|William Prentiss McKelway
-- Adam Bernstein, The Washington Post - Wednesday, February 10, 2010
William P. McKelway, 87, a Washington obstetrician and a clinical professor at George
Washington University Hospital, died Jan. 31 at Sibley Memorial Hospital's Grand Oaks
assisted-living home. He had kidney disease and congestive heart failure.
Dr. McKelway, a District resident, was on the staff at George Washington University
Hospital until helping start Foxhall OB-GYN Associates in the mid-1960s. He continued
working as a clinical professor at the hospital for many years and retired from his
practice in the mid-1990s.
In the early 1960s, he had been part of a medical team that traveled to American Indian
reservations in the West to provide medical care.
William Prentiss McKelway was born in Washington to a family that held prominent
positions in journalism and the Presbyterian Church. His father, Benjamin M. McKelway,
was editor of the old Washington Star newspaper and president of the Associated
Dr. McKelway was a graduate of the former Central High School (1941) and a 1943
graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. He was in the Navy during
World War II and participated in the Normandy invasion and also served in the Pacific
He graduated from George Washington University medical school in 1950 and
completed his residency at George Washington University Hospital in 1954.
His memberships included the Chevy Chase Club, the Metropolitan Club and the Alfalfa
Club, an elite social organization.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Elisabeth Locher McKelway of the Grand Oaks
facility; five children, William P. McKelway Jr. of Richmond, Martha Stringer of
Clarksburg, Dr. David A. McKelway of Oakland, Maine, Margaret Clark of Chevy Chase
and WJLA (Channel 7) reporter Douglas B. McKelway of Falls Church; 13
grandchildren; and one great-grandson.