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Past ADA trustee Dr. James N. Clark dies at 85

April 30, 2018

By Michelle Manchir

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Dr. Clark
Dublin, Ohio — Dr. James Nagel Clark, a former 10th District ADA trustee from 1988-92, died April 6. He was 85.

A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1962, Dr. Clark served the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After dental school, he served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps.

He worked in private practice in Dubuque, Iowa, for decades before moving to Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, to be close to family in 2011.

In addition to his ADA leadership, Dr. Clark served as president of the American Society of Dentistry for Children in 1984-85, which merged with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2002. He also served as the Dubuque District Dental Society president. He was a fellow of American College of Dentists and of the International College of Dentists.

In a Northwest Dentistry interview published in 1989, Dr. Clark answered the question: How were you attracted to dentistry in the first place?

Saying that he's not from a family of dentists, he credited his dentist growing up for the motivation.

"I was certainly interested in the health sciences: medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine," he told the magazine. "It was really through the influence of my family dentist that I chose the profession of dentistry, and I certainly feel I made the right choice."

According to his obituary, Dr. Clark was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer, as well as a lifelong Cubs fan.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 54 years, Penny; daughters Laura, Kimberly and Heather, and five grandchildren.

Memorials on behalf of the family may be given to OhioHealth Hospice Care or the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Center.