In Memoriam: Professor Emerita Alison Clarke-Stewart

February 2014

Professor Emerita Alison Clarke-Stewart passed away unexpectedly on February 23, 2014. She was a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at UC Irvine from 1983 until her retirement in 2008 and held the title of Research Professor at the time of her death. Dr. Clarke-Stewart was a distinguished, internationally recognized scholar who made landmark contributions to the field of child development. Her work on such topics as early, out-of-home child care, children’s suggestibility and its implications for their testimony in court, and family relationships –especially the role of fathers in children’s development, are widely recognized and admired by scholars around the globe. She leaves behind her beloved daughter, Chris Tina Clarke-Stewart; her dear husband, Ross Parke, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at UC Riverside; six step-children; her sister, Marcia Skaarup and her family; and legions of friends, colleagues, and former students. She was brilliant, creative, caring, generous, and wonderfully, irreverently witty. She was one of a kind, and she will be deeply missed.

A public celebration of the Professor Clarke-Stewart’s life and work will be held on Sunday, April 6, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the University Club of the University of California, Irvine, at 801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine, CA 92697. All are invited; RSVP to Ellen O'Bryant at or 949-824-4992 by March 26th. For those who cannot attend, you are welcome to send a note of rememberance to be included in a compilation of memories. Please send to by March 31st.

Those who wish to honor her memory can contribute to the Alison Clarke-Stewart Dissertation Research Award in Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California Irvine:
Donations may also be sent to: Alison Clarke-Stewart Dissertation Research Award, Attention Mickey Shaw, University of California, Irvine; School of Social Ecology, 5562 Social & Behavioral Science Gateway, Irvine, CA 92697-7050. Please make checks payable to UCI Foundation.