Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of spotlights on mathematics and statistics faculty. Dr. Clark is our Coordinator of Graduate Studies. He joined us in Fall 1966.
Do you have a hobby or collect something?
I like to visit or participate in Archeology digs and I also raise a few cattle.
Tell us about an adventure you had, or would like to have.
Camped in and traveled to 49 of the 50 US states. I couldn’t pull my camper to Hawaii. An adventure I would like is to travel to Madagascar.
What was one of your biggest successes or failures?
Biggest Success – Being selected by the Texas Section of the MAA as the recipient of the Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics award in 2002. Biggest Failure- Rodeo Bull Rider.
What kind of music, books, movies, sports, games, cars, etc. (pick one or more) do you like? Is there any particular reason?
Classical country first and most genres second. For example, I love “Für Elise” by Beethoven. Books- Historical Novels and/or Historical Adventure. Sports-Collegiate Football and Basketball.
What do you study?
Mathematical Analysis. Right now I am reading about current Integral Transforms. I also study the Bible.
What projects (academic or otherwise) are you currently working on?
Learning to fly a drone.
What is the closest you have ever come to dying?
Three times. As a 6 year old, falling off a cliff while climbing on Mount Rainer. As a Jr. high student being run over by a car. As an adult barely escaping with my life from a burning Oil Field Rig fire. The highly dangerous escaping gas caught on fire when a deck worker tried to light cigarette. Flames roared up into the upper rig and I was working the derrick job. My coat caught on fire but I shucked it and was lucky enough to get untied from my safety harness and ride the T-Bar escape trolley to the ground. The deck worker lost both hands.
What did you do to put yourself through school, or what weird job have you held?
I had all kind of jobs putting myself through college. Seismogrph crew member, oil field Roughneck, soda jerk, newspaper deliveryman, truck driver for Railway Express, selling firewood, working the wheat harvest in the summers, working hay fields , and a lot of other side jobs to make ends meet. I can’t leave out the fact that my wife also worked hard at several jobs while helping to put me through college.
What was the best piece of advice you were ever given?
“Put things back where you got ‘em.” Best of all, “Trust in God.”
The thing that really makes you cool and unique is something that I would never have thought to list here. What is it?
I was President of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America in the 1980’s.