Stewart H. 'Stew' McLean, developer

Stewart H. "Stew" McLean, a retired developer and homebuilder who enjoyed writing and bird watching, died Saturday at Gilchrist Hospice of multiple-system atrophy. He was 88.

The son of Alexander H. McLean, a career Air Force officer, and Frances Taylor McLean, a homemaker, Stewart Henderson McLean was born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Washington.


Mr. McLean was a student at St. Paul's School, where he played lacrosse. He was ranked No. 1 in his class at the time of his graduation in 1944.

He attended the Naval Academy where he played lacrosse and was a member of the academy's 1946 national championship team. At the end of the 1946 season, he was named the first winner of the Turnbull Trophy, which is awarded annually to the outstanding attackman in college lacrosse.


Because classes were accelerated during World War II, Mr. McLean, who was a member of the Class of 1948, graduated in 1947.

He served five years as a naval officer. After being discharged in 1952, he married Charlton "Cha" Merrick.

For more than three decades, Mr. McLean owned and operated Stewart H. McLean, a development and custom homebuilding firm. One of his developments was Kilkerry on Jarrettsville Road near Jacksonville, family members said. He retired in 1982.

Mr. McLean lived on Gittings Avenue from 1952 until 2012, when he and his wife moved to the Brightwood retirement community in Lutherville.

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He enjoyed writing and wrote a history of the Elkridge Club that was published in 2003. He was a longtime member and golfer and served on the club's board.

H wrote three other books, which have not been published: an autobiography, a novel and a book on memory, family members said.

He enjoyed bird watching and at one time had several aviaries in the basement of his home. He was also a collector of antique lead soldiers.

Mr. McLean was a member of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, where he and his wife taught Sunday school for 16 years.


A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday at his church, 5200 N. Charles St.

In addition to his wife, Mr. McLean is survived by two sons, Stewart H. McLean Jr. of Charles Village and William S. McLean of Roland Park; two daughters, Mary Charlton McLean Chafey of the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County and Anne McLean Matthews of Pinehurst; two brothers, R. Taylor McLean of Charlesbrooke and Alexander H. McLean Jr. of Florida; a sister, Alexandra B. McLean of Wayne, Pa.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.