Ruth Clark: 1929 – 2017

Ruth Clark: 1929 - 2017 Highfield Hall & Gardens and our entire community lost a true friend and visionary with the death of Ruth Clark on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Ruth was always a beacon of strength and inspiration during the entire restoration of Highfield Hall & Gardens. She was appointed to the Executive Committee of Highfield Hall & Gardens on November 29, 2001. After serving on the Board of Trustees for the maximum term of 9 years, she was elected Trustee Emeritus. Ruth’s tenacity and “can do” spirit played a key role in bringing Highfield Hall & Gardens from [...]


James M. Clark (1922-2015)

James M. Clark: 1922 - 2015 Philanthropist James “Jim” McConnell Clark, of Woods Hole and Palm Beach, FL, passed away on Saturday at the age of 93. Mr. Clark was the son of Edna McConnell Clark and Van Alan Clark and is the husband of Ruth P. Clark. Jim Clark was born in 1922 in Suffern, New York, into a family that included brothers Van Alan Clark, Jr. and Hays Clark. Their grandfather, David McConnell, founded the Avon Corporation.  McConnell was a door-to-door book salesman in New York State in the 1880s. As an incentive, he offered potential customers a [...]

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