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WRNMMC Leadership Cuts Ribbon on Renovated Clark Auditorium

12/03/2018

​By Bernard Little


Walter Reed National Military Medical Center leadership cut the ribbon to re-open the Clark Auditorium following a four-month renovation project.

“We thank people for their patience as we upgraded this highly-utilized auditorium,” said Angela Kinart, project manager for Office of Assistant Chief of Staff at WRNMMC. “The newly-refreshed space has received new seating and upholstery, new carpeting and stage, upgraded lighting, new paint and cosmetic wall finishes and more,” she added.

Reservations for the auditorium may be made by using the Education and Training Intranet Site, Meeting Room Manager at https://apps2.capmed.mil/meetingmanager.

Clark Auditorium is named in honor of the late Navy Capt. (Dr.) Laurel Clark, who died along with her six fellow crew members in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster Feb. 1, 2003. Clark attended postgraduate medical education in pediatrics from 1987 to 1988 at the National Naval Medical Center, a predecessor of WRNMMC along with Walter Reed Army Military Medical Center. In addition to being a NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle mission specialist, Clark was an experienced naval flight surgeon.

The auditorium, originally dedicated to Clark on July 11, 2003, contains a display of some of her personal artifacts, including a flight suit, uniform jacket, a pair of boots, patch from the flight mission, flight manual and a pediatrics staff photo taken when Clark studied at NNMC in 1987. In addition, there is also a photographic portrait of Clark depicting her life and many achievements on display in the newly-refurbished auditorium.​