Richard Clark Sterne, Longtime Simmons Professor, Passes Away at 91

July 19, 2018

Simmons Main Campus

Simmons regrets to report the passing of Richard Clark Sterne, who taught English and American Studies at Simmons for 42 years (1952-1994).

Known as Dick to his friends, Professor Richard Clark Sterne is the author of The Nation and Its Century, a history of the venerable liberal magazine, published on its centennial in 1965, and Dark Mirror, The Sense of Injustice in Modern European and American Literature

Richard Clark SterneDick also taught English on a Fulbright at the University of Lisbon in Portugal for the 1962-'63 academic year, learning conversational Portuguese during his stay. A lover of languages, he also taught himself Spanish, Italian, Russian and ancient Greek.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Dick was a Navy veteran and earned a BA from Columbia College and a PhD from Harvard University. A memorial service was held on July 25 in Newton, MA. Donations in Dick’s memory may be made to Amnesty International.