Timothy Howard McCluney, CO, owner of McCluney’s Orthopedic & Prosthetic Services in Gainesville, Florida, passed away on March 24. According to his friend and colleague, Michael A. Lewis, CPO, McCluney was a graduate of Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, and an active member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy), the Florida Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists (FAOP), and the Florida chapter of the Academy. He was also a founding and active member of the International African American Prosthetic-Orthotic Coalition (IAAPOC) and served on the Florida state board of orthotic and prosthetic licensure.
Lewis called him a “great husband, father of three, and a grandfather,” saying that he “loved life, loved his family, and was a great boss” who treated everyone with respect, no matter what their background. Lewis wrote in a memorial post to the OANDP-L listserv that McCluney learned of the orthotic field as a teen and was mentored by Bill Hancock in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Before founding his own business in the early 1980s, he served at Shand’s Hospital at the University of Florida.