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Iris Elizabeth (Moore) Clark

Iris Elizabeth Moore Clark Biography

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Mrs. William Edward Clark, cultural leader, 12 Beverly Place, Little Rock, was born in Cleveland County, Arkansas, the daughter of Ira E. and Elizabeth (May) Moore, and is of Irish and English descent. Mrs. Clark was graduated from Ouachita College, Arkadelphia, Arkansas with the Bachelor of Letters degree and the Bachelor of Music degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

She was married on June 5, 1912, to William Edward Clark of Union County, Arkansas and they have one son, William Moore Clark, who is now an Attorney in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was graduated from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee and  Yale Law School. He served with the rank of Lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve during world War II.  He  is married to the former Miss Elizabeth Hall, of Nashville, Tennessee, who was also graduated from Vanderbilt university. They have two children: William Moore, Jr., and Elizabeth.

Prior to her marriage, Iris Moore was Director of the Music Department of Laneview College, Trenton, Tennessee, 1909-1911. During 1912-20, she was Director of Music in the Schools at Strong, Arkansas, at which time she was Editor of the Arkansas State Music Magazine.

From 1920 until 1938, Mrs. Clark was active in the civic and cultural affairs of El Dorado, Arkansas. She made her winter home in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 1948 she moved to Little Rock. Mrs. Clark is a member of the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, a Patron Member of the Arkansas Arts Center, past State president of the Arkansas Division of the American pen Women, Regional Chairman for Washington Cathedral in the Arkansas Diocese from 1958-61, and in May, 1963 was elected a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral Association, Washington, D.C.

As a member of the Arkansas Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she is director of Deco and Furnishings of the 18th Century Room in the Arkansas Old State House Museum. Mrs. Clark is a member of the Colonial Dames of America, the Little Rock Garden Club, the Garden Club of America, the Little Rock Country Club and the Arkansas Fine Arts Museum. She is a communicant of Christ Episcopal Church in Little Rock.


Source: "Arkansas Lives" Ferguson page 63.