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Ian Paul McLean

July 2, 1949 — April 17, 2023

Chadds Ford, PA


On April 17, 2023, Ian Lawrence Paul Wallace McLean age 73, loving husband and father of four, passed away at his home in Chadds Ford, PA. Ian was born in Lanark Scotland, spent time as a child in Ireland finally settling in Middlesbrough, England where he attended Teesside Polytechnic, earning a B.Sc. Honours in Mathematics, Statistics and Computing. His studies took him to the Royal Greenwich Observatory located in Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, where he met his future bride of 51 years, Kathryn. 

Never one to shy away from hard work, Ian's long and varied career had humble beginnings. Starting on the digging crew of Dickers where he stood out as the only team member who could definitively state why a triangle couldn't have four sides, to a precious metals trader for the Bank of England, Ian embraced every opportunity he was given. One such opportunity was to work for the American company Engelhard, founded by Charlie Engelhard, reputedly the inspiration for Ian Fleming's Gold Finger character Auric Goldfinger. This led to Ian and his family immigrating to the United States in 1987. During his years at Engelhard, Ian ran the worldwide trading operations of the company and was a COMEX board member. With the Iron Curtain firmly in place, he traveled the world for business to locations such as Siberia, Moscow, South Africa, Peru, Colombia, Japan, and China. In 1999, Ian's career took another turn, and he ran Power Team for PECO which ultimately became Exelon where he rose to the position of EVP of Markets, Finance and M&A. Although Ian ascended to the top of corporate America, his true joy was helping and mentoring those around him.

Ian had a passion for golf, spending many many many happy hours at Roxiticus Golf Club and Fieldstone Golf Club. In the years following his original Pancreatic Cancer diagnosis, Ian attained a lifelong dream of playing at Augusta National. When not playing golf or working on various charitable and advisory boards, Ian was happiest in the company of his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Kathryn, their four children, Robert, David, Nicola and Stewart, three sisters, Sheila, Allison and Marie and five grandchildren, Emma, Anne, Andrew, Ian and Lucy. In lieu of giving flowers, the family asks that those who are able instead donate to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. A celebration of Ian's life will be held at Fieldstone Golf Club 1:00 PM Monday May 8, 2023.

Arrangements are by Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. of Kennett Square (484-734-8100) To view Ian's online obituary, please visit . 

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