J. Desmond Clark
As with so many of us, Desmond had
a profound impact on our lives. I (literally) arrived on his doorstep
in the late summer of 1976 and said, "I want to become an Afican
prehistorian" he didn't laugh (I had very little relevant background)
but instead, took me under his wing and tutored me weekly for the
following two years. I was allowed to audit seminars and lectures
and taken in as part of "the family".
Desmond, the world has lost a true gem, a great teacher, mentor
and friend. You were always "game" to try something new
- whether it be riding elephants, throwing colored water on us and
our Indian colleagues during "Holi" or trying out the
local "brew". Studying with you, knowing you and working
with you has been a gift in my life for which I am very grateful.
Now, I wish you well on your journey
to new places. May it be filled with old colleagues, primary sites,
artefacts, fossils, good whiskey and cigars.
-Carole Sussman, UC San Diego