Claude Walton McBride, 1932-2013


Claude Walton McBride Sr. (ABJ ’55), an unofficial chaplain of the UGA football team and former associate director of the Office of Alumni Relations, died in August at the age of 81.

Just out of UGA, McBride helped the Columbus Ledger win a Pulitzer Prize for Community Service. He later earned bachelor of divinity and master of theology degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and became pastor of Milledge Avenue Baptist Church in 1964. While there he began a special outreach to student athletes, which led to his invitation from then-Head Coach Vince Dooley to become an unofficial chaplain for the football team, a role he filled for 40 years. He became associate director of alumni relations in 1983.