Leroy Clarence "Lee" McLaren Jr., PhD


Dr. Leroy Clarence "Lee" McLaren Jr was a founding faculty member of the UNM School of Medicine and the first Chair of the Department of Microbiology, serving from 1968-1977.

A native of California, McLaren served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII where he flew 206 combat missions and earned both the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross. After retirement in 1990, he served with the New Mexico wing of the Civil Air Patrol and was a member and past president of the United Flying Octogenarians Club of New Mexico, flying into his mid 80s.

McLaren earned a PhD from UCLA in Microbiology and Virology at UCLA. He was a member of the faculty of the University of Minnesota before joining the then-newly established UNM School of Medicine in 1964. During his distinguished career, he served on many national scientific boards and committees and published many articles and scientific papers. He retired from the School of Medicine in 1990.