By PAULA TRACY, InDepthNH.org
PORTSMOUTH – Philanthropist, entrepreneur, and Portsmouth gastroenterologist, Dr. Geoffrey E. Clark has died. Born May 21, 1938, Dr. Clark was 84 yrs old.
Together with his wife, previous state Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, D-Portsmouth, the two have been regarded as a formidable workforce for a lot more than 45 yrs assisting New Hampshire’s susceptible communities, notably little ones, women, and the setting.
Ray Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic social gathering, called Dr. Clark a “beloved” local community leader, philanthropist, and spouse.
“Dr. Clark was just one of the most fascinating, kindest, most generous people today I have ever fulfilled. He’s perfectly-revered and accomplished in a selection of fields, and he will without end be remembered in New Hampshire.
“He’s still left an at any time-long lasting mark on the Granite State, in the political globe, and considerably, considerably further than. My heart goes out to Senator Martha Fuller Clark, his beloved spouse — Caleb, Anna, and Than, his small children he cherished dearly — and his 4 grandchildren, who ended up the lights of his lifestyle,” Buckley mentioned.
The Clarks moved to Portsmouth in 1973 and served on far more than 40 boards over the decades.
They have both been incredibly involved with New Hampshire politics, with Martha Fuller Clark serving 6 phrases in the New Hampshire Condition Senate. Martha Fuller Clark is at this time serving as vice chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Social gathering.
Dr. Clark served for additional than 32 decades as a health practitioner at Gastroenterology Expert Association. He was also co-founder and very first professional medical director of Braintree Laboratories Inc. and was healthcare director at the pharmaceutical developer Ischemix, doing work to discover treatment plans for heart and kidney disorder.
Dr. Thomas Sherman of Rye, a previous condition senator and retired gastroenterologist who also ran for governor, explained: “I will often bear in mind Geoff for his amazing friendship and as a fellow gastroenterologist, for his remarkable achievements in science and drugs.
“Not only was he a revered and compassionate health practitioner, but his function in science has modified healthcare, benefiting tens of millions of individuals throughout the world. A guy of gentle humility, he will be deeply skipped,” Sherman explained.
Dr. Clark was also associated in documentary filmmaking, which include “Abandoned in the Arctic,” which re-traced the efforts of an explorer in 1881-1884 by sea kayak 700 miles from the North Pole.
He also was included in Sustainable Harvest Worldwide, which will work to promote the preservation of essential world habitats.
Dr. Clark volunteered with Theatre of the Seas, which grew to become the Seacoast Repertory Theatre, by helping to strike the sets and later became associated as a board member and led the money fund travel “to motivate persons to action up to the plate and make essential points occur,” he said in an job interview revealed in the New Hampshire Small business Evaluation.
“It was a trial by fireplace to obtain men and women, and the funds we elevated was compact nowadays but very major bucks then. I was happy to compose a look at, and I uncovered it is 1 factor to question individuals for dollars but a different to question them to develop into associated. It was a challenge to extend the base of men and women who have the indicates to add and then to hold them included and see the rewards,” Dr. Clark stated for the duration of the job interview.
When asked what community service intended to him, he advised NHBR: “I assume one particular detail: It’s a whole lot of fun. It can be irritating mainly because you really don’t always get what you want, but it is great to aid control critical establishments and have a huge affect in so numerous regions. I’ve never regretted a contribution I’ve designed.”
Congresswoman Annie Kuster, D-NH, said his contributions will be skipped, that New Hampshire misplaced a large in Dr. Clark’s passing.
“Dr. Geoffrey Clark was a generous and considerate friend, usually performing to assist other individuals. For decades, he manufactured a positive and long-long lasting influence on communities all throughout our state. My views and prayers are with his relatives and liked kinds,” Kuster claimed.
Portsmouth Mayor Deaglan McEachern reported: “Portsmouth lost a chief on Saturday. Geoff labored tirelessly to make daily life in our neighborhood superior. His loss is immeasurable and on behalf of the Metropolis of Portsmouth we deliver our condolences to his beloved spouse Martha and their little ones Caleb, Anna and Than.”
In 2019, the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation honored the Clarks for their commitment to women of all ages and girls in New Hampshire.
The basis introduced the few with its AmplifiHER Award, citing the Clarks for extra than 40 yrs of “dedicating their individual and expert life to strengthening New Hampshire communities,” in accordance to NHBR.
Funeral preparations were being not promptly out there.
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