James "J.D." David McCrady Sr. '52


June 26, 1930 ~ March 14, 2023

Born in: Beaumont, Texas
Resided in: College Station, Texas

James David (JD) McCrady, 92, of Bryan College Station, passed away March 14, 2023. A memorial service will be held at the A&M Church of Christ in College Station at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 1, 2023. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers.

JD was born June 30, 1930 to Homer and Lucille McCrady in Beaumont, TX. He was the oldest of three children including his brothers, Richard and Larry McCrady. He graduated from Southpark High School in Beaumont, TX in 1948 and continued his education at Texas A&M University. While at Texas A&M, JD was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

JD received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Texas A&M University in 1952, his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Texas A&M University in 1958, and his PhD in Physiology from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1964.

JD was an instructor at Texas A&M University in Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology from 1958-1960 and was Assistant Professor in Veterinary Physiology at Texas A&M University from 1960-1962. JD served the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine for 35 years. He retired in 1999 as department head of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology.

Dr. McCrady was proud to assist in a partnership between Texas A&M University and the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and Provisions. He enjoyed teaching sustainable agricultural and farming practices in-country.

Dr. McCrady was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Physiological Society, Texas Academy of Veterinary Practitioners, American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN), Sigma Xi, Alpha Zeta, Phi Kappa Phi, and Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges.

Dr. McCrady was a member of the A&M Church of Christ where he served as a deacon for 25 years and was an integral part in establishing the Lincoln House of Hope in College Station. He enjoyed sharing with those less fortunate. This was the basis for him helping establish Lincoln House of Hope. Their mission is to bring life skills to those in need. He was also a 4-H leader, on the executive board of the Bryan High School Athletic Club, and coached several youth baseball teams.

Dr. McCrady was a quail hunter, an avid fisherman, and a lover of Aggie athletics. He appreciated animals and committed his life to caring for them. He applied those learnings to human medicine. He raised beautiful English pointers and found joy training and caring for them. He worked to get an education aligned with his passion.

Dr. McCrady is preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Lucille McCrady, and his brother, Larry McCrady.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, of 72 years; brother Richard (and Jean) McCrady of Brownsboro, AL; children James David McCrady Jr. of College Station, TX, Karla Diane McCrady of College Station, TX, and Darla Kay McCrady of Bryan, TX; grandchildren Jamie Allison McCrady of College Station, TX, Julie O’Neal (and Jesse) Jardine of Houston, TX; and great-grandchildren Jude, Heidi, and Nolan of Houston, TX.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed in Dr. McCrady’s name to the Lincoln House of Hope, College Station, TX or Hospice Brazos Valley.


Memorial Service: April 1, 2023 1:00 pm

A&M Church of Christ
2475 Earl Rudder Fwy S
College Station, Tx 77845


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  1. Dr. McCrady was an inspiration to all the members of the Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology Department at Texas A&M. His leadership, passion and support have always guided us.

  2. What an inspirational man that Jules’s Papa Dr. Mc Crady was! He has accomplished so many stupendous achievements in his lifetime. He has done so much to improve the lives of others. He can now rest from all his efforts.

  3. J.D.’s contribution to his profession will continue to be passed on for may generations, as will his love of family. Truly, a life well lived.

  4. It is with great sadness that we pay final respects to a dear friend J.D. McCrady. J.D. was such a gentleman and friend to both our children when attending TAMU and University Chruch of Christ during their college years. He and his wife Mary were so kind and encouraging to them and included them in many of their family events. Both kids knew who to call when needing help that we as parents were too far to give. What a peace it brought to us as parents to know that they were being influenced by folks so generous, kind and a Christian influence that is with them both today. May their family find peace in his memory.
    Leonard and Myra Kent, Tyler, TX

  5. Dr. McCrady was a giant of a man and was so kind and giving. I am honored to have known him and to have studied in his department. May God send His comfort to all of Dr. McCrady’s family?

  6. Dearest Mary,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family for peace, comfort and strength. Dr. McCrady will always be lovingly remembered for his kindness, wisdom and gentle manner. Dr. McCrady walked and talked the Christian faith. During my time at TAMU as receptionist for the Dept of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, I watched people come and go from his office. I never heard a raised voice and I don’t remember ever seeing angry faces leave his office. His mannerism was that of one that knew his purpose and was directed by a higher authority. He could be stern when needed but he guided with a fatherly hand. That type of man can only come from a man that knows Jesus and has the support and love of a godly wife. The love and testimony of so many friends and family is equal proof. I am certain the words Dr. McCrady heard upon meeting our Lord was “Well done my good and faithful servant…”

    All our love,
    David and Dawn Kehlenbrink

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