OBITUARY

John Marshall McNair

May 20, 1952February 6, 2021
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John Marshall McNair of Silver Spring, MD went home to the Lord on Saturday, February 6, 2021. He was born on May 20, 1952 in Washington, D.C. at the former Columbia Hospital for Women and was raised in a loving home in the Village of Chevy Chase, MD. John is the son of the late Frederick V. McNair, III and Parveen B. McNair of Annapolis, MD.

John's father Fred was a Maryland State Boy’s, Middle Atlantic Men’s, and seven time National Father-Son Champion with two sons, including John in 1970 and 1972 at the F-S Clay Court Championships. In 1972, John was ranked #2 nationally in the Father-Son behind his brother Frederick V. McNair, IV - the only time in USTA history a father was ranked both #1 and #2 in the same year with different sons. John’s lifelong love of tennis began at Columbia Country Club under the instruction of the famed Pro Buddy Goeltz, a multi-year National Champion. He also received valuable coaching from Pauline Betz Addie, a 5 time Major winner, at her summer camps held at Sidwell Friends School. John was honored to be a member of the legendary Varsity tennis program at Landon School in Bethesda, MD. Landon’s teams were led by beloved Coach Mac Jacoby, who coached Landon to 8 National Interscholastic Tennis Championships and whose former players include professional players Donald Dell, Dicky Dell and Fred McNair, IV, as well as many accomplished collegiate scholarship players. John and his best friend and classmate, Ken Daniels, were runner-up in the National Interscholastic Doubles in 1970 and 1971. John was Captain of their Landon team that won the team Championship in 1971. Consequently, he was awarded a full athletic scholarship to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he was coached by USTA Hall of Fame Coach Don Skakle. John”s Freshman record was a stellar 24-1 and culminated when he won the ACC #6 Singles Championships playing alongside #1 singles brother Fred. He avenged his only regular season defeat by beating the Virginia player in the ACC Final.

John was also an outstanding student at Landon, earning the Cum Laude honor both as a junior and senior. His keen intellect and competitive spirit are hallmarks of his academic achievements at Landon and UNC, where John had a 4.0 average as a Freshman. He continued his passion for reading and watching all types of sports, and loved to discuss the tactics and statistics of sporting competitions. John was a diehard Washington Redskins & Baltimore Orioles fan, and had many fond memories of attending games with his father, siblings, and friends. He was a devoted Sunday School student at St. John’s Episcopal Church whose love of Jesus grew through his life’s peaks and valleys. John loved the friends he made at Chevy Chase Elementary, Landon, UNC, Columbia Country Club, Edgemoor Club and all the other tennis venues where he practiced and competed valiantly. He exemplified the traits of an honorable student-athlete, loyal friend and teammate, and fun-loving spirit whose laugh energized everyone with optimism.

John is survived by his mother Parveen B. McNair of Annapolis, MD, brothers Frederick V. McNair, IV of Annapolis, MD, Bruce B. McNair(Leslie) of Naples, FL and Bethesda, MD, David D. McNair of Annapolis, MD, James J. McNair of Annapolis, MD, and a sister Lailee McNair Bakhtiar of Annapolis, MD and 11 nieces and nephews. Visitation is at John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401 on Monday, February 15 from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday, February 16 from 11-12 p.m. followed by a celebration of life service in the Chapel 12-1 p.m. Burial is private at the Crownsville Veterans Cemetery 1122 Sunrise Beach Road, Crownsville, MD 21032. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Fund for Athletic Excellence, C/O USNA Foundation, 274 Wood Road, Naval Academy, MD 21402.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, February 15, 2021

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021

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Carol Hawley Welser

February 19, 2021

I was so very sorry to pick up the Capital and read of John's passing. Life on Quincy Street seems like it was a long time ago. I wanted to let you know that we are all thinking of the McNair Family and all of the fun we had back then. Our thoughts are with you all. All the best.
Carol Hawley Welser, Susie Hawley Todd, Charley Hawley and Fred Fulton

John Foote

February 17, 2021

I am sorry to hear about John's passing. He not only was a great tennis player and student. I miss playing hot box on the blundon's front lawn, 2 on 2 in basketball. Mr brother and me against Freddy and john in our backyard. And also, playing with him in touch football against anyone who had the guts to play us at furys lot. He was also a great natural athlete. God rest your soul in heaven. You were da man on earth and now you are da man in heaven.

Joel Poretsky

February 15, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with the McNair family. I spent many years with John through our Landon years together.I will relish the many good memories I spent with John. I will always be in awe of his academic and athletic accomplishments. He had a keen sense of humor and quick wit.
I will always remember him as a class mate, peer, and good friend.
I am sorry I will not be physically present for his celebration of his life, but I will be there in spirit and in prayer.
God bless the McNair family.
Joel Poretsky

Marylin Bigelow

February 14, 2021

Parveen, my heart goes out to you in this time of your loss,
I am remembering all the wonderful days at Columbia
Country Club. Your family is very special and has its place in
History. God Bless, Marylin Bigelow

Richard Hardaway

February 11, 2021

To the entire McNair Family - I offer my sincerest of condolences on learning of John's passing away.

I was very fortunate to know John very well when he was a full-scholarship tennis freshman at UNC Chapel Hill.

John was a highly accomplished tennis player while st UNC; he was so highly intelligent he carried a 4.0 grade avaerage .

I am heartbroken upon learning of John's passing.
The world, indeed, is a much better place because of the many positive attributes of John McNair.

Sincerely ---
Richard Hardaway
John's Tennis Teammate, UNC
Greenville SC

John Greer

February 11, 2021

A lot of great memories from John and also is brother Freddy which often met at Bethesda Billiards it was an honor to know the both of them God bless rest in peace my friend your pal Bruce Greer we will meet again on the other side

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