Tributes to
J. Desmond Clark


Desmond's Britishness sometimes bemused his American friends. In 1971 I went to Desmond's lab on a post-doc. he had very little idea of what I was doing but was very welcoming, including an invitation to Christmas dinner. Various luminaries such as Clark Howell were there along with the Isaacs and Roddens. Having been fed large whiskies at the door (Betty called this her secret party weapon) it seems quite in the English Christmas spirit when Desmond and Betty started throwing pieces of bread across the table at their guests and at each other. We joined in but most of the American guests were completely taken aback. Desmond and Betty roared with laughter and said it was their old custom.

-Peter White, Department of Prehistory, University of Sydney, Australia