This week, the NC State community was saddened to learn the news that Dr. Lawrence Clark passed on Tuesday at the age of 78. Clark was a very influential part of North Carolina State University during his tenure.Clark was born on April 4, 1934 in Danville, VA. He attended Virginia State College where he re
ceived his B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Physics in 1960. He later received his M. Ed. and Ed. D. in Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 1964 and 1967, respectively.Dr. Clark joined NC State University in 1974 serving in dual roles as Associate Provost and full time professor in the College of Education. He also served as the coordinator for all activities related to the university’s Affirmative Action Plan under Executive order 11246.The African American Cultural Center has honored his work each year by hosting the Dr. Lawrence M. Clark Lecture Series. Clark is credited as one of the founding “fathers” of the African American Cultural Center, Peer Mentor Program, the African American Symposium, as well as many other initiatives which are still a part of the university today.Dr. Lawrence Clark served as a member of many professional societies and organizations such as the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Delta Pi, the American Association of College Teachers of Education, and much more.

After his time at the university, he continued to be actively engaged in the community through multiple local, national, and international activities.