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“I fondly remember the wonderful evenings at Chan and Judy's house in Woodbridge,CT, where, after kriya, we would all sit around the table for a...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Claire Callan - New Haven, CT

“Katherine, we are so sorry for your loss. To have a daughter like you your mom and dad are special people and our prayers go out to you and your mom...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Bill Chetwynd - Wakefield, MA

“Dear Judy, Katherine, and Family,Our prayers are for you all in this sad time. Chan was a wonderful person and has left this world in a better place...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Skip and Gerry Borgerson - CT

“Chan was one of the wisest people it has been my privilege to know. During our time together over many years in Bethany he taught me many things,...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Peter Stebinger - Bethany, CT

“Dear Katherine and familyOur family send thoughts and prayers for you all at this very sad time. The Haney family ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Deb Haney - Melrose and Revere, MA

“May the family hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times they shared together as they celebrate a life well lived and loved by family...Read More »
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“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Harrison Chandler Clark, 89, of Melrose and Truro, MA, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, known as Chandler or Chan to those close to him, passed away at his Melrose home early on the morning of January 31, 2017. He died peacefully surrounded by family and friends.

Chandler was born December 16, 1927 in Cortland, New York, the youngest son of Thaddeus Ripley Clark and Marlea Wells Clark of Marathon, New York. He attended The Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey graduating in 1945. He was briefly in the US Army Reserves before attending and graduating from Cornell University, Class of 1949. At Cornell, Chan was a member of the ATO fraternity. Following college, Chandler worked in New York City in banking and then returned to Cornell Law school graduating in 1956. After law school, he returned to New York City where he met Judith Southerton. They married August 22, 1959 at First Congregational Church in Woodbridge, Connecticut. The couple lived in New York City until moving to Woodbridge, Connecticut in 1961.

Chan joined the New Haven, Connecticut law firm of Thompson, Weir and Barclay, later merged with Murtha Cullina of Hartford, Connecticut, and remained there as a partner practicing probate law until his retirement in 1989. He was a long time director of Ruane, Cunniff and Goldfarb. He served as trustee for many years to Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, The Young Men's Institute Library and The Grove Street Cemetery—all New Haven based institutions. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Bethany Connecticut.

With his wife Judy, Chan shared a great love of Truro on Cape Cod where he enjoyed hosting friends and family. The couple moved to Melrose in 2012 to be near their grandchildren.

Always exploring, Chan and Judy became active in Transcendental Meditation, and later, joined the Art of Living, led by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Chan served as the President of Art of Living in the early 1990s and helped establish the program Prison Smart that brings meditation and peace building to incarcerated youth offenders.

Chandler is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Judith Southerton Clark, his two children, writer and producer John Southerton Clark, of New York City and Provincetown MA, and US Representative Katherine Clark, his son-in-law Rodney Dowell and his grandsons Addison, Jared and Nathaniel Dowell of Melrose, MA. Chan is also survived by nieces and nephews Elizabeth Snider of London, UK and Truro, MA, John Clark of Oslo, Norway, Stephen Clark of Los Angeles, CA, Marlea Clark of Brattleboro, Vermont, Kathy Jarvis of Palo Alto, CA and Truro, MA, Victoria Escalera of Wakefield, RI, Laura Gouillart of Concord, MA and Martha Czaczkes of Madison, CT, and sister-in-law Marion Clark of Jamestown NY.

Chan was always the generous, fun and opinionated center of his family and wide circle of friends. Chan's generosity of spirit and love were returned many times over. We are deeply grateful for his life and love, and we will profoundly miss him.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Alzheimer's Association, 480 Pleasant St, Watertown, MA 02472 or @ www.alz.org in the name of Judith S. Clark would be deeply appreciated. Services will be private.