Monday, August 29, 2005

John Kenneth McLean, a former political analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, died Aug. 26 at Virginia Hospital Center after battling melanoma for seven years. He was 83.

Mr. McLean founded the Alexandria Taxpayers Association and was president of the Conservative Club of Alexandria. He also was the founding treasurer of the newsletter “Accuracy in Media” and a member of Belle Haven Country Club.

Born Sept. 3, 1921, in Buffalo, N.Y., Mr. McLean spent his early years in Little Rock, Ark., and graduated from the Lawrenceville School in Princeton, N.J., and from Yale University in 1943.

Immediately after graduating, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, 28th Division. He attended the Navy Japanese Language School in Boulder, Colo., before leaving for the Pacific, where he served as a Japanese language officer and fought on Iwo Jima. He received a Bronze Star for his service there.

Mr. McLean returned to Japan to serve in the government section during the U.S. occupation from 1947 to 1949. He retired as a major from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1957.

Mr. McLean and his wife, the former Marilyn Grobmyer of Little Rock, moved to Alexandria in 1953 when he joined the CIA. He served as a political analyst for the CIA in Japan from 1956 to 1960. He later worked in private business in Washington as a stockbroker.

Mr. McLean visited 76 countries and spoke five languages. He spent part of every summer at his family home on Lake Erie in Ontario, Canada.

Mr. McLean is survived by his wife; two daughters, Elizabeth Humason of Hanford, Calif., and Tolise Barton of Farmville, Va.; a brother, Arthur McLean of Dallas; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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