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06/18/2009

Editor emeritus of the CDS Review and World War II veteran Grant A. MacLean died June 6 in Sun City, AZ. He was 91.

A respected dentist and editor, Dr. MacLean led the transition from the Fortnightly Review to the CDS Review in 1973, and was repeatedly honored for his efforts.

The late Karl Richardson said of Dr. MacLean upon his retirement in 1983:

A retrospective study of Grant's editorials over the past dozen years is an amply rewarding experience in sound comment on, shrewd analysis of, and vigorous advice and guidance to organized dentistry. Grant's record is evident and eloquent. To have so highly merited the acclaim and recognition of his colleagues in dental journalism and his many readers is certainly an achievement of which any editor would be proud.
Dr. MacLean was born in Detroit but raised in Evanston, and graduated from Illinois State University. He married in 1942 and shortly enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps; he served in World War II, including two years in the South Pacific. His first Marine division landed on Guadalcanal.

Upon returning to the U.S. in 1945, Dr. MacLean returned to school for a specialty degree in orthodontics.

Dr. MacLean was appointed editor of the Fortnightly Review in 1972 and lead the staff through a redesign when they renamed and relaunched their publication as the CDS Review in 1973. During Dr. MacLean's 12-year tenure, he and the magazine were honored with several awards:
  • The 1974 Golden Scroll Award for improvements in the format, layout and overall appearance of the CDS Review;
  • The 1976 Golden Pen Award for an article about Dr. Robert Shira;
  • A 1977 Special Citation for an outstanding collection of feature articles;
  • A 1978 Honorable Mention for the Golden Pen Award; and
  • The 1979 Golden Scroll Award for outstanding cover design.
CDS Review Editor Walter Lamacki said Dr. MacLean made many contributions to the profession and dental journalism, adding that Dr. MacLean was "a true old-world style gentleman at all times."

While serving as editor, Dr. MacLean was also president of the Illinois State Dental Society in 1977. Dr. MacLean was also active with other CDS activities, including the first Children's Dental Health Day, when more than 12,000 people received care at McCormick Place, and the launch of closed circuit television at the Midwinter Meeting.

Dr. MacLean retired to Arizona in 1983.

He is survived by his wife of seven years, Peggy; sons, Rev. Grant A. (Carol) MacLean, Jr. and Craig (Annette) MacLean; step-children, Debby (William) Radio, Susan (Ronald) Hendee and John (Melissa) Scott; sister, Sarah Jane MacLean; brother, James MacLean, Donald MacLean, 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held June 17 at the Congregational Church of Sun City.

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