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Commencement 2010 Speeches & Citations

Honorary Degree Citation to Barry MacLean ’60 ’61Th (Doctor of Humane Letters)

June 13, 2010

Barry MacLean, engineer, negotiator, problem-solver, politician, business leader, and family man–these are only some of the many roles you fill.

As president and chief financial officer of MacLean-Fogg Company, a provider of engineered components which your grandfather founded 85 years ago, you have demonstrated innovative leadership through product development and acquisitions.

You credit much of your success to the education you received at Dartmouth College. We, in turn, have reaped the benefits of your loyalty and the time you have given on behalf of your alma mater. You received your undergraduate degree with today’s great 50th reunion class of 1960 and your master’s degree from the Thayer School of Engineering, and you have worked tirelessly to support the generations of Dartmouth students who followed you. Your goal has been to ensure that they receive an extraordinary education and gain the skills they require to meet the ever-changing needs of our contemporary business world and society.

To support this vision, you have served as president of the Dartmouth Society of Engineers; as a member of the Board of Trustees; and as a member of the Thayer School’s Board of Overseers for the last 36 years, including as chair from 1982 to1984. One of the major accomplishments during your Thayer board tenure was the completion of the MacLean Engineering Sciences Center which provided the space for Thayer’s design-studio approach to engineering education.

You have done so much, it is difficult to imagine Dartmouth without you. When the former dean of the Thayer School, Charles Hutchinson, was asked about your board tenure he responded, “His term is for life.”

We salute your accomplishments and are grateful for your many contributions. Today, we are so very proud to award you, a member of our Dartmouth family, with an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.

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