IRIS LOUISE COLE RICHEY, 91, on September 17, 2012, of Chestnut Hill. Beloved wife of the late Senator Joseph S. Clark, whom she married in 1967, after meeting him on the campaign trail of Genevieve Blatt in 1964. The two shared many interests, not least of which was an affinity for the political life at this important time in history.
Mrs. Clark was born in Indiana, and moved to Pennsylvania as a young woman.
She loved the great outdoors. She loved to sing, to entertain and to be with her children, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was passion-ately devoted to the memory of her husband as a straight-forward and ethical political figure, and endowed the Chair at Harvard titled the Senator Joseph S. Clark Chair in Ethics in Politics and Government. For many years, she edited and improved the official handbook of Pennsylvania Commonwealth Government called The Pennsylvania Manual.
She and Senator Clark surround-ed themselves with friends and intellectual pursuits at their houses on Chestnut Hill and at Moose, Wyoming, as well as at Avery Island, Louisiana.
Mrs. Clark was predeceased by her son, Kirk Richey, and her stepson, Joseph S. Clark III. She is survived by her daughter, Alison Richey; her stepdaughter, Noël Clark Miller; step-grandchildren, Story Clark Resor, Joseph Sill Clark, Christopher Avery Clark, Laurance Reed Clark, Christopher Avery Clark, Virginia Claiborne Miller, Avery Swing Miller, Edward Garvin Sill Miller, and 13 step-great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held Monday, September 24th, 11 A.M., at JACOB F. RUTH FUNERAL HOME, 8413 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill (Phila. PA), followed by a private Burial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Grand Teton National Park Foundation:
or Friends of the Wissahickon: http://www.fow.org
Published in Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News from September 22 to September 23, 2012