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Thomas L. McClintock

March 10, 2016
Lake Placid News

Civic leader, corporate executive and philanthropist Thomas L. McClintock, 89, died on Feb. 21, 2016.

Born on May 24, 1926, Tom was a naval veteran, Merck & Company executive, New Jersey civic leader, and a part-time Keene Valley resident for 60 years. He discovered the High Peaks region while he was a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, and he loved the Adirondacks all his life. In 1950, he and his college roommate bought a parcel near the top of Little Porter for $1.00 from the late Adrian Edmonds, real estate developer and lifetime resident of Keene Valley.

In 1953, they built a log cabin at the edge of a cliff on the site. Logs were dragged up by horses, and they chinked the gaps between the logs themselves. Over the years, the log cabin was transformed into a much larger dwelling with room for family, friends, and occasional hikers passing by on the Porter Mountain Trail. The "cabin" was Tom's favorite project for six decades.

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The McClintock family spent a significant portion of every year in Keene Valley, in summer, fall and winter. Tom's and his wife Judith McClintock's daughter, Meredith, was married at the Congregational Church in Keene Valley, and they were members of the Ausable Club. Tom believed in the importance of contributing to the community, belonging to the Adirondack Mountain Club, donating to the Keene School District, and underwriting a series of videos chronicling Adrian Edmonds' oral history of the local area that were donated to the Keene Valley Library.

When the family was not in Keene Valley, Tom was serving as mayor in two different New Jersey municipalities as well as in many other volunteer roles, making lasting contributions. Over 40 years, he served in management positions of increasing responsibility at Merck and Company, retiring in 1990 as executive director of marketing, U.S. operations.

In 2009, Tom and Judith donated the mountain cabin to RPI. RPI then sold the property to establish the McClintock Family Trust, which provides scholarships for students in advanced science and engineering.

A beloved husband and father, he is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judith McClintock; his daughter Meredith; son Tom; and their families.

Condolences may be offered at Olinger Crown Hill Cemetery, www.crownhillfuneral.com, 303-233-4611. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1000 14th Street, No. 15, Denver, Colorado 80202, www.coloradosymphony.org.

 
 

 

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