Alan Randall Clark, Former Communications Professor, Dies

Randy Clark

It is with great sadness that Pfeiffer University announces the death on July 13 of Dr. Alan Randall (“Randy”) Clark, a former Associate Professor of Communications at Pfeiffer University. He was 64, living in Decatur, Georgia and working as an Associate Professor of Media Studies at nearby Clayton State University.

Clark was hired as an Assistant Professor of Communications (now called Communication Studies) at Pfeiffer in 1992 and taught there until 2000. His appointment came on the heels of a 1993 decision of Pfeiffer’s Board of Trustees to make communications a major. The communications major replaced the English-Writing Studies major.

Clark developed the communications curriculum, which focused on “the basic principles and theories of communication, the histories of the mass media and the analysis of media products.” He was active in Pfeiffer’s extracurricular activities, serving as an advisor for the Pfeiffer News and for WSPC radio.

Several of Clark’s former students at Pfeiffer pursued careers in many facets of communications, including writing and reporting, broadcasting and public relations.

Clark authored At a Theater or Drive-In Near You: The History, Culture, and Politics of the American Exploitation Film (1995). He appeared as an expert on Food Network shows and was quoted in Vice on his film expertise. He published many conference papers and articles on popular culture and media studies.

In 1990, Clark earned his Ph.D. in mass communication from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. During the 1980s, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Mercer University and a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina.

There will be a memorial celebration of life for Clark at 2 p.m. August 14 in Decatur, Ga. If you would like to attend that event in person, please email Cathy Clark at [email protected] for details.

The celebration will also be streamed via Zoom from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST:

Meeting ID: 836 3621 9173

Passcode: 087991

For more information about the Zoom login, please contact Jennifer Sunshine (Carter) Moxley ’98, a Pfeiffer alumna who was one of Clark’s students, at [email protected].

Condolences may be sent to: The Clark Family, 2822 Hollywood Drive, Decatur, GA 30033

In lieu of flowers, people may send donations to the National Kidney Foundation.