Obituary: Dorothy Elwyn Brown Clark

Dorothy Elwyn Brown Clark died peacefully at Evergreen Woods, North Branford, CT on May 25, 2018 surrounded by her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Clark, her son-in-law, Mark Rupert and her granddaughter, Anna Clark Rupert, her daughter, Nancy Clark and her niece, Ann McDonald. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 69 ½ years, James G. Clark.

Dorothy Clark was born in Mt. Vernon, NY on October 10, 1923 to Cuthburt and Florence (Coles) Brown. She graduated from House in the Pines, a college preparatory school in Norton, MA in 1940, Pine Manor Junior College, Wellesley, MA in 1942 and received an A.B. cum laude from Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT in 1944 with a major in French and a minor in Spanish. This strong language background led to her work as a cryptanalyst in the Military Intelligence Division of the War Department during World War II. Later, she earned a M.S. in Education from the University of Bridgeport.

In 1965, Dorothy began teaching French at Darien High School, Darien, CT where she remained until she retired in 1986, a career that she found stimulating and rewarding both personally and professionally. She was a creative teacher who enjoyed sharing her love of French language, literature, history and culture with her students.

After moving to Evergreen Woods with Jim in 1993, Dorothy started a French Conversation Group and led a water exercise class. She was active in the Marketing, Pool and Elder Concert Committees as well as the Resident Council of which she was President in 1999.

Dorothy’s curiosity, independence and love of travelling, language, art, dance, music, nature, and walking greatly enriched the lives of her family and friends. She was a loving wife who cherished her family and delighted in their activities and accomplishments.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make tax-deductible contributions in honor of Dorothy Clark to Elder Concerts, Inc., Box 154, 88 Notch Hill Road, North Branford, CT 06471.

Arrangements in the care of the Guilford Funeral Home, Inc. 115 Church St., Guilford, CT.