Ray Clark, executive director and a founding member of the Leafy Greens Council, has died. He was 89.
Clark died on June 6, said Jeff Greene, the council’s president.
He worked up until the end of his life, attending the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association’s annual convention in San Diego in May, Greene said.
Clark had recently undergone chemotherapy and was in a wheelchair at United Fresh, but his attendance at the show showed his commitment and love for the industry, Greene said.
“He had a passion for produce and put his heart and soul into it,” Greene said. “It’s a tremendous loss, and we just hope to continue his legacy.”
The council’s new executive director is Beth Brown, Greene said. Brown grew up on a vegetable farm in western New York’s Eden Valley and currently lives on her husband’s family fruit farm in Waterport, N.Y. She has a BA in business administration from the State University of New York-Oswego, and has worked most recently in human resources.
Clark is survived by his wife, Elly, three children and several grandchildren, Greene said.
A service for Clark is scheduled for July 24 in St. Paul, Minn., Greene said.