Joseph Robert McClintic

July 13, 1928March 9, 2018


Joseph Robert "Bob" McClintic of Fresno, CA, at age 89, took God's hand on Friday, March 9, 2018, having been born on July 13, 1928, in Fayette, MO, to Joseph Orace McClintic, born on October 6, 1902, in McCredie, Callaway County, MO, and Gladys Henrietta Buckner, born on December 7, 1901, of Mt. Sterling/Mt. Zion, IL.

Groomed in his youth as a classical concert pianist who played piano by ear, Bob was a devoted lover of classical composers and conducted orchestra at age nine, at the University of Wisconsin, also studying early education in Montgomery County, MD.

In 1949, Bob received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology and Chemistry from San Diego College, served as an Assistant Instructor of Anatomy and Physiology at San Diego State University, then studied at UC, Berkeley, obtaining his PhD in Physiology in 1954, specializing in Human and Cellular Physiology, Gross Anatomy, and Histology.

At the early age of 26, Bob commenced his authoritative career as a Biology professor at Fresno State College in 1954, later California State University, Fresno, instructing pre-med education courses including Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Neurology, and numerous other courses, and purposefully extending these areas of learning to the Nursing field. Bob was renown and regularly complimented for delivering students to higher institutions such as University of the Pacific, and University of California, San Francisco, who were "far better prepared" for medical careers.

In 1971, Bob began publishing college textbooks, revisions, and accompanying lab manuals dedicated to better student organization and preparation of pre-med education, which were used in over 200 colleges and universities stateside and circulated worldwide, made available in all English-speaking countries, with translations in Mexico, Italy and Spain. He also reviewed manuscripts for authors and publishers of textbooks. In 1971, he received the U. S. Graphics Arts Award for original sketches and artwork in his textbooks, compiling his own hand-drawn artwork and photography, some being reviewed and adopted by the University of London, with review of "admirable" content and ranking superior to other acclaimed texts at the time. In 1972, Bob was nominated for the CSUF Distinguished Lectureship Award.

From 1973 to 1974, Bob took sabbatical in Rochester, NY, where his family became acquainted with living in snowy winters while Bob continued his research and participation in several professional societies and visiting nationwide universities to define student needs in the areas of textbooks, laboratory materials, and teaching techniques. Over several years, he was awarded grants and conducted research on subjects including tobacco effects and emphysema, which were included in reports to medical journals.

In 1976, Bob was nominated as one of only eight candidates for the California Universities and Colleges Outstanding Professor Award, being honored with glowing letters of recommendation from his colleagues and former students who advanced to educational and practice roles in medicine, including those at Valley Medical Center.

Bob had constructed his own home in the Fresno State portals, and in the early 1980s, the family moved to Tollhouse, CA, where Bob enjoyed long walks through the foothills, the serenity of nature, and long-time friendships in neighbors. He retired from CSU, Fresno to spend time daily caring for his aging mother.

Being the father of three daughters, Bob taught them how to use a lawnmower, steer his homemade wooden go-cart, construct crafted replicas of national monuments, cars, boats, trains, and airplane models, collect tidepool specimens, build sand castles, play football, and fish. An avid lover of literature, history, and culture, national memorials and parks, and nature itself, Bob collected National Geographic Magazine and instilled in his children and grandchildren a love of the earth, its beauty, and its creatures. An energetic sports enthusiast, he enjoyed hiking, skiing, sporting a 78-average golf game, riding his Triumph motorcycle, and a love of anything chocolate. His witty lyricisms and poetry will be missed.

The family extends our deepest gratitude to those who loved and provided superior care for Bob in his final years and dedicated their hearts to him as they would their own family. "What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we deeply love becomes a part of us." - Helen Keller

Bob was preceded in passing by his parents and Marguerite Coyle McClintic.

He is survived by his daughters Cathleen Anne McClintic of Crownsville, MD, Mary Colleen Pendergrass and Marlene Ann Hubbell of Fresno, and grandchildren, Austin Redding Hubbell, Zachary Andrew Pendergrass, and Aaron Robert Pendergrass, all of Fresno.

At Bob's request, no service will be held.


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Joseph Robert McClintic

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