C. Robert Clark ’52

C. Robert Clark '52

Charles Robert Clark, M.D., 89, died at home on July 5, 2019. He was born May 22, 1930, the son of the late Ethel C. and John S. Clark and raised on Lookout Mountain Tenn. 

Survivors include his wife, Jody Moody Clark; children, Rex M. (Jacque), Hatchechubbee, Ala., John K. (Stacy), Wildwood, Ga., Allen C. (Renata), Lookout Mtn, Tenn., and grandchildren, Drew, Gabi, Charlie, Jake (Bergen) Logan (Sarah). 

Dr. Clark was educated at Lookout Mountain School and he was a graduate of McCallie School and Davidson College. His medical education included graduating from Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest College, internship First Surgical Division, Columbia University, Bellevue Hospital, NY, NY, and residency in orthopaedic surgery at North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Cripple Children. 

Society memberships included being a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, emeritus fellow of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, past president Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, emeritus member of Rotary Club of Chattanooga, and life member of Hamilton County-Chattanooga Rescue Service.

He served on the boards of Chattanooga-Hamilton County Hospital Authority, was chairman of the Tennessee Board of Emergency Medical Services, and was mayor of the Town of Lookout Mountain, Tenn. As a Colonel in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve, he was State Surgeon for the Tennessee Army National Guard. In college he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and in medical school he was a member of Phi Chi fraternity. 

For many years Dr. Clark was in the private practice of orthopaedic surgery in Chattanooga. His faculty appointments were Instructor of Anatomy, Duke University School of Medicine and Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Chattanooga Unit, University of Tennessee College of Medicine. 

The Board of Trustees of the Tennessee Medical Association presented him the Distinguished Service Award, the McCallie School honored him with an Alumni Achievement Award, the Baroness Foundation selected him for the Distinguished Physician Award, and The Sertoma Club of Chattanooga selected him for the Service to Mankind Award. 

Dr. Clark was a member of Church of the Good Shepherd, Lookout Mountain. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Chambliss Center for Children, Church of the Good Shepherd, Chattanooga Hamilton County Rescue Service or the charity of your choice. 

Family will receive friends from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Lookout Mountain. 

Funeral Services will be 3:30 p.m. at the church with Rector Robert Childress officiating. 

There will be a reception to follow the service in the Parish Hall. 

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

 Copyright 2019, Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Gary Long ’73

Gary Stephen Long, 68, of Kiawah Island, South Carolina, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2019. 

Gary was born January 13, 1951, in Gastonia, North Carolina, son of the late James Darvin Long and Thelma Reneau Long. He had a BA with honors from Davidson College, where he later served as a Trustee and an MBA from Harvard University. 

Gary was Managing Partner & CEO of Pulse Capital Partners. He previously served as President and COO of Investcorp and as SVP at American Express. During his career, he worked in Toronto, New York, Bahrain, and London, where he was a longtime resident. He was a keen wildlife photographer and travelled often to Africa. 

He is survived by his wife, Lee Carpenter-Long; his sisters Maxine Long Hill, Toby Long Bryant, and Ellen Long Faulk. He was predeceased by brother James Darvin Long, Jr. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gary Long Memorial Fund, Davidson College, PO Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035. 

His Memorial Service will be held at Davidson College at a later date.

Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Homer G. Sparks ’54

Homer G. Sparks, 88, passed away at home in Melbourne, Florida on June 27, 2019. 

Born and raised in Anniston, Alabama, he was the youngest child of Mary and Leonard Sparks. He graduated from Anniston High School in 1949 where he played trombone in the band and was active in the YMCA Hi-Y Council and many other activities.

He began volunteering at the Anniston YMCA USO during World War II under the direction of his life-long mentor W. Paul Alexander, and later directed the YMCA summer day camp. He attended Auburn University before graduating from Davidson College in North Carolina. 

Homer served as a First Lieutenant in the Army as a paratrooper, helicopter and fixed-wing pilot, and flight instructor, and later served in the Connecticut and Tennessee National Guards.

After earning a Master’s of Religious Education from Yale Divinity School, he started his career serving young people as a YMCA Director in Westport, Connecticut and Lebanon, Tennessee. In Lebanon he was also active in the community as a Rotarian, church elder, and part-time professor at Cumberland College. 

In 1976, Homer moved to Melbourne, Florida where he worked as a Realtor and real estate developer. In retirement he enjoyed his family, caregiving for elderly friends, traveling, reading, following politics, and gardening.

Homer was always a positive, adventurous, hands-on person with a tremendous zest for living. He never said no to a trip, never met a stranger, and never stopped telling jokes and funny stories. He was a loyal friend, husband, father, and citizen. 

