Deceased June 4, 2013

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In Memory

            Jerry Clark died June 4, 2013, in Orinda, Calif., of pneumonia following two years of ill health. He was born in New York City in 1931 and grew up in Darien, Conn. Upon graduating from Darien High School, he matriculated at Amherst.

            At Amherst, Jerry participated in a host of extracurricular activities. These included, at various times, the Automobile Association, the Glee Club, the Concert Choir, the football team and the golf team, on which he lettered his senior year. He was a founding member of the Zumbyes. He served as president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity his senior year.

            Jerry graduated summa cum laude with high honors in mathematics. His interests were broad, and he took full advantage of the history and English departments.

            He then went on to Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar, the highest scholastic honor awarded by the business school.

            After serving in the U.S. Navy, he joined the St. Regis Paper Co., working with the top management on future planning. By 1968 he and his family were living in West Virginia. He decided to move to California, so he resigned his position at St. Regis and settled in Orinda. He soon joined Crown Zellerbach, again as a future planner, followed by a similar position at James River. He finished his successful business career as chief executive of a local chocolate company.

            On a trip to Bermuda, Jerry met his future wife, Janet Kirby, whom he married in 1960. They had three children. His beloved Janet predeceased him.

            Jerry was always good company and loyal to his friends. He enjoyed golf, reading and managing his investments, and he was devoted to his family, particularly his nine grandchildren.

            Jerome Hatton Clark: an extraordinary individual.

Steve Schneider ’52 

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50th Reunion

I wanted to go to Dartmouth. I really did.
They had such great parties. And I loved rooting against the Elis at the Bowl.
We actually went to Hanover one weekend

My father wanted me to go to Amherst. We compromised.

One winter evening we walked up to Johnson Chapel
to hear Robert Frost read poetry. Dad was right.

I went to Winter Carnival, anyway. Twice.

Although it took several years (decades?) to sink in, the most valuable part of the Amherst experience for me was the New Curriculum in general, and freshman English in
particular. It all seems so simple and basic now, but at the time it was very exciting and stimulating.
Imagine - lets teach English as a language, and enable our students to communicate!
Wow, what a concept! I was fortunate to Ted Baird as the professor for the class. There was no way you could sleep through his classes.That was a positive and powerful influence on my whole life.
-Jerry H. Clark