J. Desmond Clark
Reporters who spent time with Desmond
Clark found out soon enough why he was so revered by colleagues.
He not only seemed to know everybody and everything, he was among
the most patient, cordial, and thoughtful sources I've run across.
He didn't just talk, but listened, too. He couldn't help telling
wonderful stories of his younger years in Africa when he was just
getting started. The reverence with which he'd pull some old hand
axe off his shelf to show a visitor spoke volumes about his devotion
to his field. He disappointed me in only one aspect. Journalists
flock to conflict in hope of a few insulting remarks to spice up
a story. It was nearly impossible to goad Desmond Clark to say anything
nasty, for public consumption, about anybody!
-Charles Petit, U. S. News and World