Madeline K. McClure Obituary

Madeline K.  McClure
Madeline K. McClure

April 4, 1927 - May 22, 2018
Born in Yorktown, New York
Resided in Bridgewater, New Jersey


Madeline McClure, Racial Justice Activist and Quaker

April 4, 1927 - May 22, 2018

Madeline Schwinge McClure was born in Yorktown, NY to Myrtle and Henry Schwinge, and raised in Secaucus, NJ. She attended Antioch College, where her interest in interracial activities began and she first experienced a Quaker Meeting for Worship.

Madeline Schwinge married George McClure in 1948, and they settled in Little Falls, NJ. While her daughter was growing up she became an active member of the Montclair Quaker Meeting and the NYS regional Quaker Meeting. She served as clerk of the Race Relations, Black Development, Black Concerns Coordinating Committee. Her interest in racial justice was supported by her husband George and daughter Kathleen (Kit). In 1963 Madeline took Kit to the historic civil rights March on Washington.

In 1965 and again in 1967, the McClures welcomed into the family 2 sixteen year old African-American daughters to attend the local high school with Kit, Emily from Mississippi and Mary Jane from Tennessee. Both daughters have loving extended families of their own. The McClures made life long connections with both daughters’ families.

When daughter Emily experienced open racial discrimination at the local high school, Madeline successfully ran for the Regional High School Board of Education in her community to more effectively deal with the situation.

Madeline McClure went back to school when she was 51 years old. She received her B.S. in Computer Science from Montclair State College in 1984, and was employed by AT&T. She and her husband George retired in 1997, moving to Arbor Glen CCRC in Bridgewater, NJ where they remained active in their community.

She was predeceased by her husband George McClure, daughter Emily Smoot Borom, and brother Henry (Buddy) Schwinge.

She is survived by her sister Virginia Degraw, daughter Mary Jane Johnson and John Johnson of Dayton, Ohio, daughter Kathleen McClure and Peter Matsoukas of NY, NY, beloved grandson Trevor Chase Johnson and Tasia Johnson of Chicago, and a large extended family.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home, 111 N. Gaston Ave, Somerville.

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