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Former Md. delegate James McClellan dies; served 16 years


FREDERICK — Western Maryland has lost a former state delegate who played a large role in the city of Frederick’s downtown revival after a devastating flood in 1976.

James R. McClellan said Monday that his 90-year-old father James “Doc” McClellan died Saturday at a Frederick-area retirement community. He says the cause of death was old age.

The Frederick veterinarian was a conservative Democrat who represented parts of Frederick and Washington counties in the House of Delegates from his election in 1978 until he retired in 1994.

McClellan says his father’s proudest political achievement was securing funding for a $60 million flood control project along the downtown portion of Carroll Creek that was completed in 1993.

McClellan also served 10 years as president of the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.