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Noel P. ClarkNews photographerNoel P. Clark, who...


Noel P. Clark

News photographer

Noel P. Clark, who had been a free-lance news photographer, builder and crafts show producer, died May 1 at his home in Chambersburg, Pa.

The 54-year-old Nashville, Tenn., native was reared there, in California and in Potomac.

Starting in 1957 in Washington, he took photographs for Time, Life, Newsweek, Business Week and other publications, founded his own business, International Cameramen Inc., and taught photographers for the Northern Virginia Sun in Alexandria.

He passed for a student and took the only published pictures, in Life, inside the Little Rock High School when it was integrated and won a 1963 grand award from the White House News Photographers Association for a portrait he took of President John F. Kennedy.

In the 1960s, he also became a builder and designer of contemporary homes in Montgomery County and a developer and vice president of the Summit Point Speedway in Summit Point, W.Va.

In the 1970s, he turned to crafts, operating his own pottery studio in Gapland, where he also maintained a gallery, the Tollhouse Craftsmen. In addition, he taught ceramics courses at the Hagerstown Junior College. He also exhibited at craft fairs and represented Maryland on the American Craft Council.

In 1974, he started and became the president of National Crafts Ltd., producing craft shows, including the National Craft Fair in Gaithersburg and the Frederick Craft Fair.

He also lectured at craft marketing seminars and was keynote speaker at the 1976 Craft Marketing Conference in Boulder, Colo.

A member of the Mason-Dixon Sport Flyers and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, he also belonged to the Sports Car Club of America and the Boat Owners Association of the United States.

Memorial services were to be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today at the Robert G. Sellers Funeral Home in Chambersburg and at 6 p.m. Thursday at Building 14A on the Frederick Fairgrounds, where a show of his will open the next day.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary F. Wenschhof; two daughters, Ninika Clark Gordon of Rochelle, Va., and Ina Clark of Bellingham, Wash.; two stepsons, William Van Gilder of Waynesboro, Pa., and Jason Van Gilder of Chambersburg; a stepdaughter, Jenna Van Gilder of Chambersburg; his father, Ed Clark of Nashville; a brother, Tom Clark of Sharpsburg, and two grandchildren.

Donald J. Bickert

Building manager

Donald J. Bickert, who managed several Talbot County government buildings in Easton, died Wednesday at the Memorial Hospital in Easton after being injured in an auto accident on Route 33 in St. Michaels.

Mr. Bickert, 35, had been a facilities manager for the county since moving to St. Michaels about two years ago. Earlier, he had worked as a construction project manager in Baltimore.

Born in Lewes, Del., but reared in Phoenix, he was a graduate of Dulaney High School and, in 1982, of Salisbury State University. He alsoattended Chesapeake Community College.

In St. Michaels, he managed a T-Ball Team, a baseball program for young children.

A memorial service was to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Christ Episcopal Church in St. Michaels.

Mr. Bickert is survived by a son, Donald G. Bickert II of Baltimore; a daughter, Lindsey Nicole Bickert of Baltimore; his parents, Donald G. and Janet McNeill Bickert of St. Michaels; a sister, Jane Christie Tutton of Vero Beach, Fla., and his paternal grandparents, Gustave C. and Helen L. Bickert of Wood-Ridge, N.J.

Catherine M. Sokel

Govans resident

Catherine M. Sokel, a resident of Govans for many years, died Wednesday of heart failure at Keswick.

Mrs. Sokel, 92, was active in St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church and had been president of the Ladies of Charity and a member of its Sodality, Altar Society and Reparations Society.

The former Catherine M. Livingston, a native of Fallston and a graduate of Bel Air High School, was a legal secretary as a young woman.

Her husband, Edwin C. Sokel, a retired paper salesman, died in 1978.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 13305 Long Green Pike in Hydes.

She is survived by two daughters, Sister Elizabeth Sokel, S.S.N.D., and Peggy Richardson of Baltimore; a son, Edwin C. Sokel Jr. of Joppa; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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