Russell Burrage Clark

Russell Burrage Clark, was born December 3, 1937, the son of Forrester A. Clark and Katherine Lee Burrage. He is the great grandson of founder of the American Orchid Society, Albert Cameron Burrage.

Albert C. Burrage served as the first president of the AOS from its conception in 1921, until his death in 1932. He was the only president to serve such a period. Russell’s great grandfather was one of the most distinguished horticulturalists in America in the late 19th and early 20th century. He was awarded the first gold medal of the AOS in 1924, the George R. White Medal of Honor in 1922, “for the greatest collection of exotic orchids the New World has ever seen.” The Burrage orchid collection the largest and finest private orchid collection ever assembled. A. C. Burrage also was honored with the Lindley Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society. He was the most influential president of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and was honored with their gold medal as well. A. C. Burrage was the only American fellow of the RHS at the time of his death.

Russell Burrage Clark attended the prestigious boarding school, St Paul’s, Concord, New Hampshire. He was a member of the class of 1961 at Harvard, with a major in landscape architecture. Upon completion of his university studies, he accepted a position with the venerable investment firm of H. C. Wainwright. He remained with this firm for over forty years, and reached the level of Managing Director before his retirement. At the same time, Russell was a managing partner of the Alex Brown investment firm of Baltimore, Maryland, the oldest banking firm in America. He is one of a very few number of persons to serve as partner of two investment firms at the same time and required special approval by the FCC.

Russell married Romelda Whiton in 1963. He and “Romy” have three children, Russell Burrage Clark, Jr., Romelda Barkley Clark Blanchard, and Laura Hazard Clark. Russell has followed in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, with his interest in horticulture. He has served as Past President of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and trustee. He and his wife Romy received the most prestigious Hunnewell Gold Medal by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for the design, planting and maintaining of one of the best private gardens. Russell has served on numerous boards including, trustee of the Pingree School, trustee of the Essex County Greenbelt, trustee of the Boys and Girls Camps, trustee and Past President of the Fox Hound Club of America, trustee of the American Horticultural Society, trustee for life of the United States Equestrian Team, trustee of the Beverly Hospital, trustee of the Massachusetts Conservation Committee and trustee of the Boston Horticultural Club. He was also honored as MFH (Master Fox Hound) and honorary MFH for life.

Russell also manages numerous family trusts and financial interests of the A. C. Burrage Family Trust.