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Marcelle Clark (1907 - 2000)
Marcelle Clark was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She was known particularly for her pioneer work in the Bureau of Public Assistance and later in Family Services, HEW, and on developing the criteria for state plans and review of State and Local operations in states. She started first in Atlanta, and then moved to the central office where she participated in the development of Bureau Policy and criteria for the conformity by states to Social Security Administration Standards. She was responsible for directing Federal Office Staff in the development of Federal State Programs and providing necessary tools to the regional staff for executing responsibilities in state agencies in their assigned region. Prior to her work with the Department of Health Education Welfare Bureau, of Family Service, she served as a Social Worker in Baltimore, Maryland for the State Board of Public Welfare in Baltimore, Maryland. Particularly worked with the Sommerset County Board of Public Welfare, to administer and supervise staff in determining eligibility for A.F.D.C. assistance to Aged and Blind and general programs. She also worked in the Virginia Department Public Welfare, as Field Representative of the central office in helping local counties and offices to achieve adequate performance.
Educated in Greenville Women's College, AB Degree, Richmond School of Social Work MS Degree, and a student Psychiatric Clinic at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, Ms. Clark received a Superior Service Award in 1966 from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare for strong effective and diplomatic leadership in the development and federal administration of Public Assistance Programs. She retired from the Federal Government in February 1968.