ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State
James Smith is honored to announce that longtime friend of NSU Dr. Lester Clarke will serve as this year's Gypsy Day Parade marshal in Aberdeen.
Clarke, who is well-known throughout the NSU community, is the former dean of the university and has served as interim president. He is best recognized as the founder of international education at Northern State. He and his wife, the late Charlotte Clarke, were host parents for the university’s first international student, Liane Dzau Shishnia.
“Dr. Clarke has done so much for NSU, and I am thrilled that he will be leading the Gypsy Day Parade this year,” Smith said. “And the theme, ‘Gypsies on Vacation,’ couldn’t be more fitting, since Les is quite a world traveler himself. He and his wife visited 110 countries and flew over the Atlantic Ocean 17 times.”
The NSU Gypsy Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in downtown Aberdeen. The parade is recognized as one of the largest in South Dakota. For more information, visit the Gypsy Days webpage HERE
Photo: Dr. Les Clarke, who will serve as this year's Gypsy Day Parade marshal, admires his passport recently at his home in Aberdeen. Clarke has visited 110 countries and has flown over the Atlantic Ocean 17 times.