Paul W. Clarke

Published in the Washington Post 2006

Paul W. Clarke

Paul W. Clarke, 93, a retired official with the Treasury Department's Office of the Comptroller of
the Currency, died May 12, 2006 at Carriage Hill Nursing Home in Bethesda. He had
pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Clarke was born in Le Roy, N.Y., and raised in Washington, where he graduated from
McKinley Technology High School (1931) and in the 1920s won a city championship golf
tournament for caddies.

After serving in the Army Air Forces during World War II, he joined the Office of the Comptroller
of the Currency as an assistant bank examiner. He held other positions at the OCC before
retiring in 1982 as director of internal operations.

Mr. Clarke was active in Masonic organizations over the years. He was a past master of East
Gate Lodge No. 34 in Takoma Park and a member of the William R. Singleton Chapter No. 4
of the Royal Arch Masons, the Scottish Rite and the Almas Shriners, all in Washington.

He was also an award-winning flower arranger and a lifetime member of the National Capital
Dahlia Society.

For many years, Mr. Clarke lived in the Bannockburn community of Bethesda and served on
boards and committees of what is now Church In Bethesda. He moved to Asbury Methodist
Village in Gaithersburg in 1999.

His wife of 50 years, Nellie Edna Clarke, died in 1987. His second wife, Nina Margaret Hewell,
died in 1999. They had been married for three years.

Survivors include a son from his first marriage, Gary Clarke of Bethesda; a sister; three
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.