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Clark to Receive Friday Award

Dr. James W. Clark Jr., professor emeritus of English, will receive the William C. Friday Award for Distinguished Service in Retirement from the Association of Retired Faculty. Presentation of the award will be made at a luncheon in his honor at the University Club in Raleigh on May 16. Reservations can be made online through Thursday, May 10.

Clark is widely known for his scholarship in folklore and literature, and for his dedication to promoting educational opportunities for North Carolina children and adults.

In retirement he has continued to work with 4-H and to teach his highly subscribed courses and study tours in creative writing. He volunteers through Encore, the program of lifelong learning at NC State, and at schools, community centers and retirement communities.

For more information about the Association of Retired Faculty and its programs, visit the organization’s website:

Responses (5 Comments)

  • Stephen Reynolds

    Congratulations, Jim. A well-deserved honor. Thanks for all your efforts, over the years and continuing, in keeping alive and healthy the “liberal” part of NC State’s land-grant charge (through the Morrill Act) to foster “liberal and practical education.” The University, and the citizens of North Carolina, are richer for your career of service.

  • Jeff Braden

    Kudos to a leading scholar and intellectual who, as Stephen says, has been a voice of thoughtfulness and a tireless advocate for the liberal arts–not only on our campus, but throughout our community.

  • David Zonderman

    Hats off to Jim Clark on his well-deserved award. His tireless efforts built a nationally recognized program in Humanities Extension; and he has continued to be an advocate for the value of humanities in our university and across our state.

  • Marsha and Dave Warren

    Congratulations, Jim! We know first hand what a dedicated volunteer you are with your work as president of the Paul Green Foundation and co-chair of the NC Freedom Monument Project. We’re proud to know and work with you!

  • Mirka Christesen

    Dear Dr. Clark,
    I have just returned from Prague, Czech Republic and am thrilled to read that you have received the William C. Friday Award. What a well deserved honor! You have always been an inspiration to me since I first participated in your faculty workshop at Broughton H.S. I am thankful that our paths crossed several times. I will never forget your visits to my classes at Leesville Road M. S. and your support of my efforts in character education.
    Warmest wishes for a continued success. You are an awesome leader and a great mind.
    Mirka Christesen

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