Edward L. McClarty, Dean Emeritus of Telecommunications and Community Services at Modesto Junior College, died at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco on April 8, 2006. He was 82.
He began his teaching career at MJC in 1948. McClarty was a former professor of communications at California State University-Stanislaus. He received his undergraduate and master's degree at the then College of the Pacific in Stockton and his PhD from Stanford University in Palo Alto.
For more than a decade, he served as a member and later chaired the California Public Broadcasting Commission. In addition, he served nine years on the Board of Directors of KVIE-TV in Sacramento. McClarty was also a member of the Professional Standards and Ethics Commission, California Teachers Association.
For many years, McClarty was host and disc jockey on the Lucky Lager Dance Hour on a local Modesto radio station.
During World War II, Ed was a machine gunner in France and Germany in 1944 and '45 and as a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge. His wartime experiences led him to a lifetime of anti-war activism.
McClarty is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a daughter, Kathleen Gursky of Brentwoord; a son, Keven McClarty of Modesto; and numerous other relatives. Services were held at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno.
NOTICE: KRJC is no longer on the air, being streamed over the Internet or has a website. The MJC class that supported the station has been eliminated in budget cuts at Modesto Junior College effective 2012.