By Rebecca Goodman
Enquirer staff writer
Ralph E. Clark Jr., a probate and trust lawyer and former president of the Cincinnati Bar Association, died July 17 in Gunnison, Colo. He was 89.
Born in Cincinnati Nov. 23, 1914, Mr. Clark was curator for the mineral collection at the Museum of Natural History while a middle-school student. He later served as trustee of the museum. He graduated from the Northwood School in Lake Placid, N.Y.; Yale University; and the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
While in college, he was a competitive ski jumper and racer. He served in the South Pacific with the 37th Infantry Division during World War II and had the rank of major when he was honorably discharged.
He practiced law in Cincinnati with his father, Ralph E. Clark Sr.
The junior Mr. Clark was director and treasurer of the Cincinnati Legal Aid Society, trustee of the Ohio State Bar Association and director and president of the Cincinnati Travelers Aid Society.
He was co-chairman of the first International Folk Festival and he and his wife, Margaret Bartholomay Clark, were active with the Cincinnati Kennel Club, raising and showing St. Bernards.
Mr. Clark moved to Crested Butte, Colo., where he restored a Queen Anne style train depot built in 1883 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, turning it into a community center. He later moved to Gunnison, where he was active in the preservation of the Gunnison Arts Center.
He was also a benefactor of the Western State College of Colorado environmental studies program, establishing a fund that was instrumental in the program's growth.
Mr. Clark was a familiar site in Gunnison, walking around town and across the WSC campus with his large dog.
His wife of 48 years died previously.
Survivors include two sons, Ralph E. Clark III of Gunnison and William L. Clark of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; a daughter, Bonnie J. Towle of Red Hook, N.Y., and four grandchildren.
Services were held. Burial was at Spring Grove Cemetery.
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