In Memory: Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Clarke Gage | St. Lawrence University President's Office

In Memory: Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Clarke Gage

December 8, 2016

From: President William L. Fox

To: The St. Lawrence Community

Re: In Memory: Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Clarke Gage

With sadness, I write to share the news that Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Clarke L. Gage has died. A member of the faculty from 1957 until his retirement in 1986, he was an active scholar and member of the University community.

A graduate of Antioch College, with a Ph.D. from Ohio State University, Clarke came to St. Lawrence after teaching as a post-doctorate fellow at his undergraduate alma mater. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II, from 1944 to 1946. Clarke was promoted to associate professor in 1958 and to full professor in 1966, having conducted research and publishing widely in the field of organic chemistry. A member of the American Chemical Society and the New England Association of Chemistry Teachers, he was awarded a National Science Foundation grant in 1961 to conduct research on organic chemistry.

Clarke was also interested in the history of science, and used a sabbatical year in 1977 to do research and write at the University of Kent, in England, on the topic. He also spent two weeks in the former Soviet Union in 1985, on a trip organized by Antioch, to compare educational systems with those of the United States. After his retirement, he continued to study and write about the history of chemistry, and was an active member of the Adirondack Mountain Club, traveling on a number of hiking trips with the group.

When I first arrived at St. Lawrence as president, he made a point of reminding me (teasingly) that I was never his student. He did so with a twinkle in his eye while I was remembering exactly why that was the case…that I undoubtedly would have struggled mightily to pass his courses. Clarke was a devoted teacher, and Moving-Up Day prizes awarded by the chemistry department are given in his name for both teaching and for research.

Clarke was predeceased by his wife, Jane Eaton, a long-serving member of the library staff, in 2013. He is survived by his sons, Michael (Sandra Cherin) Gage, Timothy (Lynne Shultis) Gage, and Barnard Gage, grandchildren and many friends. I know you join me and Lynn in expressing sympathy to them for their loss.

I invite you to share your memories of him here.

Read others' memories here.