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PUTNAM--George. George Putnam passed away peacefully on March 25th at the age of 92. He was the retired chairman of Putnam Investments and each of the mutual funds in the Putnam Group. He joined the company in 1951 and retired in 2001. During that half century, the company grew from one fund to over one hundred funds. He was born in Man-chester, MA on August 30, 1926. He attended the Dexter School in Brookline, MA, then St. Marks School in Southborough, MA. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. He held an AB degree from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (with distinction) and was awarded honorary degrees by Harvard and Bates Colleges. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. George was a former Overseer and Treasurer of Harvard University and founding chairman of the Harvard Management Company. He was a trustee of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA and a former trustee and board chair of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and its Museum School, past chairman of the trustees of the WGBH Foundation and a trustee emeritus of Wellesley College. He was a former overseer of Northeastern University and The Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, and was a past trustee of the College of the Atlantic and Bradford College. He was a trustee and then honorary trustee of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Vincent Memorial Hospital and the McLean Hospital whose board he chaired for a quarter century. He was a past trustee of Colonial Williamsburg and the Trustees of Reservations, a former trustee of American Public Radio (now Public Radio International), New England Aquarium, Boston Museum of Science, Maine Nature Conservancy, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, St. Marks School, Shore Country Day School and Brookwood School and served on the council of both the Massachusetts Historical Society and New England Historical Genealogical Society. On the national level, George was a governor and past chairman of the Investment Company Institute and past governor of the NASD (National Association of Security Dealers) and a member of the National Market Advisory Board. At the state level, he was a founding member of the Massachusetts Education Loan Authority and Chairman of the Governor's Committee to Select Judges. In Manchester, he served as a trustee of the Manchester Public Library and chaired the town's Finance Committee. Over the years, he served as a director for many public corporations including the Boston Company, Boston Safe Deposit & Trust, Combustion Engineering, Freeport-McMoran, General Mills, Houghton Mifflin, Mallinckrodt Chemical, Marsh & McLennan, Rockefeller Center, Garfinkle Brooks Brothers, Hitchner Manufacturing, Gorton's of Gloucester, Computer Controls, SCA Services, and Spray Engineering. George was dedicated to his family. In addition, he had many passions, including raising orchids, carpentry, model trains and genealogy. He was happiest riding his tractors or sailing along his beloved Maine coast. He is survived by his wife Nancy Burrows Boardman, and was previously married to Barbara Weld until her death in 1993. Their children are George Putnam III, Bambi (Lyman) Putnam and Susan W. Peck. He had ten grandchildren and three great- grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Peabody Essex Museum, WGBH or MSPCA-Angell. Funeral Services will be private.

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Published in New York Times on Mar. 29, 2019.
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May 17, 2020
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Deepest sympathies for your great loss.
May this good mans abiding goodness, presence, inherent goodwill be with you - his family, always.
Beannacht De leat.
Mari DeBhulbh
September 9, 2019
I remember Mr. Putnam from my days at Shore Country Day School were his son George III was one of my friends. Over the years as CEO of The Salem Witch Museum I had the chance to see and speak to him at various Peabody Essex Museum gatherings...he was always engaging and interested in what was going on in our community.
I want his family to know that I care!
Biff Michaud
August 19, 2019
George we had the opportunity to meet a long time ago in your Boston office, I regret not taking the job offer after graduation. That opportunity is forever in my memory. Peaceful rest old man, you will be remembered in our thoughts and prayers, Sincerely, David Parrella
July 23, 2019
I'm so sad to learn of George's passing. He was always so nice, so wise, and so down to earth. He was very generous and helpful to WGBH, where I worked for many years.
April 9, 2019
So sad to read of Mr Putnams death. He was such a great down-to-earth person. I got to know him and wife Nancy during their stays in Seal Cove on Mount Desert Island, Maine.

My condolences to Nancy and the family. God bless you all.
Brenda Billings
April 9, 2019
My condolences for the Putnam
family. It is very encouraging to hear about a St Marker that achieved in life so highly goals and that also had time to serve and give back its knowledge to the community. A strong example to all of us.
April 5, 2019
We will miss his presence on MDI and appreciate all he & Nancy did for the Backside Regatta an irreverent institution on MDI.
David Short
March 31, 2019
A truly remarkable man whose life embraced so much enduring success in whatever he did, but all undertaken with good humour, modesty, understatement and common sense
Richard Risby
March 30, 2019
May God bless and comfort grieving ones as he R.I.P.
March 29, 2019
Reading Mr Putnam's obituary both makes me dizzy with all of his accomplishments, and brings me back to the days when Boston Brahmins -- and Dexter graduates --really did rule the land.
Rob Sedgwick
March 29, 2019
An amazing life well lived.
Marvin Putnam
March 29, 2019
As a longtime employee of Putnam Investments, I had the pleasure and privilege of knowing this lovely man. He was always kind, thoughtful, friendly, approachable and appreciative of the work of all employees at all levels of the firm. The consummate professional. My sympathy to Nancy and the rest of his family.
Mary Ann McCabe Morrice
March 28, 2019
Dear Putnam Family
I want to send you my Sympathy to the Putnam Family in loss of George Putnam and Putnam Investments It was always good to See George Putnam.
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