DONNELLY, DORIS (Doris Mae Donnelly)
Born circa 1926
Married Stanley Dimock Clark on 18 July 1947
Died 21 April 2009.
"She began playing at 12, and was No. 1 ranked in Southern California in the 15s, and in the top five in the 18s. But she didn't play much competitively after she married and started a family.She said she was busy with her children when they were growing up, but then started playing in tournaments again in her mid-40s." (LA Times article)
Her two sisters also played tennis when they were growing up in Venice and Santa Monica. (LA Times article)
"Stanley Dimock Clark, born May 24, 1925, graduate of California Institute of Technology now a student at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. As a boy he was California and Pacific Coast Tennis Champion for under-16-agers. Was in the finals of the California State Championship for Juniors, and Pacific Southwest Junior Tennis Champion, beating the man who later became number two in the nation among men. He rated equally high in college *25 -------- tennis. On July 18, 1947 he married Doris Mae Donnelly, who trended U.C.L.A. 2 years and is a Kappa Alpha Theta. 12. Their children are: a. Stanley Dimock Clark II, born Septemter 30, 1948. b. Kevin Scott Clark, born July 2, 1951."
Clark, Doris Donnelly
Doris Clark, a Claremont resident and tennis champion who was active and impressive on the court from her preteens to her 70s, died on April 21, 2009. She was 83.
Born in Santa Monica to Melvin and Mary Donnelly and raised in Venice, Ms. Clark earned a tennis scholarship to Flintridge Anokia School in Arcadia. By age 15 she was ranked #1 in girls 15 and under and in 1942, with her sister, Marcheta, won the Southern California Junior Girls doubles championship. In an era before womens athletics she went on to study at UCLA
where she joined the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and occasionally practiced with members of the mens tennis team.
In 1947, Ms. Clark met and married Stanley D. Clark of Pasadena. They resided and raised their 3 sons in San Marino. From den mother to PTA lifetime member, from church activities to the tennis courts, she was deeply involved in the community. She taught Sunday school, sang in the San Marino Community Church choir, helped start an after school tennis program at the Junior High and the first girls tennis team at San Marino High School. Along with husband, she was instrumental in the development of the Tennis Center in Lacy Park. In 1973 Doris and her husband moved to Claremont and founded the Claremont Tennis Club. Doris was a past PEO president and a patron of the arts in L.A. and Orange counties.
After being a highly ranked junior tennis player and raising her family, she competed on the senior tennis circuit on all surfaces; clay, grass and hardcourt. Doris won two US National Hard Court Womens 65 Singles Championships (1993 & 1994) and was a finalist or semi-finalist in numerous national and international tournaments.
Growing up during the Depression had an impact but did not curtail her enthusiasm about seeing the world. Over many decades, Doris played and/or competed in countries on all continents that have tennis courts.
She moved to Laguna Beach in 1986 and back to Claremont in 2004. Ms. Clark is survived by her sister, Marcheta Steiskel; sons, Stan II & his wife Caroline, Kevin and Geoff; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
A service celebrating Ms. Clark's life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on May 2, 2009 at the Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 W. Harrison Ave. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Mt. San Antonio Gardens scholarship fund.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 30, 2009
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To Opponents, Clark Gets Better With Age : Tennis: Laguna Beach resident, 68, is a player to watch at the USTA Hardcourts this week in Newport Beach.
By lon Eubanks, Los Angeles Times
, 7 October 1994.