Robert S. McClelland, 80, auto supply company owner

April 10, 1996|By Marilyn McCraven | Marilyn McCraven,SUN STAFF

Robert S. McClelland, owner of an automotive supply company, died Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications from heart surgery in February. The Homeland resident was 80.

A native of Elmira, N.Y., he was a graduate of Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pa., and attended Columbia University in New York.

During World War II, he served in the Navy and participated in the D-Day invasion. He was discharged in 1946 as a lieutenant.

He joined the United States Rubber Co., now known as Uniroyal, transferring to several cities before settling permanently in Baltimore in the early 1960s.

In 1964, he established McClelland Distributing, an automobile supply company that was the agent for a California manufacturer of automotive chemicals in Washington and Baltimore. Five years later, it was among the first businesses to move into the Oakland Ridge industrial center in the new planned community of Columbia.

He sold his interest in the business in 1991.

He had served on the board of the Homeland neighborhood association and contributed considerable time to helping rehabilitate York Road in the Govans area.

In 1945, he married Lorna McCrumb of Patchogue, N.Y., at St. John's Episcopal Church in Mount Washington. She survives him.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

Other survivors include a son, Michael of San Francisco; and two grandsons.

Memorial donations may be made to Church of the Redeemer or the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

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