Julius Clark Sr., a gifted cybersecurity technologist who served on the Creating IT Futures board of directors and invested countless hours mentoring other aspiring tech professionals, has died at the age of 51.
He is survived by his children, Candice and Julius Jr.
At the time of his death, Clark recently had started a new position as Operational Risk Consultant at Wells Fargo.
Although he enjoyed a reputation for being extremely knowledgeable about technology and, specifically, IT security, Clark perhaps was best known for his willingness to invest in other people aspiring to build or advance tech careers.
He was an active member of the National BDPA, which for 40-plus years has enabled upward professional mobility for people of color in technology and STEM fields. During his years with the organization, Clark served as a National Executive Committee member and as its Chief Information Officer. He served as president of the Charlotte, N.C., area chapter for several years. And in 2012, he won the chapter’s Epsilon Award for Professional Achievement.
“Julius was a man who volunteered countless Saturdays helping young people learn tech skills because he knew firsthand that careers working with technology are rewarding professionally and personally,” Charles Eaton, CEO of Creating IT Futures, says of Clark. “He brainstormed amazing ideas with utmost seriousness while taking time to laugh and enjoy every day, too.
“For those of us at Creating IT Futures, he was a positive influence who brought energy, excitement and possibilities with him into the room. I’m thankful to have known him.”
Clark came to the information technology field by way of electronics. He was working at Thermo Electron when he realized he had become his business unit’s resident technologist. He helped colleagues when they had problems with their desktop computers because the company’s IT workers at that time were dedicated to maintaining the company’s mainframe computers.
“Many people come into IT through Help Desk work, which is how I came on,” Clark said during a 2012 interview. “But once you master desktop support, you want to work in the back office, in the server room. You want to work on projects that affect the whole enterprise.”
That is precisely how Clark managed his own career working with technology.
A life-long learner, Clark earned two master’s degrees — an MBA from Salem University and an MSIS from the University of Fairfax. He also held numerous certifications, including Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Certified Cybersecurity Instructor.
- In IT Security, Clark found his stage (Creating IT Futures blog post)
- BDPA mourns loss of former CIO (National BDPA website)