Ernest H. Clarke was born in Louisville, Ky. He graduated from Washington and Lee University for both his undergraduate and law degrees, in 1952 and 1958, respectively.
Professor Clarke enlisted in the Navy during the Korean War and served from 1951-1954 on the destroyer USS The Sullivans.
He practiced law for 16 years in Louisville before moving to Columbus, where he taught at Capital University Law School from 1974-1990. He and his wife, Betty, retired to North Carolina in 1990.
In Louisville, Professor Clarke was General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Glenmore Distilleries, the Mayor of Brownsboro Village and Junior Warden of St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church. In North Carolina, he was secretary of the Craven Concert Board, member of the New Bern Bar Association and was active at Christ Episcopal Church.
Professor Ernest H. Clarke passed away Sept. 1, 2011, in New Bern, N.C. The Ernest H. and Elizabeth C. Clarke Scholarship Fund at Capital University Law School was created in his honor.