M.'s Story

BROOKSVILLE - M. Harrison Clark, Jr., 85 of Brooksville died unexpectedly on June 4, 2015 at a local hospital in Bangor after a surgical operation. Born January 13, 1930, he was the son of Myron H. and Mary O. Clark of Farmington, CT. When he was 2, his parents discovered that he had congenital hearing loss caused by rubella during his mother's pregnancy. His parents wanted Harrison to have the best education possible by sending him away from home to Wright Oral School in New York City at age 2 where he was taught lip reading, speech, and hearing with hearing aids. At age 7 he continued his auditory/oral education at Clarke School for Hearing and Speech in Northampton, MA. In 1944 Harrison was able to live at home full time and be in the First Form (7th grade) at Kingswood School (now Kingswood Oxford School) in West Hartford, CT. After three years at Kingswood, he moved to Loomis School where he graduated in 1949. He attended Wesleyan University for one year and transferred to Babson College for three years where he graduated in 1953 with a BS degree in Business Administration.

After college Harrison was employed as an auditor and tax accountant at Kircaldie, Randall & McNab, CPA in Hartford, CT. Harrison married Sarah Jane Ackerman of Harding Township, N.J. on June 11, 1955. Together they raised five children, including one set of twin girls, and were happily married for 60 years.

When the Nuclear Power Division of Combustion Engineering was being built in Windsor, CT, Harrison was hired to be the on-site field auditor to monitor the construction of many buildings including a prototype nuclear reactor. He became involved in the startup of large scale main frame computers. The company sent him to many IBM classes in Hartford, Boston, Cincinnati, and New York City.

After six years at Combustion Engineering Harrison had the opportunity to manage a computer systems design and programming department at Landers, Frary and Clark in New Britain, CT where he worked for three years until the company went into bankruptcy in 1965 when they had product manufacturing problems. He soon landed a job as Manager of Programming at National Blank Book Company, Holyoke, MA where he worked for 23 years until his retirement.

Harrison and Sallie moved from Wilbraham, MA to Brooksville, ME in 1988 where they had summered for many years. He was a member of Bucks Harbor Yacht Club for 57 years, served as Treasurer of the Buck's Harbor Yacht Club and later audited their books, and served as Treasurer of Brooksville Free Public Library from 1991 to 2001.

Harrison loved sailing, golf, woodworking and the Red Sox.

He is survived by his wife, Sallie, and their children and spouses, M. Harrison Clark, III (Pamela) of Brewer, Dr. D. Christopher Clark (Linda) of New Hartford, NY, D. Brooks Clark (Deborah) of Cheshire, CT, Margaret Clark of Marblehead, MA, and Sarah C. Baskin (William) of Glastonbury, CT. He also leaves 16 grandchildren as well as his sister, Jean C. Eysenbach (John), of Brooksville.

A private interment service was held on June 10, 2015. Gifts in Harrison's memory may be made to Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, 45 Round Hill Road, Northampton, MA 01060.

Arrangements are under the care of Jordan- Fernald, 49 Main St. Blue Hill.

Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com
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