Sept. 4, 1942 - Dec. 19, 2014
Louise A. McMillan Clary of Amherst, a former paralegal and actress, died Friday in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a long illness. She was 72.
Born in Buffalo, the former Louise Granelli earned a bachelor’s degree from Rosary Hill College, which is now Daemen College.
She co-founded, with Joseph Ryan, the Citizen Action Committee in the early 1970s. In the 1980s, Ms. Clary was a disability advocate for Mental Hygiene Legal Services for the elderly.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, she was an actress, costume designer and produced playwright with the Buffalo Ensemble Theatre.
In a 2004 Buffalo News story, Ms. Clary recalled participating in a Buffalo Public Schools speaking competition in the 1950s, which ignited her drive to become an actress: “It was the first time I discovered I was totally without stage fright. From the moment I got up there and opened my mouth, I didn’t want to leave the stage until I owned those people.”
Ms. Clary is survived by her husband, Dennis.