Oliver McClintock, Jr.
Born: December 28, 1938
Died: November 4, 2003
Oliver "Tuck" McClintock, Jr., was born in Pittsburgh, son of Oliver McClintock, '31, and Jane Eileen Murphy. His half-brother J. Evans Rose, Jr., '54, his grandfather and an uncle preceded him at Yale. He prepared for Yale at Andover and Williston Academy.
Tuck was a resident of Timothy Dwight College and a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He played varsity soccer in 1959 and, subsequently, with the TD soccer team. Tuck was an American Studies major.
After graduation he served four years in the Navy as a supply officer, including "a stint on a Navy cargo ship" as he characterized his service in the 25th Reunion Book. Tuck then returned to Pittsburgh and soon became a stockbroker with the firm of Parker/Hunter, Inc., where he worked for more than three decades.
Tuck was renowned in the Pittsburgh community not only for his business acumen but also as an accomplished humorist and raconteur. Indeed, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette headlined his obituary: "Stockbroker and Gifted Humorist" and called him an inveterate humorist, speech writer and orator who "used anniversaries, birthdays or Pittsburgh Golf Club meetings as opportunities to roll out his droll, well-timed sense of humor."
In 2001 Tuck ended his self-described "13 year odyssey through bachelorhood" following a 10 year first marriage when he married Mary Knowles, a widowed neighbor and old friend. Though sadly shortened by his illness, the happiness of their marriage was a joy for both and a delight to all their friends. The eulogy at his funeral by Brian Mullins, '63, described their love for each other as "simply glowing."
Tuck was an avid fisherman and traveled extensively. He also was a "maniacally loyal" Pittsburgh Penguin hockey fan, in the words of classmate Tom Cutler. He regularly purchased large blocks of seats. His loyalty was rewarded after the Penguins won the Stanley Cup and he was allowed to display the coveted trophy in his home as it made its traditional victory rounds. The team paid a final tribute to Tuck with a special floral display at his funeral.
Throughout his life Tuck's sense of humor sparkled. He once showed up at a Halloween party dressed as 1970's tennis star Billie Jean King. He mailed out Christmas cards with his head on top of his dog's body. He went to Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum opening wearing a white Warhol wig.
"He was a guy who added an awful lot of color to everybody's life. He would say a day without laughter was a wasted day," said his friend Jack Diederich, a former executive with Alcoa.
In his biography in our 40th Reunion Class Book, Tuck wrote of hosting his own 60th birthday shindig: " I had overheard rumblings about a surprise party in the offing, and I didn't want any part of that so I threw together a list of both old and new friends and got them together for a great weekend in Pittsburgh. There were a lot of Yalies in attendance, and we even charmed the others (in our eyes) with a rousing version of the Whiffenpoof Song during dinner. One thing I have noticed in the past 40 years is how Yalies keep in touch and, as the song goes, 'friendships formed at Yale' really are hard to break."
He was correct that friendships formed at Yale are hard to break. As roommate Bob Palmer observed, "Tuck was the glue that held an enormous number of friendships together. He formed the hub for the spokes of a wheel of friendships and interests." Tuck's periodic parties, newsletters, frequent calls, and more recently, emails, kept his classmates in touch, informed and entertained. His roommates, Palmer, John Murphy and Dick Wendin, were joined at his funeral by classmates, Alex Doyle, Tom Cutler and David Hemphill.
Tuck died of melanoma and the family requested memorial contributions for melanoma research be made in his name to University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. He is survived by his widow Mary, his half-brother, J. Evans Rose, Jr., 8 stepchildren - Pilar Lebovitz, Joseph Knowles, Charlotte Knowles Higgins, George Messer, Hay Tanning, Charles Messer, Ashley Knowles Grenier, and Alexander Knowles - and 7 step-grandchildren.