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Robert McKean '62 June 21, 2022 4:23 PM updated: June 21, 2022 4:28 PM

Robert E. McKean
November 25, 1939 ~ May 20, 2022

Robert (Bob) E. McKean, Lt. Colonel, United States Air Force (retired), Age 82, of Huntington Beach, CA, passed away on May 20, 2022, in Huntington Beach, CA.

Bob was born in San Francisco, CA, to Aubrey and Alvin McKean on Nov. 25, 1939. He was raised by his mother and loving stepfather, Cecil Crawford, who in every meaningful way was his father. He moved around quite a bit as a child since his father, Cecil, was serving as a pilot in the United States Air Force. As a result, he went to various high schools in Texas and Japan, graduating in 1958. He went on to earn an Air Force Commission and degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1962. He had a very rewarding career in the military as an engineer, helping to develop and launch satellites, from 1963-1983. He continued working in the aerospace industry as a civilian engineer until his retirement in 2012. He enjoyed his family, travel, camping and working on various household projects. He also continued to support his Texas Aggies’ Corps of Cadets throughout his life, keeping in touch with many former classmates. As Bob’s work projects became declassified, he relished in sharing with his friends and family the details of that important work. Bob worked tirelessly in a selfless quest to make his country safe.

Bob is survived by his wife, Janet, of Huntington Beach, CA, along with his adult children Scott, Laurie (Dan) and Patrick (Melissa), and his grandchildren Fiona, Sierra, Savannah, Samuel, Asher, Serritella, Wyatt and Seth. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Kathleen Sciba, and nephew Christopher (Janette) and their children, Madison and Grady. He is preceded in death by his parents, Aubrey and Cecil Crawford and Alvin McKean, and his siblings Donna McKean and Michael Crawford, and beloved granddaughter, Cheyenne McKean.

Memorial donations may be made to: The Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Dr., College Station, TX 77840. Please make your check payable to the A&M Foundation and then indicate it should be directed to the Corps of Cadets General Scholarship fund in memory of LTC Robert McKean ’62.

A donation can also be made on their website, Please indicate a donation to the Corp of Cadets, General Scholarship Fund, in memory of LTC Robert McKean ’62.


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