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Charles Clark

Class of 1934

Charles is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. His citation is copied below:

Charles Branch Clark ‘34, a cum laude graduate, earned letters in football and lacrosse and capped his senior year as Elm editor, Pegasus sports editor and fraternity president.

A great believer in physical conditioning, he could play 60 minutes of lacrosse as a mid fielder and premier face-off man earning All Maryland honors in 1933 and 1934. His talent and tenacity showed forth as well in his scholarship while earning his Masters Degree at Duke in 1936 and his Doctorate in History and Political Science at the University of North Carolina in 1941. At Carolina, he achieved All Old Dixie League acclaim playing club lacrosse. After teaching in the University of Georgia system, he served in World War II in the Pacific, attached to the First Marine Air Wing, Corps 32, which engaged in four major campaigns.

In 1946, Dr. Clark, a native of Howard County, returned to Maryland to become chairman of the department of history and political science at Washington College. When interested students sought his expertise as lacrosse coach, he responded brilliantly leading his charges to a record of 75 wins, 35 losses during the years 1948 through 1956. His 1954 team was named Co-champions of the Laurie Cox Division and was ranked fifth nationally. He became president of the U.S. Inter-collegiate Lacrosse Association 1955-1957 and was chairman of the All American Selection Committee 1958-1959.

Later in his career, after teaching at Monmouth College and serving a~ chairman of history and political science, then dean and acting president, at Upper Iowa University, Dr. Clark joined the faculty at Salisbury State in 1978. He also be-came that college’s lacrosse coach from 1979 through 1982. His teams reached the NCAA Division III Championship quarter finals in 1979, and the semi-finals in 1980, 1981 and 1982, compiling an outstanding record of 44 victories against only 19 defeats in four years.

Charlie Clark’s career as scholar, athlete, coach, professor, administrator and prolific author in history and government ranks him as one of the most versatile and distinguished members of the Washington College Hall of Fame.