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Professor Emeritus celebrates 90th birthday

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November 08, 2016

Detroit Mercy professor emeritus, Dr. John McLean, celebrated his 90th birthday on November 8.

Dr. John McLeanSeveral current faculty and staff marked the occasion with cake last week.

Throughout his thirty-five year career at University of Detroit Mercy, he rose through the ranks to full professor, was chairman of the Chemistry Department from 1983 to 1993, and directed the thesis research of 21 MS students, the dissertation research of 16 Ph.D. students and mentored the research of a number of undergraduates.

He was instrumental in the development of a remedial course in chemistry for under-prepared students who wished to pursue scientific careers.

He was successful in obtaining funding for several federally funded summer workshops for Public and Private K-12 Science Teachers in the Detroit metropolitan area.

McLean retired in 1994 and on January 13, 1995, Sr. Maureen A. Fay, O.P., Ph.D., president of University of Detroit Mercy conferred the title of professor emeritus upon him.

The citation reads: You are an outstanding teacher, have given generously of your time to aid and mentor hundreds of students, and have been totally committed to the University.

In 2000, supported by Detroit Mercy faculty and friends, the endowed John A. McLean Scholarship was established in his honor.

If you wish to contribute to the John A. McLean Scholarship, please visit the Make a Gift website.

Dr. John McLean (center) and daughter Linda are surrounded by retired professor Ken Henold and his wife Nikki, Dean Gary Kuleck, Dr. Mark Benvenuto and Jane Schley

Dr. John McLean (center) and daughter Linda are surrounded
by retired professor Ken Henold and his wife Nikki,
Dean Gary Kuleck, Dr. Mark Benvenuto and Jane Schley

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