Homer leaves behind Jean, his wife of 58 years; 4 children with their spouses and partners; 2 grandchildren; and many beloved members of his extended Sparks, Alexander, and Clark families. 

His ashes will be buried in the Fall at the Golden Springs Cemetery, final resting place of many generations of Sparks. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Golden Springs Cemetery Fund here: https://hollowaysparks.net/in-memory-of-homer-sparks/. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care in Melbourne, Florida. 

Condolences may be left at https://afcfcare.com/obituaries/homer-g-sparks/.

Copyright, 2019, The Anniston Star, Consolidated Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved.

Frederick Schoen ’64

Frederick W. Schoen passed away on June 12, 2019, in Naples, Florida. Fred was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1942.

He is survived by his spouse, Virginia, his son, Andrew C., and his daughter, Mary S. Wenzel (Martin). He was preceded in death by his sister, Sarah S. Echevarria. He is also survived by his sister, Mary S. Back (David). He leaves behind his grandchildren, Patrick, Abby and Anna.

Fred was a graduate of Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, Davidson College, Davidson, NC, and The Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania). After graduate school, he served as an officer in The United States Army from 1966 through 1968.

He then joined Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and moved to Akron, Ohio. From Akron, the family moved to South Africa. This was the first of many adventures with Firestone, followed by New Zealand and Venezuela.

Once back in the US, Fred joined the Brenlin Group managing several of their businesses, and Fred and Ginger purchased their first home in Marco Island.

He loved Marco Island, boating, fishing and his friends. In his final years, he really enjoyed volunteering as a boat captain for The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, as well as his membership in the local Kiwanis club.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

Ryan Patterson ’97

Ryan James Patterson, 44, died on June 24, 2019. He was surrounded by family members who will admire, love and miss him always. Ryan was born on November 8, 1974, in East Point, Georgia to the late James and Patricia Patterson. Ryan graduated from The Galloway School in Atlanta, Georgia in 1993, and Davidson College in 1997 where he met his wife, Ann.

He channeled and embodied Davidson’s Honor Code and remained an ardent fan of the Davidson Wildcats throughout his life. Ryan and Ann married in 1999 and enjoyed a loving partnership for 20 years.

Ryan loved his career, beginning at Wachovia Securities, then The Duke Endowment where he studied for and earned the CFA designation, and the last 11 years at Global Endowment Management. Ryan joined GEM in 2007 in GEM’s infancy. He relished in the precise, exacting nature of his job and its day-to-day challenges. He was known for calm efficiency and expert problem-solving. He rose to become Chief Investment Operations Officer. He also dearly loved everyone he worked with and looked forward to going to work.

Ryan picked up golf in childhood and would enjoy watching it and playing it for the rest of his life. He was elated to play Augusta National earlier this year. He also loved airlines, airplanes and transportation logistics. He liked spending time at the airport; both traveling and watching planes take off and land.

He was a weather aficionado who routinely supplied upcoming weather information to family and neighbors. He loved an old-school print newspaper and subscribed to and read three different newspapers all of his adult life. To close friends, he was also known for his impeccable taste in film and music.

Despite his many varied interests, Ryan was most dedicated to his family. He was a devoted husband, a fun, proud and loving father who savored his daughters’ company and acts of kindness. Ryan took active involvement in his daughters’ many interests and talents, and helped develop them into compassionate, resilient young women. He was also a caring older brother, a loyal grandson, an amazing uncle and a dear friend to many.

His family and friends remember with tremendous admiration the indomitable spirit, infectious smile and unwavering courage Ryan showed during his journey with Glioblastoma.

Ryan is survived by his wife Ann, two daughters, Amelia and Dorothy, two grandmothers, Jeanne Patterson and Dora Mae Peter, two brothers Kyle (Rebecca) and Todd (Shenna) and five nephews, Eli, Miles, Reid, Finn and Theo Patterson.

He is also survived by stepfamily members, including his late mother’s husband, David Roessner, and his late father’s wife, Dayle Betlock, and step siblings, Jennifer Strautman and Marc Betlock.

Ryan wanted to thank the many caring doctors and healthcare professionals who held his hand as he walked this path over the last two years, Dr. Allan Friedman, Dr. Katherine Peters, Dr. Justin Favaro, and Dr. Rahul Karamchandani.

A celebration of Ryan’s life will be held Sunday, June 30, at 1:30PM at Avondale Presbyterian Church, 2821 Park Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center.

Published in Charlotte Observer on June 27, 2019