Rosser Lee Clark, Jr. ’47

Rosser Lee Clark, Jr., 92, of Princeton, NJ passed away at his home on January 2, 2016. Born in Greensboro, NC, Rosser had been a resident of Princeton since 1996. Rosser was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, who had a smile for everyone he met. He was married in 1949 to Mary Harris Clark.

Rosser was a decorated Navy fighter pilot who served in the Pacific theater in World War II. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex, and faithfully attended reunions of his squadron. He continued his military service in the Naval Reserve for more than 20 years.

After the war, Rosser returned to Davidson College where he completed his BS degree. Soon thereafter, he began a nearly 40-year career in textile engineering.

In 1957, Rosser’s work took him and his young family to Comodoro Rivadavia, in the Patagonian region of Argentina. While there, Rosser established the Guilford Argentina textile mill, which is still operating today.

In 1963, Rosser accepted a job with UK-based Courtaulds Fibers in Mobile, AL, where he worked until his retirement in 1988. Rosser was an avid tennis player and sports fan in general.

A lifelong Presbyterian, he was most recently a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church.

The son of Rosser Lee Clark, Sr. and Eva Vertie Aiken, he was pre-deceased by his brother Robert Clark.

He is survived by his wife Mary Bess; his daughter Margaret Tuttle of Decatur, GA; his daughter Sallye Zink and her husband Ron of Princeton; and his son Rosser Lee Clark, III and his wife Rachel of Falls Church, VA. He is also survived by his sister Sara Sue Kruppenbach and her husband Harry of Laurinburg, NC and his sister-in-law Elizabeth Clark of Lynchburg, VA.

In addition, he is survived by grandchildren Robin Lee Clark and Marion Bess Clark, plus numerous nieces and nephews. Rosser will be laid to rest in The Princeton Cemetery at a private service.

A memorial service for family and friends will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church later in the year.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rosser’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choiceRosser Lee Clark, Jr. '47 . Arrangements are by Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ.


Published in the Mobile Register and Baldwin County from Jan. 5 to Jan. 6, 2016