Roger B. Clark '55
Deceased August 13, 2013
Roger Clark died Aug. 13, 2013, at his home in Hilton Head, S.C. Last fall Roger was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer.
Roger came from St. Louis to Amherst, where he majored in economics. He was a member of the choir and band, assistant editor of the Olio, on the Sabrina staff and in ROTC. Roger joined DU and served as its president.
In 1956 Roger married Barbara Speegle, Wellesley '56. Air Force Lieutenant Clark and his bride were stationed at an airbase in Germany. Upon returning to the States, the Clark family (now four, with the addition of two sons) moved to Cincinnati, where Roger joined Procter & Gamble. After he spent 10 years as a self-styled "soap guy," the Clark clan, now numbering six, moved to Connecticut, where Roger joined a marketing consulting firm formed by former P&G associates. He consulted for well known brands such as Pillsbury, Heineken and Wrigley. Fifteen years later Roger started the truly entrepreneurial phase of his career, operating from Westport, Conn., and, since 1995, from Hilton Head. He invested in and helped manage a variety of companies, including one that sold lottery programs to countries not on the tourist routes.
Roger was a lifelong tennis player and country music fan. He and Barbara traveled widely in this country and abroad. Through his church, where he recently became an elder, he was involved with various charitable organizations. Roger was calm, friendly, kind and generous. He was humorously self-deprecating about his many accomplishments and delighted his grandchildren with a "silly" sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a daughter, Cynthia '87; two sons, Steve and Scott, and their wives; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son Gregory '80.
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