Malcolm Clark

Obituary of Malcolm M. Clark

Malcolm M. Clark, passed away August 30, 2021, aged 97. He bore the burden of ALS with strength and grace. His wife of 63 years, Beverly, predeceased him in 2010. His parents were Marshall and Martha Clark of Carbondale, Illinois. His five children are: Andrea Clark Rex, Bruce Clark (Denise Powers), Evan Clark (Nancy Cole), Pamela Clark, and Jocelyn Clark. He is also survived by his two sisters, Kathryn Allen and Janice Impey. He leaves 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. He also leaves Carolyn Coit, Barbara Mihalas, and his and Beverly’s beloved exchange student “daughter” from Thailand, Paychit Fagcharoenphol, and her family. Malcolm was born August 3, 1924, in Urbana, IL and raised in Dundee, IL. After high school, he began his studies in chemistry at the University of Illinois, the first member of the third generation of Illini in his family. His education was interrupted by WWII, and he served for three years in the US Army Air Corps as a weather forecaster. While in the Army, he took advanced courses in mathematics and physics at the University of Chicago and Harvard. After discharge, he re-enrolled at the U of I, graduating in 1947. That September, he and Beverly married, and Malcolm began a doctoral program in physics at the U of I. Upon becoming a father in 1948, he left graduate school with an MS in physics and went to work in the field of radar engineering. His first job was at the Research Dept. in the Bendix Radio division of the Bendix Corp. in Towson, MD on a project to develop an advanced airborne radar system--the beginning of a forty-year career in radar system development. After four years with Bendix, he joined GE’s Advanced Electronics Center in Ithaca, NY. After five years he transferred to GE’s Missile Guidance Operation in Syracuse, rising to the position of subsection manager in GE’s Heavy Military Dept., retiring in 1989. An avid sportsman, early on he played softball and basketball with Bendix and GE company teams and later was an accomplished golfer and bowler. He loved music of all kinds and played the clarinet, recorder, and ocarina and supported Syracuse Symphony. He and Beverly were active members of May Memorial Unitarian-Universalist Society since 1960. Travel was another passion. He and Beverly lived for several months in Germany while he consulted for GE on an international project. They drove all over Europe, and in later years toured throughout the world. A memorial service will be scheduled later. Donations in Malcolm’s memory may be made to May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society 3800 E Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13214; or the Rescue Mission Alliance 155 Gifford St., Syracuse, NY 13202. Arrangements are with Fairchild and Meech Dewitt Chapel.
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