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RICHARD VINCENT MCCANN

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McCANN, Richard Vincent Of Newton MA., a teacher, professor, state and federal research and program administrator, musician, poet, and beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on March 14 at the Hebrew Senior Life Center in Roslindale. He was 96 years old. Richard was born and grew up in Portland, ME, the son of James H. and May. He graduated in 1937 from Bowdoin College, received the Ph.D. degree from Harvard University in 1955, and taught at Harvard Divinity School, Andover Newton Theological School, worked with the MassachusettsRehabilitation Commission,theGovernor's Board on Higher Education Policy, then as Director of Research for the New England Regional Office of Education, and finally as regional director for the U. S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, New England Region. For 14 years he produced and moderated a non-denominational interfaith television series, Our Believing World, on WBZ. His work was recognized with awards from the National conference on Christians and Jews, B'nai B'rith, the Valley Forge Freedom Foundation, and Temple Mishkan Tefila in Boston. Richard and his beloved wife Helen, who passed away in 2006, shared a love for music, listening to the Met Opera broadcasts on Saturday afternoon, going to the Boston Symphony, Boston Opera. They shared that love with their family, at the annual performances of The Nutcracker as the grandchildren began to come along. He leaves his sister Phyllis Hollinshead, in Maine, son David and daughter Judy Battat, David's wife Ann, their children Kate and Max, spouses Mark and Jenn, granddaughters Helen and Isabelle; Judy's husband David Battat, their children Margaret and Daniel, son-in-law Diego Silva and twin granddaughters Gabriella and Carolina. He also leaves nieces Betsy Main and Nancy Berube and their families. A memorial service will be held at First Church in Cambridge on April 13, 2012 at 2 PM. To share a memory of Richard, please visit www.eatonandmackay.com

Published in The Boston Globe on Apr. 11, 2012
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