Clark G. Reynolds, 65, of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina died Saturday, December 10, 2005 at his home. A native of San Gabriel, California, he was the son of the late William G. Reynolds, a golf professional, and Alma E. Reynolds.
A recognized authority on the fast carriers of World War II and of naval history in general, he was the author of sixteen naval history books and numerous published essays and encyclopedia entries. He earned his PhD from Duke University in 1964 and was a professor of history who taught at the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Maine, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the University/College of Charleston where he received the faculty distinguished teaching award and the faculty research award for 1999 and retired as distinguished professor emeritus in history in 2002.
Before teaching at the College of Charleston, Dr. Reynolds worked for the USS Yorktown Association helping the Association establish the USS Yorktown (CV-10) as a museum in Charleston Harbor. He worked with other carrier veteran associations to acquire appropriate memorabilia to display and also to establish individual carrier rooms. He then became Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museumís Curator/Historian.
He received the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize in Naval Literature, Naval Order of the United States and the Admiral Arthur W. Radford Award for Excellence in Naval Aviation History and Literature from the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation in Pensacola, Florida.
A lover of jazz music of the 1920s-1940s, he was a volunteer disc jockey for jazz radio programs from 1973-76 on Maine Public Broadcasting Network and from 1983-2002 on South Carolina Educational Radio
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Constance Caine Reynolds who was his typist and proofreader, two sons, Dwight D. Reynolds of Washington, DC and Ward W. Reynolds of Mt. Pleasant, SC and one daughter, Colleen Reynolds and her husband Greg Thomas of Moscow, Idaho.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Little River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, P.O. Box 241, Penrose, NC 28766
Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Idaho, and a very proud daughter
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