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Jonathan Clark Memorial Sophomore Tea

A Tribute to Jonathan Clark

A native of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, Jonathan Clark graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1968 and earned a doctorate in history in 1972 at Yale University, where he studied under Prof. Edmund S, Morgan, noted scholar of colonial America. After teaching for a year at McGill University in Montreal, Clark joined the Vassar faculty m 1973. In the Intervening ten years, he came to be an exceptional, effective and beloved teacher.

Clark taught courses in American History and a seminar on the American Revolution. He devoted much of his study and writing to the Revolutionary War period in New York State, and the impact of the war on the people of the state. He also wrote an extensive history of Dutchess County and another article on the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

Before becoming an academic, Clark joined the U.S. Army, 1960-1963, and was a member of the merchant marine. His students remember him fondly as someone who scorned pretension and despised laziness. He also shunned formality in dress and style, and he never shied away from having a good time…thus this social in your honor.

By Robert K. Brigham