July 11, 1932 - October 24, 2021
Longtime Florida State University chemistry professor Dr. Ronald J. Clark passed away at home October 24, 2021 surrounded by family. Ronald Jene Clark was born to Willard and Helen Francis in Hutchinson, Kansas on July 11, 1932. Ron always said he we one of the lucky ones because he wanted to be a chemist from the time he was in grade school. Ron received a PhD from University of Kansas in 1958 in Inorganic Chemistry. He arrived in Tallahassee in the fall of 1962 and joined the department as an instructor. He worked through the ranks eventually becoming a full Professor and serving as Associate Chairman while his long-term friend Robley Light served as Chairman. Ron’s true passion was teaching and was dedicated to educating graduate and undergraduate students alike. Ron was the first Cottrell Fellow, award winning lecturer and well known across the State of Florida for his Chemical Demonstration Shows. Ron had a love for trains that he pursued most Saturdays with his good friend and one-time chairman of the department Ed Mellon. The two would usually end the morning enjoying a Whataburger with train radios in hand to make sure they did not miss anything exciting along the train yards. He belonged to local train clubs and several national historic clubs. He enjoyed international trips with wife Erica and son Eric, traveling the country side of Scotland and England by train. Ron enjoyed playing tennis with his family and reading naval fiction novels that he would share with his chemistry buddy Russell Johnsen. Retiring in 2004 after 42 years in the class room he still approached x-ray crystallography with an enthusiasm that was infectious according to fellow chemistry professors. Ron continued to work his craft solving crystal structures and contributing to manuscripts for current faculty into the summer of this year Ron is survived by his wife of nearly 56 years, Erica Clark and two sons Aaron Clark and Eric Clark. Ron is also survived by three granddaughters, Elizabeth Clark, Oliva Clark, and Amelia Beaudine-Clark. A private ceremony will be held at Culley’s MeadowWood Chapels and Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Big Bend Hospice. Todd Wahlquist with Bevis Funeral Home (850-385-2193, www.bevisfh.com) is assisting the family with their arrangements.
Longtime Florida State University chemistry professor Dr. Ronald J. Clark passed away at home October 24, 2021 surrounded by family. Ronald Jene Clark was born to Willard and Helen Francis in Hutchinson, Kansas on July 11, 1932. Ron always... View Obituary & Service Information
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