He requested that it be happy, joyous and filled with music — and that is what he got.
“The service did him justice — it was definitely (Fred’s style),” said Shirley Ort, associate provost and director for the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, and a longtime friend of Clark.
Saturday afternoon, around 250 friends and colleagues of Fred Clark, including many students, gathered in Memorial Hall to celebrate the life of a man they all believed was devoted to serving others.
Clark, a former Portuguese professor and academic coordinator for the Carolina Covenant Scholars Program, died Sept. 5 after over 45 years of working for the University.
The service included opening and closing remarks by former Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser and reflections on Clark’s work by three former Carolina Covenant scholars as well as Federico Luisetti, department chairman of romance languages and literatures.
All three students said they would not be where they are today without Fred’s help.
Josh Wilkes, a Carolina Covenant scholar and a 2007 graduate, said Clark’s belief in him enabled him to achieve so much.
“He had a love for other people and lived a very altruistic life,” Wilkes said.