EDITORS: Please do not use
"Pacific Gas and Electric" or "PG&E" when
referring to PG&E Corporation or its National Energy Group.
The PG&E National Energy Group is not the same company as Pacific
Gas and Electric Company, the utility, and is not regulated by the
California Public Utilities Commission. Customers of Pacific Gas
and Electric Company do not have to buy products or services from
the National Energy Group in order to continue to receive quality
regulated services from Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
RICHARD A. CLARKE, FORMER PG&E CEO AND ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER,
DIES AT 72
(San Francisco, CA ) - Richard Alan Clarke, former Chairman and
CEO of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, died on Saturday, December
14, at age 72 from complications resulting from Lou Gehrig's disease.
Clarke led the company from 1986 through 1995, and he continued
to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for both Pacific
Gas and Electric Company and PG&E Corporation until 2001. During
his tenure as Chairman and CEO, Clarke established the utility
as a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the energy
industry, especially in the areas of environmental stewardship
and energy conservation.
At a time when few companies made environmental leadership a priority,
Clarke embraced the challenge. He formalized the utility's "Commitment
to Environmental Quality" and announced its intent to be a
national leader in integrating environmental considerations into
all aspects of its business decisions.
In 1990, Fortune magazine featured Clarke on its cover for his
vision as an environmental leader and for his collaborative work
with the environmental community. In 1991, President Bush presented
Clarke with the Environment and Conservation Challenge Award and
appointed him to the President's Council on Environmental Quality,
where he served as chairman of the energy subcommittee. Two years
later, he was appointed to the President's Council on Sustainable
Development. Clarke continued to demonstrate his commitment to
the environment following his retirement, staying closely involved
with the Nature Conservancy of California.
Clarke's legacy is marked by the success of a number of ground-breaking
environmental efforts that endure today and are recognized as being
among the best in the nation, including programs in customer energy
efficiency, clean-air transportation, and alternative energy sources.
In 2002, the company established the Richard A. Clarke Environmental
Leadership Award to honor Clarke's legacy and to recognize outstanding
environmental contributions from Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Clarke's leadership at Pacific Gas and Electric also included
landmark operational accomplishments. He oversaw the completion,
licensing and successful operation of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear
Power Plant, which remains one of the nation's best-run nuclear
facilities, and the Helms Pumped Storage hydroelectric project.
Clarke also led the company through the successful restoration
of service following the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake in
During Clarke's tenure, Pacific Gas and Electric Company also
expanded its commitment to providing equal employment opportunity,
earning a number of awards in this area, especially for the advancement
of women in the workplace. The utility became the first major company
in San Francisco to establish its own Child Care Center.
"Dick Clarke distinguished himself as a business, environmental
and community leader throughout his more than 40 years at Pacific
Gas and Electric Company and PG&E Corporation," said Robert
D. Glynn, Jr., Chairman, CEO and President of PG&E Corporation. "He
will be remembered for his vision and the strength of his convictions,
and for the many contributions to the company and the community."
A native of San Francisco, Clarke was a graduate of Lowell High
School. In 1952 he graduated cum laude in Political Science from
the University of California at Berkeley, where he served as President
of the Students' Association. He received his Juris Doctor degree
from the University of California's Boalt Hall School of Law in
1955 and joined Pacific Gas and Electric Company as an attorney.
Clarke attained positions of increasing responsibility over his
career, including Vice President and Assistant to the Chairman
of the Board, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Utility
Operations, and President of Pacific Gas and Electric Company,
culminating in his election in 1986 as Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer.
Clarke's career also included service on the Boards of Directors
of Potlatch Corporation, CNF Transportation Inc., BankAmerica Corporation,
and The Nature Conservancy of California; the Advisory Board of
the University of California Walter A. Haas School of Business;
and the Board of Trustees of the Boalt Hall Trust of the University
of California at Berkeley School of Law. He also has served numerous
civic, business, industry, and community associations, including
The Business Council, the Bay Area Economic Forum, and the California
Business Roundtable, and the Boards of the Bay Area Council, the
California Chamber of Commerce, the Edison Electric Institute,
the San Francisco Committee on Jobs, and the San Francisco Symphony.
Clarke is survived by his wife of 47 years Mary Dell, brother-in-law
Don Fisher, daughters Suzanne Clarke and Nancy Stephen, son-in-law
Richard Stephen, son Douglas Clarke, daughter-in-law Dina Clarke,
and grandchildren Caitlin, Patrick and Shelby Stephen and Nicole
and Samantha Clarke. A memorial service is planned for Saturday,
December 28, at 1:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church, 1510
Fifth Avenue (at "E") in San Rafael, California. A private
interment will be held this week. Contributions may be made to:
- The ALS Center at UCSF, 350 Parnassus Ave., Suite 500, San Francisco,
- Boalt Hall School of Law, 303 Boalt Hall, University of California,
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200.
- First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, 1510 Fifth Ave., San
Rafael, CA 94901.