John Lacy McLean ’72

Dr. John Lacy Mclean III late of Marshall MO, (Johnny to family and Doc to students) passed away at the age of 71 on Dec 30, 2021.  John was a beloved English professor at 9 Universities / Colleges and taught over 10,000 students during his career.  John thoroughly enjoyed teaching and never viewed it as work. His main goal, as a teacher, was to make college fun for his students. Socratic discourse drove spirited discussion in the classroom. Those discussions carried over into a decades long poker game where Doc forged lifelong friendships. Free time was spent as an amateur historian with a keen focus on presidential succession and particular focus on the Kennedy assassination. 

John was preceded in death by his Mother Edna Adams McLean and his Father, John Lacy McLean Jr both of Greenville SC.  He is survived by his Sister Mary Tyner of Suwanee GA, Brother Tom McLean of Hoschton GA, two nephews Will Tyner of Nashville TN, Thomas Tyner of Birmingham Alabama, two nieces Perrin Mayne of Nashville TN, and Morgan Shelly of Commerce Georgia.

John’s cremains will be buried in Greenville SC at Woodlawn Cemetery next to his mother.  No formal service is planned. 

Donations can be made to Missouri Valley College Institutional Development either by Mail at 500 East College, Marshall MO 65340 or online at  Please put John L Mclean Donation in the appropriate places.