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Remembering John “Dudley” Clark III H'05

Dudley Clark, 76, died on Saturday, May 26, 2018, surrounded by friends. He was born on July 4, 1941, and raised in Princeton, NJ.

A celebration of life will be held on June 16, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, NH. RSVP online.

Dudley attended St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA and Proctor Academy in Andover, NH. After graduating from Trinity College, Dudley spent one year teaching and playing hockey in Switzerland before returning to teach at the Fay School in Southborough, MA, while he earned his M.Ed. from Northeastern University. Dudley went into school administration at the King School in Stamford, CT, but quickly realized being a school administrator was not for him and returned to teaching at the Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford, NY.

After discovering Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, NH through teaching during the Summer Session, Dudley spent the next 30 years as a dedicated teacher, coach, and mentor. Although he “retired” from Cardigan in 2010, he never really left. He continued in a variety of volunteer roles at the school, driving the school bus and zamboni, transporting students for medical appointments, washing dishes, and delivering mail to faculty and students. He was a constant figure at the School’s sporting events, whether on a sideline, at the scoring table, or managing the penalty box.

Dudley was a private person and a man of extraordinary kindness, great spirit, and character. He volunteered often, generously supported a variety of nonprofits, and regularly donated blood. Dudley was frequently found: delivering Sunday newspapers to homes in Canaan and the Cardigan campus, riding his speedy moped, visiting or helping someone in need, or walking someone else’s dog. An avid reader, he also loved playing tennis and delivering donuts to the Cardigan campus once a week.
Dudley was predeceased by his sister, Thayer Clark Paine, and leaves behind his brother in-law, Admiral Michael Paine of Canaan, NH, sister Linda G. Clark of Princeton, NJ, nieces and nephews. He will be fondly remembered by students, colleagues, and friends from his 53 years in education.

Dudley gave to innumerable causes, charities, and organizations throughout his life. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a nonprofit organization of your choosing in Dudley’s memory.