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CLARK GLENWOOD CLARK Vice Admiral, US. Navy (Retired) Vice Admiral Glenwood Clark passed away November 19, 2013 at the age of 86, surrounded by his family. Admiral Clark was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on December 18, 1926. He attended Louisiana State University from September 1943 to December 1944, where he was a member and President of the local chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity. He enlisted in the Navy in December 1944 and entered the U. S. Naval Academy in June 1945. After graduation he and Myrtle (Tookie) Conrad were married on June 9, 1949 in her hometown of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. After graduation with distinction from the U. S. Naval Academy in June 1949, he served on USS Sperry (DD 697) until July 1951. During this period Sperry was deployed for eleven months in the Korean War zone. He subsequently served in the Atlantic Fleet Amphibious Force until the summer of 1954, first as air controller in TACRON 6 and then as Operations Officer of USS Carter Hall (LSD 3). From August 1954 until June 1957, Admiral Clark attended the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, completing his thesis work at the Radiation Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley. He received a Master of Science in Physics from the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in June 1957. Following graduate school, he served in the Navy's first Talos missile cruiser, USS Galveston (CLG 3) as Missile Officer until March 1960. He subsequently served until March 1963 at the Atomic Energy Commission's Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, Livermore, California as a nuclear weapon design physicist and was co-designer of two experimental high yield thermonuclear warheads tested at Christmas Island. From 1963 to 1966 he served as a nuclear weapon development officer in the Defense Atomic Support Agency, Washington, DC. In 1966 Admiral Clark reported to the Navy's Special Projects Office (now Strategic Systems Programs Office). Before becoming Technical Director in November 1977 he served as Deputy Technical Director (1976-7); Head, Fire Control and Guidance Branch (1970-6); Head, Launcher and Handling Branch (1968-70); and Head, Missile Engineering Section (1966-8). From November 1980 through July 1985, Admiral Clark served as Director, Strategic Systems Programs. He was responsible for all aspects of the research, development, production, and operational support of the Navy's submarine Fleet Ballistic Missile Weapon Systems, which included the POLARIS, POSEIDON, TRIDENT I, AND TRIDENT II weapon systems. He was also the U. S. Project Officer responsible for managing all U. S. government activities in support of the British POLARIS/TRIDENT II programs. From July 1985 until his retirement on July 1, 1988 he commanded the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. Subsequent to his retirement from the Navy he served as: Senior Vice President of Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc until April 1994; a director of Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc (1990-9); a member of the Space Advisory Board, JHU/APL (1991-9); and a Director of Bell Geospace, Inc. (1997-9). His military decorations include two Navy Distinguished Service Medals, the Legion of Merit, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and three Navy Unit Commendation Medals. In addition to his military awards, Admiral Clark was honored by the Navy League of the United States as the recipient of the 1980 Rear Admiral William S. Parsons Award for scientific and technical progress in the Navy. In 1988 he was also honored as the recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Missile Systems Award. In June 1990 his wife, Tookie Clark, launched the nuclear attack submarine, USS Alexandria (SSN 757). Vice Admiral Clark is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Myrtle (Tookie) Conrad and their two children, John Glenwood Clark of Los Angeles, California and Pamela Clark Brown of Landenberg, Pennsylvania and two grandchildren. The Clarks have been residents of Alexandria, Virginia since 1963. A Memorial Mass is to be held at 10 a.m.on March 29 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1427 West Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22302. Interment will be at United States Naval Academy on April 24, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the TechnoServe at, an organization that provides business solutions to poverty. We think of our father's work as creating peace through deterrence. Giving to help third world countries continues the peace effort by stabilizing the world economy.

Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 27, 2014
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