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“Lorne was my teacher, my coach in football and inspiration. Lon as we used to call him was always full of life and we could do anything if we all...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Robert Weston - Watham, MA

“Mr MacArthur was principal at Kennedy Junior High School when I started teaching. He was always honest and fair with me - I trusted him as an...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: William Clark Clark - Waltham, MA

“Lorne had a great love of his family, his country and his city. He was a great man with a tremendous work ethic and lifetime of service to others. ...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Jeannette McCarthy - Waltham, MA

“I was saddened to hear of the death of Lorne MacArthur, a remarkable teacher and administrator. He was the assistant headmaster [the older title was...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: ROYAL RHODES - GAMBIER, OH

“I remember all the good times we had when he took a few of us to start a pep band .We would play over at brandies and we got varsity letters - which...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: lori baruch - waltham, MA

“I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr. MacArthur was such a friendly cheerful man. Loved all the fun at Camp Prospect!!!!!!! Many fond memories. Bless...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Mary Callahan - Waltham, MA

“Our family met your Mom and Dad when we moved into the neighborhood almost 30 years ago. Your Mom was in a wheelchair by then. The gentle loving...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: JULIE WACK - WALTHAM, MA

“Dear Heidi and Christine, I am very sorry for your loss. Your dad was a good friend to my father (Joe Linnehan). My dad respected and enjoyed working...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Laura Linnehan Deorocki - Boxford, MA

“Sending my condolences and prayers to the family. ”
9 of 28 | Posted by: Elane Neddie - Pearland, TX

“Rest easy Mac! One of the best! ”
10 of 28 | Posted by: Kelly Dugas - Waltham, MA

“My deepest sympathy to family and friends.I will always remember that he attended my fathers wake when I was 16. He was a remarkable and selfless man...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: Maureen Bonica - Waltham, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Mr. MacArthur was an inspiration to all who knew him. He was always so positive, kind and proud. ...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Leah (Battaglino) Cosby - Waltham, MA

“So sorry for your loss. Mr. MacArthur was a great principal. My sister and I had so much fun in the Kennedy Cadettes. He led us proudly, always...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Maura LeClair Connolly - VA

“My deepest condolences are offered to Mr. MacArthur's Family. I was a student who was lucky enough to have Mr. MacArthus as a Principal. He was...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Lois Carme - Naples, FL - Student

“Lorne MacArthur, a great educator and true gentleman. MacArthur family thank you for sharing your wonderful dad with so many of us in Waltham....Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Stacey Gallagher Tully - Waltham, MA

“Lorne and I attended waltham senior high for all 3 years. we were very close friends and i had the fortunate situation in having run against lorne...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: ANTHONY A MANGINI - Waltham, MA

“I have fond memories of Lorne MacArthur at Camp Prospect .Lorne wasCamp Director in the 1970's while I was a counselor. He certainly had a booming...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Beverley Morris Smallwood - MA

“I have fond memories of Lorne MacArthur at Camp Prospect .Lorne wasCamp Director in the 1970's while I was a counselor. He certainly had a booming...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Beverley Morris Smallwood - MA

“It must be heartbreaking to say goodbye to a person who was everything a good man should be. He will be in your heart forever. ”
19 of 28 | Posted by: Florence Poor - Lexington, MA

“Dear Heidi, Christine, and Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Lorne will always be remembered for his kindness...Read More »
20 of 28 | Posted by: Diane Terrano Vezeau - Waltham, MA

“I will always remember my boss and friend Mr. MacArthur as a wonderful boss and friend who had a sense of humor and a care for his city, family, and...Read More »
21 of 28 | Posted by: Ernest Beer - Marlboro, MA

“Dear Heidi and Christine,Sending our thoughts and prayers to your you and your family during this difficult time. Your dad was a fine gentleman and a...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: Gary and Marianne Savignano - MA

“Dear Heidi and family,I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know I am thinking of all of you at this sad time.Arlene ”
23 of 28 | Posted by: Arlene Young - Waltham, MA

“Dear Heidi and Christine: I was so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I delivered his meals for almost two years and enjoyed my visits with him...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Rita Strout - Waltham, MA

