Burton MacLean, Pomfret School's Eighth Headmaster, Passes Away

Burton Allan MacLean died in the early morning of Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at his residence in Pomfret, Connecticut.

After graduating from Yale Divinity School, MacLean served as an Industrial Missionary under the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Michigan. From 1944 through 1946 he served as US Army Chaplain in the 3rd Battalion, 303 Infantry and 97th Division in the European and Pacific theatres of World War II, and remained as a Captain in the US Army Reserves until 1949. MacLean was appointed Assistant Dean of the Chapel at Princeton University in 1946. In 1949 Yale University appointed him Associate Pastor, Church of Christ where he was also contemporaneously Director of Undergraduate Religious Affairs and Associate University Chaplain. In 1959 he was appointed Headmaster of the Iolani School, in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 1970 he was named Headmaster of the American School of Paris, and in 1977 he became Headmaster of the Pomfret School from which he retired in 1979.

During his professional life, MacLean was a member of the Headmaster Association, the National Association of Secondary Schools, the National Association of Secondary Schools, and served as President of the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools.*

According to Headmaster Brad Hastings ’68, "as Pomfret’s 8th headmaster, Burton ably served during challenging times in the School’s history. He was a kindhearted and congenial man who cared a great deal about others. Our thoughts are with the MacLean family during this difficult time.”

If you have a memory of Headmaster MacLean that you would like to share, please email Sharon Gaudreau, Director of Communications, at sgaudreau@pomfretschool.org

A funeral service for Reverend MacLean will be on Saturday, January 22nd at 1:00 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Pomfret, Connecticut.

*Information courtesy of Smith and Walker Funeral Home, Putnam, CT


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