Anderson Dean Clark

January 15, 2008

Anderson Dean Clark

January 15, 2008


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Obituary for Anderson Dean Clark

Anderson Dean Clark died on January 15, 2008
at his home in Shepherdstown in the loving
care of his wife, Jan Offutt. Dr. Clark was
born on October 1, 1929 and grew up in
Lewistown, PA. He was preceded in death by his
parents, Ethel and John Clark, and his older brother,
Robert, his college sweetheart Julia Breen
Clark whom he shared his life with for 52 years
and their son, Bill. He is survived by his
daughter, Holland Schrank, her husband, Gary,
their children, Nicholas and Scott from Phoenix,
AZ, and his present wife, Jan Offutt, and his
step sons Morgan and Alex Haye.

Educated at Maryville College in Maryville,
TN and at McCormick Theological Seminary in
Chicago, IL, Dr. Clark had a long and
distinguished career as a Presbyterian minister,
college dean, education consultant, and
entrepreneurial public servant. He organized
Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, WI,
became Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian
Church of Beloit, WI, and was awarded the Doctor
of Divinity degree in 1962. He was Dean of the
Chapel and Professor of Religion and Ethics
at Beloit College, WI, in the 60's. In 1965,
Dr. Clark was one of the creators of Affiliate
Artists Inc. at Beloit College. The program
went on to be a national performing arts
program for over 25 years to help young artists
develop and launch their professional careers
in the performing arts.

Dr. Clark next turned his attention to his
passions for education and literacy by putting
into practice his interests in ethical
entrepreneurship. He worked as a Senior
Consultant to Capital Cities/ABC-TV
Communications for 13 years. His major
projects included Project Literacy U.S.
(PLUS), creator of Rex and Rita Saurus,
literacy puppets, conceived the "Great American
READ-ALOUD Day" which featured elementary
schools. He was an organizing member of the
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
program. As Vice-President of the Business
Alliance for Vietnamese Education, Dr. Clark
worked with leading U.S. corporations to
underwrite the design of Viet Nam's K-12

He later began to work in the development
of new technologies that benefited humanitarian
ideals. He was instrumental in marketing the
"Vaxicool" for EST (Energy Storage Technologies
Inc.). He also served on the board of Wired
International, a humanitarian organization
that provides healthcare information and education
to doctors and grass roots communities in developing countries around the world. In addition, he was
on the board of Madagascar World Voice, a short
wave radio station being built to broadcast
the message of Christianity around the world.
He regularly contributed articles to the
Shepherdstown Chronicle to the delight of
the local community. And his lifelong love of
"yardening," (his term for gardening!), was truly
a source of joy.

His memorial service will be held on Saturday,
January 26 at 1:00PM at the Shepherdstown
Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be
made to Hospice of the Panhandle,
122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25403.

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