Reid Brian McLean
August 25, 1950 – June 6, 2020
Age 69 of Saint Paul, Minnesota passed away June 6, 2020, of pancreatic cancer. Reid was
actively engaged in a remarkable variety of cultural and creative communities, and will be deeply
missed by all who knew him. Wherever he went, Reid enjoyed a reputation for generosity,
intelligence, decency, and wit.
Born August 25, 1950 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Reid grew up in nearby West Allis. He was a
graduate of Nathan Hale High School, Macalester College (BA, English), and the University of
Minnesota (MA, communications studies).
During and after his undergraduate studies, Reid played keyboards and woodwinds for several local
rock bands, and eventually moved into booking, managing, and mentoring younger musicians in the
Twin Cities new wave scene. Graduate studies and work in marketing and communications consulting
led him to the Minnesota Orchestra, where for 15 years he developed, booked, and promoted
multiple concert series and special events, including the much lauded “Day of Music.” In 2006
Reid returned to Macalester to work in the advancement office, building the Mac community and
promoting philanthropic support of the college’s mission.
Reid joined his late wife Brigid in supporting political campaigns centered on equity and social
justice. He served on the board of Ampersand Families and on the Development Committee of the
American Composers Forum. With Brigid, Reid hosted and advised many Macalester international
students. He generously guided his own nieces and nephews in their college choices.
Reid had exquisite taste in music, including jazz, classical, and rock. He knew and loved fine food and wine, contemporary film, and literature. He admired the work of Montaigne and was an advocate for
and avid player of the Brazilian urban pop music known as choro. The Byrds were his favorite band.
Reid is survived by his mother Helen Jane McLean; siblings Joanne (Scott) Winters, Carol (Steve)
Lukaczer, David (Patty) McLean; siblings-in-law Maura (Kevin) Cope, Richard McDonough (Mimi
Exon), and Maureen McDowall (Peter Anderson); nieces and nephews Rory, Shannon, and Ryan
Stewart; Shawn Cope; Miles and George McDowall; Eric (Kristen) Winters; Bethany (Sloan) King;
David, Grace, and Marcus Lukaczer; Erin (Javier) Mantilla; Reid (Jenney) and Laura McLean;
and great-nieces and -nephews Molly Winters, and Grayson and Easton King. He was preceded in
death by Mary Brigid McDonough (wife), Roger McLean (Father), Hon. Judge John T. McDonough (father-in-law), Mary Horgan McDonough (mother-in-law), Molly McDonough Stewart (sister-in-law), Erin Stewart (niece), and Paul McDowall (brother-in-law). He wanted everyone to know he had a great life with Brigid, his family, and his friends.
A virtual memorial gathering will be held on Friday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m. Please send an email to
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