TOPSFIELD — James Arthur McLean died on Sunday, January 6, 2013, at the age of 90, surrounded by his family. He was born in Lowell, on May 30, 1922, to the late Agnes V. (McHugh) McLean and Arthur W. McLean. James McLean married the late, Mary E. Kierce in 1949 and enjoyed 63 happy years of marriage. They had four daughters. The family lived for many years in New Canaan, Conn., and later for 37 years in Marblehead, before moving to Topsfield in 2006.
Mr. McLean gradated at the top of his class from Lowell Textile Institute with a degree in Textile Engineering in 1944. Mr. McLean proudly served his country as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, Engineering Standards Section, during World War II and the Korean War. He also graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1948.
Mr. McLean was one of the early pioneers in the Mergers and Acquisitions business. He started working for Dyson-Kissner-Moran (DKM) in New York City in 1956 and participated in the acquisition of over 100 privately held companies during 22 years. After retirement from DKM in 1979, Jim worked with the Industrial Capital Group and Greenfield Partners, acquiring companies for these investment groups. Mr. McLean was highly regarded for his high standards and integrity by everyone who knew him.
Jim had a lifelong passion for all kinds of music. He played violin at an early age and played French horn in school bands. Later in life, after a 74-year break, he picked up Irish fiddle and was an active singer and musician in numerous North Shore sessions, the Tuesday group in Georgetown being among his favorites.
He leaves two brothers, Rev. Edward Mclean of Essex, CT, Rev. George F. McLean O.M.I. of Tewksbury; and two sisters, Agnes Carolan of Lowell and Sr. Agnes Mary of Maryknoll, N.Y. He also leaves four daughters, Mary Ellen McLean; Elizabeth McLean and her husband, Antonio Musso of Marblehead, Martha McLean and her husband, Howard Winrow of Wenham, Margaret Birchall and her husband, Mark of Topsfield. He also leaves ten grandchildren, Brendan McLean-Benson and his wife, Meaghan Couture of Slaterville, R.I., Kierce McLean-Benson of Salem, Federico and Isabella Musso of Marblehead, Deirdre and Colin Winrow of Wenham, Elizabeth, Griffin, James and Mariah Birchall of Topsfield, and many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral mass will be celebrated at Saint Rose of Lima Church, 12 Park Street, Topsfield, on Saturday at 12 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Campbell-Lee, Moody Russell Funeral Home, 5 Cabot Street, Beverly (North Beverly Location), on Friday from 5 to 8 P.M. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Lowell. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.