Tom Clark, Former Long Beach Mayor, Dies at 93

Former Long Beach Mayor Tom Clark has died at the age of 93. Clark passed away on May 6 at an assisted living facility. The cause of death was advanced dementia combined with old age.

Clark is being remembered as a devoted leader who adored his city.

“Dr. Clark made history as our longest serving City Council member and as a member of the LBCC Board of Trustees,” sitting Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “His friendship will be deeply missed, but his legacy remains with us every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Clark’s tenure on the Long Beach City Council began in 1966. He served on the dais for 30 years. Clark was also chairman of the Community College Board of Trustees and the Community College League of California. He had previously served as president of the League of California cities.

Clark is survived by his wife Ruth, daughter Carol, sons Paul and Jim, and two grandchildren. The family will establish a scholarship fund at Long Beach City College in his honor.


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