Charles E. Clark
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Charles E. Clark

DURHAM - Charles E. Clark, 84, of Emerson Road, passed away December 3, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was born in Brunswick, Maine, April 28, 1929, son of the Reverend Clarence and Beatrice Clark.

Charles attended high school in Newport, and attended Bates College where he met his wife Margery and many lifelong friends, graduating in 1951. He completed his master's degree at the Columbia School of Journalism, and then worked for the Valley News in Lebanon. He entered the United States Navy's Officer Candidate School, and spent four years as an air intelligence officer. At the end of his active duty, he continued in the Naval Reserve, retiring after 20 years as a Commander.

Charles returned to his journalism career in 1955, working for the Providence Journal. He began a doctoral program at Brown University, completing his Ph.D. in American civilization in 1966.

He began his teaching career at SMTI, presently UMASS Dartmouth, before joining the history department at UNH in 1967. A true scholar, he enjoyed the balance of teaching, writing and researching as he established himself as a leading authority of colonial New England history. In 1993 he was chosen as the first James H. Hayes and Claire Short Hayes Professor of the Humanities. Upon his retirement in 1997 he was recognized as the Hayes Professor emeritus.

Charles authored six books and many publications, most significantly The Eastern Frontier, The Public Prints, The Meetinghouse Tragedy, and Maine: A Bicentennial History. He enjoyed opportunities teaching at Cambridge University and Regents College, and his research led to a semester in Colonial Williamsburg working as an apprentice in the print shop.

Charles was a Proprietor of the Portsmouth Athenaeum and a Trustee of the NH Historical Society. He was a member of the American Antiquarian Society, Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and the N.H. Humanities Council and received numerous fellowships, recognitions and awards.

He was an active member of the Durham Community Church, serving as a deacon and steward, and served on the Ecumenical Council of the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ. He was also active in the town of Durham serving on both the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Durham Historical Association.

Charles was the patriarch of a large, loving, and supportive family. He and his family enjoyed many sunsets on Sebago Lake as well as many adventures and travels throughout the years. Charles enjoyed spending time with his family and many grandchildren.

Charles was a role model and mentor both professionally and personally. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Margery Clark, daughter Marilyn Winslow and husband Eric of Lee, son Douglas and wife Kimberly of Durham, son Jonathan and wife Heather of Stratham, and son David and wife Lee of Plymouth, Mass. He leaves his grandchildren Jennifer Thomas and husband Charles, Joshua Winslow and wife Lucia, McKenna Wish and husband Nathanial, Christopher, Megan, Alexandra, MacKenzie, Camden, Bretton, Abigail, Charlotte and Hunter. He leaves four great-grandchildren Cooper, Noah, Caroline, and Hudson. He also leaves two brothers Llewellyn Clark and wife Shirley of Dalton, Mass., Richard Clark and wife Julie of Windham, Maine, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Charles' life will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday December 21st at the Durham Community Church, Durham, N.H. Memorial contributions can be made to the UNH Foundation in the name of Charles E. Clark, to set up a scholarship fund to support graduate research in Early American History. To make a contribution donors may contact the Elliott Alumni Center 9 Edgewood Road Durham, N.H. 03824. Visit: to sign the online guest book. The J. Verne Wood Funeral Home-Buckminster Chapel assisted with arrangements.

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Published by Foster's Daily Democrat from Dec. 6 to Dec. 9, 2013.
Celebration of Life
Durham Community Church
, Durham, NH
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J. Verne Wood Funeral Home - Portsmouth
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I just learned of your Dads passing and am sorry for your loss.The first time I met your dad was unusual at best,Im sure you remember when your dad came on the ice at a Budmen game when you injured your colorbone.Not knowing who he was,I asked him to step back and give you some room to deal with the injury.I was totaly unaware it was your father and felt that I had made a huge error.Being the man that your dad was,he never held that against me and often made light of the case of mistaken identity.
Pattys and my Prayers are with you and yours at this difficult time.
Baine&Patty Donovan
Baine Donovan
December 26, 2013
Sorry to hear about your dad. My prayers to you and your family
Raymond Letourneau
December 26, 2013
Thank you for your friendship when I was young. You are missed.
Mark Bouchard
December 25, 2013
I was hoping my schedule would allow me to be there this morning with you, but unfortunately it doesn't. Our families relationship with your Dad was a special one at UNH and we are all saddened by your loss. Please extend our sympathy to your entire family. It's been way long since our Budmen days hasn't it. Let's get together over your way sometime soon. Jim Hayes
Jim Hayes
December 21, 2013
I always enjoyed talking with Charlie. His office in History was a couple of doors down from mine in Sociology. I learned a lot from him about the history of New England. He was always serene, cheerful, helpful -- a wonderful colleague. He is greatly missed. My deepest condolences to his family. Bud Khleif
December 20, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family at this very difficult time.

