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Gloria Scheid McLean ’67 died on September 14, 2010. She was born on August 10, 1945 in San Francisco, Calif., to William and Edna Scheid. She was the second of two children. Gloria and her big brother, Bill, enjoyed family activities together, including water skiing in the delta and camping trips to the Sierra Nevadas. Gloria attended and graduated from Santa Clara University. She was among the first class of women admitted to the then male-only, Jesuit university. Upon graduation, Gloria was admitted to the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, where she then earned her Juris Doctorate. At the time, she was among a small number of women at Boalt Hall. In her first years of practice, Gloria prevailed on appeal in a case holding that auto mechanics must provide written estimates to customers. That rule stands today. Gloria moved to San Diego where she married Don McLean; and started “McLean & McLean,” the law firm she managed after Don’s passing in 1994. Gloria’s passions were her children, grandchildren, and horses — and not always in that order. Gloria and Don enjoyed horseback riding in Yosemite and Jamul, California. She was fond of saying that she could do some of her best thinking while on the trail. Gloria courageously and quietly fought cancer for nearly three years. She continued the practice of law during her battle. Gloria is survived by her brother, Bill Scheid; her children: Marcie, Robb, Michael, Elizabeth, Andrew and Scott; and her grandchildren: Katherine, Elizabeth, Connor, Grace, and William.