Ellsworth Bentley Clark ’56

Ellsworth Bentley Clark ’56 died on January 13, 2008, in Plano, Texas.

Born in Washington, D.C., on September 11, 1934, he prepared for college at Woodrow Wilson High School there and became a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Bowdoin. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps as a commanding officer conducting severe weather research on the top of Mt.Washington in New Hampshire and with the U.S. Geological Survey on the North Slope of Alaska. He then enrolled in the Harvard Business School, from which he received an M.B.A. degree in 1960. He began working as a computer systems and programming manager for Honeywell in 1960. He joined Tenneco for eight years and became director of corporate systems. In the mid 1980s, he became interested in fingerprint identification systems, and was the national director for systems for NRI and was later a senior scientist and business development manager for Raytheon in its secure identification division. At the time of his death, he was an independent consultant for international companies seeking to implement biometric and DNA data screening, especially for cargo transport systems. He is survived by his wife Bonnie (Steele) Clark, whom he married in 1959; two sons, Ellsworth Bradford Clark of Spring,Texas, and Christopher S. Clark of Lewisville,Texas; a daughter, Carol C.Wakeman of Plano; five grandchildren; and a sister, Anne Clark McGlincey of Sanford, Maine.