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Richard Penfield Clarke ’41 *50

Published in Nov.17, 2004, issue

Dick died July 10, 2004, of complications from knee-replacement surgery.

A native of Baltimore, he prepared at the Gilman School. At Princeton he majored in chemistry, was a member of Sigma Xi, and graduated with honors. He was on the freshman and JV wrestling teams, roomed with Alexander Randall, and joined Cloister Inn.

During World War II, Dick worked on the Manhattan Project in Princeton under Professor Hugh Taylor. Afterward he spent a brief period with Air Reduction Co., Inc. before returning to Princeton to earn a PhD in chemistry. Dick then joined the research department at Standard Oil Co. before moving to the Okonite Co. as manager of research in high-voltage cable insulation. He became president at Hasche Engineering Co., designing gas-generating plants. In 1964 Dick became president of Kalamazoo Spice Extraction Co., retiring in 1981 to become associate professor of engineering at Lake Michigan College until 1988.

Predeceased in May 2004 by his wife of 58 years, Geraldine Hasche Clarke, Dick is survived by his daughter, Karen Krieger; his sons, Richard Jr., Peter '73, and H. Bushnell; and five grandchildren.

The Class of 1941

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Kathy Russell Hernandez Says:

2015-11-18 13:33:28

I am sorry for your loss. I took three chemistry classes with Dr. Clarke at Lake Michigan College. Not from a strong science background, I was unsure of whether I'd do well. Dr. Clarke was an amazing teacher and I ended up loving my chemistry courses. I thought the periodic table was the most awesome thing on the planet! Now I have a 14-year-old son who is studying chemistry in high school, and I tell him about my classes with Dr. Clarke. I hope my son will have a college professor like him someone who will teach students to love the subjects, not just learn them! P.S. To this day, I still remember the formula, PV=nRT!
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