Olympic Odyssey

ROWING FOR THE GOLD AT THE 1964 OLYMPICS—A PERSONAL MEMOIR

Emory Clark

Emory Clark began rowing at age 13 at Groton School on the Nashua River an hour west of Boston. He went on to Yale University where he was captain of the crew his senior year, graduating in 1960 with a degree in English literature.

After college he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving on active duty from 1961 to 1964, including a 13 month tour in the Orient.

Following the Games in Tokyo he taught history and coached the rowing team at Iolani School in Honolulu.

After his return home he was a newspaper reporter for several years before entering law school, earning a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan in 1971. He practiced law in Lapeer, Michigan for 34 years, but still found time to compete. Up until 2006, Clark raced in a coxed four in veterans’ regattas around the world. 

Born and raised in Michigan, he still lives on the family farm with his wife, Christina.

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