Noreen Morrison Clark

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1943 ~ 2013
Noreen M. Clark, Ph.D., the Myron E. Wegman Distinguished University Professor of Public Health, director of the U-M Center for Managing Chronic Disease, and former dean of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, died November 23 in New York City after a brief illness.
Born in 1943 in Glasgow, Scotland, Clark moved with her family to the United States when she was eight years old. She received a B.S. degree in political science from the University of Utah in 1965, an M.A. in higher and adult education from Columbia University in 1972, and an M.Phil. Degree in adult education from Columbia University in 1975, and a Ph.D. in adult education research from Columbia University in 1976. She served on the faculty of the Columbia University School of Public Health from 1974 to 1981, serving as director of the school's Program in Public Health Education from 1977 to 1981. In 1981, Clark joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She was chair of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education from 1987 to 1995 and dean of the school from 1995 to 2005. In 2005, she was named the Marshall H. Becker Professor of Public Health at U-M SPH, and in 2006 the university named her the Myron E. Wegman Distinguished University Professor of Public Health. She served as director of the U-M Center Managing Chronic Disease from 2006 until her death.
Noreen was a loving wife, a caring and loyal friend, a distinguished scholar and a gifted teacher.
An enthusiastic fly-fisherman, passionate reader, and inveterate traveler, Clark once said, "Maybe it's part of being an immigrant, but I've always had this sense of wanting to see what's over the horizon." She spent many of her summers in Montana and Wyoming, particularly Jackson Hole. She also spent time in Italy, and was conversant in Italian. She was an avid moviegoer and attended the Sundance Film Festival in Utah with her close friends every January. However, Noreen always looked forward to coming home to their home in the Village in New York City and going to Broadway shows with her husband and friends.
Clark is survived by her beloved husband of 30 years, George Pitt, a documentary film director, of New York City; a son, Alex (Christine Kolosov) Pitt; and a grandson, Max, of Los Angeles. Memorial contributions should be made in memory of Noreen Clark to the University of Michigan Center for Managing Chronic Disease (CMCD). A public celebration of Noreen Clark's life will be hosted at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in spring 2014.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Jan. 26, 2014
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