A. James Clark

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A. James Clark
Born Alfred James Clark
December 2, 1927
Richmond, Virginia, US
Died March 20, 2015(2015-03-20) (aged 87)
Easton, Maryland, US
Residence Vero Beach, Florida, US
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Maryland
Net worth $1.37 billion (March 2015)[1]
Children 3

Alfred James Clark (December 2, 1927 – March 20, 2015) was an American engineer, businessman and philanthropist. He was Chairman and CEO of Clark Enterprises, Inc.,[2] headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. The company's largest subsidiary is Clark Construction Group, LLC,[3] one of the United States' largest construction companies, founded in 1906 as the George Hyman Construction Company.

Early life[edit]

Clark was born on December 2, 1927 in Richmond, Virginia, US, the son of a life insurance salesman father. He grew up in Bethesda, Maryland.[4]

Clark was a 1950 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta.


He served as a university trustee emeritus at the Johns Hopkins University.


Clark has given generously to the University of Maryland, College Park's School of Engineering, which now bears his name.

He donated $10 million toward the construction of the JHU building, "Clark Hall," that is the cornerstone of the Decker Quadrangle. His construction company served as general contractor for the building, which was named in his honor.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In 1950, Clark married Alice Bratton.[4] They had three children and lived in Vero Beach, Florida.[1] He died of congestive heart failure in 2015.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Alfred James Clark". Forbes. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Clark Enterprises, Inc. website; accessed December 29, 2014.
  3. ^ Clark Construction Group, LLC website; accessed December 29, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Bernstein, Adam (20 March 2015). "A. James Clark, who built empire of concrete and glass, dies at 87". Washington Post. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 

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