During the six decades he has devoted to St. John’s University, John P. “Jack” Clarke, Esq. ’55CBA, ’57L , has successfully helmed a wide array of challenging roles, including as teacher of an estimated 10,000 business students; as principle fundraiser for the construction of three major buildings on the Queens, NY, campus; and as one of the first directors of the Office of Alumni Relations. September 17 marked the 60th anniversary of the day Mr. Clarke returned to his alma mater, all while maintaining his full-time private law practice. “St. Vincent de Paul had an instinctive attraction to those who would understand and support his mission, and he would immediately have recognized John Clarke as a colleague and a friend,” said Rev. Patrick Griffin, C.M., Executive Director of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society. “Jack’s faithful presence and cheerful commitment to St. John’s has been a blessing for the University and its community. From sports to spirituality, from classroom to conference room, Jack has provided us with a wisdom and compassion which rests at the heart of the Vincentian charism.”
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