J. Desmond Clark
All of us here have had a connection
with Desmond, whether as student, colleague, family member or friend,
and we each have different memories of him. I have known Desmond
for more than 30 years, first because my daughter, Laurel, was a
student of his. Then we became next door neighbors. Over time we
became close friends, we often had our before-dinner drinks together,
he drank Black Label and water, I drank Bourbon on ice. Our prejudices
were enough alike that we were always comfortable with each other.
Our professional spheres were different, he an archaeologist, I
a physicist, so that we often had somehting interesting that one
of us could discourse upon. Desmonds interests and knowledge were
wide ranging. He had a strong and liberal view on matters political
and economic that were in the news of the day. He felt very strongly
about human rights issues. A mild nostalgia for the British Empire
was sometimes apparent in his views. We sometimes shared a sense
of shame at the words or actions of our political leaders.
Something of Desmond will live on
in the memories that each of us has of this extraordinary man.
- Edward J. Lofgren, 27 February