“Dear Heidi and Lorne's, Mr. MacArthur's, entire family, I am so sorry for your loss of your dad, grandfather, great grandfather. I will always be...Read More »
25 of 28 | Posted by: Lorna Hebert - Stow, MA - Teacher

“Talk about a life well lived. He touched countless lives and was just so much fun to be around. Certainly one of Waltham's greatest citizens... ...Read More »
26 of 28 | Posted by: Rick Mansur - Waltham, MA

“Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and acquaintance... we will never forget our teacher and friend.Schlaf gut Herr MacArthur...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: Gabriele Russo - Palm Bay,, FL

“Christine and Heidi, I offer you condolences on behalf of myself, my Dad, my Aunt Patty and Aunt Sheila. Words can't even begin to say what I'd like...Read More »
28 of 28 | Posted by: Kelly Dugas - Waltham, MA


Waltham – Mr. G. Lorne MacArthur, longtime principal of Waltham's Kennedy Middle School, died Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at his home following a period of declining health. He was 93.

Born in Waltham on June 8, 1928, he was a son of the late Gordon G. and Helen J. (Milligan) MacArthur, and had been a lifelong resident.

He lived in the Cedarwood neighborhood all his life and would often recall a happy moment from his youth when, in October, 1936, he saw President Franklin Roosevelt as he passed the 'Cedarwood Gates' in a motorcade enroute from Boston to Worcester to give a speech during the 1936 presidential campaign where Roosevelt decisively defeated Kansas Governor Alfred Landon.

Lorne was a 1947 Waltham High graduate where he excelled in academics and on the football, hockey and baseball teams. A natural leader, he served as president of his sophomore, junior, and senior classes. He continued his studies at Northeastern University and at Boston University where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in education.

During the Korean War he served in Germany as a member of the Counter Intelligence Corps along the border between East and West Germany. While in Germany he continued his passion for playing hockey as a member of the Bayreuth team and led the West German League in scoring during the 1952/53 season. He also taught in the American schools for military dependents.

It was also in Germany that he met his bride, Luise Prechtel, and following their marriage and return home to the States the pair made Waltham their home.

In 1954 Lorne began his teaching career at Waltham High School and three years later was named assistant principal at Waltham's Junior High School on School Street. In 1958 he was named to the same position at South Junior High School and in 1961 at Kennedy Junior High School.

In 1970 he took over the top position at Kennedy where he remained principal until his retirement twenty years later. It was at Kennedy where Lorne left his mark on a generation of students and teachers and made many lifelong friendships.

Known as a 'principal with principles', honesty, fair dealing and humor were his constant companions. If one were to make 'Mr. MacArthur' upset or angry it was a stove one touched but once. He demanded excellence from himself and from those around him.

A year after his retirement Lorne established the 'Bavarian Wurstwagen' . . . his well-known and sought after hot dog cart where he and Luise entertained customers with good food and good conversation. A hallmark of the experience was a heaping portion of Luise's authentic sauerkraut on the dogs.

By then Luise's years long struggle with multiple sclerosis had become a daily challenge but with dogged determination and constant smiles the couple ventured out . . . a chore sometimes, but one that was an ever-present reminder of the love and devotion they'd shared for decades.

Aside from his work in academia he was active in local politics and various civic organizations, including the Waltham City Council where he served as a councilor-at-large for several years in the 1990's.

A man of many interests, talents, and hobbies, he loved long distance swimming, belonging to the Joseph F. Hill American Legion Post No. 156 and its Legion Band, and authored his own book and illustrated many others on educational topics. Lorne was also a member of the Waltham Triad Lodge, A.F. & A.M. and the PFC John M. Sullivan USMC Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10334 in Waltham.

In addition to his beloved wife, Luise, Lorne was predeceased by his brother, Burton G. MacArthur.

He leaves his children, Heidi J. Sardina (Michael) of Wayland and Christine L. Kelleher (James) of Waltham; his grandchildren, Katie J. Pinto, Michael J., Michelle L., and Christopher L. Kelleher and his great-granddaughter, Isabella Pinto.

Funeral services will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101A 1st Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451. www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/MAM