Newsmaker: Harvard Dean Puts Family First

“It wasn’t until I got home from my mission that the academic side of me started to blossom,” says Kim B. Clark of his 28-year association with Harvard University. Not only did he earn bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees at Harvard and become a member of the faculty, but he was recently appointed dean of the Harvard Business School.

The author of 12 books, Brother Clark was described in a Boston Globe article as a “scholar’s scholar.” The article continued, “Even among the world-class academicians that make up the Harvard business faculty, colleagues say he is a first-rate, productive researcher and intellect.”

The son of a small-town cowboy, who was the first in his family to attend college, and of a mother who encouraged her son to memorize and recite poems and scriptures, Brother Clark values his family above his job. “The work I am involved in is so engrossing that it can entice me to work way past the time I should be home,” he says. “But I believe that no matter how enticing the work is, there’s no more important place for a husband and father to be in the evening than at home.”

In fact, Brother Clark’s example has influenced a number of his colleagues to spend more time with their families. “Over the long pull, people will be more productive, more effective, and will do better quality work when the whole person is healthy,” he observes.

The parents of seven children, Brother Clark and his wife, Sue, are members of the Belmont Ward, Boston Massachusetts Stake, where he serves as ward executive secretary.

A Netherlands Pioneer

Johan Paul Jongkees of Leiden, the Netherlands, was converted to the Church during World War II by a fellow prisoner in a German prison camp. “He led 11 of us in Sunday School and sacrament meetings,” Brother Jongkees remembers. “We even had a singing quartet.” After the war, several members of the group were baptized, including Brother Jongkees in Amsterdam in 1945. His father also was a member of the Church.

Soon after his baptism, Brother Jongkees rejoined the navy and went to the Dutch East Indies, today known as Indonesia. “It wasn’t until a few years later when I returned to the Netherlands that I was able to become active in the Church,” he recalls. Brother Jongkees fulfilled his first Church calling as a branch Sunday School teacher of 10 children ranging in age from 3 to 15. After he became the branch’s Sunday School president, he moved his family to Leiden, a city in southern Holland where he and his wife still live today. Upon Brother Jongkees’s arrival to Leiden, the mission president called him to revitalize the Leiden Branch. “As president, I started holding meetings as a one-man show,” he recalls, “but the number attending gradually increased.”

In 1959 another mission president called Brother Jongkees as his first counselor, and soon thereafter Brother Jongkees’s England-born wife of 10 years was baptized. When the first stake in the Netherlands—and on the European continent—was organized in 1961, Brother Jongkees was called as the stake president. In 1974 he became a stake patriarch, and in 1978 he was called by President Spencer W. Kimball as president of the London Temple, where he and his wife served until 1982. He subsequently served as a regional representative, and today he again functions as a stake patriarch. “My leadership experience has taught me the wisdom of following the Brethren and the instructions in the handbooks,” Brother Jongkees says.

He and his wife have four children, two of whom are living, and also six grandchildren. “We have been blessed to associate with many marvelous General Authorities and local priesthood leaders,” he says. “Religion in general is declining in the Netherlands, but the Church is still growing here.”Brian K. Kelly, Highland, Utah

Sally’s Doll Project

Sally Magleby Buttle has always liked to sew. She was making clothes for her dolls at age 10, and by age 13 she was making her own clothes. Later in life, at a time when she needed a sewing-related service project, Sister Buttle came across a bin of old, dingy dolls in a store one day. She picked up a 75-cent doll and imagined how it might be fixed up to become adorable again.

All cleaned up and with new little shoes to match the blue chintz dress Sister Buttle made for her, the first doll turned out so well that soon Sister Buttle found two more orphaned dolls to work on. She became a regular patron of discount stores and thrift shops where used dolls could be found. “As I worked to bring life back to these dolls,” she recalls, “I loved seeing them take on a whole new personality as they were transformed from a dirty, unwanted throwaway to a clean, desirable little doll. I had a wonderful feeling knowing that many little needy girls would get dolls for Christmas that would bring many hours of joy.”

For Christmas 1993 Sister Buttle gave 38 newly cleaned and clothed dolls to the Orem Utah Institute of Religion for the students to give away during their “‘Tute for Tots” project, and she gave 62 more dolls to the Deseret Industries in Provo, Utah, where she had purchased most of them. She cleaned an additional 100 dolls for Deseret Industries without making clothes for them, placing each doll in a clear plastic bag so it would stay clean.

In preparation for Christmas 1994, Sally’s doll project escalated. She found a free source of dolls, and she ordered doll clothes by mail in addition to sewing them. As word spread, people began to help her. Her nephew’s wife gave her eight dolls, and one sister in her ward helped finish 50 dolls. “One day I opened my door and found six bare dolls all clean and needing to be finished,” Sister Buttle says. “Another sister brought me a bag full of doll socks she had made.” She taught a doll-recycling class in Relief Society, and Young Women classes helped clean and dress dolls. The total dolls prepared for Christmas that year approached 700!

“The beauty of childhood is reflected in the eyes of a child as she plays with her doll,” says Sister Buttle, who believes that dolls are a healthy aspect of a young girl’s development. She continues refurbishing dolls for Christmas, though on a more limited basis now. Her latest sewing service project involved making 22 white dresses for young girls to wear when they are sealed to their families in the soon-to-open Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple. Sister Buttle is a member of the Edgemont 12th Ward, Provo Utah Edgemont South Stake.

In the Spotlight

  • In recognition of his lifetime of contribution toward improving world food production through better understanding of agricultural soil, Frank J. Stevenson was awarded Israel’s international Wolf Foundation Prize in agriculture. An emeritus member of the University of Illinois agronomy faculty, Brother Stevenson attends the Champaign First Ward, Champaign Illinois Stake.

  • The National Conference of Christians and Jews awarded Glendon E. Johnson the Silver Medallion Award for outstanding service to the community. He is chairperson of the National Wellness Councils of America, serves on the National Council and Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts, and recently chaired the National Negro College Fund Drive. Brother Johnson serves on the high council of the Homestead Florida Stake.

  • Brigham Young University all-American basketball star Kresimir Cosic, who died of cancer in 1995, was recently elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. While at BYU during the early 1970s, the Yugoslavian native won three All-Western Athletic Conference awards, and later he helped win an Olympic gold medal and two silver medals as a player on Yugoslavia’s national team. In 1992 Brother Cosic was appointed Croatia’s deputy ambassador to the United States, and in 1994 he became Croatia’s acting U.S. ambassador.

  • During a meet in which she won the United States masters power-lifting championship for her division, Claire Ashton Heckathorn set several national records. She also holds state power-lifting records in Idaho and Washington. Sister Heckathorn teaches Relief Society in the Woodinville Second Ward, Bothell Washington Stake.