GORHAM – Daniel S. Clark, 54, of Gorham died Saturday night, Oct. 1, 2005, at Maine Medical Center from metastatic melanoma. Daniel Clark was born in New Brunswick, N.J. in 1951, he was the son of Eugene and Lucille Clark of Cumberland. He was the husband of Jennie Clark. Mr. Clark was on the faculty of Gorham High School at the time of his death. He graduated from Westfield (N.J.) High School in 1969, and received a bachelors degree from Dartmouth College in 1973. His graduate studies at the University of Maine resulted in a master of arts degree in English in 1981, and a master of education degree in 1986. Mr. Clark taught English and special education in East Corinth, Narraguagus, and for 12 years at the George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill. He moved to the Portland area and his position at Gorham High School in 2001. The breadth of his interest in American literature is illustrated by his thesis on “The influence of jazz on Jack Kerouac’s life and writing” and his article on “The West Branch revisited” in the Thoreau Journal Quarterly in 1981. After changing his focus to special education, Mr. Clark most enjoyed his personal involvement in the development of his students. Dan was an enthusiastic outdoorsman, and maintained lifelong friendships with former associates from Camp Spears in Pennsylvania. He had climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Katahdin (several times), and numerous other peaks in northern New England, but regretted being unable to finish his goal of climbing all the 4000-foot mountains in New Hampshire. As an amateur musician, he was particularly interested in African, African-American, Irish, folk, jazz, and blues music. He loved baseball, followed the Red Sox closely, and was periodically employed at Hadlock Field in Portland. In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by his brother, David of Portland; his sister, Carolyn Heasly of Portland; his sister, Margaret Clark of Morristown, N.J.; seven nieces and nephews, and many students and friends. Visiting hours will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the home of David and Susan Clark, 1242 Westbrook St., Portland. Plans for a memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or to a Special Education Scholarship Fund to be established in his memory, care of Gorham High School, 41 Morrill Ave., Gorham ME 04038.