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Angus Boyd MacLean
Colonel, United States Army
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From a contemporary press report:

Angus Boyd MacLean, 76, a retired Army Colonel who helped found the Metro Transit police department before serving as its chief until 1990, died of pulmonary fibrosis January 11, 2001, at his home in Burke, Virginia.

Colonel MacLean, a World War II and Vietnam War veteran, began his career with Metro in 1972 as director of the office of security. He helped establish the procedures for what was then an interim special police force and recruited heavily from Washington area police agencies and the military. In 1976, the police force became the Metro Transit Police, responsible for protecting Metro passengers, workers, stations and revenues.

Colonel MacLean was a native of Lorain, Ohio. Entering the Army in 1943, he served in the 3rd Infantry Division during the Battle of Anzio in World War II. He received a battlefield commission to second lieutenant, and his military decorations included a Silver Star, two Purple Hearts and a Combat Infantryman's Badge.

After the war, while still in the Army, he graduated from the University of Maryland and the Blackstone School of Law in Chicago. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam during the war there.

In his final Army assignment, he was deputy chief of staff for police, security and intelligence for the Military District of Washington.

His marriage to his first wife, Katherine MacLean, ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Sally MacLean of Burke; two children from his first marriage, Douglas MacLean of Charlotte Hall, Md., and Sandy MacLean of Upper Marlboro; a son from his second marriage, Aaron MacLean of Burke; and a granddaughter.

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 On Thursday, January 11, 2001, ANGUS B. MACLEAN of Burke, VA. Beloved husband of Sally MacLean; father of Aaron B., Douglas B. and Sandy MacLean; grandfather of Jennifer MacLean. Funeral services at Ft. Myer Chapel on Wednesday, January 24, 2001 at 9:00 A.M. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with full Military Honors. The family requests contributions be made to The American Lung Association, 9735 Main St., Fairfax, VA. 22013.

DATE OF BIRTH: 07/12/1924
DATE OF DEATH: 01/11/2001

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Posted: 27 January 2001 Updated: 15 February 2003  Updated: 20 September 2004 Updated: 19 November 2005
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