Students and members of the faculty are heartbroken after Fred Clark, a former Portuguese professor and the academic coordinator for the Carolina Covenant Scholars Program, died Friday after more than 47 years with the University.
Clark retired from teaching in July, but he stayed on to fulfill his commitment to the Carolina Covenant program, which allows full-time undergraduate students from low-income families to receive grants, scholarships and a work-study job in order to graduate debt-free.
Clark loved coming to work, said Michael Highland, assistant academic coordinator for Carolina Covenant.
“In his mind, the greatest thing that ever happened to Carolina was Carolina Covenant, and that’s how he lived his life, to honor the commitment that we made,” he said.
He said he was inspired by how much Clark cared for his students.
“Fred set the gold standard of care for students,” he said. “There was never a question too minor or a concern too minor for him to take part in helping a student with an issue.”
Don Hornstein, a law professor and chairman of the scholarships, awards and student aid committee, said Clark’s teaching went beyond the walls of the classroom.
“He was one of those professors that, at some point, certainly transcended the classroom,” he said.