BRUNSWICK -- James E. Clark, formerly of Augusta, died Aug. 7 in Brunswick, Maine, surrounded by his family. Jim was born in Boston on July 23, 1923. He attended Augusta schools and graduated from Cony High School in 1942. Following his graduation he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific theater during World War II.
After the war, Jim returned to Augusta and married Marjorie Folsom on Dec. 15, 1945. They moved to New York City while Jim attended the New York School of Photography. Jim returned to the service of his country during the Korean War as a photographer in the Marine Corps. In 1952 Jim and Marge opened the James Clark Studio and ran it together in Augusta for 52 years.
Jim was very active in the Maine and New England Professional Photographers Associations and served as president of both organizations. Jim also served on the Board of Directors of the National Photographers Association as well as a judge for national portrait competitions. Jim competed annually in photo competitions and earned several Court of Honor awards for his work. He was proud to earn both his Craftsman and Master of Photography degrees from the national association. Jim always found great joy in teaching others about photography. He offered numerous workshops and mentored many Augusta-area photographers.
Jim was also active around the Augusta community. He served several terms on the Augusta School Board and rarely missed a Cony basketball game. He coached youth basketball beginning in 1957 and was proud to be the Cony girls junior varsity coach for several years. He was named to the YMCA Kennebec Valley Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. Jim was very active in the Augusta Rotary and served as secretary for two years. He prided himself on never missing a meeting. Rotary International named Jim a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his community service.
He is survived by his wife Marjorie Clark of Brunswick; two sons Stephen Clark and his wife Barbara of Cumberland, Andrew Clark and his wife Melinda of Litchfield; a daughter Linda Mallard of Topsham; a brother Arthur Clark and his wife Eleanor of Oakland; a sister Frances Gowen and her husband Carl of Augusta; five grandchildren, Lisa McKeon and her partner Charles Lawrence, Kimberly Chonko and her husband Michael, Emily O'Meara and her husband Liam, Julia Clark, and Kristofer Hamel and his wife Iva; six great-grandchildren, Cole and Luke Lawrence, Benjamin and Nicholas Chonko, Sophia Hamel and Samuel Hamel; also several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, Aug. 10, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church St., Augusta. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Pleasant St., Augusta. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery, Augusta.
Condolences to the family may be sent to www.khrfuneral homes.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the James Clark Scholarship c/o Dan Rodrique, Maine Photographer's Association, Studio 1 Photography, 41 Town Landing Road, Dresden, ME 04342.