David B. Clark Neurology professor

November 01, 1992

Dr. David B. Clark, the first chairman of the neurology department at the University of Kentucky and a former associate professor of neurology and of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University, died Sept. 13 at the University of Kentucky Hospital after heart surgery.

A memorial service for the 78-year-old Lexington, Ky., resident will be offered at 11 a.m. today at the recital hall of the university's Singletary Center for the Arts there.

He came to Hopkins in 1947 as an intern, served as a resident in medicine and began teaching neurology in 1949. A pioneer in child neurology at Hopkins, he became director of the Birth Defects Clinic there and was a visiting neurologist at City Hospitals and an attending neurologist at the Rosewood Center.

He moved to Kentucky in 1965 and served as head of the neurology department until 1979. He also had been chief of neurology at the Veterans Medical Center in Lexington, and, at his death, was director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at the university.

Born in Glen Ellyn, Ill., he became interested in the human nervous system while a veterinary medical student at Michigan State College. He then attended the University of Chicago, earning doctorates in anatomy and medicine.

An early winner of the Hower Award, the highest honor of the Child Neurology Society, he was a member of the Society of Scholars at Hopkins, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi and Alpha Omega Alpha. He also belonged to the Royal Society of Medicine in England, the American Academy of Neurology, the Australian Society of Neurologists and British and international child neurology groups.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Barbara Kinyon Clark, a pediatrician; two daughters, Annie Barrett Clark of Binghamton, N.Y., and Lucinda Knowles of Lexington; two brothers, Richard Clark of Galena, Ill., and John Clark of Quincy, Ill., and five grandchildren.

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