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Clifford House

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Behind the Name

A pioneering professor at Bridgewater State, Dr. Guy Clifford did more than teach classes in political science. 

Recognizing the importance of hands-on experience, Clifford created a political science internship program and worked tirelessly to build relationships across Massachusetts and in Washington, D.C. 

Today, Clifford is recognized in multiple ways at the university he adored.  

Named For

Dr. Guy Clifford 

The Backstory

Dr. Guy Clifford sits in a classroom with a blackboard behind him.
Dr. Guy Clifford

Clifford came to Bridgewater in 1967 as a history professor with expertise in state and local government laws and campaign finance laws.

When Bridgewater established a political science department a few years later, Clifford became its first professor. He taught in the department until 1996 and served as chairman from 1982-1985.

Clifford started a political science club and was known for sparking students' interest in the discipline inside and outside the classroom. 

“Guy was beloved by all,” recalled his wife, Gale, in a 2018 interview. “He was thrilled to be teaching at Bridgewater. It meant the world to him.” 

Political science students continue to benefit from two funds started by his family in his name. One supports internships while the other awards scholarships.

The house, built in 1925, was dedicated to Clifford in 2016. 

Use Today

Located on the west side of campus on the corner of Summer Street and Park Terrace, the Clifford House features offices for the Department of Political Science.  

Material in this article comes from the fiscal 2018 Philanthropic Impact Report and the plaque dedicating the house to Clifford.