Steven A. Clark (1953 - 2005)
On Sunday, September 10, 2006 the Fanwood Rain Garden was dedicated to Steve Clark.
Steve was a Fanwood resident for 22 years who served his community in a myriad of ways. The dedication of the Rain Garden honors his service on the Fanwood Memorial Library Board of Trustees from 1992 to 2001 and his tenure as President from 1995 to 2000.
During that time, Steve's innovative spirit, vision and inspirational leadership helped to shape the library into a valuable, service-oriented community resource. Steve initiated and oversaw a number of major changes and improvements that revitalized the library. He displayed an exceptional level of commitment and service to a library that was sorely in need of modernization and renewal and continuously demonstrated his unique leadership abilities. He took an extremely strong position in articulating the role of the library in relation to the community and its patrons, with an insistence on making current technologies available to everyone who uses the Fanwood Memorial Library. Steve also championed an early visionary role in the cooperative relationship that now exists, and continues to grow, between the Fanwood Memorial Library and the Scotch Plains Public Library.
There is no doubt that the library would not be in the state it is today without Steve's devotion, persistence and commitment to making it a better and more viable resource for the citizens of Fanwood - a library which focuses its services and goals on the needs and wants of its users. Under his tenure as Board president, the Fanwood Memorial Library became a true source of community and regional pride and a model for excellence in small library service that other libraries could well emulate.
Steve embraced his work on behalf of the library, as he did all of his many and varied interests and undertakings, with great passion, humor and a devotion to excellence - he is deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
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Photo by Linda Brazaitis