1922 - 2015
Clare M. Conk passed away peacefully at her home in Santa Barbara on Sunday Feb.1st. She was 92. Clare and her husband George marked their 70th anniversary on January 27th. She is also survived by her children George, Nancy, Peter, Kathryn and Stephen; her grandchildren Molly Castor, Max Looker, Theresa Conk, Mindy, Lonnie and Patrick Miron-Conk, and Sophia Conk; and her great grandchildren Clare and Ella Castor, and Evan, Kaylee and Lily Sereno.
Clare was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY where she also graduated magna cum laude from St. Joseph’s College in June 1943. She was 1st in her class in US Navy midshipman school at Smith College. She was a USN Communications Officer at Norfolk Naval Base until her honorable discharge in April 1945. Clare received her M.A. in Education from Hofstra University in 1954 and was a secondary school teacher for 15 years.
In 1980 Clare began her law practice after reading for the bar. With only 1 year of formal law school classes she took and passed the California Bar exam on her first attempt. She practiced law until 1992 when she turned 70. She served on the Board of Directors of California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) for 25 years and the Board of Santa Barbara Community Housing Corporation for nearly 30 years. In 2010 SBCHC honored her by rededicating their senior housing community on Castillo Street as Clare Conk Castillo Homes.
In lieu of flowers please make donations in her memory to California Rural Legal Assistance or Santa Barbara Community Housing Corporation/Clare Conk Castillo Homes.