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William D. MacLean

AGE: 84 • Manahawkin

Lt. Colonel William D. MacLean, 84 of Manahawkin, was promoted to Glory on April 24, 2017.

He was born in New Brunswick, NJ, to the late Leonard and Carolyn MacLean (nee Morris) and was predeceased by his brothers Frederick and David. Surviving are his wife, Lt. Colonel Barbara L MacLean, his sons, William David, Major Timothy Robert and his wife Sarah, James Eric and his wife Barbara, and his daughter, Amy L. MacLean; also his brother, Leonard, and sister, Edith Bronson.

In more than 60 years as an ordained and commissioned officer in The Salvation Army, Lt. Colonel William D. MacLean held administrative, pastoral and editorship positions in the USA and Canada.

He and his wife have served in New Jersey, New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio, Kentucky, as well as Toronto, Canada. They have worked together in evangelism, adult and youth program administration.

Lt. Colonel MacLean served as Editor and/or Editor-in-Chief for 14 official Salvation Army publications in English, French and Spanish languages. During his tenure in Canada as Editor-in-Chief, The War Cry received the Canadian Church Press "Best Cover" Award (1984) and the prestigious "General Excellence" Award (1985). He also served as Editor of SAROLETTER, a quarterly publication for retired officers.

He served as the Chairman of The Salvation Army's National Scouting Commission and as Secretary of the Boy Scouts of America's National Commission on Scouting. In 1970, he was an official delegate to the White House Commission on Youth. Lt. Colonel MacLean was Camp Director at Camp Sebago in Maine and at Camp Tecumseh in New Jersey as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Camping Association.

A member of the New York Staff Band from 1955 to 1962, during which time he served as Public Relations Secretary, he served an additional five years as Assistant Executive Officer, Band Secretary and Historian. He traveled with the band to the United Kingdom, Sweden and Norway, Canada and Australia. He was a platinum baton associate of the New York Staff Band.

He graduated from Perth Amboy High School, having been inducted into the National Honor Society. In 2007 he was inducted into the Perth Amboy High School Hall of Fame, Class of 1951, by joint legislative resolution of the Senate and General Assembly of New Jersey with recognition for ministry and journalism. He studied creative writing at the New School for Social Research and was an English major at Fairleigh-Dickinson University.

Retiring from active service in 1998, he resided in Stafford Township, NJ and attended the Ocean County Citadel Corps. For several years he wrote a column which appeared in four local newspapers. He was a regular speaker at the historic nondenominational Spray Beach Chapel on Long Beach Island. He also served as special events program consultant and writer for the Eastern Territory, spoke at conferences and retreats and was a contributor to The Salvation Army Historical Dictionary, The Officer magazine and Words of Life. He composed numerous songs, many of which have been published.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 AM until the funeral service at 11AM at The Salvation Army Ocean County Citadel, 1738 Rt. 37 E., Toms River, NJ 08753. Interment will follow at 3 PM in Monmouth Memorial Park, Tinton Falls. The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Ely Funeral Home, Neptune.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Apr. 26, 2017
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