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McLEAN, Howard Jones

Howard Jones McLean, of North Palm Beach passed away peacefully after a long battle with esophageal cancer on August 25, 2014. He is survived by Sue, his beloved wife of 60 years; children Carol Brewer Ogilvie (Andy Ogilvie), Betsy Luehring (Bill Luehring), and Howard "Mack" J. McLean, Jr. (Teri McLean); grandchildren Jenny and Caroline Luehring and Ian and Scott McLean. Howard graduated from Plant High School in Tampa and Duke University, where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Pi Tau Sigma honorary engineering fraternity and Pi Mu Epsilon honorary mathematics fraternity. He was also a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania. Upon graduation from Duke, he worked as a development engineer in locomotive equipment at General Electric in Erie, Pennsylvania. He spent two of his twelve years at General Electric as the resident U.S. Army Inspector for the Transportation Corps, during construction of a 76-ton specialized locomotive. He also designed a motorized wheel for large off-highway vehicles. In 1962 he had the opportunity to work as a designer for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in its Research and Development Center in West Palm Beach. At Pratt & Whitney he worked on designing cryogenic-fueled rocket engines and U.S. Military jet engines. He also served as Deputy Program Manager for a fighter plane for the Israeli Air Force, charged with the mechanical and structural design of the engine. He retired in 1986, having been awarded seven U.S. Patents and two foreign patents during his engineering career. Howard loved to sail and woodwork. He learned to sail on Tampa Bay and had sailed one boat or another since he was twelve. He was a charter member of the Palm Beach Sailing Club. He raced Sunbird, his 30-foot ketch, for 24 years, building an impressive record of 320 races and winning 116. He also crewed on a 58-foot yawl on the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit. For many years he and his family would cross the Gulf Stream in the summer to cruise in the Bahamas. After Howard retired he pursued woodworking, his other hobby, very seriously. He built a woodworking shop over the garage and turned out lovely pieces of fine furniture as well as a handmade lapstrake dinghy--the most impressive dinghy in any harbor anywhere. He also organized a wood carving group that met each week to carve unique and beautiful pieces. Howard has always been a devoted church member. He was brought up in the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church in Tampa and served as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Erie, Pennsylvania and in the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Lake Park. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in North Palm Beach where he had served as a Deacon. He also sang bass in the church choir. Howard met his beloved wife Sue in Erie, Pennsylvania, where their three children were born. He and Sue had just celebrated 60 years of a very happy marriage. In lieu of flowers, please send gifts to the First Presbyterian Church in North Palm Beach Music Fund or to Hospice of Palm Beach County. There will be a Memorial Service at the First Presbyterian Church of North Palm Beach at 11:00AM on September 15, 2014.

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1, 2014
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