Sedgwick Clark 25 is living proof that Oberlin alumni continue
to enjoy their passions well beyond their college years. At age
100, the Fitchburg, Massachusetts, resident is an active artist,
photographer, needleworker, and nature lover.
sister and I were brought up to appreciate the natural world around
us, says Barbara Clark, Marys daughter. Our dining
room table was always covered with newsletter copy (my parents did
a church newsletter during WWII for overseas servicemen), paraffin
for candle making, leather for leather working, shells for jewelry
making, moss for terrariums, turpentine for furniture refinishingyou
art and botany major at Oberlin, Clark combined her talents by drawing
microscopic botanical illustrations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Later, she married Edwin Clark and settled in Fitchburg, where the
active couple took time for church, community work, mountain-climbing,
hiking, and traveling. After her husbands death in 1963, she
continued her travels throughout Europe and the United States.
of our family members own something shes painted or crafted,
and shes passed on to us her love of nature and her appreciation
of all things artistic and creative, her daughter says. Best
of all, shes helped us find joy in commonplace things and