The Reverend Dr. Charles Halsey Clark, Ninth Rector: 1982-92


Born in New York City in 1926, the Reverend Dr. Clark spent his childhood in Coronado, California, and graduated from The Thacher School. He served two years with the United States Navy before entering Yale with the class of 1948. Awarded a master of divinity degree from the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia in 1952, he received an M.A. in Old Testament studies from Yale in 1956. Ordained in the Diocese of New York, the Reverend Dr. Clark served as curate at Grace Episcopal Church in Hamden, Connecticut, in 1952-1953, and as assistant chaplain of Yale University from 1953 to 1957. During the following decade his work with the Overseas Department of the Episcopal Church brought him many distinctive appointments, including service in Singapore and the Philippines. In 1977, he was elected dean of Yale’s Berkeley Divinity School.

The Reverend Dr. Clark oversaw a number of renovations of dormitories and classroom spaces, as well as the restoration of key buildings from the early years of the School. The construction and dedication of Ohrstrom Library in 1991 were marked under the Reverend Dr. Clark’s watch. Of particular note also were the celebrations surrounding the 100th anniversary of the Chapel of St. Peter and St. Paul in 1988.

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Herzog, Bradford F. 1986. "The Reverend Dr. Charles Halsey Clark, Ninth Rector: 1982-92." St. Paul's School. Ohrstrom Library Digital Archives. Web. 24 May 2022.