Mortimer Appley, Clark’s sixth president, passes away at 90

Mortimer H. Appley, the sixth president of Clark University, died Thursday, March 29, at the age of 90.

Appley was inaugurated as Clark president on July 1, 1974, and served for 10 years.

“The Clark community is saddened to learn of the death of Mort Appley, an accomplished academician, who also provided a firm hand in guiding Clark through a period of fiscal uncertainty and strengthened the institution during his decade as president,” said President David Angel.  “We send our condolences to Mort’s wife Mariann and family.”

Under President Appley’s leadership, Clark established the Graduate School of Management, initiated the formation of the College of Professional and Continuing Education, and significantly increased undergraduate scholarship aid. He also launched a major capital campaign that led to the construction of the Sackler Sciences Center and enhanced the campus by adding student living space and extensively renovating other buildings, often in the interest of energy conservation. His influence and commitment to Clark University continue to be felt today.

Prior to coming to Clark, Appley had already enjoyed a full career as a professor of psychology at several colleges, including the University of Michigan and Wesleyan University. He also established and chaired the psychology department at York University in Toronto. He also served as dean of the graduate school and coordinator of research at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 21 at 11 a.m. at King’s Chapel, corner of Tremont and School streets in Boston. Click here for more information; a full obituary is available online at Boston Globe, here.