FRANK J. MCCLURE, 82, A BIOCHEMIST WHO MADE EARLY STUDIES ON THE USE OF FLOURIDES TO PREVENT TOOTH DECAY, DIED OF CANCER WEDNESDAY AT SIBLEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL.
DR. MCCLURE JOINED THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH IN BETHESDA IN 1936, WHERE HE REMAINED UNTIL 1966, WHEN HE RETIRED FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DENTAL RESEARCH.
IN 1969, HE RECEIVED A $1,000 AWARD FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR DENTAL RESEARCH FOR HIS WORK ON FLOURIDATION AS A PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURE.
OTHER HONORS HE RECEIVED INCLUDED THE SUPERIOR SERVICE AWARD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE AND HONORARY MEMBERSHIPS IN THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION AND THE DENTAL SOCIETY OF EUROPE.
FOLLOWING HIS RETIREMENT, DR. MCCLURE WROTE A BOOK, "WATER FLUORIDATION: THE SEARCH AND THE VICTORY," AN ACCOUNT OF THE INTRODUCTION OF FLUORIDES INTO PUBLIC WATER SUPPLIES AS A MEANS OF REDUCING DENTAL CARIES.
IN ADDITION TO HIS SCIENTIFIC WORK, DR. MCCLURE WAS AN ARTIST AND PRINTMAKER. HIS PRINTS ARE AT THE NATIONAL COLLECTION OF FINE ARTS, THE INDIANAPOLIS MUSEUM OF ART AND IN SEVERAL OTHER PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS.
A NATIVE OF LAFAYETTE, IND., DR. MCCLURE EARNED BACHELOR'S AND MASTER'S DEGREES IN BIOCHEMISTRY AT PURDUE UNIVERSITY AND A DOCTORATE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS. HE TAUGHT AT PURDUE, PENNSYLVANIA STATE COLLEGE AND TEXAS A & M College before moving to this area and joining NIH. He lived in Washington.
In 1960, he donated a 100-acre tract of land to Purdue, which has named its research facility McClure Park.
Dr. McClure was a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington.
There are no immediate survivors.