James E. McClel­lan, vet­eri­nar­ian, del­e­gate

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Jac­ques Kelly

James E. “Doc” McClel­lan, a Fred­er­ick vet­eri­nar­ian who served 16 years in the Mary­land House of Del­e­gates, died Satur­day at Buck­ing­ham’s Choice Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity in Adamstown. He was 90.

A daugh­ter, Terry McArthur of Fred­er­ick, said her fa­ther died in his sleep and that the cause of death had not been es­tab­lished.

Born in Fred­er­ick, he was the son of Dr. J. Bernard McClel­lan, also a vet­eri­nar­ian, and his wife, Edna Davis.

He was a grad­u­ate of Mas­sanut­ten Mil­i­tary Academy in Wood­stock, Va. His stud­ies at Ge­orge­town Uni­ver­sity were in­ter­rupted by his ser­vice in the Army dur­ing World War II.

He fought in an in­fantry unit in France, Bel­gium and Germany. He was awarded three bat­tle stars.

Af­ter the war, he mar­ried Betty Jane Marendt, who had been a stu­dent with him at Park­way El­e­men­tary School in Fred­er­ick.

He earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree at the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land, Col­lege Park and a doc­tor of vet­eri­nary medicine de­gree from the Uni­ver­sity of Georgia in 1955.

A vet­eri­nar­ian for small and large an­i­mals, he ini­tially prac­ticed with his fa­ther at a West Pa­trick Street of­fice in Fred­er­ick.

In 1973, he was elected to the Fred­er­ick City Board of Al­der­men. He was elected to the House of Del­e­gates in 1978, rep­re­sent­ing Fred­er­ick and Wash­ing­ton coun- ties. He chaired the Fred­er­ick County and Western Mary­land del­e­ga­tions. He re­tired in 1994.

“He was a most beloved mem­ber of the House of Del­e­gates,” said for­mer House Speaker Casper R. Tay­lor of Cum­ber­land. “He was out­go­ing and had a fab­u­lous per­son­al­ity. He worked well with ev­ery­body.” Dr. McClel­lan worked with Fred­er­ick Mayor Ron­ald Young to ob­tain state funds for projects in­clud­ing the Tivoli TheaterWein­berg Cen­ter for the Arts, the De­laplaine Cen­ter, the Fred­er­ick Com­mu­nity Col­lege li­brary and a $60 mil­lion Carroll Creek flood con­trol project and lin­ear park.

Af­ter Dr. McClel­lan re­tired from the House, Gov. Par­ris N. Glen­den­ing named him to the Fred­er­ick County Liquor Board, where he served un­til 2012.

Dr. McClel­lan was named the 1979 Mary­land Vet­eri­nar­ian of the Year by the Mary­land State Vet­eri­nary Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, of which he had been pres­i­dent.

A visi­ta­tion will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday at Keeney & Bas­ford Fu­neral Home, 106 E. Church St., Fred­er­ick.

In ad­di­tion to his daugh­ter and wife of 70 years, sur­vivors in­clude two sons, James R. McClel­lan of Fred­er­ick and J. Bernard McClel­lan of Bal­ti­more; three other daugh­ters, Gail Sny­der of Wil­liams­burg, Va., Bar­bara Stan­ley of Fred­er­ick and Debby McClel­lan of Beaufort, S.C.; 10 grand­chil­dren, and 12 great-grand­chil­dren.

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