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Rosemary Clarke Newell

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Rosemary Clarke Newell

Scottsdale - Rosemary Clarke Newell passed away on May 24, 2018, at the age of 91. Rosemary was born on August 20, 1926 in Albany New York to Allan and Lorette Clarke.

Rosemary was a former Press Officer for the New York State conservation department. The press releases she wrote for the department won a national award. She was described by one Albany New York newspaper (Knickerbocker News) as Governor Rockefeller's "most attractive appointment."

One of her first assignments was to ride on the sled that broke track for the 4-man world championship bobsled races the year the Winter Olympics were held in New York State. She was terrified by speed, and when the sled began roaring down the run at more than 100mph, she passed out. The brakeman who was sitting behind her kept her from falling off the sled. Determined to conquer her fear, she went down the bobsled run again the following week.

A graduate of the college of St. Rose in Albany, she began broadcasting her own programs while still a student. She wrote and broadcast "Story Time", a weekly program for children sponsored by the Catholic Radio Guild of the Diocese of Albany. Her programs received numerous write-ups in "Variety" the nation's entertainment newspaper.

She spent a year in Guatemala broadcasting in Spanish, which she learned to speak fluently. But, while there, she contracted polio and had to be flown back to New York on a stretcher. She spent nine months in a rehabilitation hospital, and another 9 months at home recuperating. Afterwards, she worked briefly in Hollywood for Father Patrick Peyton's Family Rosary Crusade. Eventually, she was appointed to the post in the New York Conservation Department, which she considered the highlight of her long and varied career.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers (Wallace & Allan Clarke) and sister (Dolores Johnson).

She is survived by her brother, David Clake (Linda), and several nieces and nephews. A memorial mass will be held September 26, 2018 at 10:00am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 7655 E Main Street, Scottsdale Arizona.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to .
Published in The Arizona Republic from Sept. 9 to Sept. 23, 2018
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