Ophelia Clarke matriculated at St John’s in 2018 but her time here was tragically cut short. As a student of Modern and Medieval Languages pursuing Spanish and ab initio Russian, Ophelia’s passion for her subject was clear to all who knew her. Ophelia’s kindness and generosity meant she made many friends whilst at John’s, all of whom felt her passing keenly.
Ophelia quickly established herself in College as an immensely valued, warm and friendly member of her subject peer group who approached academic work in an upbeat collaborative spirit… Those who taught Ophelia remember especially the vivid energy and joy she brought with her in to the classroom.Taken from Ophelia’s obituary in The Eagle (2019) by Annis May Timpson, former Director of Education & Senior Tutor of St John’s
It is clear that although only at St John’s for a short time, Ophelia made a lasting impression. It is fitting that we are able to celebrate her life and her love of her subject by fundraising towards a bursary in her name. The bursary will be open to students studying Modern and Medieval Languages, giving others the same chance to pursue their studies in a subject so close to Ophelia’s heart.
Ophelia Clarke Bursary
To remember Ophelia and her time at John’s, the Ophelia Clarke bursary will support another student in their pursuit of academic excellence in the study of MML and help them to immerse themselves in and to enrich College life. What a fitting legacy for Ophelia to leave.
We hope you will support us in this aim.