Archibald M. McLachlen, public works director

Archibald M. McLachlen
public works director

Archibald M. McLachlen, 90, who retired in 1994 as public works director for the City of Gaithersburg, died Dec. 31 at a hospital in Cape Coral, Fla., of complications from abdominal surgery. He moved to Cape Coral from Gaithersburg in 1995.

His daughter, Colleen Mc­Lach­len, confirmed the death.

Mr. McLachlen was a home designer and builder in the Washington area in the late 1940s and 1950s and then was a cartographer for the Army Map Service. He joined Gaithersburg’s government in the mid-1970s.

Archibald Malcom McLachlen was born in Kendallville, Ind., and raised in Chevy Chase. His grandfather and namesake started the old McLachlen National Bank in Washington in 1891.

The younger McLachlen was a 1941 graduate of Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Va., and served in the Coast Guard during World War II.

He was a member of Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase. His family had been involved in the club’s founding.

His marriages to Anna Belle Soles and Hulda Watkins ended in divorce. His third wife, Nora Bradley, died in 2011.

Survivors include a daughter from his first marriage, Colleen McLachlen of Annapolis and Cape Coral; two stepdaughters, Nancy Lee Darling and Eileen Chapwick, both of Cape Coral; and five grandchildren.

A son from his first marriage, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Alan M. McLachlen, died in 1992 when a training flight crashed in the Atlantic Ocean north of Puerto Rico.

— Adam Bernstein