Dr. Lawrence Mozell Clark, Sr.April 04, 1934 - January 23, 2012
"Until the lion has his own historian, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter." - African Proverb
Dr. Lawrence Mozell Clark, Sr., beloved husband, father, educator, historian, and mentor of Raleigh departed this life on January 23, 2012. At the time of his passing, he was at his home surrounded by his family.
Dr. Clark was born in his beloved Danville, Virginia on April 4, 1934 to Lawrence Ucie and Ida Bell Clark (both deceased). He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Irene Reynolds Clark; his four children, Debra Clark (George) Jones of Chapel Hill, Linda (Michael) Parks of Raleigh, Dr. Lawrence M. Clark, Jr. of Washington, DC, and Dr. Sheila (Javon) Stallings of Greensboro; his brothers, Jerry (Penny) Clark and Alphonzo Clark of Danville, VA; seven grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins; and adopted personal caregiver, Martha Timbers. He was preceded in death by his sister, Vernell Richardson.
Dr. Clark graduated John Mercer Langston High School in 1952 in Danville, VA. Upon graduation from Langston, he joined the Army where he served in the military police.
Dr. Clark attended Virginia State College where he received a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Physics in 1960. He later received his M.Ed. and Ed.D in Mathematics education from the University of Virginia in 1964 and 1967, respectively. He also attended Shaw University Divinity School.
In 1974, Dr. Clark joined NCSU in dual roles as Associate Provost and as a full professor of Mathematics Education. From 1995 - 2000 he served as the executive director of the NCSU africa Project. Dr. Clark established cultural educational programs between NCSU and several countries in Africa.
Dr. Clark is also credited as one of the "founding fathers" of the NCSU African American Cultural Center, the Math Science Enrichment Network, the University-Community Brotherhood Dinner, the Peer Mentor Program, and the African American Symposium. Based on his contributions to NCSU and the community-at-large, the Lawrence M. Clark lecture Series bears his name. He was a member of numerous professional societies and organizations including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Most recently, he was honored by the establishment of the Lawrence M. Clark Center for African American Culture and Learning in Danville.
Although he will be missed, his legacy lives on.
In lieu of flowers please make donations made payable to Beacon Focus (a non-profit educational organization established by Dr. Clark0, 6700 Jean Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612.