McPartland oversaw many campus projects as facilities vice president
Princeton NJ -- Eugene McPartland, a former Naval commander who headed the University's facilities operations for 16 years, died Jan. 6 at age 68.
McPartland served as vice president for facilities from 1983 to 1999, when he retired and was named vice president emeritus. He oversaw the University's engineering and construction, maintenance, physical planning, real estate and services departments, which included several hundred employees. He also represented the University's real estate interests before governmental bodies.
McPartland, who was named an honorary member of Princeton's class of 1954, was well known on campus for maintaining a quiet, pleasant demeanor amid the heavy workload of his office. Major campus projects during his tenure included the establishment of the residential college system in 1982, the refurbishments of Alexander Hall and the Walter Lowrie House, and the construction of the Lewis Thomas Laboratory for molecular biology.
McPartland joined Princeton in 1976 as general manager of plant and two years later was promoted to general manager of planning, plant and properties. Before coming to Princeton, he served for 20 years in the Navy, rising to the rank of commander.
Born in Brooklyn, McPartland earned a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master's in business administration from George Washington University.
After retiring from the University, McPartland remained active in the Princeton community, serving on the boards of the Springdale Golf Club, the Princeton-Blairstown Center and Presbyterian Homes & Services. He also served on the Princeton township flood commission and the chamber of commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine; and daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Michael Horan, and their two children.
A memorial service was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at the University Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton-Blairstown Center or the American Heart Association.
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