Anderson Dean Clark Obituary

Date of Death:

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Funeral Home:

Brown Funeral Home
327 West King St.
Martinsburg, West Virginia, UNITED STATES


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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