Richard Lee McClelland, D.D.S., 89, died Thursday, July 28, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. He had his dental practice in Princeton, NJ for thirty years and was a resident there for nearly 50 years.
A graduate of Princeton University with the Class of 1950, he received his Dental Degree from the University of Pennsylvania with clinical and academic honors. Dr. McClelland was on the staff of the Princeton Medical Center and was Chairman of the Dental Department on several occasions. He also was the first dentist to serve on the Executive Committee of the Medical Center. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Academy of General Dentistry and was recognized by the Marquis Who’s Who in America. Case histories and photographs of his prosthetic dentistry were used by faculty members of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry in publications and credited to him.
During World War II he enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and served as an aircrew man in 1945 and 1946. He chose to remain in the Inactive Reserve at the time of his discharge. Three years later he was notified of his selection for commissioning as an Ensign in the Reserve. His recall to active duty during the Korean War was delayed until he received his Dental Degree. As a Lieutenant in the Dental Corps, he served briefly aboard the aircraft carrier USS Tarawa in the Atlantic before transferring to the carrier USS Bennington for her voyage from Rhode Island around the tip of South America to California and the Western Pacific. Following his release from active duty Dr. McClelland joined the Naval Reserve Research Company 4-1, meeting in Princeton. A portion of his annual training as a reservist was at the Navy’s Advanced Postgraduate Dental Facility at Bethesda Naval Hospital. After his promotion to Commander, he held office in 1972-1973 as the National Dental Surgeon of the Reserve Officer Association of The United States,
representing Reserve dental officers of all three uniformed services.
He retired with the rank of Captain in the United States Navy after more than thirty years in the Navy Reserve; five of which were on active duty.
Dr. McClelland was a Past President of the Rotary Club of Princeton, a fifty year member of both The Nassau Club and the Princeton Club of New York. He was a former member of the Old Guard. He leaves his wife of more than 57 years, Elizabeth Anne McClelland, three sons, R. Scott McClelland of Columbia, SC, Wlliam A. McClelland of Charlotte, NC and R. Craig McClelland of Rock Hill, SC, nine grandchildren and a brother, W. Craig McClelland of Hobe Sound,FL.
Funeral Services will be held 1:00pm on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.
Calling hour will be from 12:00 noon until the time of the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers contributions in his name may be made to the Salvation Army or the USO