David J. Maysilles, 1947
Educator and devoted to creating opportunity for children from troubled families
For his achievements as an educator and devotion to creating opportunity for children from troubled families, Vermont Academy honors David Maysilles, class of 1947, with the Florence Sabin Distinguished Alumni Award.
After Vermont Academy, Maysilles attended Middlebury College where he was one of 1500 men selected from colleges throughout the nation to receive commissions in the Marine Corps Reserve. He graduated Middlebury and continued in the military as a Lt. Colonel, serving in Korea and Vietnam. While in the service, Maysilles earned a Master’s Degree from George Washington University.
In 1976, Maysilles returned to Vermont to serve as Executive Director of the Kurn Hattin School, a position he held for 18 years. There, he renewed the school’s mission as a residential and educational sanctuary for children from troubled families. He began a revitalization process that included renovating the academic program, creating a formal counseling department, constructing an integrated educational, dining, and activities center, and organizing the unification of Kurn Hattin’s campus at its Westminster location. Maysilles also actively involved in other organizations that better the lives of children, including the Boy Scouts, the Bellows Falls Rotary, and the National Association of Homes for Children.