Leonard Stanley Clark passed away on February 25, 2021, at the age of 92.
Born and raised in New York City, Leonard attended the city’s public schools, graduating from the Bronx High School of Science, and subsequently the College of the City of New York with his bachelor’s degree in 1950.
Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951, he served 13 months in Korea during the Korean police action. Shortly thereafter, he married Selma Stubbs, and a daughter, Cheryl, was born of that union.
After discharge from the U.S. Army, he attended Brooklyn Law School and received his law degree in 1957. In October of 1957 he was admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York.
In 1957 he and his family moved to Hempstead, New York where they resided for over 50 years. In 1958 he opened a law practice in Hempstead and maintained a private practice until 1965. In 1965 he became a felony trial attorney with the Criminal Division of the Nassau Legal Aid Society. In January, 1968 he joined the Nassau / Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc. as its associate director and became its executive director in 1969. He continued in that position until August 1990 when he resigned to seek judicial office. In January, 1991 he was sworn in as a judge of the District Court of Nassau County where he served until his retirement.
While living in Hempstead he became active in community affairs. He has been a member of the Hempstead Heights Civic Associations since 1957 and has twice served as its president. He is a life member of the Hempstead NAACP and has served as its president and legal advisor. He was an initial member of the Board of Directors of the Hempstead Community Action Program. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Health and Welfare Council and the Board of the Nassau County Law Services Committee, Inc. He served as a commissioner on the Nassau County Drug Abuse Commission and on the Hempstead Village Commission on Human Rights.
In 1971 Leonard was awarded the Central Nassau Club Business and Professional Women’s Human Relations Award. In 1985 he was the recipient of the Hempstead Heights Civic Association Service Award. In 1987 he received the African American Achievement Award for legal services rendered to the indigent. In 1990 he was awarded the Sanford Lenz Memorial Community Service Award by the Lewis Health and Welfare Council of Nassau County.
Leonard and his wife, Selma, moved to Kendal on Hudson, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Sleepy Hollow, New York in 2015. Leonard particularly liked concerts, the Tuesday Morning Club, and participating in puzzling, painting, and pottery.
Leonard is survived by his wife of 69 years, Selma Clark, their daughter, Dr. Cheryl Clark and her husband Danny Brundage of Arlington, Massachusetts, step-grandchild Dana Brundage of Roslindale, Massachusetts, step-grandchild Danny Brundage, Jr. of Rhode Island, his niece Donna Givens of Ellicott City, Maryland, his nephew Howard Lewis, Jr. of Arlington, Virginia, his niece Dr. Simone Hruda of Tallahassee, Florida, his sister-in-law Marilyn Lewis of Jamaica, New York, his nephews Steven Stubbs of Hope Mills, North Carolina and Neal Stubbs of Tucson, Arizona, and his sister-in-law Bobbette Stubbs of Phoenix, Arizona.
A private service was held on March 3, 2021. The family requests that in lieu of flowers people make donations to Kendal on Hudson for the Tuesday Morning Club.
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