Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher lowers Capitol flags to half-staff in honor of Dr. Thomas Clark

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, June 28, 2005  
Contact Information:  Carla Blanton
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has directed that flags at the state Capitol be lowered to half-staff in honor of Dr. Thomas Clark. Dr. Clark died early this morning. He was 101 years old.

 “Dr. Thomas Clark always saw Kentucky as a land of contrasts, and that’s as true today as it has ever been,” Governor Fletcher said in a statement released earlier today. “We will be eternally grateful to him for trying to define and explain those contrasts. But we will be just as grateful to him for doing more than any other individual to make us proud of being a Kentuckian. His legacy will enrich the commonwealth for countless decades to come. Our state’s historian laureate has become an important influence on our state’s history.”

Flags will remain at half-staff at the Capitol until sunset on the day of Dr. Clark’s funeral. Governor Fletcher encourages officials at other state agencies to lower building flags in recognition as well.

On Saturday, July 9, the Kentucky History Center will celebrate the life of Dr. Clark at an event renaming the center in his honor. The event was originally planned as a celebration of Dr. Clark’s 102nd birthday and was planned before Dr. Clark recently became ill.

“First Lady Glenna Fletcher and I will keep the Clark family in our prayers during this difficult time,” said Governor Fletcher.


Portrait of Dr. Thomas Clark
Dr. Thomas Clark