Dr. William J. McClafferty, Bon Secours surgeon, dies


Services for Dr. William J. McClafferty, a general surgeon who served as president of the medical staff and as a member of the board of Bon Secours Hospital, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Dr. McClafferty, who was 77 and lived on Theo Lane in Towson, died Sunday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center after a stroke.

In private practice in Baltimore from 1946 until 1972, he headed the hospital staff in the 1960s and later served on the board.

A founder in 1951 of the Eastern Industrial Clinic, he was a part-time physician there until 1981.

For many years he practiced industrial medicine at Western Electric Co. He was also a consultant or staff member at St. Agnes and St. Joseph Hospital before his retirement from private practice.

Dr. McClafferty was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, the Baltimore City Medical Society, the Southern Medical Association and the American Occupational Medical Association.

After retiring from the industrial clinic, he served as a consultant to the Social Security Administration until his complete retirement in 1985.

Born in Norwich, Conn., he was a 1935 graduate of Brown University and came to Baltimore to attend the University of Maryland medical school, of which he was a 1939 graduate.

He then began serving at Bon Secours, first as an intern, as a surgical resident, and from 1942 until 1943 as chief surgical resident.

In 1943, he underwent training for the Army as a neurosurgeon at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and at the Percy Jones General Hospital in Battle Creek, Mich.

He served until 1946 as a neurosurgeon with the 49th General Hospital in the South Pacific, New Guinea and the Philippines, reaching the rank of major.

Dr. McClafferty is survived by his wife, the former Beatrice Harper; a daughter, Judith McClafferty Messenheimer of Chapel Hill, N.C.; three sons, Jim McClafferty of Frederick and Michael and Robert McClafferty of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

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