American novelist and historian best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines set during and after the Cold War.
Thomas Leo Clancy was born at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 12, 1947, and grew up in the Northwood neighborhood. He was the second of three children to Thomas Clancy, who worked for the United States Postal Service, and Catherine Clancy, who worked in a store's credit department. He attended Loyola College (now Loyola University) in Baltimore, graduating in 1969 with a degree in English literature.
Clancy and his first wife Wanda Thomas King, a nursing student who became an eye surgeon, married in 1969, separated briefly in 1995, and permanently separated in December 1996. Clancy filed for divorce in November 1997, which became final in January 1999. On June 26, 1999, Clancy married freelance journalist Alexandra Marie Llewellyn, daughter of J. Bruce Llewellyn and a family friend of Colin Powell, who originally introduced the couple to each other. They remained together until Clancy's death. Clancy died on October 1, 2013, of an undisclosed illness, likely heart problems, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, near his Baltimore home. Clancy is survived by his wife, Alexandra; their daughter, Alexis; and four children from his marriage to Wanda King: Michelle Bandy, Christine Blocksidge, Kathleen Clancy, and Thomas Clancy III.
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