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ORONO - David H. Clark, 82 died April 15, 2015, at a Bangor hospital. He was born October 20, 1932, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, son of William Henry and Faye Rebholz Clark.

He was educated in Tulsa public schools, earned a BA in Economics from the University of Oklahoma, and MS and PHD degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He joined the Department of Economics at the University of Maine as Assistant Professor and spent his entire teaching career there, retiring to Emeritus status as full Professor.

Following his graduation from the University of Oklahoma, he served as an artillery officer in Kitzingen, West Germany, as part of the Post War Occupational forces in the 1950s. It was there that he met his future wife, Barbara Davis of Swarthmore, PA. Together they raised two children, John Howard Clark, now of Easton, PA, and Catherine Eastlake Clark of South Portland, ME.

Early in his University career, David was co-leader of a study of the closure of the Dow AFB in Bangor. The report which followed helped lay the foundation for the successful transition of the Base that continues today.

His career made a pivotal turn in 1969 when he traveled with his family to Singapore on sabbatical. He worked for the Ford Foundation's Manpower Project, serving as Assistant Director of the Economic Research Centre at the National University of Singapore. Over the course of three decades he returned to South East Asia as a specialist in education finance, working for a variety of international aid agencies while on leaves from UMaine. This work took him to Indonesia, Bangladesh, Lao PDR, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

He was predeceased by his parents; and is survived by his wife, children; and a grandson, David Michael Brown of Skaneateles, NY.

A remembrance will be held later on this summer. Those who wish to remember David in a special way may make gifts in his memory to The Orono Public Library Foundation, 39 Pine St., Orono, ME 04473, or the Southern Poverty Law Center, P.O. Box 548, Montgomery, AL 36177-9621. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on  April 17, 2015
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