James Clark ’58
“James Clark, Hope class of 1958, U of Michigan PhD 1966 in English Literature, died of complications of Parkinson’s disease on June 23, 2021. Dr. Clark spent his final year in the house he and his wife owned on the island of Paros, Greece. After a long career of teaching English composition and literature in the USA, in Germany and in Greece, Dr. Clark worked as a translator for GIZ, the German governmental organization Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit. He also wrote articles about the Greek islands and Germany, the Clarks‘ second home, for the New York Times, among others, and composed with his poet friend Jeffrey Carson the first guidebook to the island of Paros in English.
He is survived by his sister Susan Landwehr and his wife Katherine, author of The Orthodox Church and The Part That Is Great, recently published in Greece. Parkinson’s disease unfortunately prevented Dr. Clark from completing his autobiography, Half My Life, which of course begins in Holland, Michigan, like the author himself.”