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Asheville - Robert Taylor Clark, 93, of the Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in Asheville, NC, died April 16, 2014. Mr. Clark was born May 1, 1920 in Cortland, NY. He was the son of the late Ann Taylor Clark and Carl W. Clark, Sr. His sister Margaret, brother Carl, Jr., and granddaughter Lee predeceased him.
After graduating from Cornell University in 1941 with a degree in civil engineering, Mr. Clark served 5 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, including assignments in Newfoundland, Labrador, and Korea. Upon discharge in 1946, he joined the Carl W. Clark architectural firm in Syracuse, NY and also attended Syracuse University, graduating in 1952 from the School of Architecture. Mr. Clark was named a partner in the early 1950s, becoming senior partner in 1972. His firm, Clark Clark Millis & Gilson, designed central schools, college buildings, banks throughout upstate New York, and the master plan and first 7 buildings for Onondaga Community College. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects, a construction arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, and past president of the Syracuse Society of Architects.
Active in Syracuse community affairs, he was the first president of the Erie Canal Museum Board of Trustees, and president in different years of the Hiawatha Boy Scout Council, Citizens Foundation, Plaza Nursing Home, and Syracuse Gyro. He was a member of the Onondaga Golf and Country Club and the Century Club of Syracuse.
During the 1950s, Mr. Clark served in the Army Ready Reserve as a member of the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion. Promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1958, he served as commanding officer until retirement in 1961.
He is survived by three daughters: Catherine Clark Gibbons of Syracuse, NY, Gay Clark Jennings (Albert) of Sagamore Hills, OH, Carla Clark Liberatore (David) of Cary, NC, and 3 grandchildren, Sam Jennings, Louis Liberatore, and Robert Liberatore.
A memorial service will be held Monday, April 21 at 11:00 am at the Health Care Chapel at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community. The Rt. Rev. G. Porter Taylor and the Rev. Morgan Gardner will officiate. Memorial contributions can be made to the Deerfield Residency Fund which assists residents in need.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian in Arden, NC is assisting the family and the memorial register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
1401 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28806
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Apr. 20, 2014