Ann Chamberlain McClary
Ann Chamberlain McClary, a longtime HSU staffer and community volunteer, died on January 23, 2021. She was 84 years old.
Ann was born in Minneapolis on March 5, 1936, and graduated with honors from Northrop Collegiate School there. She came to California to attend Pomona College, from which she graduated in 1957 with honors. She was a bio-chemistry major.
Ann trained to be a medical technologist at St. John's Hospital, Santa Monica. She worked there until the birth of her first son, Howard.
Ann returned to work in 1962 at UCLA Student Health Center lab and worked there until moving to Arcata in 1967 with her husband, HSU Professor Maclyn McClary. She then joined the lab staff at the HSU Student Health Center where she worked until her retirement in 1996. At her retirement, she was a Clinical Laboratory Scientist.
Ann then began a "second career" as a volunteer. She also enrolled in arts and humanities classes at HSU.
She volunteered at Mad River Community Hospital, the Arcata Library, the Eureka Library and the Hospice Thrift Shop. Her warm smile and friendly welcome were known to hundreds of patrons.
Ann was also dedicated to St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Arcata. She was a lay reader, chalice bearer, altar guild member and regular coffee hour host. She also enjoyed women's social groups at St. Alban's, particularly the Crafts Group and "Ladies Who Lunch". She was an avid knitter.
Ann was devoted to her sons and was proud of their successful careers as a mechanical engineer (Howard) and bio-chemist (John).
She is survived by her son, Howard and his wife Lori, her son, John and his partner Jackie, and her grandsons Maxwell and Tucker.
Please make any donations to Hospice of Humboldt.