Glenn W. Clark, 93

FULTON, NY – Glenn W. Clark, 93, passed away Monday June 9, 2014, in New Bern, North Carolina, after a short illness.

A native of Potsdam, NY, Mr. Clark received a B.A. from SUNY Albany in 1941, and an Educational Administration from St. Lawrence University in 1948.

He served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II and in the Korean Conflict, and was awarded five Battle Stars and the Bronze Star during World War II, and the Army Commendation Medal for his service in Korea.

In 1986, he received the Conspicuous Service Cross, New York State’s highest military award.

Mr. Clark was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the President of France in 2009.

Mr. Clark had a long professional career as a teacher and school administrator in Upstate New York.

He taught in Conifer and Chateaugay, NY, and served as high school principal in Conifer, Waddington, and Fulton, NY.

He was Superintendent of Schools in Fulton from 1959 until his retirement in 1976.

During his tenure as superintendent in Fulton, Mr. Clark’s accomplishments included creating the consolidated school district, and the construction of G. Ray Bodley High School and Volney School, and an addition to Lanigan Elementary School.

After retirement from the Fulton School District in 1976, he served as interim superintendent of schools at North Syracuse, NY, Central School, Fayetteville-Manlius Central School and Fabius-Pompey Central School.

Mr. Clark was also superintendent representative to the executive committee of NYSPHSAA and its central committee, and president of the Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc.

After his retirement, Mr. Clark served the retired teacher community at all levels:  he was president of the New York State Retired Teachers Association and served as State Vice President for Federal Legislation of NYSRTA for three years.

In 1995, he was awarded the association’s Certificate of Recognition for his contributions.

Active in the Fulton community, Mr. Clark was an Emeritus trustee of the Fulton Savings Bank, and board member of the Fulton Public Library, the Greater Fulton United Way, the Oswego Country Historical Society and Fulton Friends of History.

In 2008, Mr. Clark moved to Bishop’s Commons, Oswego, NY, where he was active in that retirement community and served as president of the Resident Council.

In 2012, he moved to Croatan Village in New Bern, NC, where he continued to enjoy life with his community and family.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Eleanor.

He is survived by a son, Bruce N. Clark and daughter-in-law Barbara of New Bern, NC; and a daughter, Susan Miller, of Morristown, NJ.

He is also survived by two grandchildren, Tyler Clark (Gillian) of Midlothian, Va. and Amanda Champey (Daniel) of New Bern, NC; and four great-grandchildren, Declan, Brycen, Carter and Anna Champey.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Friends of History, 177 S. First St., Fulton, NY 13069.

Calling hours will be held July 8, at the Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton, from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by a memorial service.
Foster Funeral Home, Inc.

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  1. Mr. Clark was a true educator. When he was Superintendent of the Fulton Schools, he used to come around to classrooms to observe, and communicate with both students and teachers. We didn’t know that he was fluent in French , but he came in and took over our French class for a brief time. He “wowed” us by speaking in French, and actually teaching us in French. He was a kind and fair man, and he leaves us with good memories, even though we haven’t seen him in many years.

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