CLARK, David Sanders


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CLARK, David Sanders 6013

  • Born: 9 Aug 1914, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States 6013
  • Marriage (1): BENNETT, Helen on 16 Jun 1973 in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States 6013
  • Died: 10 Nov 2005, Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina, United States 6013
  • Buried: 3 Dec 2005, Lafayette Cemetery, Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina 6013

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Obituary, 30 Nov 2005. 6013 CHAPEL HILL - David Sanders Clark, 91, died November 10, 2005, at Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill. A historian and intelligence analyst, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio, August 9, 1914, the eldest of six children of Harold Terry Clark and Mary (Sanders) Clark.
He attended school in Cleveland. Before attending college he spent the fall and winter of 1931-32 in Syria as a member of the Yale University Archaeological Expedition excavating Dura-Europos, an ancient Greek, Parthian, and Roman city on the banks of the Euphrates. Here Arab workmen under his direction unearthed one of the largest collections of documents on papyrus ever found outside of Egypt: archives of the Roman Army.
After a freshman year at Antioch College, he transferred to Yale University, where he majored in History (Greek and Roman, Bible, Chinese, and British). He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received a B.A. in l936. He received an M.A. in American History from Harvard in 1939, and continued his studies in quest of a Ph.D. until August 28, l941, when he married Mary Hubbard Livingstone of Detroit and California. He served as History Master at the Redding Ridge School in Connecticut, until July 1942 when he reported for duty with the Navy in Washington, D.C. For almost four years he served as a cryptanalyst helping to break and exploit JN25, the principal code used by the Japanese Navy.
The outbreak of the Cold War made Mr. Clark decide to abandon the idea of becoming a history professor, and continue to serve the Federal government as a civilian intelligence analyst. There followed a series of positions with the Navy Department, a short-lived organization known as the Armed Forces Security Agency, and Air Force intelligence.
His government career culminated in six years (1963-1969) spent in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. When that monitoring group was abolished, Mr. Clark chose to retire, after 27 years of service to the U.S. Government.
He then concentrated on doing historical research at the Library of Congress. To help students and others without access to large map collections find what they needed for their work in American history, Mr. Clark compiled and published Index to Maps of the American Revolution in Books and Periodicals and two similar guides, one to Maps of the French and Indian War, the other to Maps of North Carolina. He also compiled and published six genealogies and edited numerous family letters.
While living in the District of Columbia, Mr. Clark
served as a trustee and ultimately Chairman of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City, the oldest urban planning organization in Washington.
Mr. Clark and his wife, Mary, had three children: David Livingstone Clark, of Washington, D.C., Jonathan Sanders Clark, of Gaithersburg, Md., and Mary (???Molly???) Hubbard Clark, of Providence, R.I. The first Mrs. Clark died in an accident in l972.
On June 16, l973, he married Helen Bennett Langdon, widow of Dr. Benjamin Bruce Langdon, in Fayetteville. The Clarks resided in Fayetteville until June 1995, when they moved to Carolina Meadows, the retirement community on the outskirts of Chapel Hill. In September, 2001 they moved from Building One into a two-room apartment in the Health Center.
Throughout their marriage (until failing health made it too difficult to travel even in wheelchairs), their chief occupation was travel. They traveled extensively on every continent except Antarctica.
Mr. Clark was a Fellow in Perpetuity of The Cleveland
Museum of Art, and for some years was Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Art Museum in Fayetteville. At the time of his death he was a member of numerous historical, art, and environmental organizations.
Mr. Clark is survived by: his wife, Helen; his three children; his stepson, Andrew Langdon, of Raleigh; four grandchildren; nine great-children; his brothers, John and William, of San Francisco, Calif.; and his youngest sister, Margaret (???Monni???) Clark Lester, of Pennsylvania. His sisters, Mary Clark Schultz, of New Hampshire and Annie Clark Reece, of Massachusetts predeceased him. He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews and their children.
Following interment of his ashes in Lafayette Memorial Park in Fayetteville, on Saturday, December 3, 2005, there will be a memorial observance at Carolina Meadows at the Club Center at 3:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Triangle Land Conservancy, 1101 Haynes St., Ste 205, Raleigh, NC 27604 or the American Lung Association of Rhode Island, 298 West Exchange St., Providence, RI 02903.
Arrangements by the Cremation Society of the Carolinas, Raleigh.


David married Helen BENNETT on 16 Jun 1973 in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States.6013 (Helen BENNETT died after 2005 6013.)

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