Date: Wed, 4 Mar 1998 15:36:53 EST
From: RonButters RonButters[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: Tom Clark memorial

In a message dated 3/4/98 11:36:40 AM, you wrote:

Memorial services for Thomas L. Clark, a past president of ADS, will be
held next Monday, 3/9, at UNLV in Artemis Ham Concert Hall, 7:00-9:00 pm.
Speakers will include the university president and Chris Hutchins of their
English Department.

In speaking with me Monday night, Jean Clark said that Tom believed
strongly in the value of scholarly societies to our culture, and for this
reason, she would like someone from ADS, DSNA, ANS, or some other learned
society to which Tom belonged to be there and maybe say a few words as

If anyone is able to be there, please call the Department of English,
702-895-3533, and leave a message.

Memorial contributions should be made out to "UNLV Foundation" for the
"Thomas L. Clark Memorial Library Fund" and mailed to

UNLV Foundation
4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-1006

Grant W. Smith
Eastern Washington University

I can't be there, but one of my former students, John Bowers, is the chair of
the English Department at UNLV; if no one from ADS can make it to the memorial
service, I could ask John if he would be willing to read a short statement on
behalf of ADS (or see that one is read)--all we need is to decide who will
write it. For myself, Tom's loss is not just professional, but personal. Not
only did he contribute greatly to our field, he was also a kind and thoughtful
colleague. Indeed, my last message from Tom--less than a month ago--had no
purpose other than to tell me something that made me fell really good and
proud about myself. How like Tom, even late into his last illness, to perform
a kindness for an acquaintance on the other side of the continent.