George Hobart MacLean passed away at home in Summit, NJ on March 25, 2022 at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife, Marilynn MacLean, his children James (Mari) MacLean, Marc (Kevin) MacLean and Christina (Chrissy) Gephardt and step-daughter Julie (Seth) Hassett, his grandchildren George MacLean Gephardt and Ellie Hassett, and his nieces Mary Anne (Ray) McAlonan and Nancy (Bruce) MacLean. George was predeceased by his parents, John and Muriel, his brother Jack and his former spouse, Marie.
After graduating from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Business Administration, George earned his J.D. from Duke Law School in 1961. Following law school, he began his legal career at Chadbourne & Park and then Forsythe, McGovern, Pearson & Nash. For the majority of his legal career, he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at U.S. Industries. At U.S. Industries, George specialized in mergers and acquisitions and advised on a large variety of corporate and litigation matters. He also served as Secretary of the Corporation and Secretary to the Board of Directors and the Compensation Committee of the Board. U.S. Industries was acquired by Hanson Industries, where George was Vice President and Associate General Counsel. Following Hanson Industries, George was counsel to Precision Partners Holding Company, providing legal advice on corporate and litigation matters.
His civic work included serving on the Board of Directors of the Summit Child Care Center and the International Institute of New Jersey. George also served as a member, Vice-Chair and Chair of the City of Summit (NJ) Zoning Board.
George enjoyed playing tennis and was an active member of a tennis club in Summit, playing on a men’s team for many years. He was an avid reader and had a remarkable knowledge of current events, world history and geography. Recently, he joined a local book club, engaging with new and old friends for lively discussions. George also attended many high school, college and work reunions, keeping up with colleagues and friends whom he had known for decades. He loved to travel, and over the years, George and Marilynn went on countless trips around the U.S. and Europe together and with family and friends.
George was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and his family cherished the time they had with him. He was an understanding, attentive listener with an authentic curiosity about people and the world, and a warm and easy sense of humor. George loved to be surrounded by people and laughter. His booming laugh could make anyone smile. He is greatly missed by all of his family and friends — his love will live on through all who loved him.