John Douglass McGrew

John Douglass McGrew, passed away peacefully at his home in Devola, on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

Doug was born in Washington, Pa., on Nov. 20, 1927. He was the son of Virginia Clair McGrew and Wilbert Bennett.

Following his parents’ death, he was adopted and raised by his maternal grandparents, Emmett and Lyda McGrew. Doug became involved with the Boy Scouts of America and went on to earn the distinction of an Eagle Scout, and was a member of the Order of the Arrow. He became a Scoutmaster for a troop in Charleston, W.Va.

Doug graduated from East Washington High School in Washington, Pa., and entered the U.S. Navy to serve upon graduation. After serving in WWII, Doug graduated from Washington & Jefferson College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, and also graduated from MIT with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. Upon graduation, Doug worked for Union Carbide Corporation initially in South Charleston, W.Va. In 1969, Doug became the Assistant Plant Manager for the Union Carbide plastics plant in Marietta. Doug became involved in data processing while in its infancy, and a year after moving to Marietta, was promoted to the Director of Communication and Computing for Union Carbide Corporation at their corporate office in New York, N.Y.

He retired from Union Carbide Corporation in 1983. And from 1985 to 1995, he taught Computer Science and worked in Leadership Program at Marietta College. In retirement, Doug became very active in the Senior Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) and consulted with businesses in the development of their data processing systems. He was a member of Kiwanis and of Christ United Methodist Church where he was a long time teacher of an adult Sunday school class.

Doug married Kim Sanford of Wilmington, Del., on Aug. 7, 1954, in Charleston, W.Va. Doug was an incredible father and husband and will be forever remembered with affection by his wife, children and children’s spouses, Sarah, Ginny, Robert and Jennifer Duncan and Nancy, as well as his grandchildren, Mohammed, Hamza, Saratu, Clinton, Grant, Owen, Matthew and John.

In his honor, please make donations to the John D. and Kim S. McGrew Scholarship at Marietta College, Attn: Advancement Office, 215 Fifth St., Marietta 45750.

A memorial service for Doug will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, July 13, at Christ United Methodist Church.

McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home is assisting the family.