Remembering Warren Clark
Ambassador Warren Clark, a retired Foreign Service Officer, died on July 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C., at 81 years of age. The cause of death was cancer. In his long and distinguished career, he worked always to make the world a better and safer place.
After serving for four years as a naval air intelligence officer based in Morocco, Ambassador Clark joined the State Department as a career Foreign Service Officer. Ambassador Clark’s first foreign service assignment was to the U.S. Consulate in Aleppo in Syria. A later assignment took him back to the Middle East to Beirut. Other overseas assignments were in Europe (Luxembourg); in Africa, where he was the Acting Ambassador in Lagos, Nigeria, and Ambassador in Libreville, Gabon, and Sao Tome and Principe; in Canada, where he served as the Reassure Representative in Ottawa; and in New York at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. He also served in Washington as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa and as Deputy U.S. Representative on the UN Economic and Social Council.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, as a specialist in communications and information technology, Ambassador Clark ran a program helping governments in Central and Eastern Europe move towards a market economy. After his retirement from the State Department in 1996, he worked as a consultant on privatization and liberalization of telecommunications in Eastern Europe.
He later attended the Virginia Theological Seminary, receiving an MTS degree in 2005. He then worked at the Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation at the Washington National Cathedral and as Chair of the Peace Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. For eight years, beginning in 2008 he was Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace, a coalition of national church groups that conducts political advocacy and support of the two-state solution for ending the conflict between Israel and Palestine. He advocated with Congressional, State Department, and White House officials, leading an annual delegation of church representatives to the Middle East, and spoke to church groups around the country.
Since retirement in 1996 he had been an active member of Saint Albans Church in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Cosmos Club of Washington, D.C., and was active in the neighborhood organizations in Cleveland Park, including the Cleveland Park Play Group and the Cleveland Park Citizens Association, where he pursued his love of nature in helping with the planting and maintenance of the trees of the community. He was also an active member of the Woman’s National Democratic Club, serving as Chair of the Public Policy Task Force on the Economy.
He is survived by three children from his first marriage to Alice Ritchie: Sarah Stuart Clark, Warren Clark, and Hope Clark; two stepsons, Peter Spiro and Alexander Spiro and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his wife of 25 years, Elizabeth Petersen Spiro Clark. Together they shared their great joy in music, in Shakespeare, and in travel and adventure. Highlights included walking Hadrian’s Wall, sailing the coast of Turkey visiting Hellenistic ruins, and sailing the fjords of Norway. A most memorable event occurred in the jungles of Costa Rica, when Warren rode a zip line just to keep close to a granddaughter.
Ambassador Clark was born in Bronxville, New York, and lived for 50 years in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Williams College. In addition to his Masters in Theological Studies at VTS, Ambassador Clark holds graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), Georgetown, and the Harvard Kennedy School.
Two memorial services will be held in his honor: On August 18 at the Cavalry Church in Stonington, Connecticut (with reception following), and on September 15 at Saint Albans Church in Washington, D.C.
For those who wish to make a contribution in honor of Ambassador Clark’s memory, the family suggests Churches for Middle East Peace(110 Maryland Avenue, N.E, #311, Washington, D.C. 20002.)