John Standish McCleary - Original Credit:
John Standish McCleary - Original Credit: (HANDOUT)

John Standish McCleary, a retired investment adviser and former lacrosse player, died of cancer Sunday at his Ruxton home. He was 81.

Born in Annapolis, he attended the Calvert School and was a 1956 graduate of the McDonogh School, where he played lacrosse. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia, where he also played lacrosse and won athletic awards.


He joined the old Alex. Brown and Sons and worked from its Towson office. He retired in 2014 from Morgan Stanley at Harbor East after serving in the investment business for 50 years.

He played attack for the Mount Washington Lacrosse Club Wolfpack from 1961 to 1966. He also played squash and tennis.

“My father fought cancer for 21 years and he thought he was successful. He was given a 10 percent chance to live 10 years and he made it much longer,” said his daughter, Katherine Watson McCleary of Washington, D.C. “He never lost his graciousness, gratitude or, most importantly, his sense of humor.”

After his retirement, he became a volunteer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Family members said he wanted to repay the hospital for the successful treatments he received there for many years.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 42 years, Linda Watson, who is also an investment adviser; three sons, John Standish McCleary Jr. of New York City, Thomas Stockton McCleary of Sparks and Peter Snyder McCleary of Canton, Georgia; three sisters, Jane Saral of Atlanta, Katherine McCleary of San Jose, California, and Elizabeth Primrose-Smith of Fallbrook, Calif.; and three grandchildren.