Sunday, July 18, 2004

Jack McClure, 82, was a teacher and built homes


WWII vet was also school psychologist

By Nicole Hamilton
Enquirer staff writer

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP - John Albert "Jack" McClure got his first job when he was five years old. A talented tap dancer, he moved with his family to California during the Depression, and he was chosen by Walt Disney to perform in stage productions.

"He was very capable, and he did a lot of interesting things in his life," said his daughter, Molly McClure of Anderson Township. "He always thought that it was important that you give back to the community."

Mr. McClure died Tuesday at his Anderson Township home from an apparent heart attack. He was 82.

After the family moved back to Cincinnati, he graduated from Norwood High School and continued his education at Xavier University, where he played on the school's football team for four years and graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

He served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and returned to Cincinnati to establish McClure Builders alongside his parents.

Until the late 1960s, Mr. McClure built homes in Kenwood, Price Hill, Mariemont, Pleasant Ridge and the Anderson Township areas.

He then went back to Xavier University and earned a degree in education before teaching world culture and business at McNicholas High School in Mount Washington.

He went to Xavier a third time to earn a master's degree in psychology, which he completed around 1976.

Until his retirement at age 65, he served as a school psychologist for the Brown County Board of Education.

After his retirement, he enjoyed volunteering as a piano player, performing at Anderson Mercy Hospital, Mount Washington Care Center, Anderson Park District Programs and at other places.

He was also an avid gardener and reader.

Besides his daughter, survivors include his wife, Natalie McClure of Anderson Township; two sons, Dr. Mark McClure of Silver Springs Md., and James McClure of Fort Collins, Colo.; five other daughters, Carol Lamy, Jeannie Rasfeld, Katie McClure, Elizabeth McClure, and Margaret McClure, all of Anderson Township; and 15 grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home, 2050 Beechmont Ave., Mount Washington.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Guardian Angels Church, 6531 Beechmont Ave., Mount Washington

Burial will be in Guardian Angels Cemetery, Mount Washington.

Memorials can be made to Anderson Park District, Beech Acres Park Fund, 8249 Clough Pike, Cincinnati, 45244.

E-mail nhamilton@enquirer.com




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