WILLIAM E. CLARK, 63 Built Clinton library
William Edward Clark, who headed the company that built the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Little Rock, Ark. The death was confirmed in a statement by Lloyd Garrison, president of CDI contractors, which Clark and Dillard's Inc. founded in 1987.
Mr. Clark was chairman and chief executive officer of CDI Contractors. Under his direction, CDI grew into one of the state's leading construction companies, with revenues of more than $300 million.
Mr. Clark joined his brothers at C&C; Electric Construction Co. in Little Rock after graduating from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He worked with his brothers until 1981, when he bought Braggs Electric Construction Co.
LAUREN TERRAZZANO, 39 Newsday reporter
Lauren Terrazzano, a Newsday reporter who chronicled her three-year bout with lung cancer in a column, has died. The writer's death Tuesday night at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City was announced to the Newsday staff Wednesday morning in a letter from editor John Mancini.
After graduating from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 1994, Mrs. Terrazzano worked briefly at the New York Daily News and the Record in Hackensack, N.J., before joining Newsday in 1996.
Described by colleagues as a tenacious, hard-nosed street reporter, Mrs. Terrazzano covered a variety of beats, most recently as a child welfare/social services reporter. She began writing the column, "Life, With Cancer," in October.
Mrs. Terrazzano, who wrote in an April 17 column that she had smoked on and off for about five years, also took shots at the tobacco marketers and opined about aspiring first lady Elizabeth Edwards' battle with cancer and about the stress the disease has on loved ones, all the while trying to maintain a sense of humor and humanity.
Although she said she used the column to vent her own frustrations with cancer, it quickly won praise from others in the same situation.
Mrs. Terrazzano's column won the top prize this year in the science/health reporting category of a contest run by the Silurians, the oldest press club in the United States.
The Newswomen's Club of New York cited her column for outstanding achievement, and she was also named the recipient of the 2007 Joanie Award from the Joan Scarangello Foundation to Conquer Lung Cancer.