Donald G. McClelland, a longtime resident of Arlington, Virginia died peacefully on June 14, 2015 after living with Parkinson’s disease for a decade. He is survived by his wife Mary McClelland, daughter Gillian McClelland, son-in-law Jeff McClelland, and 2-year-old granddaughter Miriam.
Originally from Hastings, Nebraska, Don graduated from Grinnell College (’64) with a degree in economics prior to serving as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps in India, where he met lifelong friends and became interested in international development. He subsequently earned a M.S. from the University of Massachusetts (“68) and a Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania (’73).
Don’s professional interests and expertise focused on international food security, promoting agricultural production, and evaluating the effectiveness of U.S. government foreign assistance investments. He worked for over thirty years as an economist and policy advisor for the United States Agency for International Development, including two years as an agricultural officer in Kenya.
He will be remembered for his gentleness, precision, integrity, thoughtful demeanor, passion for puttering, and unwavering commitment to his family.