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1984 Recipient - Mr. David B. Clark

Professor Emeritus of Neurology, University of Kentucky

Dr. Clark was chairman of the UK neurology department from its inception in 1965 until 1979. He also was chief of neurology at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center from 1979 until 1990. He was director of the UK College of Medicine's Memory Disorders Clinic at his death [September 1992].

"Dr. Clark was a true scholar and a brilliant, compassionate physician with an intense uncompromising commitment to patients," said Dr. William R. Markesbery, director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and a UK neurology and pathology professor. "He was able both to bring solace and support to suffering patients and to challenge himself and others to ask difficult questions and find valid answers. To the end he could be found in the hospital or clinic at almost any hour of any day."

Dr. Clark was an associate professor of neurology and pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Medicine before he joined the UK staff.

Dr. Clark, a native of Glen Ellyn, Ill., received a doctorate degree in 1939 and a medical degree in 1946 from the University of Chicago. He had internships at the University of Chicago and The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he also completed a residency in neurology.

He was widely recognized as a neurologist and received much recognition for his work. He had been a Fulbright scholar in neurology in London, Teal lecturer at the Royal College of Physicians in London and Douglas Reye Memorial lecturer in Sydney, Australia. He was a member of the Royal Society of Medicine in England, American Academy of Neurology, Australian Association of Neurologists, British Society of Child Neurologists, International Child Neurology Association and The Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.

He had served on many national committees of professional organizations, had been a director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and had been on the editorial boards of several scientific journals.

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