Clark Smith ’76
When looking back on his life, Clark Smith ’76 reflects on which institutions and people had the most impact on his life. Without question, the brothers from the Gamma Iota Chapter at the University of Texas are among them. “I am very proud to be a Delt and a graduate of UT-Austin. My Delt experience was a special time in my life as I made some great lifelong friends,” Clark shared. Even 30 years after graduation, Clark celebrated his 60th birthday with a group of Delt brothers he is still close with today.
When asked about his favorite college memories, Clark laughed and said that most cannot be shared, but football weekends around the Delt Shelter were special. He cherishes the time as a collegian and he encourages undergraduates to appreciate their time at UT-Austin. “Enjoy every moment of your Delt experience at UT-Austin and be as active as possible in the chapter. It will seem like a blur when looking back after four years.”
Clark joined Delt to meet new friends and go to parties, but what he received was of much greater significance. The memories and friendships left a positive and lasting influence on Clark’s life. To ensure that young men can have the same Delt experience he had, Clark chooses to give back to the annual campaign. “It is easy to make a contribution and help the Delts continue their success. Just do it and also attend one of the alumni events. You will feel good reconnecting with the Delt Chapter and it will bring back great memories.”
After earning a degree in finance and an MBA, Clark moved to Houston. His wife, Barbara, is also an alumna from UT-Austin. They have two children: Frances, who graduated from UT-Austin in 2012, and Rymer, who is an avid Longhorn fan and hopefully a future Delt. Clark is the chairman and CEO of Buckeye Partners L.P., a midstream petroleum products business. E-mail: CSmith@buckeye.com