Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | June 21, 2010

Julie Camp McLean

Sorry, no photo.   I looked.

Drove to DC on Friday – long road trip to honor my classmate James Robertson McLean’s mother and to love the living.   Jim and I were born into families of sisters only.  We became brothers.   And, so we are.

from the Washington Post:  McLEAN JULIE CAMP McLEAN On Sunday, May 30, 2010 of Washington, DC. Beloved wife for 67 years of Col. John. R. McLean, USA (Ret.); loving mother of Mary Mattis McLean of Washington, DC, Ellen McLean Decaneas of Boston, MA and James Robertson McLean of LaGrange, IL; dear sister of Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Camp, Jr. of Washington, DC and the late Ross M. Camp of Champaign, IL. Also survived by her three grandchildren, Andrew Pierson, Mattis Catherine and Caroline Camp McLean; son-in-law, Antony Decaneas; daughter-in-law, Jessica P. McLean and sisters-in-law, Margaret F. Camp, Barbara B. Camp and Elizabeth M. Kearney. Services will be held at Knollwood Chapel, 6200 Oregon Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20015 on Friday, June 18 at 10 a.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery in July. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20016 or Army Distaff Foundation, 6200 Oregon Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20015.

Mrs. McLean was a northern, urbane, sophisticated version of a Southern woman “steel magnolia”.   Whatever would we call that?  Other than,  a fine lady?   But,  lady lacks the context of true grit inside and polish outside.

Mrs. Mclean was poised, cultured, sophisticated, devout, courageous, determined, tough, bright, best – which is more than well – read, well spoken, fiercely loyal and loving.

Devoted wife.   Great mother.   And the Army brat (1920/30s) who grew up to model what an Officer’s Lady should be – the best of real Army wives.  A lady West Pointer from the time when women only married graduates of the Academy.

And, a remarkable woman whose memorial service included our singing Joyful. Joyful We Adore Thee, For the Beauty of the Earth, Fairest Lord Jesus and Onward Christian Soldiers.

Hooah, Mrs. Mclean.


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