Dean Blanchard Jr.

(1929-2017)

A quiet and “consummate professional,”
he ushered in the age of computers at St. George’s


Recalled as “quiet and understated,” as well as “thoughtful and kind,” Dean Blanchard devoted his life to the school from 1962-1994. He died on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Read more about Mr. Blanchard here. If you have an anecdote or thought to share with us, we would be most grateful if you would send us a note using the online form here.

Appreciation and Memories

"Fifteen years ago my wife and I moved to a house in Cumberland, Maine. Address: Dean's Way, named after my calculus teacher's father and at one time part of the Blanchard farm. Small world. I am therefore reminded daily of a teacher who taught me the enjoyment of math and its rules. I am sorry not to have sufficiently thanked him."

—Samuel S. Scott, MD ’70

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"Dean Blanchard coached our undefeated junior varsity football team in 1969. I remember him as: kind, smart, caring, and strategic. He had a golden personality, which touched a lot of students. He was the best football coach I ever had."

—Drausin Wulsin ’72

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"I had Dean as a teacher 49 and 50 years ago, yet his solid character, steady, positive attitude and dedication to teaching is still a fond and fresh memory. He was a pillar of the school's greatness, and it was a privilege having him as a teacher and coach."
—Frank Farwell ’69

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"Some people speak loudly by being quiet and to me that was Dean Blanchard. He welcomed Chuck and me to St. George's in 1989 sharing his knowledge of the school but never telling you what to do. Chuck and Dean had an immediate connection as they both loved mathematics!!"
—Carol J. Hamblet, former faculty

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"RIP, Mr. Blanchard. Thanks for Algebra I and Geometry."
—N.I. Okpokwasili ’89

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"I fondly recall Mr. Blanchard as a great math teacher. One of the highlights for me of his classroom was the opportunity to go to the blackboard and work out an algebra or calculus problem."
—Peter Cannon ’69

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"Mr. Blanchard was our assistant JV baseball coach. In this role was tasked with dealing with quite possibly the worst athletes in the school, and yet he was unceasingly patient and encouraging to us all. A medal for that role wouldn’t have been out of place. I would also say that while he may have been a quiet man, on his students’ behalf he was also a very determined and self-disciplined one. He was a fine teacher and a great credit to the school."

Joshua Gillespie ’90

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"I have nothing but the fondest of memories of Mr. Blanchard; he was integral to my SG experience."

—Christopher McNally ’93

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"So sorry to hear this news. Dean coached the baseball team for my four years at SG and he loved the game so much, a true baseball aficionado. I ran into him where I live in Maine years later and it was like a dream, he biking up my road as I stood at the mailbox. We chatted and reconnected after many years. He will forever be connected in my memories of the 1974 championship baseball team, a major high for us all. Best to his family."

Caleb Mason ’74

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"Mr. Blanchard was a thoughtful, thorough and caring teacher — one of the best, as I recall from my time on the Hilltop."

—Elizabeth Hardy Carey ’82

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"Mr. Blanchard was responsible for my interest in computers, dating back to 1967 when the school received a gift of a Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-8/S (the "S" stood for "slow") with 4,000 bytes of memory and a teletype. No one — faculty, staff, students — had a clue what it was or how to use it, but for me it was love at first sight. That experience led me to a long career in Silicon Valley, for which I am truly grateful. Thank you, sir."

—Ridgely Evers ’70

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"He was tireless in his efforts to share his cheerful enthusiasm for math with a bunch of us cynics. I highly respected him for that, though I never understood why I had to memorize any trig functions (whatever they are). Happily, I married a math teacher. I'm sure he would have approved."

—Bob Edgar ’65

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 " I would only like to say that I remember Mr. Blanchard as an ideal instructor in the classroom  — always objective and without the slightest trace of bias. I will always remember him on the football field my first year, instructing me on the proper technique of playing cornerback."

—Eric Sumner Hottel ’89

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