Charles Martin McLean
October 8, 2010
Chuck McLean, 61, of Aspen, Colo. died Oct. 5, 2010 after being diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in early 2009.
Chuck was born on May 17, 1949 to Laura Fae and Charles McLean of Glastonbury, Conn. After graduating from Glastonbury High School in 1967, he attended Tufts University where he served as student body president. During his summers he managed The Sweet Shop restaurant on Nantucket Island. During college Chuck was active in the Students for a Democratic Society and after college headed up the Connecticut Students Campaign for the Re-Election of President Richard Nixon.
At the age of 23, he became executive director of the Kidney Foundation of the Rocky Mountain Region and spent endless hours happily driving across the West, furthering the work of the foundation. In Denver, he started a magazine and company called a public affair, which sought to improve communication between the business and nonprofits, media and government. He also started High Time, The Senior Citizen Radio Program, an award-winning radio show for people over 60 throughout the Rocky Mountain region.
He also worked for the Washington D.C. based consulting firm Smith and Haroff doing public affairs and legislative relations for Fortune 500 companies. In 1975, he started Denver Research Group and successfully worked on political campaigns, permitting and facilitation for over 35 years. He was a genius at tracking trends and loved his more recent work developing the Global Power Barometer for the Washington Post online.
Chuck was a multi-faceted entrepreneur who constantly took on new projects with great zeal. He was intellectually curious and was widely respected and well loved by all who knew him.
In 1989, he married Amy Margerum and in 1995 they had a son, Slater Charles McLean, who attends Aspen High School.
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Chuck is survived by his wife, Amy Margerum, and son, Slater McLean, of Aspen; his mother, Laura Fae McLean, and sister, Patti Wind, both of Stonington Conn.; his brother, Jim McLean of Golden, Colo.; loving nephews, in-laws, cousins and many 15- to 16-year-old boys in Aspen he loved like his own children.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to a charity of your choice, the ALS Association or to the Slater McLean Education Fund c/o Alpine Bank, 600 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen CO 81611.
A memorial will be held in Aspen on Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Paepcke Building at the Aspen Institute, 1000 N. Third St., with a lunch to follow.