The Pilar Family
December 20, 2013
A good friend for many years. A fine teacher and historian. We will miss him, Bert Whittemore
December 17, 2013
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I was one of his students my senior year at UNH (1968) and well remember not only his lectures and classes, but also his interest in us as students.
Steve Hoyle
December 16, 2013
"Dad" touched my life in so many ways. Seems like just yesterday that we were in England...although the Laura Ashley dresses don't fit anymore -- which is a clear sign of time gone by. I will always remember being the only business major in a history class, birthday celebrations, beloved Christmas parties at the Clarks, weddings, baby baptisms, and so so many other wonderful times. My heart is heavy, but full of love for you and yours as we find the strength to celebrate the blessed life of Charlie -- who touched everyone's lives he came in contact with. He will always hold a very special place in my heart.

All my love,
Kate Lynes
December 11, 2013
As church members of Community Church of Durham, please know that our hearts and prayers are with you and yours.We who sit with the church choir would often look up and appreciate his presence and many achievements that we just discovered in the New Hampshire Conference website and obituary. What a fine human being and example to the rest of us.
Fred and Carol Atwood-Lyon
December 9, 2013
Dear Margery: We have very fond memories of
sharing Thanksgiving dinner with you and Charles
and your wonderful family on Sanibel, while we
were visiting Christi and John in Siesta Key. We
have you and your family in our prayers, with
love - Clayton and Sue Williams
Clayton & Sue Williams
December 8, 2013
Doug, Kim and family,
We are sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our prayers at this difficult time.
Lindy & Fawn
December 8, 2013
Doug and Family,
Sorry about the loss of your father. While I never had a class with him, some of my friends did and thoroughly enjoyed him as a teacher and person.
Steve Trinkaus
December 8, 2013
My thoughts are with the Clark family during this difficult time. May the Creator's comforting reminders be a source of true strength for you. Psalm 94:18, 19
December 7, 2013
Dear Clark Family,
Professor Clark was "the professor" to take at least one history class with before graduating from the UNH History Department. His New Hampshire History class was excellent. He was kind, enthusiastic on his topics, entertaining with his humor, and very informative. It was also in one of his classes where I met my future wife. He enjoyed talking to us students and gave great insight into our papers. I just recently re-read 'The Eastern Frontier' when on a trip. Professor Clark had a profound impact on me as a high school history teacher and as someone who enjoys the subject of history. My best to your family during this time.
Patrick Boodey
UNH '93 & '98
December 7, 2013
Bob and I are so sad to hear of Charlie's passing; we send our deepest condolences. Margery, you and your whole family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold you all very close in this time.
Mary James
December 6, 2013
My heartfelt sympathies are with all of you, in the Clark family. May your cherished and loving memories of Charles help you through the sad times, and the warmth of his love and smile, lay close to your heart with much happiness. Although it has been many years since I have seen Charles, I do remember his wonderful smile and great conversations. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Warm regards,
Donna Valpey
New Durham, NH
December 6, 2013
I greatly miss my best friend and lifelong pal . . . who made an indelible contribution to our lifetimes.

Art Grant, Concord, New Hampshire
December 6, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Linda/Wayne Bouchard
December 6, 2013
Charles Clark touched my life, as a friend. Marge my prayers are with you. Doug, Dave and Jon your folks made me fell as part of the family back in the time of the fitness center in Durham.
God Bless ..
Gene Pearse
December 6, 2013
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