Dr. George Leslie Clark, Sr. Age 85, of Manhattan Beach, California, died on Saturday October 15, 2011 of cancer. He was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania on December 8, 1925 to the late George Dewey Clark and Kathryn Alexander Clark. He served with the U.S. Army in World War II, before returning to college on the G.I. Bill. After earning a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, he worked as a physicist for Ramo Wooldridge, Space Technology Laboratories, and TRW for a combined 34 years. A prolific inventor, he was awarded 27 patents for high technology products and was the inaugural winner of the prestigious Simon Ramo Award for Innovation. During a long and active retirement he kept busy with Omnilore (a learning-in-retirement group) and "Tech Club" (a monthly meeting of retired TRW scientists). His hobbies included traveling, painting, organ playing, gardening, and political writing, including frequent letters to the editor of the Daily Breeze and a book titled Stealing Our Votes, which demonstrated that the computer software he developed would make it possible to completely eliminate politics from the drawing of Congressional districts. He is survived by his children: George Clark, Jr., David Clark (Charlotte Shales-Clark), and Tricia Alexander, grandchildren: Megan Casey, Ann Clark Potenzone (Chad), Kristy Casey, Kathryn Clark, Kimberly Shales, and Kathy Clark. He is also survived by his sister, Marjorie Gordon, and his beloved companion, Barbara Steadman Johnson. He is preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Mary Lou Clark, and his sister, Carol Siewers Graham. Friends will be received Monday October 24th from 5 pm to 8 pm at White & Day Mortuaries, 3215 Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday October 25th at 10 am at St. Cross by the Sea Episcopal Church, 1818 Monterey Blvd., Hermosa Beach. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park, 27501 S. Western Ave., Rancho Palos Verdes.

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  1. I regret not being able to attend George’s memorial. When I joined Omnilore, George was the president. We ended up on the board together, in the Tech.committee together, and in some sessions together. It was a privilege to know him. His intelligence, wit, and overall zest for life were infectious. I think he made many of us “better learners”. He is unforgettable. I consider myself lucky to have known him. My sympathies to all of those close to him. He was truly someone special. Mary Oran

  2. George will be missed by his friends and the children and grandchildren he loved. Over the 30 years I have known George, he always had interesting things to talk about. He loved travel, being in different countries, seeing the people. He was enthusiastic and never stopped learning.

  3. I rarely read the obituaries in the LA Times, yet with what must be the ultimate in serendipity stumbled onto George’s. My father, Bob Waggener, was part of the research staff of the UofI 1939 -1958 during George and Mary Lou’s time in Urbana, and I recall many times when the EE group would get together for many an impromptu potluck gathering at someone’s home for a Sunday afternoon gathering with Lou Bloom, Don Houlshouser, Chet Lob, et al. – many at our home out east of Urbana on US 10. I vividly recall George and Mary Lou bringing their munchkins, but being somewhat older, I must confess that I didn’t play/relate a lot with them (=you). Even as an early teen, I sensed the deep camaraderie among the EE group, which I think my father missed immensely after we moved to Silicon Valley (Palo Alto) in 1958. I remember George and Mary Lou most fondly. Bill Waggener I had no idea that George wound up here in SoCal where I’ve spent the last 52 years.

  4. Very sorry to hear about your loss.He was one of our very good friends from U of Ill and Manhattan Beach days. We did not learn of his death until the afternoon of Oct 25. He will be missed. Bob and Dorothy Hansen

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