Robert McLean III; Broker Of Commercial Property

Outside of work, Robert McLean III, 80, volunteered at Washington National Cathedral.
Outside of work, Robert McLean III, 80, volunteered at Washington National Cathedral. (Family Photo)
Friday, November 21, 2008

Robert McLean III, 80, a commercial real estate broker who was active at Washington National Cathedral, died of pulmonary failure Nov. 11 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie.

Mr. McLean, a resident of McLean and Gibson Island, Md., worked for Cushman and Wakefield, rising from an account executive to vice chairman of business development and public affairs in his 30 years with the firm. He worked in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and the District and helped the firm with its expansion in Europe.

In the Washington area since 1988, he assisted clients including the World Bank, the FDIC, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Sallie Mae, Arbitron and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Mr. McLean was born in Baltimore and graduated from Yale University. In college, he volunteered with what is now Winant and Clayton Volunteers, helping to rebuild East London after World War II. He served in the Marine Corps in the 1950s in Japan, Hawaii and Parris Island, S.C., as a drill instructor.

He received a master's degree in public administration in 1965 from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined Cushman and Wakefield in 1971, and worked with Philadelphia city fathers in revitalizing and preparing the city for the 1976 bicentennial celebration. In Pittsburgh, he helped the city and eight major corporations in reconstructing the downtown area, creating a new skyline. He retired in 2000.

For more than 20 years, he was a member and volunteer at Washington National Cathedral, serving on the chapter board, as president of the College of Laity and on the board of the College of Preachers. He was also founder of the Washington Metropolitan Dialogue, an interdenominational effort.

Mr. McLean was also a past chairman of the National Building Museum board and chairman of the Cambridge Institute, an advisory body at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth Madison Lewis McLean of McLean and Gibson Island; four children, Lisa McLean Reynolds of Los Angeles, Alexander McLean of Temperance, Mich., Mary McLean-Hely of Bronxville, N.Y., and John McLean of Washington; and five grandchildren.

-- Patricia Sullivan

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