McCLURE, William Rhyder Rhyder McClure died from complications of melanoma on April 17, 2014 at home in New York City, surrounded by family and friends. Rhyder was born on Feb. 27, 1943 in St. Augustine. His parents, James A. and Margaret McClure were longtime residents of St. Petersburg, where Rhyder grew up. He attended North Ward Elementary School, St. Petersburg High School, and Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. He studied philosophy at the University of Florida where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. In his seventy-one years, Rhyder lived many lives. Throughout his varied career, he was a freelance photographer for the Associated Press (his photos of the 1969 People's Park Riots are in the Library of Congress); an inventor (in 1973 the New York Times dubbed him a "latter-day Leonardo da Vinci"); a food columnist (his articles ran in the St. Petersburg Times, the LA Times, and the Washington Post); an author (he published over thirty books on computer processing); a businessman (he founded the New York Nanny Cam Company); and a collector (his vintage BMW motorcycles often won "Best in Show"). An avid traveler, Rhyder lived in and visited countries across the globe, including Spain, Morocco, and Fiji, but he was most at home in New York City where he lived for over 35 years, primarily in Greenwich Village. Rhyder was a treasured husband, father, family member, and friend. His loved ones will forever remember his sense of humor, originality, and ingenuity. He will be greatly missed. Rhyder is survived by his wife of thirty-three years, Susan Cordes McClure; his daughter, Alexandra Catherine McClure; his siblings, Jim McClure and Maggie McClure Miller; and his niece, Lissa McClure. A memorial service is to be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 12 West 12th Street, New York City, NY 10011, at 4 pm, on April 23. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Apr. 22, 2014