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Clark loved

UK, teaching

Historian and professor fought for education
and preservation of state's history

By Tricia Spaulding


in 1928. faced with choosing
between scholarships to earn his
master‘s at the University of
Cincinnati or the University of
Kentucky. Thomas D. Clark did
what any reasonable man would

He flipped a coin.

As a result of that coin toss,
UK won not only a professor who
went on to teach more than
25.000 students. but also a prolif‘
ic Kentucky historian.

Clark was a husband. teacher.
author. historian. advocate for
historical preservation and

He died Tuesday at 3:45 am.
at Mayfair Village Retirement
Center in Lexington. just two
weeks shy of his 102nd birthday:

Kentucky history was his pas-
sion. but teaching and education
captured his heart.

“He was amazing to me. He
was a model of a man," said
David Hamilton. an associate
history professor at UK. “He was
completely dedicated to teaching.
to writing history and to being a
public advocate for history. but
his passion and his obsession
was with teaching.

“He once told me that teach-
ing was the most gratifying and
satisfying thing he had done."
Hamilton said.

Many may recognize his
name because of the books he

wrote. the buildings that have
been named after him, or even
the work he has done preserving
Kentucky’s history But Clark
was always looking for a way to
improve education as a professor
at UK and chairman of the histo-
ry department for more than two

He could also be critical of
the state and its people. Hamil-
ton said.

“He always placed a higher
standard on education." Hamil—
ton said. “and when people put
this (emphasis) on basketball
and horse racing. he resented
this obsession. He resented it be-
cause we could put this obses-
sion on education instead."

Mississippian by birth.
Kentuck an by choice

Clark' 3 love for Kentucky in-
spired its residents. said George
Herring. a UK history professor .

“He was a truly remarkable
man." Herring said. “I don't
know anyone like him and 1 don't
expect to know anyone else like

Clark was born in Mississippi
on July 14. 1903. He quit school
after the seventh grade and spent
the following years farming.
working at a sawmill and then as
a cabin boy and deck hand on a
dredge boat in the Pearl River,
according to an article in the
winter 2000 edition of the Ken-

See CLARK on page 2








(Above) History Department Chairman Clark lecturing in class In 1967.



(Left) President Lee Todd and wife, Patsy. honor Clark and his wife, Loretta, with a celebration of
Clark's 100th birthday. held on July 9, 2003, in the William T. Young Library. The celebration marked
the three-millionth volume acquired by UK. represented by the book entitled “Thomas D. Clark of Ken-
tucky: An Uncommon Life in the Commonwealth."

LCC gets a name change after merging onto technical college system

By Ashleigh Fetts
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Lexington Community
College and (Tentral Ken~
tucky Technical College have
officially merged into the
Bluegrass Community and
Technical (‘ollege

()n .lune 10. the Kentucky
(‘ommunity and Technical
College System Board of Re-
gents approved the name for
the consolidated schools.

The college was officially
passed on to the Kentucky
(ommunity and Technical

(‘ollege S‘ystem on July 1

2004The merging of LCC and
CKTC will provide students
with more opportunities for

The Bluegrass Communi‘
ty and Technical College has
an enrollment of 12.300 stu-
dents. The college consists of

5 full-time faculty mem~
bers and staff. along with 3.50
part-time employees.

There are six campus lo
cations -» three in Lexington
and one in Danville.
lawrenoeburg and Winchester.

One problem concerning

undeclared freshman Jen-
nifer Richmond is choosing
classes for future semesters.

“You can‘t pick the
teacher you want. only the
section number." Richmond
said. Richmond also said
she was worried that after se»
lecting a class by section
number. it might not be at a
convenient location.

“i don‘t think We really
know what all the ramifica-
tions are going to be." said
Dr. Charles Coulston. head of
LCC's nuclear medicine pro-
gram. "Wc are still learning
that a year later"

(‘oulston said theie isa
possibility that the curricu
lum will change. but his cur-
riculum was “only slightly"

There is also another nu-
clear medicine program.
which is available through
Jefferson (‘ommunity (‘olr
lege in Louisville. if there
had been several nuclear
medicine programs offered.
it would have been expected
that the curriculum would
have been overhauled on a
much larger scale.

Financing education is a
major concern for students

and their parents For some
students. the cost of tuition
is the deciding factor when it
comes time to choose a col-

The consolidation of the
two schools has decreased tu-
ition for in~state residents.

