Clack Educational Fund in memory of Tommie and Bobbie Clack
Tommie Clack 1881 – 1989
Bobbie Clack 1884 – 1973
Tommie and Bobbie Clack were born on their parents’ ranch about three miles southeast of Abilene. Their parents, Missouri and Frances Clack, also had five sons and their father supported the family through the ranching operation and by practicing law in Buffalo Gap. Tommie started her education at Colony Hill rural school and later joined her sister at the Abilene public schools, where they finished high school. Tommie and Bobbie both attended Peabody College, and Tommie graduated in 1902 and Bobbie in 1906. After doing post-graduate work at schools including the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago, Tommie taught public school at Clyde, Colorado City, Midland, Seminole and Abilene. Bobbie taught at Colorado City, Edna, Elmdale and Abilene. The teaching span of Tommie and Bobbie lasted almost fifty years.
While they were in Abilene, both sisters were active in many civic organizations. Bobbie was a charter member of Delta Kappa Gamma and a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Tommie was president of the Daughters of 1812 and a member of the Twenty-One Club, the Abilene Parent-Teachers Association and the Texas State Teachers Association.
In their half-century teaching careers, the Clack sisters have influenced thousands of students. The Clack Educational Fund ensures that, in their absence, education is as important as it was in their presence.