Address by the Headmaster, David Wylde, at the Memorial

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					  Address by the Headmaster, David Wylde, at the Memorial Service for
                      ROGER MAULE CLARK:

It is a great honour to pay our respects to Roger, the respect of the staff at St
Andrew’s College, those who worked with him, and those who have
benefitted from his grace and patience and precision. It is an honour to pay
respects – it is also easy because Roger gave all of us respect, so receives it
back from many in return. As a boy I remember my parents, who were
doctors, being respectful of Roger Clark for what he did as a teacher despite
his diabetes. As a pupil, I remember his kindness, and the growing sense that
I owed him more attention and gratitude than I ever paid his efforts to teach
me.
All great deputies are like the second fiddle in an orchestra. They create the
harmony. Without them there is no cohesion, nor elevation. They are the glue
that holds the parts together. They build the scaffold that allows others to fly.
Fundamentally a great deputy is a modest person. Roger was that. John Axe
writing in the Andrean of 1993 gave the following valediction of Roger. I read
it in full:

Arthur Cotton said: I was highly privileged to be supported by a person of such
quality. His judgment is always extremely sound; his administrative skills are
of the highest calibre; and we have all appreciated his delightful sense of
humour, his concern for his fellow person and his good sense.

Present staff who worked with Roger say:

I find it difficult to express in words the tremendous love and respect I had
for Roger as a school master. As a new member of staff he was a person I
could go to for advice or simply to talk to. He listened. The advice he gave
was invaluable. He set an example with his hard work and gentle manner. It
is a reflection of his greatness that what he did as one man at College was
replaced by a computer network and a whole lot of other staff members and
yet he still left a vacuum. He was a fine gentleman and a father figure who
gave selflessly to College. André Bouwer

I first encountered Roger as a school master, and as old fashioned as that
sounds, that was a positive impression, even for a very long-haired, barefoot
student. It was Roger's concern for the greater good of many and of
individuals that came through from my first interactions with him. His sense
of duty, and the value of hard work, and seeing work through until it
was properly finished made me want to teach. I had the real sense that he
knew he wasn't being impressive, but that he was doing good. I found his
manner in and the positions of authority he held to underscore his humility.
Tim Barnard

In all my years at College at College there have been six men for whom I have
had a deep respect and trust: Roger was one of them. At a time when women
on the staff were a necessary encumbrance, Roger treated them with
understanding and kindness; when the integrity of the ability of women to
manage in a man’s world was questioned, Roger drew on their strengths;
when women suffered indignity on gender lines, Roger listened and calmed
their stress. He was a good man, and an honourable one; more, he was a
gentleman and a gentle man. College is richer for his years of caring, and I
have been enriched in knowing him. Ave et Vale, Roger. Pepe Morton

Roger was a real “Mr Chips”. He was one of the great “gentleman teachers”,
he had a wonderful sense of humour and an amazing memory. He could
remember facts and figures from long ago and tell you what decision had
been made about which sport at a Games Committee meeting two years
previously. He was always sharp, always honest, always fair. He was
meticulous about his work – he never made mistakes because he double and
triple checked everything. If it came from RMC then you knew it was
correct. He was incredibly proud of, and loyal to, St Andrew’s. He loved his
family with the same fierce passion and was supported by his fiercely loyal
“Betts”, always. He broke his leg once and was bed ridden but continued to
work while “off work”. We nicknamed him the “horizontal computer”. He
struggled with diabetes but he never complained or showed any sign of self
pity. I coached rugby for many years at College and Roger was my “rugby
coaching mentor” in my first year. He showed me the ropes. He arrived at
every practice in immaculately clean and pressed shorts and rugby jersey, his
white takkies gleaming and his meticulously written list of boys and their
positions for the day, in his hand. One learned a lot from Roger – lessons for
life. René Schalker

David Hodgson writes: I admired and valued Roger so much for his honesty,
his generosity of spirit and for the fact that he was always prepared to give of
his time and sound advicewhen I or other staff members needed it. His
dedication to College and his quiet and sound efficiency in everything that he
did was an example to all of us. The way too that he coped with life, and with
his diabetes and the deterioration of his eyesight was wonderful. We all
admired so much his positive enthusiasm and his not allowing problems to
take over his life. Of course, you, Betts contributed so much to his well-being
and positive approach. As we agreed on the phone …. you two were just like
“Jock      and       Joan”       were        –     the     two      of      you
so much part of each other, a dualism which added to and made the whole so
much greater and more meaningful than simply the sum of the parts!

He gave much to College, because he loved the place.

                               Freely we serve
                     Because we freely love, as in our will
                               To love or not.
                            (Paradise Lost Book III)

Roger we salute you, and thank you.