In Memoriam: April 2010Published: April 15, 2010
Sharon Clark, who had worked at CSULB since 1973, passed away on Feb. 16 at the age of 67. Born Jan. 17, 1943 in Dalton, Ohio, Clark moved to California with her parents and brother in the early 1950s. She began working at the university by taking a “short-term temporary” job, which obviously turned into much more than she originally anticipated. Working in Enrollment Services (formerly Admissions and Records) practically her entire career on campus, she regarded it as family. In fact, at one point she, her mother and one of her daughters all worked in the department. Clark worked seven years with application processing and six years with Admissions, Evaluations and Graduation, before finding her niche, spending much of the remainder of her time working with athletics, which she absolutely loved. Her primary role as an Evaluator II was to certify NCAA eligibility and admissions for all CSULB student-athletes, both freshmen and transfers.
“She knew everybody and she knew her job. She loved Cal State Long Beach and athletics and really took hold of the Dirtbags (49er baseball) from the beginning,” said her daughter Kristen Mize, noting that her mom had quite a collection of memorabilia, a lot of it baseball-related. “She was always looking out for the student-athletes and she helped out a lot of different people through a lot of different things. When she first started the job, she loved the way she could communicate with all of the coaches and athletes and work with them one-on-one. But today, because things changed, she didn’t get the face-to-face with people and she missed that. She just wanted to make sure things were done the right way.”
The family requested that any donations be made to the CSULB Athletics Department, payable to 49er Athletic Club, with “In memory of Sharon Clark” indicated.