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Historical Timeline

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1940 - 1949


Women enroll at Clark as undergraduates and receive their bachelor's degrees in 1946.

Paul Siple, Ph.D. '39 names a mountain range in Antarctica in honor of Clark, and the peaks after Clark faculty: Jones, Atwood, Burnham, Ekblaw and Van Valkenburg. He will appear on the cover of Time magazine in 1956.


Professor John Bell joins Clark's psychology department, and would later dive in the research that made him a pioneer of family group therapy. The practice of counseling multiple family members at once was still considered groundbreaking when he published his first monograph on the subject in 1961. Bell bravely veered from the prevailing Freudian approaches to forge a lasting reputation in his field.


Howard B. Jefferson is inaugurated as the third president of Clark University.


Fun Facts


Crew team is formed.


A women's basketball team is organized and coached by Hazel Hughes, who becomes Clark's first dean of women in 1954.


The Pleiades women's honor society is formed with seven members.