On March 24th, 2018 George McClure, age 97, of Layton, Utah passed away. He had been an engineer with Martin Marietta.
He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, serving as Region 3 director and chairing several committees. Additionally, he advocated in Congress for pension portability, high-tech immigration policy, and R&D funding initiatives.
Early Life and Education
McClure’s Magazine was an early American periodical that focused on business, labor and politics. It also featured investigative pieces and opinion pieces.
The magazine’s staff featured a number of exceptional writers. These individuals were acclaimed for both their intellectual acumen and stylistic gifts.
Ida Tarbell was renowned for her clear and engaging prose that made difficult topics approachable to readers. Furthermore, she was known for her skill at crafting short fiction.
In addition to Steffens, Tarbell and Baker, other investigative writers such as Josiah Flynt, George Kennan, William Allen White and Samuel Hopkins Adams also appeared in the magazine.
McClure also made efforts to encourage young writers. He sponsored trips to Europe for Ida Tarbell and Willa Cather, providing them with much-needed funds.
George McClure hails from the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico, with his music reflecting that culture. He is an accomplished singer-songwriter, record producer and independent record label owner.
He is a renowned writer of border music, swing and country genres. Additionally, his songs and instrumentals have been recorded hundreds of times. Furthermore, as an accomplished guitarist, his compositions draw from traditional folk and bluegrass traditions.
McClure served in the War of 1812 as Brigadier General in Newark and Ft. George, now Niagara, Canada. When British forces reclaimed those towns in December 1813, he set them ablaze. Subsequently he served as sheriff and Surrogate Judge for Ontario.
Achievements and Honors
McClure not only achieved academic excellence, but he also made a name for himself in the community. As the first Black student to serve as president of Texas A&M’s Student Government Association – an achievement which marked an important step forward for African-Americans at the college.
After graduating, McClure became a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), serving in numerous volunteer roles. He served as chair of both the IEEE Life Members Committee and IEEE Region 3 Professional Activities Operations Committee.
McClure was a professor of English at Rutgers who created Principles of Literary Study 220, an engaging course that instructs 400 students annually how to read literature effectively. Many of his former graduate students who now teach elsewhere acknowledge his influence over their approach to teaching and studying fiction.
George McClure was a man of great integrity. He belonged to numerous organizations and was active in his church. Furthermore, George enjoyed camping and hiking with friends.
He was a proud husband and father of four children. His wife Jeri felt God calling them into missionary work; specifically Mexico.
After five years of leading Casa de Dios and other groups from High Desert Church in Victorville, CA on week-end trips to Northern Baja, they felt God calling them into full-time ministry.
George underwent a kidney transplant in October 2016 thanks to Christine, a selfless donor who saved his life. He is eternally grateful for her kind gesture.
McClure’s net worth is estimated to be $11 Million. As an acclaimed American actor, he has starred in over 500 movies and series.
Douglas Osborne McClure was born on May 11, 1935 and is an acclaimed American actor whose career spanned from 1950s to 1990s in both film and television.
He is best known for his role as Trampas the cowboy on the television series The Virginian from 1962 until 1971. Additionally, he made an appearance in Andrew V. McLaglen’s 1965 film Shenandoah.
He was married five times and divorced four times; however, he remained with his fifth wife until her passing in 2001. This union produced one child together.