John Douglas McBride
Downing & Lahey Mortuaries & Crematory - East Wichita
Wichita, KS
McBride, John Douglas 85, passed away peacefully from us Friday, December 30th, 2016. A gathering to celebrate John's life will be held between 3 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 7th, at the Guild Hall of St. James Episcopal Church, 3750 Douglas Avenue. John is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Flavia; his parents, Kathleen and James McBride of Wichita; and his dear siblings, Marilyn, James, Kathleen and Charles. He is survived by his younger sister, Nancy Stewart of Tyler, TX; his children: daughter, Katharine (James) O'Mara of Vancouver, Canada, sons, John (Martina) McBride of Nashville, TN, James (Jan) McBride of Overland Park, KS, Charles (Jennifer) McBride of Irvine, CA; twelve grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. John graduated from Wichita East High School, received his B.A. and J.D. in Law from Kansas University. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at KU. After law school he served in the United States Air Force based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. After practicing law in Wichita for five years, John returned to school receiving his Masters in Anthropology from Southern Illinois University and his Doctorate of Anthropology at Wichita State University. He was a professor of Anthropology and later Business there. He headed up both departments for a number of years. An entertaining lecturer, he was often voted best professor by students. John was forever devoted to his wife Flavia, the love of his life. We feel solace imagining them together again. He gave his children, extended family, friends and neighbors the gift of being an amazing listener. He loved an in-depth discussion on almost any topic and could always be counted on for well-considered advice. He loved music, especially jazz and classical, not to mention taking great pride in the achievements of his own family. He and Flavia, after each other, always put their children first. He was a prolific letter-writer, reader and engaging story-teller. Among his favorite authors were James Thurber and Aldous Huxley, whom he had the honor of meeting and felt a kinship with. He could be relied on for crossword puzzle answers and a game of crib. Bridge was a lifelong passion as was the game of tennis. He was an avid sports fan, especially when it came to the WSU Shockers. He possessed a witty and unique intellectual style of humour, down to the last moment. He really made us laugh. John's passion for learning, for life, never waned. His last moments with us were extraordinarily dignified and peaceful. To honour his wife Flavia's love of swimming and their enjoyment of life on the WSU campus, they created the "Flavia and John McBride Wichita State University Heskett Center Education Fund" focused on training future lifeguards and teaching adults to swim. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the fund and sent to WSU Foundation, 1845 Fairmount Street, Wichita, KS 67260-0002. Downing & Lahey East Mortuary. Share tributes online at:
Published by Wichita Eagle on Jan. 1, 2017.
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Wichita, KS, will the same!
God Bless you all!
Harper Taggart
March 10, 2017
Oh my goodness. I just happened to hear of Johns passing on facebook. I used to be his caregiver until he left for the holidays. My name is Danielle Nesmith. In the past I've spoke on the phone to a few family members. We had such big plans together I was going to teach him how to use facebook and the ipad. I happened to come across Martina mcbrides post on facebook that had her husband tagged in it and decided to look at his page then read the news from there. I'm so sorry for the families lost. He was a great guy with a lot of knowledge. I wanted to continue to be his caregiver but by the time my job called me back saying he was in town somehow my normal shifts with him were taken already. He will be deeply missed!
Danielle NeSmith
Danielle NeSmith
January 16, 2017
A great man. Sorry for your loss.
Paul Rosell
January 11, 2017
January 8, 2017
John so sorry to hear about your dad ! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ! Mindy Callison
Mindy Callison
January 8, 2017
Deepest sympathies on the loss of your husband and father. May your family find strength from each other and peace from God.
The family of Adrian and Jane Montgomery
Terri Montgomery
January 8, 2017
My deep felt sympathy and my highest regards to you my ole friend John, (&Martina and children),in the passing of your Dad. You will all be not only in my thoughts , yet also my prayers.
John Naughton
January 7, 2017
Sorry for your loss John.
Mary Loy
January 7, 2017
a loved one
January 4, 2017
Chuck and James
Sorry to hear about your dad.
