Benjamin Franklin Clarke, born in Newport, Maine, in 1831, taught grammar school before entering Brown in his late twenties. He graduated in 1863 and became an instructor in mathematics the same year. In 1868 he revived Brown's program in civil engineering and became a professor of mathematics and civil engineering. After teaching at Brown for three decades, he was named professor of mechanical engineering. In 1896-97 Clarke, then a senior professor, served as president pro tempore while President Andrews traveled in Europe, and again following Andrews's resignation he led the College, this time as president ad interim , until President Faunce took office in 1899. His early years as a grammar school teacher served him well in higher education. At his death, President Faunce recalled, "As a teacher he had an unusual power of exposition, making an intricate mathematical problem plain to the humblest freshman. In our faculty meetings he was rich in wisdom and weighty in counsel. He never spoke without thinking and never acted without careful consideration. Always regardful of others' feelings, he never failed in courtesy and kindness to all his colleagues."
Frank Weston Benson, one of the most important American Impressionist painters, was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He became famous for his female portraiture (see BP 277) and seaside landscapes. Out of love for the northeast coast, he established a farm-studio on North Haven Island off the coast of Maine. His portrait of Clarke was presented to Brown at the 1907 Commencement by alumni.
Swan Point Cemetery
Rhode Island, USA
Created by: Linda Mac
Record added: May 29, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70560369
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