Sylvia M. Clark

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A resident of Washington, DC and Truro, Massachusetts, died on January 4, 2011 at Georgetown Retirement Residence, of congestive heart failure. She was 90.
Sylvia Clark was born in New York City on January 25, 1920 to Clarence and Sylvia Mitchell. She attended the Chapin School in New York and the Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia. She later took classes at Columbia University.
During World War II, she worked for the British government in Washington, inspecting telegrams under the auspices of the British Purchasing Commission. In 1946, she married William L. Clark of Philadelphia. They had two daughters.
In 1959, the couple moved to London, where Mr. Clark was on assignment at the American Embassy as assistant director for the USIA in Europe. During the London years, Sylvia Clark studied antiques and decorative arts at the Victoria and Albert Museum. After returning to Washington in 1963, she worked for the National Archives and the Smithsonian National Collection of Fine Arts researching the American painter, George Catlin.
Along with her sharp and intuitive mind, her beauty, style, and unpredictable personality, she enjoyed a wide and varied circle of friends. In her late years, though constrained by poor health, she kept a remarkable reserve of awareness, acceptance, and humor.
Sylvia Clark is survived by her daughters, Jennifer C. Kruger of Albuquerque, and Lucy P. Clark of Washington, DC, and two grandsons, Isaac, W. Krugar and Benjamin C. Kruger, both of Albuquerque. She was predeceased by her brother, Clarence P. Mitchell of West Chester, Pennsylvania and her sister, Marianne Olsen of Lugano, Switzerland.
A Memorial Service was held January 17, 2011 at The Georgetown Retirement Residence, Washington, DC.
Her family requests that any donations be made in her name to Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore, P.O. Box 555, Wellfleet, MA 02667

Published in The Washington Post on June 19, 2011