Newburyport — David Maslen, of Newburyport, 65, died on July 6, 2013. His life fulfilled the prophecy in his 1966 Sharon High School yearbook quotation, “Whose inborn worth his acts commend, to human race a friend.”
Mr. Maslen was blessed with 41 years of love and marriage to Patricia Ann Ryan, whom he met at a Holy Cross mixer. He frequently recounted how he looked across the dance floor, saw her, and knew he wanted to be with her. He celebrated in her accomplishments as a mother and distinguished fifth grade teacher. Together they traveled the world.
Mr. Maslen reveled in the endeavors and accomplishments of his daughters, Pamela Ryan Maslen, a returned Peace Corps volunteer, feminist, fellow world traveler, mother and registered nurse; and Julia Maslen White, fellow Holy Cross graduate, psychology counseling professional, marathoner, and his ski buddy. He equally derived pleasure from his son-in-law Jonathan Nellis’ career with the State Department as a foreign service officer. Cory White, his other son-in-law, delighted him with his career as a user experience design manager, an area Mr. Maslen, as an avid user of technology thought he understood.
Mr. Maslen was the enthusiastic grandfather to Fiona Ryan Nellis, Alanna Maslen Nellis and Sean Kelly Nellis, his beloved grandchildren. He also dearly loved his sister, Anne Elizabeth Burkholder, of Westport Point, Mass., and his brother John Ramsay Maslen of Portland, Ore. He was eagerly awaiting the arrival of his fourth grandchild, who will be his daughter Julia’s first born.
In his professional life, Mr. Maslen, a lawyer, retired from Aon, the global insurance and consulting firm, as an executive vice president in its consulting operations (now known as Aon Hewitt). He was known for his ability to deliver results, his strong focus on his employees’ development, his passionate commitment to making work meaningful and fun for those he worked with, and the high integrity he exercised in business. He frequently said that he had the best job in the world. But once he retired, he learned that he was born for retirement.