Judge Thomas Clark

Class of 1958

Judge Thomas Clark grew up in the shadow of Donnelly and spent most of his childhood just three blocks away from the College’s original location on Sandusky Avenue. After graduating from Donnelly in 1958, Clark went on to earn both a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and Bachelor of Science in engineering physics with distinction at the University of Kansas. While his instructors encouraged him to further his eduction in physics, Clark knew his real passion was to study law. In 1964, he graduated from KU Law School and was admitted to the Missouri Bar. Judge Clark practiced both criminal and civil law from 1964 to 1987, serving Kansas City as a prosecutor, trial attorney and assistant city attorney. In 1987, he was appointed to the Jackson County Circuit Court as a Circuit Court Judge where he served until his retirement in August 2008. During his tenure, Clark also graduated from the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada in Reno with a Master of Judicial Studies - a degree held by very few judges in the United States. 

Judge Thomas Clark was inducted in 2010.