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Ernest Putnam “Put” Clark

1917 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Ernest Putnam “Put” Clark Obituary
Put Clark was born on February 24, 1917, in Elgin, Illinois, and died November 26, 2013, at the age of 96. The cause of death was heart attack. Put was the only child born to Grace and Ernest Clark. His father was dean of the Elgin Academy, a private school operated by Northwestern University. Put attended grade school in Winnetka, Illinois, but also enjoyed the opportunity to study abroad as his family lived in France for a time and he attended a private school in Cannes. After returning to the United States, Put graduated from South Orange High School in South Orange, New Jersey. He attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania before transferring to the University of California, Berkeley where he graduated from the Haas School of Business in 1940 with a B.S. in Business Administration. He was a life member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.
Put married Ann Doty on July 20, 1940, in Winnetka where he was employed by GMAC. A son, Larry, was born in 1941. During World War II, Put served as a special agent for the United States Civil Service Commission, recruiting for federal installations worldwide and served with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) recruiting personnel to staff foreign posts. Following the war, he owned a retail jewelry store in Louisville, Kentucky. A daughter, Barbara, was born in 1946.
In 1951 the family moved to California and settled in La Jolla where Put represented the Eaton division of Norwich Pharmaceutical, Inc. for more than 25 years. He served as president of the Medical Service Society for two terms. Upon retiring from Norwich Pharmaceutical, Inc., Put, with his son and daughter, owned and operated Valley Travel Agency for 15 years. He and his wife traveled to many countries and sailed on numerous cruises during their retirement years together. They enjoyed 64 years of marriage before Ann's death in August 2004.
Put was active in the Lamplighters of La Jolla, Comida Club, Twelve Thirty Club and St. James By-the-Sea Episcopal Church. He was a social member of the La Jolla Country Club, played bridge six times a week and took great delight in his role as a great-grandfather. He was a kind and loving father and grandfather and a beloved friend to many who will remember him for his gentle nature, quick wit and love of life.
He is survived by a daughter, Barbara Waters of San Diego; son, Larry and daughter-in-law, Martha Christopherson, of South Mission Beach; grandsons, Steve Burton and his wife, Debbie, and Michael Burton of San Diego; and granddaughter, Sarah of San Diego.
The Family is planning a celebration of life, date to be determined.
Donations are suggested to the St. James Memorial Fund, 743 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037, or UC Berkeley Foundation, P.O. Box 774, Berkeley, CA 94701-0774. Donations should indicate memorial gift in the name of Ernest Putnam Clark.
Published in La Jolla Light on Dec. 12, 2013
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