James “Drake” McLean

Ask “Drake” McLean for family photos and you’ll find that he’s in very few of them. The photographer is always behind the camera and rarely in photos. His love for photography began as a student at Northside schools and remains a hobby.

These days, the co-owner of Dietz-McLean Optical uses his photographer’s eye to take care of other people’s eyes by using the latest technologies to make the best pair of glasses for his customers. It’s a responsibility he doesn’t take lightly. In fact, responsibility plays a big part in his life. Dietz-McLean is a business started by his grandfather, passed on to his father, and then on to him.

He is responsible for the care and nurturing of not only the business but also his employees and customers. He takes it even further by giving back to his community, serving in various capacities on a variety of boards for the prevention of blindness and advocacy for the sight-impaired.

McLean attended Oak Hills Terrace Elementary School, Neff Middle School, and Marshall High School. He attended the University of Texas at San Antonio and Our Lady of the Lake University with a focus on business, accounting, and economics. McLean has been married to Karlen McLean for 12 years. He has two children, Zach and Taylor.

Photograph: 
Pillar of...: 
Responsibility
School: 
Marshall High School
Year: 
2016
Class of ...: 
1982