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    Posted: 09 May 2019 at 12:35pm
Edward McLean, a resident of Severna Park, MD, died on April 30.  Ed was born in Boston, MA, March 8, 1926, the son of Hugh B. McLean, USNA “24” and Helen B. Mclean. As a Navy Junior he attended many schools, graduating from Coronado High School, Coronado, CA.
 

Ed enlisted in the Navy at age 17, in March 1943. He attended Submarine School at New London, CT, and upon graduation was assigned to wartime duty on several Fleet Boats, serving in the USS Sturgeon (SS187), USS Spikefish (SS404) and the school boat R-5, U2513, known as “Electro Boats.”  Ed served aboard U-2513 from October 1945 until his discharge in May 1946 to enter the Academy with the Class of 1950.

Upon his resignation from the Navy, Ed joined Eastern Air lines flight operations and advanced to Supervisor of Eastern’ s Control Center and Operations at Washington National Airport. Ed left Eastern in 1963 to pursue new endeavors, and wound up at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, working as Nimbus “D” spacecraft Liaison Representative and as Contracting Officer for early Apollo dielectric tape camera experiments.

In 1969 Ed transferred to the newly formed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) as Contracting Officer. During this assignment he was instrumental in acquiring three vessels for EPA's marine and estuarine monitoring programs. These vessels were the USCG Maple, renamed Roger R. Simons, and two Ashville class 165-foot patrol gunboats, the USS Antelope, PG86 renamed Peter W. Anderson, and the USS Crockett PG88, later renamed Rachel Carson.

In 1984 Ed was then appointed Project Officer for the Ocean Survey Vessel (OSV) Peter V. Anderson. In addition to this duties, Ed was charged with setting up and implementing monitoring schedules for EPA’s Coastal Marine and Estuarine protective program. Ed was also an EPA certified “Chief Scientist” for survey operations, and a qualified Dive Master, participating in may dive surveys operations. Ed finally retired in September 1999, after 40 years of Government service.

Ed liked all sorts of sports, to wit: he has raced Comet Class one design sailboats for over fifty years. In 1983 Ed took up off-road racing and formed McLean Racing Enterprises Incorporated (MRE) Inc. He raced under the auspices of “SCORE International” (off-road’s NASCAR), in Class 9 open wheel buggies and was sponsored by Hardee restaurants for several seasons. SCORE conducts off-road races in Baja California, MX, CA, AZ, UT and NV.

Ed was a life member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association, the Fleet Reserve Association, the Naval Submarine League, the Naval Institute, the NRA, the Submarine Force Library, VFW, the Comet Class Yacht Racing Association and the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Barbara McLean and his daughter Valerie Depietro. He leaves one daughter, Cathy Nutter of Severna Park; 3 grandchildren, David Nutter of Annapolis, Caitlyn Nutter of Severna Park, and Bryce Depietro of Arnold; one great grandchild, Austin Stone of Severna Park; and his sister Angela Cannava of Bowie.

USNA[Canberra(CAG-2);Willard Keith(DD-775)];Providence(CLG-6);Sea Robin(SS-407); Nat Greene(SSBN-636B); GMS Dam Neck; Naval Advisory Group,Viet Nam; Okinawa(LPH-3); OIC FLTAC Corona;OIC NWS Fallbrook
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