About John Skogstad Memorial Fund
John Clarke Skogstad of Atlanta, GA, passed away on April 27, 2021. John was born in CA to Samuel Lawton Skogstad and Katherine Bringhurst Clarke Skogstad on December 19, 1938. He had 2 older siblings, Katherine “Kappy” Skogstad Lord and Samuel L. Skogstad, Jr. Following the untimely death of his father when John was 4 months old, the 4 remaining Skogstads moved to Coral Gables, FL. They lived with their adoring Grandmother Clarke and their Aunt Mary Helm Clarke. John attended Coral Gables Elementary, Coral Gables High School and graduated from the University of Miami where he was an All American tennis player. John spent nearly 40 years working at Conklin Metal Industries and retired as Executive Vice President. He served his country with the US Marine Reserves. In 1966, he married Ruth Conyers Knight and they had 2 children, John Jr. and Kristen, who he adored.
According to friends who knew him best, John was one of the “finest, friendliest, and most genuinely likable guys to ever showcase his magic on the courts at the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center.” He loved family above all else and was always happy to see you. John was “a role model for us all with his desire, determination, and perseverance both mentally and physically.” While John’s tennis accolades will always be remembered, he will always be cherished for his “fun, genuine, friendly, helpful, outstanding character.”
Atlanta Youth Tennis & Education Foundation (AYTEF) will be immeasurably blessed by donations in John's honor. AYTEF is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that aims to ENRICH the lives of under-resourced youth through tennis and education. We SERVE through sport so that our youth participants can ACHIEVE without limit on the court, in the classroom, and in life.
Your donation is tax deductible, and once you contribute, we will email you a donation receipt for your records.
Please mail any checks to:
Atlanta Youth Tennis & Education Foundation
6075 The Corners Parkway
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092