You and your family are in our prayers.
Doug and Julie Carr
Doug Carr
January 4, 2017
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Paul Simmons
January 4, 2017
Dr John came to the Anthropology Dept at a time
when he was truly needed there: he assumed the
challenging role of Dept. Chair at a time when
free expression was under fire...Dr John provided guidance for many students and faculty with great confidence...Well done,
Dr John
January 4, 2017
I will forever treasure the memory of my Uncle John Douglas McBride. He was a fun,handsome,witty and intelligent man with nothing but love and kindness in his heart, especially for the love of his life, Aunt Flavia and his family. We also shared an affinity of black dogs and any flavor of cats.
I miss you.
Kathleen (Katie) Farley Werther
January 3, 2017
McBride Family: You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We lived across the street from John and Flavia for 10 years. They were the sweetest and treated us and our kids like part of their family. Miss them dearly.
Bob, Sandy, Bailey, Alex and Lindsey Mathiesen
January 3, 2017
McBride kids My father spoke highly of your dad and mother. And being living legacies of them, your lives reflect all their goodness. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Doug Ramsey
January 3, 2017
Brothers McBride: I was sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I know that he was a wonderful guy and that he will be deeply missed. My thoughts are with you and your families.
Jeff DeGraffenreid
January 3, 2017
My Uncle John was a wonderful person. He was my life long friend. I enjoyed many good conversations, games of bridge and cribbage. I will miss him greatly.
John Farley
January 3, 2017
To Kate, John, James and Chuck, Your Dad had such a great since of humor and a life well lived . we will all miss the Dr.
Brad Wathne
January 3, 2017
John and family, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow. May God bless and comfort you through your grief.
Mark Webb
January 2, 2017
Dear John, Kathy, Charles and James,
I remember you kids well when the anthropology faculty used to be invited over for some of your Mother's outstanding hospitality and food! You were also very entertaining childfren--maybe you got that from your Dad. I really missed his wit and wisdom when he left Anthropology for Business. I'm sure you know how lucky you are to have had such wonderful parents--and they knew how lucky they were to have such great childfren.
Dotty Billings
January 2, 2017
Dear Kate, John, James and Chuck, I'm thinking of you all. My world was a sweeter place when your parents were in it. I will miss your dad's smile, his wit, intellect and charm. I have many good memories featuring your sweet family and I cherish them.
Rest now, Dr. McBride. You lived life well.
Margaret Keehn
January 2, 2017
James and Chuck,
May you have solace in the many fond memories you have of your father. During this difficult time, find comfort with those to whom you are closest. May the peace of the Lord be with you always.
Aaron Arbuckle
January 2, 2017
So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for your family.
Bryan Dotson
January 2, 2017
Dr. John showed many his inquiring spirit and
expected the very best from his students. We
will all carry him around for years to come.
January 2, 2017
John..a life well lived. Thank you John for your focus in this life, your learning and teachings...and to you and flavia for your wonderful children who live on beautifully with you in their hearts.. you are missed. REst in Peace
Jane Omara
January 1, 2017
I did not know John but about a year however I found him to be one of the most courteous men I have ever known. ALSO VERY CARING AND COMPASSIONATE. He loved his family very very much and spoke of them often! He had personality plus and lit up a room when he told us his stories and he made us laugh a lot. He will truely be missed by us all. I am sure heaven will become an even better place with him being there now!
judy Wilkinson
January 1, 2017
Rest John, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.
Harry Simpson
January 1, 2017
I remember both your parents very fondly, as neighbors across the driveway, and am so sorry to hear he's gone. I always found his decision to switch from law to anthropology a good lesson: don't continue to do something you don't love!
Leslie Morris
January 1, 2017
My condolences on the loss of your father, thoughts and prayers to you and family during this time, God bless!
Steven Putman
January 1, 2017
To the family and friends of Mr. McBride, my condolences for your loss. May God's loving-kindness bring comfort and strength to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold on to. (Psalms 9:9,10)
A. B
December 31, 2016
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