Jayne Meeks Clark died on January 4, 2005 in Richmond, Virginia after a lengthy illness. Jayne was born in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. After Dartmouth she received a teaching certificate with honors from Franklin Pierce College and taught high school English and Drama in Nashua, New Hampshire. Jayne was also Executive Director of the Webmaster’s Guild and did part-time consulting in Feng Shui. She is survived by her husband, David Clark.
Classmate Sandy Broadus remembers her as “one of the most generous and open-hearted people I’ve ever met in my life.” She was the person who remembered everyone’s birthdays, who made sure that people felt special and remembered. She was fiercely loyal to her friends, both from high school and college.
At Dartmouth, shemajored in both English and History, not surprising to those who knew her as a voracious reader and incredible sponge for information. Her love of trivia led to the revival ofCollege Bowl at Dartmouth—when she found no team her freshman year, she found an advisor, organized tryouts, and then led the team to successful finishes at regional and national tournaments.
Jayne suffered from severe asthma, and had to be hospitalized multiple times during her years in Hanover. Those who knew her remember her always having a cheerful attitude despite the obvious difficulties with her health.
Jayne was a person who pursued what she was passionate about, regardless of whether it was perceived as popular or mainstream. Even when life at the College was painful, as happened at times, she never stopped putting herself out there. Some of our fondest memories of Jayne are her reading Tarot cards on the Green during Sophomore Summer, telling stories by the fire in Woodward, working on plays in the drama department, and her sharp wit laced with puns and obscure literary references. Jayne was a proud member of D Phi E sorority, and she cherished her sisters. An integral part of Dartmouth life for many, Jayne will always be admired for her individuality, and remembered with love by classmates.
— Sandy Broadus and Steve Cook