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Official Obituary of

Ronald Clark

December 31, 1936 ~ May 4, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Ronald Clark Obituary

Ronald Clark departed this life on May 4, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia following a brief illness. He was 86 years old. Born in Springfield, Ohio, he was fourth child of Ruby and Clell Clark, Sr. Ronald was educated at St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School and Catholic Central High School. At Central State University, he pledged Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc and was a member of Army ROTC. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1960. The U.S. Army assigned 1st Lieutenant Ronald Clark to Fort Dix, New Jersey upon graduation. He married Barbara Bayless of Springfield; Ohio and they began married life at Fort Dix. During their twelve-year marriage, two daughters, Rhonda and Risha, were born. Once Captain Ronald Clark left active duty, he continued in the reserves.  For the next 33 years, Ronald worked as an environmental chemist. His work was often related to the assessment and control of pollution from various industries. He was employed first by the City of Columbus, then Battelle Memorial Institute and finally Hughes Aircraft Company in California. During his life he enjoyed golfing, jogging, walking, playing cards and playing board games. What he loved more than anything else was the chance to talk and laugh with family and friends.

Ronald is preceded in death by his parents Ruby and Clell Clark, Sr.; brothers, Clell, Jr. and Richard; sisters, Betty Grigsby and Rose Hardin; aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and friends. He leaves to cherish his memory daughters Rhonda Clark and Risha Clark both of Atlanta, Georgia; sister-in-law Miriam Harshaw (Sonny) of Springfield, Ohio; nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to his beloved alma mater Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He felt his experiences at CSU led to so many wonderful things in his life.

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Memorial Service
June 24, 2023

3:00 PM
Harriett Darnell Senior Center
677 Fairburn Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30331

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Central State University Gifts by Mail The address that donors may send their checks or money orders follows: Central State University Division of Institutional Advancement 1400 Brush Row Road, PO Box 1004 Wilberforce, OH 45384 Donors may include correspondence with their donation or make a note in the memo section of the check to ensure proper designation. A message stating “Scholarship fund in memory of Ronald Clark” should be sufficient. All gifts will be receipted and acknowledged. Electronic Gifts We currently have an electronic site, CSU Believers, to receive credit/debit card-based donations. The web address for the general scholarship fund page on the website is: General Scholarship Fund - Fundraising For Central State University (


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