Paul M. McLear

  • Born: August 24, 1931
  • Died: March 19, 2015
  • Location: Carmel, Indiana

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Paul M. McLear, 83, Carmel, passed away March 19. 2015. He was born August 24, 1931, in Indianapolis, the son of the late Carl A. and Ruth (Mogab) McLear. He married Barbara (Porter) McLear on August 29, 1953 at Christ Church Cathedral.

Paul graduated from Shortridge High School in 1949. He earned a BSME from General Motors Institute in 1953 and a MSME from Purdue University in 1960. While working on his master's degree he was employed by Allison Division of General Motors as an engineer. During this period Allison installed their first computer and Paul discovered what would become his life's work. He left Allison to teach at Purdue University Indianapolis extension. Paul designed and taught many computer technology courses during this period. In the 1980s he joined Bell Labs division of AT&T and remained there until his retirement in 1998.

He kept very busy during "retirement". He was active in Scientech Club serving in several capacities as web-master and secretary. He also volunteered at the Children's Museum for the past 16 years. He loved traveling, boating, and any activity on or in the water, and his greatest enjoyment was spending summers with his family at their cottage on Lake Wawasee.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara McLear; two sons, Gregory Paul (Becky) McLear and Steven Matthew McLear; and two granddaughters, Katherine and Meagan.

Memorial services will be March 28 at 11:00 am at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 1402 West Main Street where Paul was a long-time member. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the church, or to the Scientech Foundation in care of Richard Carter, 849 Liberty Drive, Westfield, IN 46074-8394

Arrangements were entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan – Carmel. Online condolences may be made by visiting


Condolence & Memory Journal

I shared an office with Paul for several years at Bell Labs. He was a great mentor and inspiration to me.

Posted by Larry Rosen - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   March 28, 2015

We are sending heartfelt prayers and our condolences. We will miss Paul at church. Thank you for both your lives.

Posted by Bobbie Robertson` Walt Henry - Westfield, IN   March 24, 2015

Dear Barbara, Greg and Steven - we are so sorry for your loss. We will miss Paul very much! He was a consummate volunteer at The Children's Museum and an inspiration for everyone who volunteers at the Museum. Sadly, I will miss attending the memorial service as I will be in China with a group from the Museum. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Jeff Patchen
President & CEO
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Posted by Jeffrey Patchen - Indiananpolis, IN   March 23, 2015

Sorry for your loss. Please know that your family is in our prayers.

Prophetess Melissa Richardson
Refreshing Springs Kingdom Outreach

Posted by Melissa Richardson - Sumter, SC   March 23, 2015

Greg and family, Very sorry to hear of the passing of Paul. His years at AT&T, Bell Labs, American Bell, or where ever it was we use to work seem not that many years back. My prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Greg Wade - Indianapolis, IN   March 23, 2015

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