J. Desmond Clark
My introduction to Desmond took
place in 1960 at the headquarters of the Royal Anthropological Institute
in London. Dr. Kenneth P. Oakley, Director of the Department of
Anthropology at the British Museum of Natural History, made the
introduction. In our initial conversation I mentioned that I was
engaged in marriage to a fellow graduate student at Berkeley (where
I received my B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees) whose dissertation
topic was the organization of a dictionary of Paul Radin's field
notes on Winnebago linguistics. The "dictionary" part
of our conversation must have stuck in Desmond's mind since whenever
I saw him on subsequent occasions he called me "Dr. Johnson".
Later we straightened out that my name was Kennedy and that I was
conducting research with Oakley for my doctoral thesis.
I was delighted to know that Desmond
was joining the Anthropology faculty at Berkeley, so during the
period I was writing my thesis he, Betty and I were often together
on social and academic occasions. Around 1980 Desmond was in India
where he was exploring Palaeolithic sites along the course of the
Son Valley, Uttar Pradesh, with Dr. G.R. Sharma. I was not on that
project, but we did see one another during this period when I was
also in India examining prehistoric human skeletal remains from
the Ganges Valley.
Desmond was a kindly and courteous
scholar who was always interested in the work of his colleagues.
Betty was a wonderful helper to him in the field and in Berkeley,
and she protected him from unwelcome visitors and those who would
take time away from his valuable work. But both of them were hospitable
to friends and colleagues, and I count myself fortunate to have
been within this community of Desmond's admirerers.
-Kenneth A.R. Kennedy, Professor
of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Anthropology, Asian Studies,