Two years ago. the tuition
per credit hour for in-state
L(‘ (‘ students was $107 .55 and
$291.5. 5 for non resident stu-
dents. Now. the tuition per
credit hour for in-state stu-
dents is 398. while the non
resident tuition has slightly
increased to $294 per credit

Capital projects intended
to increase student services
and classroom space have al-
ready begun. More than 831
million has been designated
for a new building at the
Cooper Drive location.

“Several people were
against (the merger) mainly
because of how they perceive
the relationship with UK. it
was a university connection.
and that carries more pres-
tige than a community col-
lege." Coulston said. “Per-
sonally. 1 think the merge
makes a lot of sense."







PM: 2 | Thursday. June 30.2005



Continued from page I

tucky Alumni magazine.

At 18. he returned to high
school at Choctaw County Agri-
cultural High School in Mississip-
pi, where he played football all
four years.

With money he earned from
raising 10 acres of cotton, he then
went to the University of Missis-
sippi. where he received his bach-
elor’s degree in history.

“He made. his way through
school by working on a golf
course and a steamboat." said
Jim Klotter, a state historian.

Clark then earned a master‘s
degree from UK in 1929 and be-
gan his 37-year career as a histo-
ry professor in 1931.

While at Duke University
earning his doctorate in history:
Clark met the woman with whom
he would spend the next six
decades of his life. Elizabeth
Turner. They married in 1933. A
year and a half after Turner's
death in 1995. Clark married
Loretta Gilliam Brock. to whom
he remained married until his

While at UK. Clark did much
more than teach. He was always
looking for ways to preserve Ken-
tucky history and to get Kentuck-
ians involved in their own histo-

“He was determined to have a
larger public role than just pro-
fessor." Hamilton said. "He felt
that a faculty member should
have public involvement."

Clark didn‘t think professors
should just sit in their offices and
do nothing _,_, they should get in-
volved. Hamilton said.

“All his life. he was for conser-
vation and a better government."
Hamilton said.

Throughout Clark's career at
UK, he consistently tried to in-
crease UK's library resource ma-
terials and persistently sought
out documents with scholarly in

His strong desire to accumu-
late resources helped provide the
foundation for Special Collections
in the university‘s MI. King Li-
brary. The collection locates and
preserves materials. documenting
social. cultural. economic and po~
litical history.

“Dr. Clark is the reason why
we‘re here today." said Terry
Birdwhistell. associate dean for
special collections and digital
programs. “He was instrumental
in making this institution work
and in founding it."

Clark also helped found the
University of Kentucky Press in
1943. as well as the University
Press of Kentucky 20 years later,

A foundation and a building.
both bearing his name. pay trib-
ute to the contributions Clark
made to the University Press of
Kentucky. University press pro-
duces scholarly publications and
is a statewide consortium that in-
cludes most colleges and universi-
ties across Kentucky. The press
has also printed some of Clark's





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Clark, in 1955 at his desk in the history department, with one of his typewriters.

Despite Clark‘s many accom-
plishments. he was a person who
never felt too important to meet
the people of Kentucky.

"One thing that is notable is
that he talked to people all across
the state.“ Klotter said. “He met
with people that he was writing
about. He didn't just sit in an of

Klotter attributed Clark‘s ami-
cable nature to his earlier years.
explaining that Clark‘s family
wasn't very well~to~do and Clark
had to work hard to put himself
through school.

“In his early days. he had as»
sociation with ex-slaves. and he
talked with them." Klotter said.
“I think all this helped him talk
to people all his life."

Klotter said that these conver-
sations and many others will be
published in Clark's his memoirs.
which are scheduled for publica-
tion in the near future.

A distinguished career

As history department chair-
man. (‘lark could be harsh and
demanding. Klotter said. He was
demanding of professors because
he wanted the department to be
in the top 20 in the country.

“His more warm and fuzzy
reputation came after he retired
from teaching in 1968." Klotter

Clark was chairman of UK's
history department from 1942-65.
distinguished professor from 1950-
68. distinguished service professor
at Indiana University from 1968-73
and he taught at Eastern Ken~
tucky University as a distin-
guished professor.

Clark also taught as a visiting
professor at the University of Wisa
consin. Winthrop College. Univer-
sity of North Carolina. Duke Uni-
versity. University of Rochester.
University of Chicago. Harvard.
Penn State. Kent State. Stanford.
University of Washington and
University of Louisville. He was a
guest lecturer at the University of
Vienna. University of Oxford. Uni-
versity of Athens and University
of Thessalonica. as well as in In

Even as he passed the century-
old mark. Clark did not slow down
in his work. He served as presi-
dent and chairman of the Lexing-
ton History Museum Inc.. and con-
tinued to give lectures. visit class-
rooms. write and raise funds for
several organizations.

