Emory T. Clark
- September 17, 1905 (Waycross, Georgia) - February 27, 1984
- Entrepreneur and founder of Clark Oil and Refining Corp; philanthropist
- Part of the proceeds of the sale were assigned to the Emory T. Clark Family Charitable Foundation to benefit the cultural environment and community needs of the Milwaukee area.
Clark OilA native of Georgia, Clark moved in the 1920s with his widowed mother and four brothers to Gary, Indiana, and later to Chicago where he entered the construction business, but the Depression ended his building of homes and apartments. In 1932 he moved to Milwaukee and opened a filling station in West Allis; hence, Clark Oil and Refining Corporation was born and Clark's rags-to-riches career began. From one gas station he expanded to other outlets and undertook distribution of "Clark Super Gas", a premium brand that he sold through his "no frills" gas stations. At its peak in 1979, Clark Oil and Refining Corporation included 1,814 stations in 10 midwestern states with total sales of over $1 billion. In 1983 Clark was included in Forbes magazine's listing of the 400 richest people in the country.
Clark retired as chairman of Clark Oil in 1974, but remained active in the business and in 1978 resumed management. In 1979 he recruited a successor, and in 1981 sold his share of the company. Part of the proceeds of the sale were assigned to the Emory T. Clark Family Charitable Foundation to benefit the cultural environment and community needs of the Milwaukee area.