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William P. Clark Jr.
44th United States Secretary of the Interior
In office
November 18, 1983 – February 7, 1985
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byJames G. Watt
Succeeded byDonald P. Hodel
12th United States National Security Advisor
In office
January 4, 1982 – October 17, 1983
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byRichard V. Allen
Succeeded byRobert McFarlane
6th United States Deputy Secretary of State
In office
February 25, 1981 – February 9, 1982
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byWarren Christopher
Succeeded byWalter John Stoessel, Jr.
Personal details
William Patrick Clark, Jr.

(1931-10-23)October 23, 1931
Oxnard, California
DiedAugust 10, 2013(2013-08-10) (aged 81)
Shandon, California
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Johanna Brauner
ChildrenMonica Clark
Peter Clark
Nina Clark
Colin Dominick Clark
Paul Clark

William Patrick Clark, Jr. (October 23, 1931 – August 10, 2013) was an American rancher, judge, and public servant. He served under President Ronald Reagan as the Deputy Secretary of State from 1981 to 1982, National Security Advisor from 1982 to 1983, and the Secretary of the Interior from 1983 until 1985.

Clark was a judge of the Superior Court of California from 1969 to 1971 and an associate justice of the California State Supreme Court from 1973 to 1981.

On September 21, 1983 Secretary of the Interior James G. Watt embarrassed the administration by yet again making bigoted remarks to the media, causing him to resign on November 8, and Clark requested and received an appointment to replace Watt.

He returned to California after his stint serving the administration and pursued a variety of law firm and other business interests.

Clark was born on October 23, 1931 in Oxnard, California. He was raised as a Catholic.

Clark was married to Johanna "Joan" Brauner until her death in April 2009. They had five children; Monica, Peter (nicknamed Pete), Nina, Colin, and Paul.

Clark died on August 10, 2013 in Shandon, California from Parkinson's disease, aged 81.[1]

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  1. "William Clark, former Reagan security adviser, dead at 81". Washington Times.com. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013.

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