Bruce McClendon (1947-2019)
Bruce McClendon, FAICP, a lifetime APA and AICP member and a dedicated leader, educator, and author, died January 7, 2019, at the age of 72. His son, Tim McClendon, is a member of APA Florida and lives in the Orlando area.
Bruce was a consultant with Citygate Associates, LLC in Folsom, California, where he consulted with local and state government agencies. Prior to joining Citygate, McClendon was the planning director for Los Angeles County in California. Previously, he was planning director for Orange and Hillsborough Counties in Florida, and the director of planning for several Texas cities.
But it is in his work in the professional planning community that McClendon will be most remembered. A second-generation planner, he was a teacher and mentor for generations of planners. He was a highly respected educator and planning expert who loved to share his knowledge and experiences in the planning field through presentations, books, and magazine articles. He published more than 100 articles in more than 50 publications and authored or co-authored six books.
McClendon was dedicated to advancing the planning profession through his involvement with APA. He served as president of APA twice, in 1984–1985 and in 2001–2003. He served on the APA Board from 2000–2004, participating on numerous committees during that time, including Development Plan and Budget, Executive, Membership and Nominating Committees. From 2005–2006, he served on the Leadership Development Committee.
McClendon also served on the Journal of the American Planning Association Editorial Advisory Board, the Organizational Structure Task Force, and PAB Relations Task Force, and he was actively involved in local APA chapters in Texas, California, and Florida.
Upon his induction into the AICP College of Fellows in 2000, McClendon was described by the committee as “a creative thinker/educator/leader who works ‘outside the box’ as a change agent to make a difference in his chosen profession and in people’s lives.”
McClendon earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in regional and city planning from the University of Oklahoma.