Daniel (Danny) McLean was born in 1920 in the east end of Glasgow. On leaving school at fifteen he went to work in the famous Templeton's Carpet Factory on Glasgow Green. In 1939 he and his brother joined the Royal Naval Reserve and gave valiant service all over the world for the duration of the war. In both capacities he was commended for his loyalty and discretion.
After the war Danny returned to Templeton's where he worked in a variety of roles before setting up his own newsagent business. When the redevelopment of the east end saw the demolition of his premises Danny went to work with Strathclyde Council until he retired.
Retirement gave him the chance to follow his lifelong dream of studying to gain further qualifications. At sixty seven he started with the Open University and he went on to gain an Honours Degree followed by a Post Graduate Diploma. Danny relished and greatly appreciated the opportunities offered him by the Open University. The day he graduated with his BA degree was one of the proudest days of his life. The joy of gaining knowledge never left him and he continued his studies at North Highland College where he signed up for two courses in Scottish History and then went on to computing studies for several more years.
It would be Danny's wish that that other pensioners be helped to experience the fulfilment and pleasure he gained from education. This is what the Daniel McLean Memorial Fund aims to achieve.