Carol Kavanagh Clarke ’60 has a long and rich history of involvement and service to Cal. Carol credits the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) with helping her to stay as connected to Cal today as she was while a student. An active member of the Cal community, Carol “speaks Cal,” and explains that the language of Blue and Gold, Sather Gate, Oski, and “Go Bears!” is what comes most naturally to her.
After her retirement from a career as a second-grade teacher, Carol dedicated countless hours to the University, to CAA, and to Cal students. Eager to give back to the University that has given her so much, she has served in many volunteer leadership roles at CAA including:
- a three-year term on the CAA Board of Directors, as chair of the scholarship committee.
- chair and founder of the Cal Spirit Alumni Club.
In 2002, in recognition of her efforts to serve the Cal community, Carol was honored as the recipient of CAA’s Excellence in Service award.
What motivates Carol to serve the Cal community? “You’ve got to have passions! Cal keeps me young,” says Clarke, who celebrates her 50th reunion this year.
Dedicated to promoting Cal traditions, history, and spirit among alumni, Carol strives to attend as many pre-athletic events as possible. You will often find her at CAA pre-game tailgates, hoops parties, and Charter Gala—dressed from head to toe in her finest Blue and Gold apparel. Carol values the meaningful opportunities to celebrate her alma mater with other alumni provided through CAA’s Alumni Events program.
Carol sums up her connection to CAA by stating, “For me, CAA is passion. It gives you the opportunity to connect with alums, stay informed, get involved, and find meaningful causes for philanthropic support.”
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