2013 Patrick Healy Award Biography

The Patrick Healy, S.J. Award is named for Rev. Patrick F. Healy, S.J., the 29th president of Georgetown University (1874-1882). Established in 1969, this award is conferred upon an individual who is not an alumnus/a, but whose achievements and record of service to Georgetown, community and professional achievements, exemplify the ideals and traditions of Georgetown. Eligible candidates for the Patrick Healy Award include recipients of an Honorary Degree from Georgetown University. A maximum number of one Patrick Healy Award is conferred annually.

Hubert J. Cloke, Ph.D. (Parent’06), Silver Spring, Maryland

Though he didn’t go to school at Georgetown, as a beloved professor and administrator, Hugh Cloke has embodied Georgetown’s spirit and values for 40 years.

Cloke was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. As a student at Xavier High School in Manhattan and Fordham University in the Bronx (AB’68), he first experienced the Jesuits’ personal interest in their students. He earned a master’s degree in 1969 and a doctorate in 1973, both in English literature, from the University of Chicago. It was there that his classmate, fellow Patrick Healy Award winner Rev. Otto Hentz, S.J. (H’66), persuaded him to apply for a teaching position at Georgetown.

Cloke began his Georgetown career in 1973 as an assistant professor of English but was attracted early to administration under the mentorship of College Dean Royden B. Davis, S.J. (C’47, L’49, H’85). He became an assistant dean of the College in 1975 and retired as senior associate dean in early 2013.

While he continued to teach in the Department of English until 1989, his true academic community at Georgetown was the American Studies Program, in which he began team teaching with Emmett Curran in 1974. The program’s emphasis on team-teaching became the model for collaborative learning for generations of College students, who are now loyal alumni.

Cloke’s teaching was informed by his intellectual and research interests, which have evolved over the years from American autobiographical writing and the relationship between American painters and writers of the 19th century, to the influence of European ruins on constructions of American self-understanding in the 18th and 19th centuries, to the role of museums in the construction of national identities.

From 1978 to 2011, Cloke was the editor of the Georgetown University Undergraduate Bulletin and served on numerous committees, including the undergraduate admissions committee and the College curriculum committee— work he saw as an extension of his teaching and advising. He served as the interim chair of the Department of Performing Arts from 2010 to 2012.

In retirement, Cloke plans to maintain his friendships with his fellow deans and faculty members, and with his students, many of whom have also become lifelong friends.

Hugh and his wife, Marsha, have two children—Christian and Annie (C’06).