A Life of Exemplary Public Service: Honoring Senator James A. McClure

Tuesday, March 3 2009

March 3, 2009

NOTE TO MEDIA: Please confirm your intent to cover this event with University Communications, (208) 885-6567, by Wednesday, April 1, to receive a media pass.

Written by Tania Thompson

MOSCOW, Idaho – Sen. James A. McClure’s life stands as a model of public service and leadership at the state and national levels. To honor his lifetime of contributions and achievements, the University of Idaho will bestow upon McClure the institution’s inaugural Legacy of Leading Award during a Boise event on Thursday, April 2.

“Senator McClure and his wife, Louise, are by any measure among the first and best citizens of Idaho,” said University of Idaho President Steven Daley-Laursen. “He has been a model servant of the people of his state and the nation through his exemplary career of leadership. His tireless work for the people of Idaho, and for his alma mater, the University of Idaho, has inspired many people to follow in his footsteps of civic engagement, action and service. We are honored to recognize his efforts.”

McClure served as a U.S. representative from 1967 to 1972 and as a U.S. senator from 1973 to 1990. His service in both the House and Senate reflected the public lands and natural resource issues of interest to his constituents. His committee assignments included the House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee; the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which he also chaired from 1981-87; the Interior Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee; the Senate Rules Committee; the Senate Republican Steering Committee; and the Helsinki Commission on Human Rights. In 1987, he served on the Senate Select Committee to investigate the Iran-Contra Affair. His congressional papers were donated to the university’s library upon his retirement in 1990.

He earned a juris doctorate from the University of Idaho's College of Law in 1950, was a member of the Vandaleers and a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. In 1974, he was inducted into the University of Idaho’s Alumni Hall of Fame and in 1995, received the university’s Distinguished Idahoan Award, the highest alumni honor.

Louise McClure supported her husband’s career and also contributed countless volunteer hours to a number of organizations, including service on the National Endowment for the Arts Council and the Boise Philharmonic Board. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Idaho in 1950, was a member of the Vandaleers and a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

The McClures have been members of the university’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences Advancement Council and the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival Advisory Board. They have served on the College of Law Advisory Board and the University of Idaho Foundation. In 2001, they established the James and Louise McClure Endowment for the Sciences and Public Policy. In 2005, they received the University of Idaho President’s Medallion in recognition of their contributions to the cultural, economic, scientific and social advancement of Idaho and its people, and their exceptional service to the state and nation. In October 2007, they served as grand marshals for the university’s Homecoming parade. Also that year, the University of Idaho recognized the McClures for their significant contributions to the university, state and nation by renaming its Bureau of Public Affairs Research as the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research.

The Legacy of Leading Award is presented by the university to individuals who have made significant contributions in leadership to their communities, the state of Idaho or society in general.

The event in Boise is in the Eyries Room of the Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., on Thursday, April 2, with a reception beginning at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $120 per person. More information and event registration are available online at www.uidaho.edu/legacyofleadingaward.aspx

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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 150 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.

Media Contact: Tania Thompson, University Communications, (208) 885-6567, taniat@uidaho.edu

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.