Fifty Years of Begging

Dr. J. Calvitt Clarke and Christian Children’s Fund

by J. Calvitt Clarke III PhD



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/11/2018

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 354
ISBN : 9781480855496
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 354
ISBN : 9781480855472
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 354
ISBN : 9781480855489

About the Book

A consummate and innovative entrepreneur and fundraiser, by the 1950s Dr. J. Calvitt Clarke was running the world’s largest Protestant organization dedicated to the welfare of children. Yet while Dr. Clarke’s life and accomplishments make him one of the twentieth century’s foremost and beloved figures in philanthropy, his legacy is sometimes recorded with confusion, contradiction, and even outright error.

In Fifty Years of Begging, Dr. J. Calvitt Clarke III, author and grandson to Dr. Clarke, navigates the complexities of Dr. Clarke’s personality and intellectual life—and yes, even their contradictions—to offer a detailed and heartfelt profile of this compelling man. Based on hundreds of newspapers and extensive archival research—including a large cache of family papers—Fifty Years of Begging is inspired by Dr. Clarke’s own badly fragmented and scattered manuscript of his unfinished memoirs.

Although both Dr. Clarke and his grandson called Richmond their home, while growing up the author did not know his grandfather well. On the other hand, his work on his grandfather Clarke’s biography did set him on an exciting and enjoyable road of discovery, one that would reveal Dr. J. Calvitt Clarke’s proud heritage and lasting legacy of philanthropy and service.

About the Author

J. Calvitt Clarke III received his doctoral degree in Russian and Soviet history from the University of Maryland in College Park. Early in his career he spent significant time teaching aboard US Navy ships and at US military bases in Italy, Spain, and the Mediterranean, and once returned to the States, Dr. Clarke taught history for eighteen years at Jacksonville University in Florida. He retired as professor emeritus of history, and he has served on the board of directors for Children, Incorporated. Today Dr. Clarke lives in Lexington, Virginia, with his wife, Mariko Asakawa. Together they have a daughter, Tiffany.