Green Lawn Abbey

McClure, James A.

James A. McClure
Born 1855
Died 1943
Death Thursday night ended the career of Dr. James A. McClure, 1350 Neil Av, Columbus' oldest practicing physician, whose 63 years in the medical profession linked the horse-and-buggy days of medicine with the dawning age of aerial hospital planes. He succumbed about midnight at Grant hospital at the age of 88.
Following the tradition of his grandfather, who rode horseback to tend the sick, Dr. McClure braved blizzards and sub-zero temperatures in his early days as a country doctor in his native Pennsylvania, when 'young Doc' McClure's horse and buggy was a familiar sight on his rounds of mercy.
The McClure family tradition has been handed down to his son, Dr. Roy D. McClure, chief of surgery at Ford hospital, Detroit. The veteran Columbus physician, always enthusiastic in his endorsement of scientific research, nevertheless had a warm spot in his heart for the old days.
'Your medical education will never be complete,' he often told his son, Roy, 'because you never had the general experience of the horse-and-buggy days.'
Friends will be received at the Denton, Donaldson and Kuhn funeral home until noon Sunday, when the body will be removed to Neil Av. United Presbyterian church to lie in state from 1 pm. to the time of the funeral at 3 p.m. Rev. Roy D. Strong, the pastor, will officiate. Entombment will be made in Green Lawn Abbey.
Dr. McClure's experience as a country doctor in Green county, Pa., convinced him that the knowledge of the body and the emotions gained through this general practice made a better physician of even the greatest medical specialist.
Born in West Middletown, Pa., he attended Wooster university medical college, which later became Western Reserve medical college. After his work in Green county, he came to Columbus 'without a friend in the city,' but in his long years of practice here became perhaps the best loved of local physicians.
His office address for 50 years was 12 W. Fifth Av. and in that half century the little office has seen the drama of life in all its varying phases. Perhaps it was this contact with ever-changing reality that kept Dr. McClure's mind young despite the inroads of the years.
His wife, Ina Donaldson McClure, whom he married in 1880, is among the survivors. Two daughters, Mrs. Edwin Buchanan, Milwaukee, Wis., and Mrs. Homer P. Francis, 58 E. 12th Av; two sons, Roy of Detroit and Robert T. McClure, 1662 Bryden Rd., of the county auditor's office; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, the Misses Anna and Etta McClure and Mrs. Alice Snodgrass of West Middletown, Pa., and brother, Rev. R. E. McClure, Blairsville, Pa., also survive.
Dr. McClure was a member of the Neil Av. United Presbyterian church, a life member of the Columbus Academy of Medicine and of the American Medical association.
Dr. McClure always declared when asked about retiring that he couldn't be content to 'sit down and do nothing.' He never did. Until his three-week hospitalization, he made calls on patients and received them in his office just as he had done during his 50 years in Columbus.
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