George Macomber ~ Saying Goodbye with Love & Gratitude
It is with heavy hearts that Judge Baker Children’s Center announces the passing of our beloved trustee, George Macomber.
George had been a trustee since 1975, and had worn every hat available to him in that role, including Chairman, Trustee, Benefactor, and head of nearly every standing board committee. In 2004, the construction of the new gymnasium for our Manville School was completed and named for George, as a testament to his generosity and his years of tireless work on behalf of Judge Baker. His charitable efforts beyond Judge Baker have been focused on organizations that help children who are homeless, undereducated, or who are overwhelmed by emotional and mental health issues.
George’s devotion to community initiatives began after his years at MIT, where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and after his stint with the U.S. Ski Team, where he was a two-time Olympian (1948 and 1952) and double National Champion (Downhill and Slalom, 1949.) After co-founding and managing Wildcat Ski Area in NH, and during in his early tenure as CEO of Macomber Builders, George spent many years as a director of the Emerson Hospital in Concord, and of the Eaglebrook School in Deerfield MA. George’s non-profit work, often as board director or chairman, and nearly always as head of the facilities or building committees, expanded over the decades to include The Boston Harbor Associates, the Home for Little Wanderers, the New England Council, The Winsor School, the Artery Business Committee, Planned Parenthood League of MA, and the New England Aquarium.
When once asked what his proudest achievement was, George was quick to reply, “My kids.” John, Jory and Grace have all followed in their dad’s footsteps as teachers, volunteers, business leaders, civic contributors and accomplished skiers. George loved the out of doors, hiking, biking, tennis and, most of all, skiing. He was named to the National Ski Hall of Fame in 1973. He was so proud that all three of his children were alpine captains of their Dartmouth College ski teams.
Our thoughts and prayers are with George’s cherished wife, Andy, his children and grandchildren. Judge Baker owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to George, for we would not be the organization we are today without his leadership, guidance and generosity over the years. We will miss you George but we know your spirit will live on in the smiles and laughter of the children we serve.
Click Here to read wonderful tribute to George featured in The Boston Globe ~ December 20, 2015