Deceased March 17, 2012
Bill Clark died March 17, 2012, in Dallas after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born in Dallas on Dec. 11, 1930, to Martha Harrell Clark and William H. Clark Jr.
Bill grew up in Dallas, graduating in 1948 from Texas Country Day (now St. Mark’s School of Texas).
He entered Amherst that fall. After his freshman year he decided to return to Dallas and enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin. He pledged and was a past president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He was a member of the Silver Spurs, a UT honorary service organization. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1952 and graduated UT Law School in 1955. He was a member of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity.
Immediately after graduation Bill worked one year in the Texas Attorney General’s office before moving back to Dallas and joining the law firm his great-grandfather founded in the 1880s. The firm served many corporate clients both regional and national. A portrait of Bill hangs in a conference room in the bar association building along with those of his forbearers to honor the Clark legacy.
Politics was of interest to Bill. He worked to re-elect President Lyndon Johnson, serving as chairman of the Dallas County Democratic Party. He sat on many boards, such as the Dallas Museum of Art. He was a member of the leading Dallas business, social and country clubs. He was a strong tennis player and golfer. He was my close, lifelong friend.
Bill is survived by his devoted wife, Elloine Sinclair Clark, and a daughter and two sons from a previous marriage.
Steve Schneider ’52