‘An adopted son of Kentucky’

For his decades of service.
Clark received countless honors
and awards.

The Kentucky General Assem-
bly honored him by declaring him
Kentucky‘s Historian Laureate in





professor emeritus and Kentucky's historian laureate since l990. en-
couraged donors for the UK Libraries' endowment fund.




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1990. Because of his help raising
construction funds for The Ken-
tucky History Center in Frankfort.
the center will be renamed in his
honor on July 9.

Clark was also awarded the
first UK Medallion for Intellectual
Achievement. several honorary de-
grees and was named to the Hall of
Distinguished Alumni in 1975.

“The University of Kentucky
has a heavy heart today." said UK
President Lee Todd in a press re-
lease Tuesday.

“We. lost one of this universi-
ty's true treasures. From the mo-
ment he walked on this campus in
1928. UK has been blessed with one
of the nation's most cherished his-
torians." Todd said.

“Dr. Clark taught with passion
and vision. constantly sought new
knowledge. and challenged the
Commonwealth to remember its
history." Todd said. “One of his
greatest legacies is that he contin
ually challenged our leaders to
strive for greatness in education
as well because he understood
what it would mean for the future
of our state and our children.

“Tom Clark. an adopted son of
Kentucky. will be deeply missed
but never forgotten."

ln addition to his capacities as
teacher. chairman. husband. and
father. Clark also gathered books
and artifacts for the university's li-
braries. wrote more than 30 books.


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and owned land in eastern Ken-
tucky and North Carolina. where
he loved the countryside and
growing trees.

“He was also committed to rur-
al Kentucky and seeing it thrive."
Hamilton said.

“The trees he would grow on
his property. he would cut down to
build and make furniture out of it.
He was a very skilled woodwork-
er." Hamilton said. “He had many
interests. and he pursued them all
quite vigorously."

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Thomas D. Clark is survived by his wife,
iLoretta Gilliam Clark; a son, Thomas Bennett
Clark of Lexington; a daughter, Elizabeth Clark
Stone of Bowling Green; a brother Ernest Clark
of Dallas, Texas; two sisters, Wilma Sanders and
Ethel Atkinson, both of Louisville. Miss.; three
grandchildren: and live great grandchildren.

Visitations will be at theFirst Methodist
church from l0 am. to 12:45 pm, Friday.

Services will be conducted at 1 pm, Friday,
July i at First Methodist Church at 200 West
High St., Lexington.

A private burial will follow in Lexington

lhe family suggests that memorial contri~
butions be given to Ihomas D. Clark Kentucky
Center for History, 100 West Broadway, Frank-
lort. Ky. 40601 or to Lexington History Museum.
215 West Main St.. Lexington, Ky. 40507.






Pictured with an unidentified man looking at copy from a printing press. Clark. a noted historian and expert on Southern and Ken-
tucky culture, helped found the University of Kentucky Press, and later. the University Press of Kentucky.






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along with the rest of the
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For the upcoming holiday
weekend, students and com-
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aged to set aside their busy
schedules and enjoy the fes-
tivities Lexington has to of-

Before 4th of July week-
end. Lexingtonians can par-
ticipate in the activities and
events planned leading up to
the actual holiday.

On Friday, community
members can participate in
the Great American Pie con-
test, which takes place at
noon in Cheapside Park.

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on the lawn in front of Old
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The concert will feature
the Lexington Philharmonic
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This event is free to the

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due to bad weather. the con-
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Lexington’s own Fourth
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way through downtown Lex-
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Stefen Hanser. a Turf
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with outdoor recreation and
preparing for the fireworks

“I have to go to Northern
Kentucky for the day, but I
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Muriel‘s Wedding (1994).
directed by PJ. Hogan. chron-
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young woman who constant-
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Mourning the loss of a Kentucky treasure

When Thomas Dionysius Clark first
stepped foot on UK’s campus more than 75
years ago, no one could have imagined the
immeasurable impact the young man from chaired the Department of History from
Louisville. Miss. would have on this institu- 1942 to 1965.
tion. Among the several thousand students

As a student. a professor and a historian. Clark enlightened during
Clark became synonymous with the univer- his tenure included for-
sity and the commonwealth. and dedicated mer Gov. Ned Breathitt
his life to teaching the people of Kentucky and current UK
everything he discovered about his adopted President Lee Todd.
home. But his involvement

And it was a mission he continued to at the university reached
undertake until his death. far beyond the classroom.

