Virginia P. Clark – Williston

Virginia Louise Prescott Clark, 82, died peacefully on March 31, 2012, after a mercifully brief illness. She was born on Dec. 24, 1929, in Boston, the only child of Frank and Phyllis (Whyte) Prescott. Raised in Chevy Chase, Md., she attended St. Johnsbury Academy where she met and married St. Johnsbury native, Harry L. Clark. They lived in the Washington D.C. area, St. Johnsbury, and Burlington, and settled in Shelburne in 1966. Virginia spent 36 fulfilling years there, and retired to Williston in 2002. She held a BA (University of Vermont, 1961, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa), M.A. (UVM, 1963), and Ph.D. (University of Connecticut, 1968). She taught English and linguistics at UVM, beginning as an assistant professor in 1968 and, by 1976, becoming one of the university’s youngest full professors. She was the author or coauthor of several influential textbooks, and was the first faculty member at UVM to teach a course on Women in Literature. She served as Chair of the UVM English Department for many years. She and her husband, who predeseased her in 1990, were passionate skiers. and enjoyed summers at their home on Lake Champlain. Among her survivors is a son, David Clark of Shelburne. A memorial service is being planned for mid-May; for details, call Susan at: 802-223-5824. In lieu of flowers, her children suggest making a donation to Williston Fire and Rescue, 645 Talcott Road, Williston, VT 05495, or to the academic or women’s charity of your choice.

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