In memory: Frederick “Fred” Kenneth Clark

Frederick Kenneth Clark, age 65, of  Fort Collins, passed away after a short illness Monday April 18, at Fort Collins Health Care Center.

Fred was born on March 23, 1951, in Neenah, Wis., to Peter A. and Mildred (Remick) Clark Jr.

He attended St. Patrick Grade School and St. Mary High School (Class of ’69) in Menasha. He received his bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and his masters in philosophy at Colorado State University. He went on to teach philosophy at CSU, Front Range Community College, University of Northern Colorado, and Aims Community College, where he had a tenure track position as assistant professor.

Fred was a member of the Husserl Circle professional society and a founding member of the Front Range Phenomenological Society.

Fred loved to teach philosophy and would tell philosophical stories to whomever he met. Fred was beloved by the many hundreds of students he taught, some of whom went on to become philosophy professors themselves. His teaching style, which relied on telling interesting stories, was captivating to anyone who heard them. Fred could make even the driest philosophical point understandable and compelling.

Fred was a talented musician and played the guitar intuitively.

Fred is survived by his father, Peter A. Clark Jr.; his brothers Peter L. Clark of Menasha, Wis., and Mark (special friend, Becky) Clark of Appleton, and his sister and brother-in-law, Chris and Jim Lewandowski of Menasha; nieces and nephews Claudine Clark (special friend, Michelle)  of Madison, Jason Clark of Medford, Jenny Lewandowski Whiting of Menasha, Brad (Betty) Lewandowski of Menasha, and Stephen Clark of Appleton; grandnieces and nephews Prior S. Turnmeyer-Clark of Madison, Elizabeth Whiting and Frank Whiting of Menasha, Alex Lewandowski of Menasha.

Fred was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Clark, in 2013, and brother Jeff Clark in 2008.

Fred’s ashes are being distributed by Vessey Funeral Services upon the Colorado Rocky Mountain Foothills in Fort Collins.

The family would like to extend their many thanks to Fred’s very special friends, James and Kate Peterson, for all they have done for Fred and our family.

Please remember Fred in your prayers.


Published in The Coloradoan on May 1, 2016