BRUCE C. CLARKE Jr.

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CLARKE BRUCE C. CLARKE, JR. On October 5, 2014, in Vienna, Austria. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Renate Clarke; children, Bruce III, Priscilla, Julia, Constance, Nora, Matthew and Valerie and their spouses; his former wife, Jona; 10 grand-children, a brother, David (Eileen) and a sister, Lisa (Ludlow). He was predeceased by his brother, Gordon (Peggy). Born in Washington, DC, on April 3, 1926 to Bruce and Bessie Mitchell Clarke, he was the godson of West Point's class of 1925. He was a graduate of Syracuse University, the Sorbonne, American University, and the National War College. A radarman during World War II and the Korean War, he was commissioned a naval intelligence officer, and joined the Central Intelligence Agency on leaving the Navy in 1953. He was the first director of the Office of Strategic Research at the CIA. He represented the Defense Department at the Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction talks in Vienna, Austria; served briefly in the Department of Energy; and returned to the CIA to become the Deputy Director of Intelligence under Adm. Turner. He received medals for distinguished service from the CIA and the Defense Department, and was awarded the rank of Meritorious Officer in the Senior Intelligence Service. He earned his private pilot's license in his mid-40s, and most memorably enjoyed a flight that took him from Leesburg, Virginia to Alaska north of the Arctic Circle and back over the course of three weeks. Upon retirement, he began a second career as a Mozart scholar, writing and translating articles and books in the field of Mozart biography. He was a founding member of the Mozart Society of America, and created an acclaimed website, www.aproposmozart.com[aproposmozart.com]. He is remembered for his delighted laugh, his love of flying, his wonderful baritone, his enjoyment of music, and his generous and unconditional love of his family. He was always active and curious, attentive and concerned about both the day-to-day and the larger picture of matters related to his family and the world. He was buried in Vienna, Austria on October 10, 2014. Friends and colleagues are encouraged to join the family for a Memorial Gathering with lunch at 12 Noon on April 3, 2015, at Virginia Run Community Center, 15355 Wetherburn Court, Centreville, VA 20120; please RSVP to [email protected]verizon.net.He was buried in Vienna, Austria on October 10, 2014. Friends and colleagues are encouraged to join the family for a Memorial Gathering with lunch at 12 Noon on April 3, 2015, at Virginia Run Community Center, 15355 Wetherburn Court, Centreville, VA 20120; please RSVP to [email protected].

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 8, 2015
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