Title: Retired Language Educator
Company: Ohio State University
Location: Midland, Michigan, United States
Basil Alfred Clark, Emeritus Professor at Ohio State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in English literature.
Having accrued more than 50 years in teaching, Dr. Clark believes he was born to be an educator. After serving as a private first class with the U.S. Army in Germany from 1960 to 1963, he went on to teach at Lewiston High School in Maine from 1963 to 1967. Notably, for 40 years, he served as an English professor at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan until attaining emeritus status in 2015. Distinguished for his contributions to the university, Dr. Clark was the recipient of a University Service Award in 2006 and was named an Honorary Alumnus in 2002. Additionally, he was granted the House Family Award for Teacher Impact in 1991. Over the years, Dr. Clark had also been an exchange professor at Shikoku Women’s University in Japan in 1989 and an exchange lecturer at the University of Mysore in India in 2002, which he recalls as a notable career highlight. In these roles, he taught American and British literature, as well as an international understanding course.
Dr. Clark received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Bowdoin College in 1960 and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Maine in 1969. In 1975, he achieved a Doctor of Philosophy in English from Ohio State University. Now settled into retirement, Dr. Clark teaches one class per year for retirees through OSHA Life-Long Learning. He is invested in learning to read Latin and meets with a friend once a week to give each other assignments and compare notes. Presently, Dr. Clark holds membership with the Modern Language Association, Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, Saginaw Valley State University Faculty Association, Michigan Council Teachers of English, and Medieval Association of the Midwest. Upon his civic endeavors, he has been involved with St. John’s Episcopal Church and United Christ Church. As a testament to his legacy, Dr. Clark can also be found in the 62nd through 70th editions of Who’s Who in America, the 36th through 42nd editions of Who’s Who in the Midwest and the 26th through 33rd editions of Who’s Who in the World.
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