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Ambrose R. Clarke (Teacher, Dean Of Boys)

Ambrose R. Clarke (Teacher, Dean Of Boys)

A. R. Clarke, Dies In Watertown

Ambrose R. Clarke, 63, of 165 Summit Street, died at 12:35 am Sunday, January 14, 1973, in the Coronary Care Unit of Mercy Hospital at Watertown, where he was visiting when taken ill.

Mr. Clarke retired as Chairman of the Mathematics Department of Batavia High School on January 1, 1969, a post he had held since 1945. For eight years he was Dean of Boys at BHS. Prior to 1945 he taught at the Manlius School and at Potsdam High School. At Potsdam he taught mathematics and public speaking and coached dramatics.

During World War II, Mr. Clarke was instructor in the V-12 Program at St. Lawrence University and the ASTP at Clarkson College. From 1946-56 he was a summer employe of the State Department of Transport as a senior engineering aide, working out of the Watertown office.

A native of Rocky Mount, N.C., Mr. Clarke was educated in the public schools of New Jersey and New York. He received the AB degree from Cornell University and the Ed.M. degree from St. Lawrence University. He also studied at at State University College at Potsdam, Clarkson College, and the State University of Oswego.

Mr. Clarke was a charter member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State. He was its first vice president, its second president and served on numerous committees. He was also a member of the  Association of Teachers of Mathematics, the New York State Teachers Association, the National Education Associaton, the National Retired Teachers Association, and the New York State Retired Teachers Association.

Surviving is his wife, the former Marie Ottersland. They were married in Watertown, August 28, 1939.

Funeral arrangements are being made by the Simpson Funeral Home and burial will be in Glenwoood Cemetery, Watertown. Calling hours are today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 at the funeral home, where a prayer service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday with Msgr. Gerald Kellogg, Mr. Clarke's high school classmate, officiating.

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01/13/15 11:19 AM #1    

Allen B Chatt

A GIANT of a man intellectually with a sense of humor never to be forgotten as he lay on his back across his desk when some young laut responded to one of his queries with ... let's just say ... an unfortunate answer!

01/15/15 07:55 PM #2    

Joan Kellogg (Oliverio)

A very wonderful person with a great sense of humor.  He was always so much fun on Halloween when the kids rang the door bell and he appeared with a large nose and glasses along with a large black  spider hanging in the door  way.  He always had lots of candy for all.  He was a wonderful teacher as well and I know well liked by all of his students.

01/30/18 03:17 PM #3    

John A Birchler

Mr. Clarke was my favorite BHS teacher--two years of math combined with frequent intellecutal excursions into grammar, context, and common sense.  He was the main reason I became a math major.  My limited math skills (cleverly disguised by the hard work that he and his wife exhibited in making me earn good grades in Regents exams--Calculus and Abstract Algebra are CLEARLY foreign languages!) led me to become an English major and teacher, but I'll never forget Mr. Clarke hearing someone (on the PA?) say "as of yet,: causing Mr. Clarke to ponder aloud why it took three words for someone to say, in essense, "yet."


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