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User:vegetarian is Maynard S. Clark of Boston. and Maynard (dot) Clark (at) gmail (dot) com

Maynard S. Clark of Boston has been featured in Marquis's Who's Who since the early 1990s, presumably because of his visionary early-adopter use of new technologies in advancing vegetarianism, vegetarian ideas, and the participatory development of vegetarian community, activities, and social culture. He has been listed also in several Who's Who volumes by competitors of Marquis.

He was born a Southerner and reared as a Midwesterner; educated in Chicago, California, and Massachusetts; and adopted internationally by the global vegetarian, humane, global health, professional, educational, and bioethics communities.

He is single and has never married. He credits his becoming and remaining 'an early vegan' for his perpetual singleness, despite a nearly 3.5:1 female-to-male ratio among vegetarians and vegans in the Americas and the English-speaking world; alternatively, he credits being 'holding moderately conservative social views' and 'not feeling overt hostilities for religious communities' for his not 'matching' among visible and vocal vegans. This 'bland' non-antagonism may be part of why, throughout his adult and professional life, he has been invited to participate in the lay and leadership communities of a variety of disparate religious communities who are often at odds with one another, communities with which he was not affiliated.

He is currently a full-time graduate student in research administration at Emmanuel College (Massachusetts) in Boston, while continuing to work in the Harvard School of Public Health.

Profitable Employment[edit]

Maynard S. Clark of Boston is employed by the Harvard Medical School of Boston and has been employed there since the 1990s. In the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, he has served (when GHSM was DSM) on the Green Team, the Website Committee, and the Social Committee and over the years (covering two decades) has volunteered for various special projects and events. For roughly a decade he served as Faculty Assistant to the late Dr. Leon Eisenberg, GHSM Department Founder and former Chair of Social Medicine.

He also has since 2007 been Program Manager for the annual Ethical Issues in Global Health Research course in the Department of Global Health and Population in the Harvard School of Public Health, previously known as the HSPH Department of Population and International Health. EIGHR was begun in 1999 with a 2-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to Dr. Richard A. Cash, a medical doctor teaching in GHP who is famous for developing oral rehydration therapy (aka ORT) in the developing world, with the 3rd party claim that Dr. Cash's ORT has saved more lives less glamorously and less expensively than all HIV work today. The intensive summer course, which has run successfully and profitably for 11 years, draws from the developed and developing world medical experts involved with designing, conducting, supervising, funding, or approving health research across several nations.

For both jobs, he was for two years seated physically in the Francis Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health & Human Rights at 651 Huntington Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts, near Brigham Circle. Now he's seated (for both jobs) at the newly-renovated ('green', ecologically responsibly LEED 4) building next door to FXB at 641 Huntington Avenue in Boston (a historic building which was carefully preserved during the 18-month renovation), where he is on the Department's 'Green Team' (until they rename their stewardship effort).

He researched and archived the entire set of published writings of the late Professor Leon Eisenberg, MD, whom he had supported from 1999 through Dr. Eisenberg's death in 2009. A nearly complete electronic archive of Eisenberg's writings and speeches will be available through the Countway Medical Library's Center for the History of Medicine.

During his HMS employment, Maynard had served on the Green Committee for HUCTW at Harvard.

Previously, Maynard had since the turn of the century been (full-time) Senior Production Coordinator for the Tape Transcription Center, owned by The Skill Bureau, a 40+-year old staffing agency in the heart of Boston, where in addition to other duties (supervision, marketing, and client relations), he had been responsible for most of the training of new employees (developing the 'inductive approach to audio transcription'), and for which he had written and rewritten the training manual. There, in face of his fastidious editorial precision, he was at times introduced as ‘a man who loves commas, lots of commas’ (for whom ‘heaven is filled with commas deftly placed outside every clever turn of phrase’).

Before that, he studied in a variety of universities and graduate schools, including California State University, Hayward, Harvard Divinity School, Wheaton College (Illinois), Tufts University, etc. He was employed while studying at each school.

The Vegetarian Part[edit]

Before attending graduate school at Harvard in Cambridge, where he became vegetarian then vegan (he has continued being vegan for over half his natural life now), he was designated a "most widely-read undergraduate" while at California State University in Hayward (CSUH has since become CSUEB, California State University, East Bay). He had long resisted 'going vegetarian' with the excuse, "I'm NOT a 'do-gooder'."

As a vegetarian community organizer and planner and developer of events, he helped (with several national vegetarian organizations) to organize several national, continental, and international-scale vegetarian events, such as the 8th International Vegan Festival[1] (in San Diego, CA, in 1995), the Great American Meatout (organized by FARM, where he was regional or national outreach coordinator for several years in a row around the late '80s and early '90s), and the 1996 World Vegetarian Congress (held with NAVS in Johnstown, PA). He also developed the groundwork for the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, organizing a team and helping directing its first several years of development, before passing the event over to the Boston Vegetarian Society, an organization which he ALSO founded in the mid-1980s. Further, during the late 1990s and the turn of the 21st century, he laid the groundwork of networking, which eventually emerged as the Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA) in 2002, after Rev. Frank L. Hoffman of New York developed the website portal, which hosts a CVA mirror site.

He has reviewed vegetarian books social science and religion books since the early 1970s and continues to do so.

He is currently (the unpaid) Executive Director of the Vegetarian Resource Center, based in Cambridge, MA, an all-volunteer organization, where he serves without financial compensation, and he hosts the Boston Vegan Meetup and the Boston Vegetarian Meetup, local social networking groups respectively for vegans and vegetarians, often attracting newcomers to two who are looking for veg*an connections; these 'tire kickers' are welcomed and then encouraged to network both immediately (in the Meetups) and also in local vegetarian and/or related interest, networking, activist, and/or social groups). He has also served as Volunteer Coordinator of the Boston Vegan Association and as Acting President of its Public Speakers' Workshop.


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Wikipedia Status[edit]

He has been a Wikipedian since early May 2007 and spends far TOO MUCH time on it. I'd call that 'dedication'.

Maynard has started, maintained, improved, worked on, or tweaked >90 accepted Wikipedia pages:

  • Started 14
  • Improved 25
  • Initiated or Maintained - 18
  • Contributed to - 20
  • Worked On 20
  • Edited - 15
  • Tweaked 26
  • Minor Tweaks - 23
  • Wikipedia articles developed but removed - 6

(note evident overlaps in categories)

Several of his articles have been rejected; most (not all) of them dealt with vegetarian topics. Those included articles on:

  • Dr. Carl Phillips, Harvard and University of Michigan alum, who was an outspoken early 21st century advocate of evidence-based vegan advocacy. , who was an outspoken early 21st century advocate of evidence-based vegan advocacy.
  • Freya Dinshah, widow of H. Jay Dinshah, who now runs the American Vegan Society in Malaga NJ.
  • Vegetarian Hall of Fame

He continues to manage numerous online resources for vegans and vegetarians: some controlled-access networking venues, and some open-ended discussion venues. MAY host an article under construction. - Learn more about Maynard Clark