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William Clay Stanard McKinley

By Staff | Feb 11, 2011

William Clay Stanard McKinley, 61, of Terra Alta, W.Va. died Jan. 21, 2011 in Morgantown, W.Va.

Born Oct. 12, 1949 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Ella Jean Stanard McKinley and William Slagle McKinley. He was a 1968 graduate of Saint Albans School, Mt. Saint Albans, Washington , D.C. where he sang in the Boys Choir and scored a straight 800 on his SAT. He attended Union College in New York, Class of 1972 and also studied at Georgetown University.

He was employed with the Riggs National Bank, Congressman K, Hechler and Mrs. Childs Country Kitchen. At an early retirement he moved to his family’s farm Pied-a-Terre in Shepherdstown. He volunteered at the Saint Elizabeth Hospital, was an amateur sailor, member of the Jamestown Society, traveled extensively in Europe and Africa, attended riding school in Surrey, England and enjoyed being a social artist and poet.

He is survived by a sister Millicent Ogden McKinley and husband Thomas Storke Cox; god-daughter Katrina McKinley Cox; nephew Alexander Ogden Storke Cox; and a special friend Weezee Morse. He will be interned in Millbrook N.Y., St. Peters Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to National Public Radio.