Kate Upson Clark
Born in Camden, Alabama in 1851, Clark was an active and influential member of Alumnae Association for over 50 years. She was the founder of the New York Wheaton Club in 1885, Wheaton's first regional alumnae club; a Trustee from 1906-1935; and the recipient of Wheaton's first honorary degree in 1919 on the 50th anniversary of her graduation.
After graduating from Wheaton, Kate Upson went to Westfield for the normal course, then began as a teacher in Ohio. (Shepard, p.299). In 1872 she married Edward P. Clark, managing editor of the Springfield Republican. Together they had three sons.
She was an editor, clubwoman, author of children's books, and lecturer. She was also an advocate of "woman's rights" during her school days and "she has of course stood for prohibition and other 'causes'."
In a December 1868 Rushlight editorial Kate Upson wrote: "Now that the cruel war is o'er, and the poor slave, a slave no more, the rights of the down trodden, oppressed woman are brought for the first time, before the minds of this mighty nation.... Republican principles are rapidly gaining ground, and our experienced (?) editorial eye has to glance down the vista of only a few of the coming generations to foresee the day when the whole world shall be one vast republic, and an American citizen (possibly a woman) shall be its president!"
Mrs. Clark was only the fourth alumna elected to the Board of Trustees. Clark Hall and the Clark Room of the Madeleine Clark Wallace Library were named for Mrs. Clark, built and dedicated in 1960. Mrs. Clark was an advocate of "woman's rights" in her school days, and "she has of course stood for prohibition and other 'causes'." (Shepard, p.300)
Mrs. Clark was awarded an Honorary Degree from Wheaton in 1919.