Dr. Neil's Story

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SOUTH PORTLAND - Dr. Neil V. MacLean, age 80, passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2016 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born on June 2, 1935, the son of Rupert and Mary (Morrison) MacLean, in Bangor.

He attended Bangor schools through eighth grade. He then attended Cony High School through his junior year, and graduated from South Portland High School in 1953. He served in the United States Air Force from 1953 - 1957, and was a veteran of the Korean War.

After leaving military service, he attended the University of Maine at Orono, graduating in 1962. He taught U.S. History and became active in the civil rights movement—meeting Dr. Martin Luther King and marching in Selma, Alabama in 1965—before returning to the University of Maine to obtain his doctorate.

Dr. MacLean spent 40 years working as a psychologist in Maine, and was the Chief Psychologist of the State Forensic Service from 1986 - 1997. He was a well-known figure in Maine's legal community, testifying hundreds of times in court proceedings. During his career, he served as chair of Maine's Board of Examining Psychologists, President of the Maine Psychological Association, and President of the Maine Society of Forensic Psychologists. He loved to reminisce about the many judges, lawyers, and other psychologists he worked with over the years, and he will be deeply missed by those he worked with.

Dr. MacLean had a life-long interest in American history. In the early 1970s, he helped found a revolutionary war reenactment group known as the Coburn Militia. The group reenacted major events of the American Revolution, including Benedict Arnold's expedition to Quebec, the Penobscot Expedition (Battle of Castine), and the Battle of Yorktown, in Virginia. He leaves behind an assortment of hand-made colonial uniforms, tricorn hats, replica black-powder muskets and other Revolutionary War regalia that bear witness to a life well-lived.

Dr. MacLean is survived by his wife, Martha "Bonnie" (Robinson) MacLean, to whom he was married for 54 years. He is also survived by his daughter, Bethany W. MacLean of Des Moines, Iowa, his son Christopher K. MacLean, Esq. and his wife, Katharine Chase MacLean, of Camden; his two grandchildren: Anna MacLean and Laura MacLean; his brother, Rupert E. MacLean and his wife, Joan MacLean, of Annapolis, Maryland, and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, May 12th from 6-8 PM at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant Street, Augusta. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 13th at 9 AM at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 41 Western Avenue, Augusta. Internment will follow in his family burial plot at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor.

Condolences, photos and memories may be shared at www.plummerfh.com.
Published on  May 10, 2016
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