of Sarasota; brother, William Woodward Clark, Jr. of Raleigh, NC; stepsons, Josiah J. Willard, IV of Sarasota and Andrew S. Willard of Greensboro, NC; and stepdaughter, Marce' Willard of Broadlands, VA.
Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, May 8th at 3 pm at the Church of the Palms in Sarasota.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Salvation Army or the Humane Society.
Published in Herald Tribune from May 3 to May 4, 2013