Buell Howard Clark, 72, a retired high school science teacher, and a counselor for the Veterans Administration here from 1946 to 1950, died Thursday at the Veterans Administration Hospital after a stroke.

A general science teacher, Mr. Clark began his career in West Virginia high schools in the mid-1930s. In 1946, he moved to this area, and after working for the Veterans Adminstration, began teaching in Washington. He taught at Coolidge and McKinley high schools and at the Damascus and LaPlata high schools in Maryland before retiring in the mid-1960s.

He then worked as a manager for the old Fisher Industries of Maryland until retiring a second time about five years ago.

Mr. Clark was born in Randolph County, W. Va. He earned a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University's College of Argiculture.

He served in the Army during World War II.

He lived in Kensington and as a former member of the Maryland Teachers Association. He was a member of the board of governors of the West Virginia State Society and a member of the West Virginia University Alumni Association of Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, the former Helen Rumbold, and a son, James W., both of Kensington; and two brothers, Forrest G., of Clarksburg, W. Va., and H. Y., of Vienna, W. Va.