Patricia Marie Clark, 42, manager at fitness club

March 12, 2000|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Patricia Marie Clark, a manager at a North Baltimore women's fitness club, died March 5 of cancer at her Pinehurst home. She was 42.

Known as Patti, she had been a personal fitness trainer and sales manager at Lynne Brick's Women's Health and Fitness Center in Belvedere Square.

Friends recalled her as possessing the skill to raise the self-esteem of her fitness clients.

"She led by example and was a leader in the fitness community," said Monica M. Reinagel, her partner. "She was unusual among competitive athletes in that she liked nothing better than to see other people win."

Born in Lancaster, Pa., she was a graduate of J. P. McCaskey High School, where she was on the tennis, basketball and field hockey teams. She also played the French horn in the marching band.

She received a degree in psychology from Lock Haven State University in Lock Haven, Pa., and was a counselor at a home for women and children in Norristown, Pa., in the 1980s.

She moved to Baltimore and joined Lynne Brick's, where she helped recruit many of its 2,400 members. "She had a wonderful relationship with our members," said her employer, Lynne Brick. "She was open and honest with her feelings."

From 1995 to 1997, she also worked as legal recruiter at the firm of Williamson Neal & Amato in downtown Baltimore.

"She just drew people. They trusted her," said Mercy Rock, a friend and co-worker from the Williamson firm. "She was a mentor. She looked for the good in everyone else."

She spent many hours at vigorous outdoor activity. She hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon three times. Instead of driving to the Atlantic beaches, she rode her bike from Lancaster, Pa., to Ocean City, N.J.

She enjoyed competitive games of tennis and was a member of the U.S. Tennis Association. In summer, she played at Friends Tennis Club on Charles Street.

Funeral services were held yesterday at Ascension Lutheran Church in Wiltondale.

She is survived by her parents, Dorie and Chuck Steinman of Lancaster; her father, Charles H. Clark of Lancaster; a brother, Scott Clark of Lancaster; a sister, Connie Clark of Louisville, Ky.; a niece; and two nephews.

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