He also served as what he admitted was a very bad umpire for the youngest baseball teams!
In 1978, he completed the odd achievement of leaving to become Director of Development at Abington Friends School and being named as the CHA Alumnus of the Year.
1980-2007 – During Barnaby Roberts and Richard Parker’s headmasterships he wrote some PR for the school and also did some writing (interviews etc.) for The CHA News.
Throughout this period he wrote articles about CHA for the Chestnut Hill Local – most memorably interviews with the headmasters and Springside headmistresses, stories about the emerging CHA Athletic Hall of Fame, and articles about the renovation of the third floor and the sharing of that space with Springside during the renovation of its Upper School.
Development is also the kind of work that really embeds a person in the life of the school, as you learn the many stories that make up the history of the school, and you become a teller of those stories. Gerrit Keator wrote:
“Clark has been a very, very enthusiastic and loyal school man over many decades as SCH has recognized by bestowing this significant award on him. During my ‘72-‘79 years at CHA, he worked diligently in what is now known as the Advancement Office. He quickly learned the dynamics of relationships amongst all the constituencies of the Academy. It was expected that they would contribute time and treasure to build upon the school’s foundation to take it to a higher level —- and they did so. Kudos to Clark then, and today as well!”
For the school’s 2011 sesquicentennial, Clark wrote the CHA history. Written over four years, the eight-chapter work appeared in issues of CHAnnels, the successor to The CHA News.
In 2010 he rejoined the CHA Alumni Association Executive Board and since 2012 has served as the secretary and chairman of the awards committee …and no that is not how he was chosen for this award!
The care Clark always showed in the awards process and making sure that the right people received the right awards was emblematic of his keen sense of the importance of all of our school values, but especially integrity and loyalty.
Many people can make a place better, but only a few are able to also positively affect the lives of the people around them, and Clark is one of those people. I know that my life is better for having known Clark from when I was a student, to having him as a great friend to Betsy and myself. I am so proud to present this award to Clark and so happy to have it as yet another link between us…Congratulations Clark!