Clark President Angel on former Clark President Richard Traina

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

As the Telegram has reported, former Clark University President Richard Traina passed away yesterday. Today, the school’s current president, David Angel, sent out the following email:

To all members of the Clark community,

It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of former Clark University President Richard Traina yesterday at the age of 73.

Dick’s visionary leadership from 1984 to 2000 formed the blueprint for the academic mission and community collaborations that are hallmarks of our University today. He championed Worcester, and Clark’s role in it, affirming that the University has a responsibility to be a leader in the world outside of academia. Dick was a passionate educator, and his effort to create the University Park Partnership is enduring testament to his insistence that a quality education transforms lives and that every child deserves an equal chance at academic success.

The impact of Dick Traina’s life and work at Clark is all around us—in the core values that guide our mission, in our community engagement, and in the investments in our campus that came to fruition during his tenure. He was a friend, a colleague, and a leader, and he will be greatly missed.

We send our condolences to Dick’s wife, Polly, and their children Cristina, Matthew, and Michael. The funeral mass will be held at St. Peter’s Church, 929 Main Street, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, with a reception immediately following in Tilton Hall


David P. Angel



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