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Alumni Necrology

Charles William MacLean '27

Charles William MacLean '27, a retired advertising sales manager for Scholastic Magazines and former education administrator, was born on January 9, 1904, in Bloomfield,NJ. His parents were Charles V., also a sales manager, and Alice Adams MacLean, a secretary.Charlie MacLean came to College Hill from Brooklyn, NY, as a graduate of Erasmus Hall High School. He joined Theta Delta Chi and, belying his nickname"Runt," carved out an impressive record as an athlete. He played baseball and hockey for four years, becoming captain of both varsity teams, and earned election to DT, Was Los, and Pentagon.

Awarded his diploma in 1927, Charlie MacLean began his career in education as a high school teacher of English and coach in Westwood,NJ. In 1931, after three years as a traffic supervisor for the New York Telephone Co. in Brooklyn, he returned to teaching and to central New York as head of the English department at Ilion High School. Soon appointed vice principal and later supervising principal of the Verona, NY, schools, he moved on to nearby Oriskany in 1936 as supervising principal of its schools. That year, he added to his credentials an M.S. in education from Syracuse University. In 1941, he settled on the north shore of Long Island as supervising principal of the Locust Valley schools.

In 1943, as his contribution to the industrial effort during World War II,Charlie MacLean left the field of education administration to become manager of the education department of Westinghouse Electric Corp. He left Westinghouse in 1948 to enter the advertising sales field. Named advertising manager for Scholastic Magazines, Inc., headquartered in New York City, he remained with that publishing company for 17 years until his retirement in 1969.

Charles W.MacLean, long a resident of New Jersey, retired to Boca Raton, FL, where he served as president of his condominium association and did volunteer work in the community. He was residing in West Palm Beach when he died on November 30, 2006, at the age of 102. Believed to be the last surviving member of his class and Hamilton's oldest living alumnus at the time of his death, he was predeceased many years ago by his first wife, the former Jean R. Smith, whom he had wed in 1929. They had two children, Lois J. Ryan and Charles W.MacLean, Jr. He was subsequently married to Laura M. Edwards Ellis. The College has no specific information on survivors.

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