Reuben Grove Clark III

June 27, 1952January 24, 2018
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Reuben Grove Clark III, 65, of Raleigh, NC passed away on January 24, 2018, at Rex Hospital. He was born on June 27, 1952, in Washington DC to Mary Ellen Ronald Clark and the late Reuben G. Clark Jr. Growing up in DC, Reuben sang in the Boys Choir of the National Cathedral and attended St. Albans School. He graduated from Woodberry Forest, Stanford University, B.A., and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, J.D. At the latter he was a recipient of the Jefferson Fordham Human Rights award.

Reuben had a brilliant legal mind and a strong sense of social justice. He was a VISTA volunteer in Philadelphia with PILCOP, investigating notorious police abuse issues in the 70’s. After law school, he joined Regional Housing Legal Services focused on developing low income housing.

After he and his family moved to Raleigh in 1987, he joined Maupin, Taylor, Ellis and Adams (subsequently Williams Mullen), practicing real estate and commercial development there for 28 years. Named multiple times to the Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law, he was a fierce advocate for his clients and anticipated issues that others overlooked.

Reuben served on the Board of the Triangle Chapter of the American Red Cross and assisted Edenton St. United Methodist church with many of their property issues. More globally, he served as President of the Board of the Friends of the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa, an independent public interest law firm known for fighting the injustices of apartheid. He was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati.

Learning from global and historical perspectives was extremely important to Reuben. He was a voracious reader, especially history and biography, and valued the impact of world travel. He traveled widely and particularly treasured the time he spent in Florence. He actively supported his family, embracing their passions and advocating in their interests. He was a lifelong Redskins fan.

Reuben is survived by his children Katharine R Clark, and Reuben G. Clark IV (Ben), Ben’s wife Morgan his adored granddaughter Kennedy J. Clark, and her much anticipated baby brother Harrison G. Clark, as well as the mother of his children, Beverley S. Clark, all of Raleigh, NC; his mother Mary Ellen Clark of N. Garden VA, his sister Melissa W. Clark of D.C. and brother Stephen E. Clark of Reston VA, as well as his nephews and many cherished cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Friday February 2, at 2:00pm at Edenton Street United Methodist Church. Interment will be later at the family plot at St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Friends of the Legal Resource Centre of South Africa, Doctors Without Borders, or the American Diabetes Association


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Sylvia Blanchet

February 5, 2018

I was also a childhood friend of Reuben and am very sad to hear of his death. I regreat having missed the opportunity to reconnect with him. My memories of Reuben are playing softball in the Rowe's yard, or kick the can and acorn wars on highland place. He was always a great sport and fun to be with. In later years we reconnected because he was a friend of my husband, Thomas Fricke, and in his freshman dorm at Stanford. We both send our condolences to his mother, Mary Ellen, Steve and Melissa. I'm sure my brothers and sisters, Garrett, Nick, Meg and Sarah will want to send their sympathy as well.

Mark Haviland

February 1, 2018

I was a childhood friend and Reuben's next door neighbor growing up in DC. Thinking about Reuben brings back memories of our wonderful neighborhood and what a good place and time it was to grow up. Being a very lively kid, Reuben was certainly at the center of all our adventures. For example, I remember the astounded look on his father's face when a water balloon that Reuben threw at me hit his Dad instead as he came out of his house. (That did not go over well with Mr. Clark!) Knowing Reuben's virtues of friendliness, honesty, responsibility and kindness as a kid, I am sure that these only grew greater in the man.
My deepest sympathy to his Mom, Mary Ellen, and Steve and Melissa, and of course to his wife and children.

Larry Wilson

January 31, 2018

Reuben was a great citizen and an outstanding attorney. He assisted me with some complex legal issues with great strategy and professionalism. He was respected as a gentleman with outstanding integrity by our entire leadership team at Coastal Federal Credit Union. He suffered a long time with a very difficult disease that no one should have to endure. My God bless the entire family with fond memories of your good times together.

Linda Ronald

January 30, 2018

Reuben was a kind, intelligent and caring person who is gone so much too soon. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to spend time with him over the years, to be challenged by debates and revitalized by shared laughter. I hope all of you are comforted by many memories of your own in this time of loss.

Louise Ronald

January 29, 2018

I am so glad I had a chance to see all of you at least relatively recently. Reuben was always a very popular visitor to Portland when we were kids. I think all the girls in our neighborhood had crushes on him!
I wish I could be with you on Friday and hope we can see one another again soon. Please give Mary Ellen an extra long hug from me. Love to all. Louise

John Rosenberg

January 28, 2018

Reuben spent a summer as a law clerk with Appalred here in eastern Kentucky, when I served as Director. I appreciated his keen mind and his caring for our low income clients; so I was proud to learn of his accomplishments in the low income housing field in Pennsylvania. I was gratified to learn of his continuing humanitarian work over the years after he moved to Raleigh. We met a few years ago by accident in Whole Foods in Raleigh where my wife and I were visiting with my brother and sister who lived there, and were able to "catch up." I admired Reuben from afar, and my wife and I send sincere condolences.

Evelyn Ronald Mong

January 26, 2018

So very sorry for your loss. May your wonderful memories comfort you through this difficult time.

January 26, 2018

Beverly: I was very sorry to hear about Reuben's passing. I have very fond memories of our time working together. Sue's and my thoughts are with you and your family.

Mark Levin

Judy Bard

January 26, 2018

I worked with him many years. He will be missed. A good man!

January 26, 2018

Reuben enjoyed life and family and would want this to continue for all whose sadness for his passing seems too difficult to bear. My condolences to you all. Psalms 62:11,12.