Waterford - William E. Clark, 93, of 1 Middle St., Waterford, passed away Friday evening, Dec. 27, 2013, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, New London.
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He was born in Lawrence, Mass., on May 24, 1920, the son of William and Clarice (Darwin) Clark. He graduated from Lawrence High School and entered the U.S. Army Air Corps at the beginning of World War II, serving with the 451st Bombardment Group in Africa and Italy. During the war, his unit received three Presidential Unit Citations with 10 Battle Stars for its outstanding service, and he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the Middle Eastern Theatre Medal.
Following the war, he married Beatrice Donahue on June 30, 1945, at Grace Episcopal Church in Columbus, S.C., and attended the University of Massachusetts where he received a bachelor of arts and master of science degrees in education. He also received two National Science Foundation grants from the University of Connecticut and Northeastern University in Boston. He taught in the New London Public School system for 32 years, retiring in 1980. He was a lifetime member of the Connecticut Education Association and the National Education Association and a member of the American Legion and V.F.W. He is a communicant of St. James Church in New London.
He is survived by his son, Robert and his wife, Maureen, of Stonington; his three daughters, Leslie Demlein and husband, John, of Mystic, Deborah Hume and husband, Patrick, of Preston, and Jennifer Perkins and husband, Jon, of Norwich; along with four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
He was predeceased by his wife, Beatrice; his sister, Helen; and his grandson, Patrick Jr.
At his request, there will be no calling hours.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, at St. James Church, Huntington St., New London. Burial with military honors will follow at Jordan Cemetery in Waterford.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Thomas L. Neilan Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London, CT 06320.
Donations may be sent to St. James Church or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 1004.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.neilanfuneralhome.com.
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT 06320
Published in The Day on Dec. 31, 2013