Clair E. Metcalf, 80, journalist, teacher

August 12, 2004

Clair E. Metcalf, a former journalist and teacher who taught in Howard County public schools for more than 30 years, died of a brain tumor Saturday at his Westminster home. He was 80.

Mr. Metcalf was born and raised in Alexandria, Ind., and earned a bachelor's degree from Indiana University in 1949. He earned a master's degree in education in 1970 from what was then Towson State College.

From 1954 to 1959, Mr. Metcalf was a reporter for the South Bend Tribune in South Bend, Ind. He began teaching fifth grade in 1960 at St. John's Lane Elementary School in Ellicott City and retired in 1991.

In addition to teaching, Mr. Metcalf was for nearly a decade special assistant to the men's basketball team at what is now McDaniel College.

Mr. Metcalf was a member of First Christian Church in Alexandria, Ind., and the Carroll County Photography Club.

"He enjoyed collecting records and CDs of big-band music, especially Glenn Miller," said his wife of 42 years, the former Joan "Josie" Rinehart, a retired Milford Mill High School math teacher.

Services were held yesterday at Meadow Branch Church of the Brethren in Westminster.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Metcalf is survived by a son, Matthew D. Metcalf of Westminster; a daughter, Emily Ruth Soriano of Reisterstown; a brother, Weldon Metcalf of Summitville, Ind.; a sister, Eva Ruth Preston of Logansport, Ind.; and a granddaughter.

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