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Kevin C. Clark advocated for education through teaching, creating scholarships

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Kevin Clark and his wife, Andrea, endowed six scholarships at Wichita State.

One of Kevin C. Clark’s unshakeable beliefs was that education has the power to help people build successful and fulfilling lives.

His own time as a student at Wichita State University strengthened that belief, and he took personal satisfaction in trying to help others succeed through education by establishing six scholarships at WSU. Two of them, in particular, illustrated another passion in his life — giving a helping hand to those who have limited resources and opportunities.

Mr. Clark, a 1984 graduate of Wichita State, died on Feb. 7 in Hutchinson. He was 54.

Mr. Clark and his wife, Andrea, endowed five scholarships in 2009 for WSU students: two in the Upward Bound Math programs; one honoring former Shocker athletics department official Roland Banks; one honoring WSU bowling coach Gordon Vadakin and his wife, Cindy; and a fifth called the Alumni Tradition Scholarship, targeting students who have family members who attended Wichita State. In 2011, the Clarks also established a scholarship honoring Michael Madecky, former advisor to the Student Activities Council at WSU.

Mike Lamb, WSU Foundation vice president for planned giving, worked closely with Mr. Clark in establishing the scholarships. He also knew Mr. Clark as a former employee of the WSU Foundation.

“Over nearly 16 years, I connected with Kevin often, either in person or on the telephone,” Lamb said. “Kevin was always positive and always interested in what was happening at WSU. We were at WSU in the same era and would talk about our common experiences. Kevin’s forward-thinking attitude overshadowed any health concerns he was having. I appreciated Kevin and will miss him as a personal and university friend.”

While a student at Wichita State, Mr. Clark was chosen by his peers as one of 10 Senior Honor Men. He was a member of the Student Government Association and participated in the Student Activities Council.

Education was a big part of his life after WSU, too. For many years, he was a substitute teacher, tutor, mentor and counselor to students, first in Wichita then in Hutchinson, his wife’s lifelong home. He was recognized by the USA Honor Society in 2008 for his contributions to youth education. In 1998, Intrust Bank named Mr. Clark a Citizen of the Year for his university and community involvement.

The WSU Foundation honored Mr. Clark and his wife as President’s Club Life Members in 2012. They were WSU Alumni Association life members. Mr. Clark’s family established a memorial for him through the WSU Foundation after his death.