Morris H. Clarke, 74, a retired battalion chief with the D.C. Fire Department, was killed Monday when the automobile he was driving collided with another vehicle in Waldorf, Md., Maryland State Police said.
A native of Washington, Mr. Clarke was a graduate of Old Business High School. He joined the fire department in 1928 after serving in the Army and working in the construction industry. He retired in 1967.
As a battalion chief, Mr. Clarke was responsible for the clothing and equipment of firemen and helped introduce fire-resistant uniforms in the department.
The use of such uniforms in Washington was a pilot project. Fire-resistant materials later were introduced in fire departments across the country.
Following his retirement, Mr. Clarke became a vice president of the Retired Firemen's Association of Washington.
As a young man, he played professional baseball for Martinsburg, W. Va., in the Class D Blue Ridge League. He later served as president of the Washington Amateur Baseball Association.
Mr. Clarke live in Washington until 1974, when he moved to Accokeek, Md. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Accokeek.
Survivors include his wife, Geneva, of the home; two sons, Patrick E., of Temple Hills, and Douglas M., of La Plata; three sisters, Ada Parker, Ruth Lovin and Ellen Clarke, all of Hamlet, N.C.; four brothers, Leonard, of Camp Springs, Alfred, of Pompano Beach, Fla., Paul H., of Bethesda, and Loren, of Springfield, and seven grandchildren.