Elizabeth T. Clark, legislative reference deputy

Elizabeth T. Clark, who was deputy head of Baltimore City's Department of Legislative Reference for more than two decades, died Jan. 18 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at St. Agnes Hospital.

The 50-year Catonsville resident was 89.

The daughter of Galen Taylor, a West Point graduate and career Army officer, and Gertrude Taylor, a homemaker, Elizabeth Ann Taylor was born in Watertown, Mass. Because of her father's work, she spent her youth in Philadelphia and Washington, where she graduated in 1942 from Woodrow Wilson High School.

She earned a bachelor's degree in 1946 in economics from what was then Connecticut College for Women. The next year, she married Carl Cyrus Clark, who was completing his Ph.D. in zoology at Columbia University.

The couple lived in New York City and Hatboro, Pa., where Mrs. Clark, who had a lifelong interest in politics, ran for the borough council and was a Democratic committeewoman for Montgomery County, Pa.

Mrs. Clark and her family moved to Baltimore in 1961, and two years later settled in Catonsville, where she remained until moving to Brightview Catonsville, an assisted-living facility.

When her youngest child went to elementary school in 1964, Mrs. Clark enrolled at the University of Baltimore, where she earned her law degree in 1967.

Admitted to the bar shortly thereafter, she went to work as deputy head of Baltimore City's Department of Legislative Reference, a position she held for 23 years until retiring in 1994.

"She liked working with members of Baltimore's City Council and crafting legislative solutions to the city's problems," said a son, Roger E. Clark of Ambler, Pa.

Mrs. Clark, who was known as Betty, enjoyed spending summers at the family's cabin in Thetford, Vt., which she helped design and build in 1960. She attended the First Congregational Church in Thetford.

Her husband, an internationally known expert on human acceleration and crash protection whose research made contributions to the development of air bags, died in 2006.

Services are private.

In addition to her son, Mrs Clark is survived by two other sons, Austen G. Clark of West Willington, Conn., and Andrew G. Clark of Ithaca, N.Y.; a daughter, Amy Mansfield of Catonsville; and four grandchildren.


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