George K. McClelland

Founder

 July 7, 1919 – October 3, 2010

 

George K McClelland was born in 1919 in New Haven, Connecticut. He summered at Glenmore in Keene where he developed his life long love for the Adirondacks. George graduated from Groton School in 1938 and Yale University in 1942 where he excelled academically and athletically. He served his country as a Marine fighter pilot, flew Corsairs in the South Pacific and was a flight instructor at Quantico. Following his honorable discharge with the rank of Major, George attended Johns Hopkins University where he studied International Business Relations. He held positions with Pan American Airways, the Civil Aeronautics Board, the Hoover Commission and O. E. McIntyre, an advertising firm on Long Island. He married Jane Edwards on June 24th 1950.

George’s real calling was teaching and coaching and he spend most of his career at Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut doing just that while enjoying his summers with family in Keene Valley. He eventually became the Dean of Studies and then retired after a brief stint as Headmaster. Jane and George moved to `Keene Valley where he built The Mountaineer in 1975 with close friends Sid and Kay Miller.

His wife Jane died in October of 1991.

George served on several boards including the Keene Central School Board and the Keene Valley Neighborhood House. He was a mediator and a volunteer for Hospice.

George went through life with vim and vigor always looking forward with an eye toward the next adventure. He had a unique blend of intelligence, integrity and grit and was the ultimate family man. George loved dogs. Other passions included splitting wood, hiking, traveling, playing tennis, fly fishing, reading and burning brush.