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JOHN ELIOT CLARK

Date of Passing: Jan 27, 2014

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JOHN ELIOT CLARK Dr. John Clark, former colleague and friend to many in the Faculty of Arts and at the University of Manitoba, after a long period of ill health, passed away January 27, 2014 at St. Boniface Hospital. He was 81 years old. John started at the University of Manitoba as a French Lecturer while at the same time completing his Ph.D. in Renaissance French Literature at Oxford. His work on the elegy in France was published by Mouton in 1975. John rose to Assistant (1962), then Associate Professor (1969) in the then Department of French and Spanish, and became Head in 1983, a position he held until his retirement in 1992. He was at various times a member of Senate, of the president's committee on bilingualism, of the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Arts and of many other faculty and departmental committees. John was also an eminent authority on the piano: an accomplished musician himself, his writing is found in the volumes devoted to Richter and Arrau in the Philips Great Pianists of the 20th Century series. John will be missed for his cultured mind, his sense of humour, and his devotion to his friends. A Memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 20 at 10:00 a.m. at Thomson "In the Park", 1290 McGillivray Blvd.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 06, 2014

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • John Clark was my favourite French prof and I learned a great deal from him. He taught us how to ask questions and ponder essential issues in a text. You ended up learning the language rather easily as he invited profound, yet simple thought(s)-- while you soaked up the language. He was a wonderful person as well, and, if he had to die, I'm glad that it happened on Mozart's birthday. - Posted by: Bruce Christie (Former student) on: Feb 07, 2014

  • I had the fortune of meeting John through mutual friends in 2012, from that I helped him with some work around his home. He was always sweet, and kind and witty and knew just about everything about everything. He could always be counted on for two things, a wonderful smile and an endless supply of shortbread. I am sad that he is gone, and wish to express my deepest sympathy to his family and close friends for thier loss. The world was a better place simply because he was in it. RIP John xxx - Posted by: Anastasia O'Brien (Friend) on: Feb 06, 2014

  • Prof Clark was my instructor for the fall term of first year French and he stood head and shoulders above some of my other first year profs in terms of competence and effectiveness as a teacher. I did well in the course and attribute part of that success to his tutelage. The classes were lively and interactive and were highlights of the days on which they took place. The most memorable day was November 22nd when he, my fellow students and I were reeling at the hour-old news that Kennedy had been assassinated. We were all distraught and Prof Clark as the sensitive man he was, was particularly so. The class was cancelled after ten minutes. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Gord Richardson (Former student at U of M - 1963-64) on: Feb 06, 2014

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