- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 19, 2006

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — Former Maryland Senate President James Clark Jr. died Aug. 18 of cancer at his Ellicott City home. He was 87.

Mr. Clark, a lifelong Howard County farmer, created legislation that formed the Maryland Farmland Preservation Foundation and led to Program Open Space.

In an recent interview with the Baltimore Sun, Mr. Clark said he had been able to do what he liked all of his life.

“I like the government and I like farming,” he said. “They are my two loves.”

Mr. Clark was elected to the state’s House of Delegates in 1958, and four years later was elected to the state Senate, where he remained for 24 years. He served as president of the Senate from 1979 to 1983.

Mr. Clark’s Eliok Farm produced milk for 30 years. A farm stand on the property has been serving customers for 37 years. Mr. Clark is the sixth generation of his family to live in what is now Howard County.

He grew up in Ellicott City, and earned a bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry from Iowa State College in 1941. In World War II, Mr. Clark was a glider pilot in the Army Air Corps, flying supplies to the front lines.

For the past two decades, he farmed his 540-acre property, which is preserved from development, and was active in many county institutions.

Mr. Clark helped found the Howard County Conservancy and assisted the Antique Farm Machinery Club in efforts to open a Farm Heritage Museum in West Friendship.

“He was Howard County,” said County Executive James N. Robey. “He was someone everyone at the local level looked up to for advice and guidance.”

Mr. Clark was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Clark, who died in 2001 and a daughter, Pricilla Phelps Clark, who died at age 6.

He is survived by another daughter, Martha Anne Clark, of Ellicott City; two sons, Mark Tyson Clark, of Quincy, Fla., and James Hawkins Clark, of Ellicott City; a brother, Joseph Hopkins Clark, of Ellicott City; and six grandchildren.

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