Garnett Yelverton `Junie' Clark, 91

A businessman and an expert on Arundel history

June 29, 2007

Garnett Yelverton "Junie" Clark, a retired Annapolis businessman who maintained a lifelong interest in the history of Anne Arundel County, died of pneumonia and heart disease June 20 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 91.

Mr. Clark was born in Howard County and raised in Ellicott City. He was a 1932 graduate of the old Donaldson School and earned a bachelor's degree from St. John's College in 1936.

After graduating from college, he sailed around the world as a merchant seaman onboard the Viking, a four-masted barque.

During World War II, he served as a lieutenant commander aboard destroyers in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He was a gunnery officer aboard the destroyer USS Shubrick during the 1943 invasion of Sicily.

After the war, he entered the insurance business and was chairman of the board of Clark-Melvin Cos., insurance brokers, pension plans and security dealers, in Annapolis from 1958 to 1984.

He was also a director of Annapolis Federal Savings & Loan Association for 33 years, and board chairman for 12 years.

Mr. Clark helped establish the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation Inc. and served as chairman of its board. He was also a founding member of the board of Annapolis Life Care Inc., which established the Ginger Cove retirement community, and a trustee and member of the executive committee of the Naval Academy Foundation Inc.

A resident of Annapolis for 65 years, Mr. Clark was a member of the Historic Annapolis Advisory Board, and funded projects to research the history of Londontown, All Hallows Episcopal Church and the South River Club.

Because of his extensive historical knowledge, he served as a mentor to the staff of the Lost Towns Project, an archaeological organization that researches and studies the Colonial past of Anne Arundel County.

A communicant of All Hallows, he was a longtime member of the Annapolis Yacht Club and the South River Club.

His wife of 49 years, the former Mary Burwell Melvin, died in 1989. In 1990, he married Mary Jane Hanson Thacher, who died in 2004.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 6 at Friendship Hall, 4000 River Crescent Drive, Annapolis.

Surviving are a son, Garnett Y. "Sandy" Clark III of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; a daughter, Mary "Mollie" Clark Pratt of Palm Gardens, Fla.; a stepson, John H. Thacher Jr. of Devon, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Patricia Thacher Scott of Paris; three sisters, Nancy C. Kramer of Parkville, Elizabeth D. Butcher of Gaithersburg and Carolyn D. Runia of Aurora, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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