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September 20, 2005

Source: St. Mary's University:

Richard (Dick) H. MacLean 1942-2005

MacLean, Richard (Dick) Henry, 63, passed away suddenly in Halifax, NS on September 19, 2005. A beloved husband and father, educator and community leader, he was the son of the late Henry and Mabel (MacInnis) MacLean. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Carol, four children: Richard (Leticia), Halifax; Robert (Zumra), New York City; Ted (Micala), Halifax and; Holly (John), Toronto; beloved grandson, Theodore and; brother J. Wayne (Ann), Halifax. He was pre-deceased by his parents and twin brother James Innis (Anne).

An acclaimed educator and stalwart supporter of his community, Dick contributed his time and talents to a wide variety of organizations and initiatives. After a rewarding 27-year career as a principal in the Halifax District School Board, including nearly 20 years at Bloomfield School where he instituted the city's first hot lunch program, he accepted a position as special assistant to the Mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality in 1996. A well-known and highly respected political strategist for many decades, Dick held this position until 2000 while continuing his volunteer efforts on behalf of numerous charitable and community initiatives. In semi-retirement, he took on a new challenge in 2001, traveling for extended periods to Campeche, Mexico where he and Carol taught English as a Second Language.

Dick demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to community service, as evidenced by his involvement in a diverse cross-section of organizations. He served as Chair of the Halifax-Mexico Community Alliance, the Nova Scotia Boxing Authority, the Halifax Housing Authority, the Halifax City Recreation Committee, the International Youth Gaelic Boxing Group, Nova Scotia Wheelchair Sports, and as Co-Chair of the Halifax Residential Tenancies Board. At the national level, he was President of the Canadian Amateur Boxing Association, Vice-President of the Canadian Professional Boxing Association, and a member of the Federal Royal Commission Task Force on Boxing. Dick also served as representative of the Commonwealth Games Boxing organization, as Canada's Olympic Boxing representative in 1980 and 1984 and, in the United States, as Consultant to the White House Presidential Advisory Board, Olympic Boycott, in 1980. In light of his extensive contributions to the sport, Dick was inducted into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame in 2000.

Born in Cheticamp, N.S., Dick held a Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Education degree from Dalhousie University. He earned a Master of Arts degree from Saint Mary's University where he became one of the institution's most active alumni. Dick served as a passionate ambassador for Saint Mary's, working on behalf of the Alumni Association, Athletics and Recreation, and in support of the University's strategic directions and fundraising. In 2003, he was appointed to the Board of Governors where he embraced the opportunity to help shape the future of his alma mater.

In recognition of his many philanthropic and community efforts, Dick has been a recipient of the Nova Scotia Community Volunteer award, the City of Halifax Award for Outstanding Service, and the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association Award of Merit.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the many friends and loved ones who have shown their support at this sudden loss. As directed by Dick, his body has been cremated with a private family interment to take place later this fall. A memorial service in celebration of Dick's life will be held at St. Andrew's United Church (Coburg & Robie) Halifax, Friday September 23, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. with a reception to follow in the Church Hall. Family flowers only.

Donations should be made to the R.H. (Dick) MacLean Leadership Award at Saint Mary's University (c/o The Development Department) or Hope Cottage, both of which were very important to Dick and his family.

Saint Mary's University is known for its community outreach projects, both in Canada and around the world. Saint Mary's, founded in 1802, is home to one of Canada's leading business schools, a Science Faculty widely known for its cutting-edge research, a comprehensive and innovative Arts Faculty and a vibrant Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.


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Paul Fitzgerald
Public Affairs Officer
Saint Mary's University, Public Affairs
(902) 420.5514



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