Tributes to
J. Desmond Clark


I was shocked to hear the sad news that Professor Emeritus John Desmond Clark passed away on the 14th of February 2002. His sudden death was shocking not only to me, who personally knew him and have great memories, but also to people here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, who knew him from his great contribution to African archaeology.

I met Professor Clark for the first time when I joined his Ethiopian Middle Awash paleoanthropological research project in the late 1980s. Since then, I have worked with him both in the field and laboratory where I learnt so much to get to where I am now. Throughout the years I knew Professor Clark, I learnt more about him and his work in African archaeology, and his relentless efforts to promote African scholars in the field of paleoanthropology. 10-15 years ago, there were no Ethiopian professionals trained in the field of paleoanthropology. However, now, thanks to Professor Clark, there are numerous Ethiopians trained in paleoanthropology at a Ph.D. level.

We lost a great person and a great leader of the Middle Awash research project. He is irreplaceable for generations to come. Nothing will be the same for the project without Professor Clark. However, as a member of the Middle Awash project, I will always keep in mind Professor Clarkís legacy and inspiration. I would like to pass my sincerest condolences to his beloved family and friends in the United States.

Yohannes Haile Selassie (Ph.D.), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia