Flowers of the Forest

Obituaries of Former Clan MacLaren Members
Shown in order of death date.

Bob McLaren
April 24, 1938 - March 17, 2020

CMSNA Life member and longtime clan genealogist, Bob McLaren, passed away on March 17, 2020.

Bob was very accomplished academically with a Bachelors degree in engineering from what is now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering , and a Master's from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

He served in the Air Force for 23 years as a Chemical and Nuclear Engineer, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Afterwards he was either employed or consulted with various government agencies or companies such as ITT Industries and Kaman Sciences.

Genealogy and Scottish history were Bob's passions to the extent he established a business helping people discover their roots.

In addition to his many years and contributions as the CMSNA genealogist , he also held a similar role for the Clan Maclaren Society in Scotland. He was instrumental in setting up and managing the Society records currently archived in the Ellen Payne Odom genealogical library in Georgia. He also established MacLaren DNA Project at Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) which has helped better understand aspects of the clan's ancestry.

Bob was well known and respected in the genealogy community. He attended and lectured at many conferences each year, always wearing his Maclaren kilt. He was always generous with his time and willing to answer questions. He was an early adopter of DNA testing and recognized its value in genealogical research. He served on the user advisory board for FTDNA.

He will be deeply missed by all of those who knew him personally or professionally.

CMSNA sends its heartfelt condolences to his wife Bonnie, children Sean, Mary and Kathleen, as well as the entire family.

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