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In Memory of

Clare Bard Reagan

September 10, 1949 - March 27, 2015

Obituary


Clare Bard Reagan, age 65 of Atlanta, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015.

Clare found immense joy in giving selflessly to her family, friends, and all those who crossed her path. She was fiercely loyal and everyone who knew her spoke of her vivacity, kindness, and love of life. Clare's enthusiasm and quick smile was inspired by her genuine affection for others and her desire to ensure that everyone she met felt known. To engage in conversation with Clare was to feel that you were the most important person in the room....

Clare Bard Reagan, age 65 of Atlanta, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015.

Clare found immense joy in giving selflessly to her family, friends, and all those who crossed her path. She was fiercely loyal and everyone who knew her spoke of her vivacity, kindness, and love of life. Clare's enthusiasm and quick smile was inspired by her genuine affection for others and her desire to ensure that everyone she met felt known. To engage in conversation with Clare was to feel that you were the most important person in the room.

Clare's generous spirit drew people to her, both young and old. She loved to knit-and to this day, many walk around with a handmade scarf or hat and baby's rooms across the country are graced by hand-stitched wall plaques with their names, birth dates, and sayings depicting their importance to a woman who always believed that the best days were those that welcomed new life. This was especially evident in the avid adoration of her five grandchildren, Aidan Henry (12), Olivia Reagan (10), Rowyn Clare Henry (7), Lilah Reagan (4), and Emery Reagan (8 months). She relished each of them for their unique selves and found meaningful ways to engage in play and adventure-whether splashing in her beloved ocean, delighting in travel and kid-friendly pursuits, or simply holding them close so they knew they were loved beyond measure.

Clare's impact was not only felt in the abundance of love she shared so freely with everyone in her life. Born in East Orange, NJ, Clare attended Seminole High School in St. Petersburg, FL and Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. With a heart for service, Clare entered the association management field following a successful career in banking. As an association executive, Clare received countless awards for inspired leadership, including the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE)'s highest honor in 2005, the Clifford M. Clarke Award, given to the person who exemplifies personal leadership and service. She served as GSAE's President of the Board of Trustees and was very active in the national association, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). As Executive Director of the Georgia Veterinarian Medical Association, Clare's passion for animals was leveraged to promote stewardship of them and their environments, to provide assistance to underserved animals, and to increase awareness about the critical role of the veterinarian in animal health. Her commitment to causes was legendary, and she was ever ready to lend a hand and a word of advice, whether solicited or not!

But what was even more important than her strong work ethic and desire to make the world a better place was the model of avid commitment and unwavering love Clare's marriage of 33 years to her soul mate, John, set for her family and friends. Clare poured everything she was into her family and that is gift they will carry with them always.

In addition to her husband, John, Clare is survived by her daughter, Emilie Henry; son, Matthew Reagan and his wife, Katy; brother David Bard and Clare's niece, Holly Bard; and brother Brian, his wife, Pam, and nephew, Levi. A service celebrating Clare's life will be held at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA at 11:30 AM on Monday, April 6, with Reverend Geoffrey M. St.J. Hoare presiding. A private family burial at Westview Cemetery will preceed the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Clare's name to The Clare B. and John A. Reagan Scholarship Endowment Fund and sent to The Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc., 760 Spring St., Ste. 400, Atlanta, GA 30308 or call 404-894-5544. Arrangements are by H.M. Patterson & Son, 1020 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309.