Harley Clark, man behind the ‘Hook ’em Horns’ sign dies at 78

Photo courtesy of UT Austin and Cari Clark.

AUSTIN (KXAN) –  Harley Clark, a graduate from The University of Texas who introduced the “Hook ’em Horns” sign to Longhorns in the 1950s died Thursday at the age of 78, according to The University of Texas.

The retired state District Judge passed away at his farm near Dripping Springs, Texas.

Clark introduced the famous hand sign during a pep rally before a game against TCU in 1955. Clark held up the sign and told the crowd, “This is the official hand sign of the University of Texas, to be used whenever and wherever Longhorns gather.”

“Apart from Judge Clark’s role in helping establish a UT tradition, he was a longtime supporter of the university in other important ways, including contributing to our legal defense in the Hopwood case and volunteering his time. We’ll miss his good-natured presence on our campus,” said Bill Powers, president of The University of Texas at Austin.

“Today, Texas Exes mourn the passing of a man who embodied the spirit of our beloved university,” said former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, president of the Texas Exes, the university’s alumni organization. “Harley Clark introduced the Hook ’em Horns hand sign, a symbol of Longhorn pride that is recognized and shared around the globe. His love and dedication to UT Austin will never be forgotten.”

Services are pending with Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, according to the university.

Clark graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the university in 1957, a master of arts degree in 1960 and a law degree in 1962.

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