Dr. Harry Clark Bates Jr.

October 19, 1917May 31, 2012

Harry Clark Bates, Jr., M.D. (Clark) of Culpeper, Virginia passed away on May 31, 2012 at the age of 94. He was born on October 19, 1917 in Brentwood, Maryland, the son of Harry C. Bates and Dora S. Bates. He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife of 50 years, Venita R. Bates (Nita); and his older sister, Amelia Massey.

Clark moved with his family in 1920 to Arlington, Virginia, where he grew up. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1939, and received his M.D. degree from George Washington University in 1943. After an internship and residency at G.W.U. he entered the Army Medical Corps during World War II. Following the war Clark had a practice of general medicine in Arlington, Virginia from 1948-1966.. He became President of the Arlington County Medical Society in 1955. He served on the Virginia State Board of Medicine and represented Virginia in the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association. In 1958 he served as the President of the Medical Society of Virginia.

In 1966 Clark accepted the position of Medical Director, and later. Vice President of Underwriting at Shenandoah Life in Roanoke, Virginia. While in Roanoke he served as President of the Kiwanis Club,and other organizations. From 1976 to 1988 he also served on the Board of Directors of the AAA of Virginia.

Clark is survived by his younger brother, David, of Ohio; his children, H. Clark Bates, III (Margaret) of Charlottesville, Virginia; Jacquelyn B. Leahy (William) of Oxford,Georgia; and Robert K. Bates of Culpeper, Virginia; his grandchildren, Kelly L. Whitney (Evan) of Arlington, Massachusetts; Alan W. Bates (Alana) of Waynesboro, Virginia; Megan Leahy of Atlanta, Georgia; and Susan M. Brown (Christopher) of Waynesboro, Virginia; and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at Little Fork Episcopal Church in Rixeyville, Virgina on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 11 A.M. Visitation of family will be held at the Clore-English Funeral Home in Culpeper on Monday, June 4, 2012 from 7-9 P.M.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Little Fork Episcopal Church, PO Box 367. Rixeyville, Virginia 22737.



  • Visitation Monday, June 4, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 5, 2012


  • Interment to follow services

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Thomas Applin

June 5, 2012

Bates and Maggie...........So sorry to hear of Dr. Bates' passing. He certainly had a long life and a productive career. I regret that we have been out of touch for so long. I tried to contact you a few years ago, but didn't hear back. I hope you will contact me so we can catch up. Hard to believe that both Alan and Susan are now married. Please call me or e-mail when you have a moment.
In the meantime, my thoughts and prayers are with you.


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Tom Applin

June 5, 2012

Bates and Maggie.................I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Dr. Bates lived a long and very productive life. My mom would be the same age now if she were still with us. I regret that we have lost touch. I tried to contact you a few years ago, but didn't hear back. Hard to believe that both Alan and Susan are married now. Time does, indeed, fly! I hope you will get in touch. I would love to catch up with both of you.
In the meantime, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.


Tom A.

June 5, 2012

With deepest sympathy to the family during your time of sorrow. Psalms 46:1 says: God is for us a refuge and strength during this difficult time and May God grant you the comfort to endure.

dianne mason

June 3, 2012

I am so sorry to learn of Dr Bates death. He was my doctor in Arlington from the time i was 6 through age 20. He was a wonderful dr and always came to our home when someone was too sick to come to the office. I miss that type of doctor. Our prayers go out to the family.