Dr. Alison Clarke-Stewart, a resident of Laguna Beach since 1983, passed away unexpectedly on February 23rd. 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, Dr. Ross D. Parke; 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 will be deeply missed.
There will be a celebration of her life April 6, 2014 at University California Irvine.