Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, speaking at a memorial service yesterday for former Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark, said of his friend and associate that the scope of the late justice's activities were too broad to be discussed adequately in a brief service.
Speaking to about 400 people who gathered at National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW, Burger said that Justice Clark "brought a wonderful blend of common sense and compassion to the Court," adding that "he lived a rich and full life marked by dedication to duty and love of justice."
Justice Clark's son, Ramsey Clark, a former attorney general who also delivered a eulogy, referred to a quote from the Shakespeare play, "Julius Caesar," about how "the good men do is oft interred with their bones." Clark then said that the life of his father shows that it need not be so.
"He wanted to do things for humanity," Clark said, and succeeded widely in his efforts.
Clark added that his father never expressed any regret about resigning his position on the high court to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest after Ramsey's appointment as attorney general.
"He did not discuss it, he did not mention it," Clark said, adding that "seldom do we meet a man who is both steel and velvet."
Among those attending the service were the current justices of the Supreme Court and three former justice, William O. Douglas, Arthur Goldberg and Abe Fortas.