William F. Clark ’47

William F. Clark ’47 died March 19, 2013, in Hingham, Mass. He was born in Winthrop, Mass., on May 20, 1926, and prepared for college at Winthrop (Mass.) Senior High School and at Mt. Hermon School. He was a member of Chi Psi fraternity, played baseball and hockey, and earned the nickname “Muscles” for playing the coronet while doing chin-ups. He served to sergeant in the Army Air Forces as a B24 gunner during World War II. He graduated in 1948 but remained a member of the Bowdoin Class of 1947. He worked for Graybar Electric Company, retiring in 1990 after forty-four years as regional manager of the Somerville office. He started sailing at the age of four and won several National Championships over the years, traveling around the country to race. He retired from competitive sailing at 75 and instead worked the starting gun for the Hingham Yacht Club Race Committee for several years. He was recognized by the 210 Association with the 2010 Corinthian Spirit of Sailing Award for his lifetime of work for the group. An avid athlete, he picked up skiing late in life and skied in Europe with the Ski Patrol, skiing well into his retirement. He is survived by his wife of twenty-eight years, Mary Elizabeth Clark; daughters Virginia Kent and Barbara Wilson; son Bill Clark; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; stepsons Jon and Billy Beale; stepdaughter Susan Davis; nine step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Alice O’Barr, whom he married on June 23, 1951.

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