Deceased July 17, 1997

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In Memory

We were saddened by the news that Sam Clarke died at his home in North Adams, Massachusetts, on July 17, 1997, after a long illness. Sam was born in Florence, MA, the son of Elinor and Dr. Henry G. Clarke. His great-grandfather, grandfather, father and uncle had all graduated from Amherst.

Sam was older than the other members of our class. He had been an electronics specialist for the submarine service of the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1961, so he was already in his early twenties when he began his freshman year. He majored in psychology at Amherst and then earned a M.A. in clinical psychology and a Ph.D. in physiological psychology, both from the Univ. of Massachusetts. Since 1970, he had taught at North Adams State College, where he was professor of psychology. He served as chair of the all-college curriculum committee and was also department chair for six years. He had published several articles in psychology over the years.

At North Adams, Sam was responsible for initiating the Psychology Honors Seminar, and he also guided the department’s curriculum revision. In 1995, he was honored for twenty-five years of distinguished service to the college.

He also pursued a lifelong interest in both Japanese and Spanish cultures and had taught himself to be proficient in both languages. His interest in the two cultures led him to master Spanish flamenco and classical Japanese guitar music. He was an enthusiastic hiker of Mt. Greylock and the Taconic range, and neighbors and colleagues enjoyed sharing the fruits of his impressive gardens, including his favorite seeds and plants.

Sam is survived by his closest sister and niece, Constance and Abigail Clarke of Shelburne, as well as three other sisters—Sara Clarke, Martha Day and Ann Shaw, five brothers—David, Arthur, Benjamin, James and William; and many nieces and nephews.

Stephen Farber ‘65

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