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William J. Clark, Jr. M.D.

Obituary for William J. Clark, Jr. M.D.

June 3, 1921 - July 22, 2017
Danvers, Massachusetts | Age 96


Clark, William ("Bill") J., Jr. M.D., Age 96, formerly of Lynnfield and Scituate, Massachusetts, died peacefully on July 22nd at home in Danvers. Son of the late William J. Sr and Julia (Graham) Clark and brother to the late Rev. Graham S. Clark, he was born in White Plains NY on June 3, 1921 and raised in Scarsdale, NY. One of Bill's most memorable accomplishments growing up was his involvement with the Boy Scouts and helping to establish Sage Hill Camp in Jamaica Vermont, a summer retreat utilized by local scout troops. He went on to graduate with honors from St Michaels College, Vermont, Class of 1943 and University of Vermont Medical School in 1947, where he received his medical degree.

He served in the US Army and was stationed in Japan as the lead dermatologist with the occupying allied forces. He attended to numerous Japanese citizens, including a leper colony located off the coast of Japan. Among his notable patients was former Prime Minister Tojo, who he treated in prison while awaiting trial for war crimes. While serving in the orient, Bill traveled throughout Southeast Asia, visiting China, India and the Philippine Islands. After discharge, Dr Clark completed his residency in Portchester NY and Carney Hospital in Boston. It was at Carney that he met and married the love of his life, "Betty" Furrier a young nurse working the night shift. They eventually settled on the North Shore of Boston, where Dr Clark established his practice of internal medicine and cardiology, working for over 30 years at the Malden and Melrose-Wakefield Hospitals, making house calls and serving for a time as chief of staff.

Bill retired in 1985 to pursue his passion for golf, sailing, bridge and travel, spending summers in Scituate MA and winters in Naples FL. He was a long-time member of Hatherly Golf and Satuit Boat Clubs of Scituate where he was known for his dry wit and congenial personality. He particularly enjoyed puttering around the house with various renovation projects, a never-ending endeavor when living by the ocean. Never one to seek the spotlight, Bill would often slip away from social functions. Bill once won a golf major tournament at Hatherly and when he couldn't be located, the award committee had to be dispatched to his home to bring him back for the presentation ceremony.

Bill is survived by his wife, Elizabeth A. (Furrier) Clark. Loving father of Sheila Iacopino and her husband Vito, William J. Clark III. and his wife Anita, Stephen Clark and his wife Karin, Peter Clark, Eileen Kenney and her husband Jeff, Kate Clark, Maura Gomes and her husband Wilson, Elizabeth Paulding, Julianne Regan and her husband Chris. Also survived by his 15 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Wednesday, August 2nd, between the hours of 4pm to 7pm. A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, August 3rd, at 10am in Our Lady of Assumption Church, corner of Grove and Salem Sts., Lynnfield. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Lynn.

In lieu of flowers, and in celebration of Bill's life, donations may be made in his memory to North Shore Elder Services ( or All Care VNA Hospice & Homecare (

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