John R. McClive, 88, Buffalo Forge engineer, Rotary Club







John R. McClive

Nov. 13, 1933 – June 25, 2022

Following looking through Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “The About-Soul” whilst he was a university pupil, John R. McClive resolved to dedicate his everyday living to performing great for others.  

While he was a mechanical engineer, for a though he thought of starting to be a clergyman. In its place, as his son Curtis noted in a eulogy, he decided to do superior by way of companies.

His to start with decision was the Salvation Army, which he joined in 1959. He was lively for much more than 60 yrs as a getaway bell-ringer and serving dinners to the needy.

He identified a different avenue in 1979 when he joined the Rotary Club of Buffalo. He enlivened the every month newsletter, the COG, with humorous poems and in 2005 he turned government director, a submit he held for 9 decades. Quite a few viewed as him to be the confront of the club.

For the duration of his tenure, the club supported the Cradle Beach camp and the construction of its Rotary Area sporting activities facility. The club also elevated $500,000 to enable create the Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse for the West Side Rowing Club. He received Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow award.

He died June 25 under hospice treatment in his residence in Buffalo right after a small health issues. He was 88.

The youngest of 4 boys, John Robert McClive used his early many years in Hamburg and was a 1951 graduate of Lafayette Substantial University, wherever he was a member of the tennis staff and the rowing crew.

He earned a bachelor’s diploma in mechanical engineering in 1955 from the University of Buffalo, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and the Air Drive ROTC software. He also was a member of the Arnold Air Modern society, an honorary modern society within just ROTC.  

Commissioned as an officer, he was a pilot and attained the rank of 1st lieutenant. His son Curtis stated that while Mr. McClive was stationed in Alabama, “he went to a motion picture theater a person night with a couple of of his fellow pilots to see Elvis Presley’s ‘Love Me Tender.’  As a response to his disgust with the Jim Crow legislation in put at the time, he chose to not sit in the ‘whites only’ segment but to as an alternative sit in the balcony, wherever the Black people today ended up essential to sit.” 

He was an engineer for Buffalo Forge Co. and worked in design and style engineering, profits engineering and marketing and advertising. His son noted that “he was happy to work at the organization the place Willis Provider had invented electrically powered air conditioning approximately 60 several years earlier.”

A member of the American Modern society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, he acquired a number of awards from condition and national specialist engineering organizations. In latest many years, he gave lectures on Buffalo Forge’s job in the enhancement of modern day air conditioning techniques.

In 1979, when his son Curtis acquired a Texas Devices TI-58, 1 of the very first programmable calculators, he acquired how to method it himself and use it for retrieving info.

His son mentioned, “He recognized he could decrease the Buffalo Forge income engineering team’s response time to shopper inquiries about fans, blowers, air conditioners and the like by replacing a notebook comprehensive of look-up tables and charts with a programmable calculator that could compute the exact same information. This was a number of several years ahead of the very first IBM Pc arrived on the industry.”

Right after he retired from Buffalo Forge in the late 1980s, he worked with Pc Programs Integrated, supplying 1-on-1 assistance to business people environment up their computers.

A member of Westminster Presbyterian Church for extra than 60 a long time, he was co-chair of the Re-entry Mates method, which aided individuals readjust soon after their release from jail via mentoring and getting work opportunities. When the plan started to provide at-chance Bennett Substantial College students, he tutored them in math.

In the 1970s, he began exploring the heritage of Westminster’s Gothic stained glass windows and the biblical tales they depict. He gave lectures about them and presented commentaries to people in the church’s open door systems during the Allentown Artwork Festival.

He and the previous Louise Household Eder were being married in Westminster in 1985. They designed yearly trips overseas and in Europe, Greece, Turkey and Israel.

In addition to his spouse, survivors involve two daughters, Catharine McGovern and Caren Weaver two sons, Colin and Curtis and two stepsons, Jeffrey Eder and William Eder.

A celebration of his lifestyle was held July 1 in Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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