J. Desmond Clark
I was privileged to see how deeply
Desmond Clark cared for students and the rites of educational passage.
A few years after my graduation I came back to Berkeley as a Lecturer
in Anthropology. In the spring of 1997 a number of the students
I had taught were graduating and I attended the ceremony at Zellerbach
Hall to cheer them on. I saw Desmond in the foyer and he asked me
to join him in the front row. He wanted to see each student as best
he could as they exited the stage with their diplomas. It is a moment
in one's life charged with accomplishment, celebration, family and
completion. Desmond brought as much verve to that auditorium as
any of the students, many of whom he did not know. This was just
one of the many encounters I had with Desmond Clark in which he
reveled in the positive, a model of comportment to us all.
-Walter Hartwig, Touro University
College of Osteopathic Medicine