EBR coroner discusses origin of his position at Rotary Club
POSTED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 6:04pm
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) — The Rotary Club got a bit of a history lesson today from the East Baton Rouge Parish coroner.
Dr. Beau Clark talked about the origin of the coroner's job; it was once known as "The Keeper of the Crown". The job actually dates back to 1190 A.D. in England, when the king needed a literal "Guardian of the Crown Jewels."
Eventually, the position became what it is today; Dr. Clark says although he never imagined he'd be doing the job, he wouldn't trade it for the world.
"Certainly, it is difficult in the sense that when people come to the corner, something difficult has happened in their life, but it’s necessary for our community to have a coroner,” stated Clark. “I personally feel like I bring a level of dignity to the office in providing those services to the parish.”
Clark said it’s important for everyone to know that he not only investigates deaths, but deals with mental illness and sexual assault cases on a daily basis.