With a life that focused on education and sport, it is no surprise that Mr. William “Bill” Clark served on the United States Sports Academy’s Board of Trustees. Family, friends, colleagues, and the Academy are celebrating the life of Mr. Clark, who passed away at a hospital in Mobile, Ala., on Friday, 22 May 2015.

“Bill made major contributions to our board,” said Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, President and CEO of the Academy. “I’ve never seen him without a smile on his face.”

Mr. Clark had a lifelong passion for education. After graduating from Mobile County Training School, he went on to receive his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Dillard University, his Master of Science Degree in Chemistry from Tuskegee Institute, and an Educational Specialist Degree from Alabama State University.

Mr. Clark’s dedication to education continued with a career teaching chemistry and mathematics at the high school level. He also coached high school football, basketball, baseball, and golf. Mr. Clark spent 26 years in education administration and retired in 1999 after 16 years spent serving as the principal of Citronelle Middle School.

In addition to his dedication to the Academy and its Board of Trustees, Mr. Clark is a retired member of the Alabama House of Representatives where he served 26 years. During that time he also served as the Chairman of the Board of Commissions for eight years and the Vice Chairman of the Rules Committee for 16 years. A very active member of the Gulf Coast community, Mr. Clark has also served as a member of the National Education Association, 100 Black Men of Mobile, Omega Phi Fraternity, Mobile Area Association of Realtors, Mobile County Board of Equalization, Gulf City Golfers Association, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of Holmes Street Baptist Church. In addition, the William “Bill” Clark Family Life Center located in Prichard, Ala., is named in recognition of Mr. Clark.

Mr. Clark is survived by his wife, Hattie Giles Clark, and their two sons, William and Reginald Clark. Arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home in Prichard, Alabama.

USSA presents The Black Sports History Project: William “Bill” Clark Interview

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