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Sandy McLean, 92, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, after a short illness.

He was born in Danbury, Connecticut in 1925, and spent his youth there. His mother and father stayed in town most of their lives, as his father was the part of a family department store business. His brother, Jock, continued with this business while Sandy pursued his career in advertising.

He attended Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA for two years, and then received his BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He headed off to NYC to start his working career which included General Electric, J. Walter Thompson and Young and Rubicam. He moved to their California office in Los Angeles and later opened offices in both San Francisco and San Diego. His advertising career ended in SF as president and co-owner of his own agency, McLean-Stewart Advertising Inc.

While at Wesleyan, his deke housemate, Johnny Phillips became engaged and he was asked to be an usher. At this wedding, he met his future wife, Gretchen "Dutch" Phillips. She was attending Wellesley, and graduated in 1948 when they married. They moved to Wilton, Connecticut where they lived, raised a family and became a fixture in the community. He was always involved with his church and the Kiwanis Club. Golf was always his sport of choice. He enjoyed traveling to various states and countries to try to play various courses.

After their time on the West Coast, the McLeans moved back to Wilton before heading off on their adventure in Sri Lanka, Turkey, Armenia and Georgia. He was involved with the International Executive Service Corp., which helps developing countries with the experience of the volunteers. He loved this part of his life.

After losing his wife in 2006 to multiple myeloma, he was introduced to his beloved companion of almost 10 years by their children. He moved to San Marino, California to be with Betty Medearis and they enjoyed family and traveling.

Besides leaving his life partner, Betty, he leaves two children, his daughter, Lissa "Kimi" Hardej of Hull, MA and his son, Ronald "Scot" McLean III, of Hawthorne, CA. He had four grandchildren, AJ and Emily Hardej, and Taylor and Ultan McLean.

There will be two different memorial services. One will take place in San Marino, California and the other will be held in Wilton, Connecticut.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Feb. 12, 2018
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