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Faculty Document 1439 4 October 1999

MEMORIAL RESOLUTION OF THE FACULTY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON ON THE DEATH OF PROFESSOR EMERITUS JACK ALDEN CLARKE Jack A. Clarke, Professor Emeritus of the School of Library and Information Studies, died in Verona, Wisconsin on 18 February 1999 of Parkinson's Disease. He was born in Bay City, Michigan on 20 February 1924. After graduation from high school, he entered the United States Army on 2 March 1943 serving primarily in Europe in the 365th Medical Battalion until his discharge in April 1946. Returning home, he enrolled at Michigan State College, graduating in 1949. After a summer at the University of Poitiers, he began his long association with the University of Wisconsin, receiving a Master of Arts in History in 1950 and in Library Science in 1952. He was awarded his Ph.D. in European History in 1954. His professional library career began with an internship at the United States Library of Congress followed by the position of Librarian at the Washington Cathedral. He served as Librarian at Doane College, Crete, Nebraska until 1956, when he returned to the University of Wisconsin as Social Sciences Librarian. In 1962 he went to Wisconsin State University, Eau Claire as Librarian. After three years in Eau Claire, he returned to Madison as associate professor and Assistant Director of the Library School in 1965. He was promoted to professor in 1967. He served as Acting Director of the UW Library School on two occasions, each time returning to resume full time teaching duties. As administrator, he was quite successful and particularly sensitive and capable as adviser to students who had personal or academic difficulties. But his first love was teaching and he was very pleased when appointment of a new director permitted him to return to his research and classroom teaching. His quick wit and wealth of illustrative anecdotes made him a favorite of his students. He also was adviser to doctoral students in the Library School (now the School of Library and Information Studies) and in Education and History. His quiet and canny wisdom gave him a special place with his colleagues and made him an adviser often sought out by academic librarians in Madison and throughout Wisconsin. When declining health forced him to retire in 1986, his associates and his students honored him by creating the Jack A. Clarke Scholarship, administered by the School of Library and Information Studies for the international society for librarianship, Beta Phi Mu. Professor Clarke's scholarly works included Huguenot Warrior, the biography of Henri de Rohan, and Gabriel Naude, 1600-1654. He edited a number of volumes and research guides to the literature of the social sciences and modern French literature and language. Outside the School of Library and Information Studies, he served on the Faculty Senate and as Librarian of the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters. His wife, the former Anna Holler of Milwaukee, whom he married on 1 February 1951, died in 1997. He leaves a son, David, of Green Bay, a daughter, Cynthia, of Verona, and four grandsons. MEMORIAL COMMITTEE

James Krikelas

Margaret Monroe

Richard D. Walker, Chair

Wayne Wiegand

William Williamson


Faculty Document 1439 - University of Wisconsin-Madison - 4 October 1999

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