Duncan McCulloch III, medical researcher

January 30, 2009|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Duncan McCulloch III, a retired medical researcher and history buff, died of lung cancer Jan. 20 at his home in Hanover, Pa. The former longtime Glencoe resident was 82.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. McCulloch was the great-grandson of Anna Austen McCulloch, who founded Oldfields School in Glencoe in 1867. His father, Duncan McCulloch Jr., had been the school's headmaster.

Mr. McCulloch attended St. Paul's School and graduated in 1944 from St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Del.

After leaving St. Andrew's, he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific aboard a destroyer with the 7th Fleet.

Discharged in 1946, Mr. McCulloch enrolled at Princeton University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering in 1950. He earned a master's degree in 1973 in the discipline from the Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. McCulloch worked for more than three decades in the fields of brain, cancer and infant-development research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

He retired in 1989 but was asked to stay on as research coordinator in the Center of Infant Study by Dr. Taghi Modarressi, its director, until fully retiring in 1996.

Mr. McCulloch, who moved to Hanover in 2006, enjoyed listening to classical music and reading. He was also interested in Maryland history and vintage automobiles.

He was a communicant of Immanuel Episcopal Church, 1461 Glencoe Road in Glencoe, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 7.

Surviving are his wife of 14 years, the former Beth Fuller Dawson; two sisters, Sarah McCulloch Miller of Livermore, Maine, and Mary Carol McCulloch Hardy of Scottsville, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.

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