Burton A. Nault ’52, P’97 died on August 17, 2020 in Concord, NH.
(The following was published by the Concord Monitor on August 19, 2020)
Colonel Burton A. Nault, MD, age 91, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 17, 2020 at The Birches of Concord while surrounded with love from his family. Burton was born in Claremont, NH, on September 24, 1928, to J. Albert and Florence Scranton Nault.
Burton was extraordinary, yet humble. He graduated as class president from Concord High in ’46 at the age of 17 and went on to enlist in the Navy. He served from 1946-1948. After the Navy, Burton attended Bowdoin College, but his academic journey did not end there. Burton was accepted into Cornell University Medical College in New York where he graduated with his M.D. in 1956.
After his surgical internship and orthopedic and urology fellowship in Massachusetts, Burton began working as the team physician for the former Boston Patriots, now the New England Patriots, for fourteen years. His medical career continued as he was a part of the surgical staff at Concord Clinic and Hospital. He was also the consulting surgeon for the New Hampshire Hospital. In 1978, Burton became executive medical officer, state surgeon, rank colonel for the New Hampshire National Guard, retiring in 1996. For the last thirty years of Burton’s professional life, he worked as a medical consultant for the New Hampshire Disability Board.
During his professional time in Concord, Burton was one of the founders of the Concord Athletic Club, Concord Tennis Club, and Concord Eastern Olympic Hockey Team. Burton’s love for sports was notable, and missing a Bruins, Patriots, or Red Sox game was rare.
Burton is survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Patricia (Hart) Nault; his sons, B.J. Nault and his wife, Jo-Ann, and Jay Tucker and his wife, Judith. His daughters, Kim DeRocchi and her husband, David, Lynn Py and her husband, Jamie, and Beth Sanger and her husband, David; his eighteen grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren, who were his pride and joy; his sisters, Jayne Nault Bush, Judith Gaudrault Mills, and Barbara Nault Davis; and his brothers Richard, Bruce, and Jay Nault.
Burton was nothing short of generous, optimistic, selfless, and tenacious. He led his family with love, support, and pride. Always remember, “It will all work out”.