The Washington Times on August 10, 2013, reported that William P. Clark, a former national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan and Interior secretary, has died after a battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 81. Excerpts below:

Clark, a former California Supreme Court judge, became one of Reagan’s most trusted confidants, serving as deputy secretary of state (1981-1982), national security adviser (1982-1983), and Interior secretary (1983-1985).

He returned to his native California after serving in Washington. His wife Joan died in 2009.

“Judge Clark was a man of great accomplishment for the conservative movement in his own right, but his loyal support of Ronald Reagan through thick and thin contributed greatly to President Reagan’s success,” said veteran GOP presidential campaign strategist Charlie Black.

Added Faith Whittlesey, former Reagan adviser and ambassador to Switzerland:

“Bill Clark was Ronald Reagan’s best friend and was the great unsung hero of the Cold War.

“Bill Clark championed two issues above all others: the defeat of Marxism-Leninism and the sanctity of human life. He was a man of great faith, unfailing courtesy, and high intellect. Ronald Reagan loved and deeply respected Bill Clark with good reason.

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