James "Ed" Clark

  • Born: March 3, 1933
  • Died: July 20, 2021
  • Location: Clemson

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Central, SC 29630

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Tribute & Message From The Family

James Edwin Clark, PhD, PE passed away July 20, 2021. Born in Winnsboro, SC in 1933 to James Edward and Annie Mae Clark, Professor Clark is survived by his wife, Becky Jo Davis Clark; his daughters, Teresa Clark Gray (David) and Melissa Clark Janse (Roy); his son, Davis Edward Clark (Tina); seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

J. Edwin Clark served in the Air Force during the Korean conflict. He graduated from University of South Carolina with his B.S in 1957, his M. E. in 1964, and earned his Ph.D. at North Carolina State in 1967, all in Civil Engineering. He worked for three years designing bridges and roads in private industry before becoming an instructor of Civil Engineering at the University of South Carolina, then North Carolina State University, followed by a stint as an assistant professor of Civil Engineering at Mississippi State. Professor Clark then taught graduate students in Transportation at Clemson University in 1970 for 26 years, where he began as an associate professor and earned his full professorship, retiring as a Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering.

He served as the Vice President and President of the Institute of Traffic Engineers Southern Section. His professional experience included Deputy Director of the State Energy Programs Office and Director of Transportation Technology Transfer Service. In addition to his Clemson University service, Professor Clark acted as a consultant as an Expert Witness. Dr. Clark also led a US contingency team with
the International Trade Symposium to Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Guatemala in Central America.

Professor Clark was awarded "Transportation Engineer of the Year" in 1991 by the South Carolina Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (SCSITE). He was selected for membership in Phi Kappa Phi, Society of Sigma Xi, and Chi Epsilon.

Teaching was his calling and passion, and Professor Clark especially championed aspiring female engineers. In 2001, the Stafford-Clark scholarship was established by his engineering peers in his and Professor Don Stafford's honor. Professor Clark established the Dr. James Edwin Clark Student Assistance Endowment for Transportation Engineering in 2012.

Professor Clark served as a deacon for the First Baptist Church of Clemson, where he was an active member for more than 40 years. He practiced service to his community and to his students. He chaired the Board of Architectural Review for the city of Clemson and contributed his expertise to anything related to "transportation" in that city.

Professor Clark embodied integrity, dignity, and humility. He was dedicated to family: well loved, well respected. He will be sorely missed.

Memorial services will be held at 2 PM, Sunday, July 25 at First Baptist Church of Clemson.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 1:50 PM, Sunday prior to the service in the Family Life Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials made be made to the Clemson University Endowment, Dr. James Edwin Clark Student Assistance Endowment for Transportation Engineering, 110 Daniel Drive, Clemson, SC 29631, Attn: Jeff Cogburn. Please visit clemson.edu/giving. This is a scholarship awarded to outstanding graduate student(s) enrolled in the Civil Engineering graduate program with the intent of pursuing a career as a traffic/transportation engineer.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm so happy I got to visit Ed , whom I loved dearly, be there in Becky Jo's home before the funeral and participate in the events that day. As a brother, I'm gratefull for Ed, you Becky Jo and the pleasure it was to be able to assist in a small amount. Love you sister!

Posted by Richard Davis - Norway - Family   July 30, 2021

Blessings to you and your family. What an outstanding team you made.

Posted by Donna Pearman - Columbia, SC - Classmate   July 29, 2021

Becky Jo:
Your Dreher High School Class of 1956 sends our friendship and sincere sympathy to you and the family at this sad time of transition. We remember you fondly and hope the memories you cherish of your husband will bring peace and comfort to you at this time. We look forward to seeing you at our re-scheduled class reunion next spring.

Posted by Rosa Cherry - Kingstree, SC - Friend   July 29, 2021

Dear BeckyJo
The NC Caseys were so sorry to learn of Ed's passing. We were at Casey Beach Week at N Topsail all last week. Our prayers and sympathy for all the family. Mary Helen

Posted by MaryHelen Casey - Emerald Isle, NC - Family   July 27, 2021

Dave condolences to you and your entire family. Many thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

Posted by Laura Sammons - Anderson, SC - Coworker   July 27, 2021

I feel so blessed to have known Ed. I was one of two new professors to replace him after he retired. I attended a number of professional meetings with him over the years and he was a guest speaker a number of times in my classes and student organization meetings. I once tried to surprise him and Becky Joe at their home on Lake Keowee. A former professor from Georgia Tech who was a classmate of Ed during his graduate work at NC State was visiting my family. Unfortunately, on the way to Ed and Becky Joe's house, we ran out of gas. I once was driving a student to a South Carolina Section Institute of Transportation Engineers Annual Meeting. The student received the Stafford-Clark Scholarship (Ed is one of the namesakes) at that meeting. On the way back, guess what? Yep, ran out of gas. Ed had such a great attention to detail I bet he never ran out of gas. I look forward to many future Clemson transportation engineering students receiving the Stafford-Clark Scholarship or the James Edwin Clark Endowed Fellowship. What an incredible legacy.

Posted by Wayne Sarasua - Clemson, SC - Friend   July 26, 2021

Becky Jo, we are so sorry to learn of Ed's passing. We were out of town and did not return until after his funeral. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I hope to see you soon. Pam Deal

Posted by Pam Deal - Clemson, SC - Friend   July 26, 2021

Dave, Tina, Casey, Christy..I send my deepest sympathy on your loss. You are in my prayers. I hope your wonderful memories of him will help you at this time.

Posted by Elaine Jenkins - Family   July 25, 2021

Dear Becky Jo Clark,
Anne and I are saddened to learn of the passing of James Edwin Clark. We have great memories of the times our daughter, Irene, and Melissa were classmates beginning from Morrison Elementary through Daniel High. Our hearts go out to you, Melissa, and all your family. Adolph will remember Edwin as a great colleague and senior member of the Civil Engineering Department. He was a quiet and very generous man who served Clemson University in many capacities. He will be missed by all his colleagues and friends in Clemson University and Clemson. Adolph and Anne Beyerlein

Posted by Adolph and Anne Beyerlein Beyerlein - 103 Four Lakes Drive, Easley, SC - Family Friend   July 24, 2021

Thank you, Dr. Clark, for your many years of teaching and mentoring students.

Posted by Anne Cope - Rock Hill, SC - Student   July 23, 2021

Melissa, I was so sorry to read of your father's death!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family!! Love, Elaine Jorton

Posted by Elaine Horton - Blythewood SC, SC - Teacher   July 22, 2021

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