Clark’s passing this week at the age of While on the faculty.
101 marked the loss of no mere teacher or Clark worked to build up
historian. but the loss of a genuine treasure the school's library col-
to our university and Kentuckians every- Iection. helped establish
where. the University of Kentucky Press. aided the

The historical. literary and educational founding of the University Press of
contributions Clark made throughout his Kentucky. and authored several books on
lifetime are above comparison to anyone the commonwealth.
who has ever attempted to chronicle the Even when the university's mandatory


story of Kentucky and its people.
Starting as a history professor in 1931.
Clark spent 37 years teaching at UK and

age retirement policy forced Clark to leave History Center in Frankfort in his honor.
UK at the age of 70. he never ventured far which will take place during a July 9 cere~
from Lexington. mony.

Though Clark was no longer a regular in Those tributes will ensure that Clark
the classroom. the historian managed to will always be remembered as Kentucky's
continue educating all Kentuckians through most important and influential historian.
his unrelenting research But they are not needed.
and sustained commit- Clark’s works and his words will
ment to uncovering the undoubtedly speak louder to future genera-
history of the state. tions of Kentuckians than any titles or

Clark coauthored a buildings ever could.
book exploring the histo- When asked once to name an unsung
ry of the Kentucky Kentuckian, Clark said . .every man and
Governor‘s Mansion just woman who teaches or ever taught in
three years ago. and Kentucky‘s schools is a hero in my book."
remained a presence at If that is indeed the true definition of a
the UK Archives office hero. then the commonwealth certainly lost
until his final days. its greatest this week.

His life's work rightftu earned him sev— And while others will step up to contin-
eral honors in recent years. including his ue the work Clark has accomplished, there
declaration by the state legislature as will never be anyone to match his contribu-
Kentucky‘s Historian Laureate in 1990 and tions to our university. community and com-
the renaming of the massive Kentucky monwealth.




The historical contributions
of Thomas D. Clark have
enlightened Kentuckians for
several decades.














Free speech, property rights under assault

While many Leftist groups
have spent the last several
months worrying about the
rights of terror-
ists detained in
G u a n t a n a m 0
Bay. the federal
government and
Supreme Court
have been quiet-
ly engineering
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ment dealt a pair
of crippling blows in its wars
against free speech and individ-
ual liberty last week. On Monday.
the House of Representatives
overwhelmingly voted 286-130 to
approve a constitutional amend-
ment making the desecration of
an American flag a felony. Last
Thursday. the Supreme Court
granted the government sweep-
ing powers to seize private prop-
erty by ruling 5-4 that legisla-
tures can force people from their
homes in the name of increased

tax revenue.

What are we becoming?

When House members vote to
effectively make an act of free
expression a felony. it's time for
people to stop screaming about
the non-constitutionally protect-
ed rights of terrorists. and start
looking toward their own consti-
tutional rights.

When we see our national flag
consumed in flames on American
soil. we should all be rightfully
outraged. But we should also be
proud that we live in a place
where political speech won't land
you in the back of a patrol car. or
in the depths of some dungeon. or
swinging from the end of. a rope.

We cannot ban an act of polit-
ical expression simply because
we find the act itself or the poli-
tics behind it vulgar. If we allow
the government to punish politi-
cal speech we find offensive. we
have ceded to It the power to pun-
ish political speech we support.
That’s why Neo-Nazis and
Klansmen must be allowed to


march. and dissidents must be
allowed to burn American flags.

Leaders like Sen. Mitch
McConnell have successfully
fought off attempts to pass flag
burning amendments in the past.
Everyone who cherishes their
First Amendment freedoms
should speak out and help them
do it again.

The legislature isn’t the only
federal branch chipping away at
individual liberty these days. By
voting to expand the govern—
ment‘s power of eminent domain.
the Supreme Court has effective-
ly stripped away our right to pri-
vate property. Because of this rul-
ing. property owners in New
London. Conn. will have to stand
by while their homes are demol-
ished to make way for a hotel. a
fitness center and a stretch of
retail offices built by the New
London Development
Corporation. The court ruled that
economic development is a legiti—
mate reason to seize the private
property of citizens. Because the
plan proposed by the develop
ment company includes land
occupied by these families‘
homes. the city council of New
London wants the homes demol»
ished. And our Supreme Court
has agreed. citing the benefits of
increased tax revenue and job

Now. thanks to Justices
Stevens, Kennedy. Souter. Breyer
and Ginsburg. if a developer can