Tributes to
J. Desmond Clark


Desmond was kind-hearted and always supportive of others. There are only a handful of genuine colleagues like him left in our field of study and it is really sad not to have him around any more. My first encounter with Desmond was in 1982 while I was a new staff member at the Ethiopian National Museum in Addis Ababa. I worked with him in 1984 organizing the archaeological collections from Gadeb and the Middle Awash. Desmond wrote me the first recommendation to join Graduate School in the United States and he loaned me a field vehicle on several occasions while working at Gona. Desmond's impact in African palaeoanthropology was enormous, and he is a pioneer in systematic studies of the African past, but his keen and selfless interest in helping others, I strongly believe, was also his most important contribution.

-Sileshi Semaw, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University.