Alastair Maitland, 95, had worked British Foreign Service
He was a former member of the British Foreign Service, having served most recently as Consul-General in Boston and director-general of trade development in New York City.
Mr. Maitland was born Jan. 30, 1916, of Scottish parents, Wilhelmina Sarah Dundas and Thomas Douglas Maitland, in Kampala, Uganda, where his father, a professional botanist and agronomist, was serving as an adviser to a number of East African colonial governments.
He was raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he attended George Watson's Boys College and Edinburgh University, graduating from the latter in 1937 with an M.A. (first class honors) in French language and literature and in Spanish, economics, jurisprudence and public international law.
During a 37-year foreign service career, Mr. Maitland served at British consular posts in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. After the onset of World War II, he served on the staff of the United Kingdom High Commissioner in Ottawa, Canada.
He was later assigned on three separate occasions to the Foreign Office in London. In 1948, he was appointed to serve in the British Middle East office in Cairo; and in 1954 he was transferred to the United Kingdom permanent delegation to the Organization for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC) in Paris.
From 1958 until his retirement in 1975, he served as Her Majesty's Consul-General at New Orleans, Jerusalem, Cleveland and Boston and as director-general of trade development in New York.
Of all the various assignments, Mr. Maitland used to say the one that gave him the greatest professional and personal satisfaction was his four-year tour of duty (1954-58) in Paris with the OEEC, now known as the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, or OECD.
The OEEC had come into being as a response to the Marshall Plan and the European Recovery Program. Mr. Maitland was a strong believer in multilateral diplomacy and in the movement towards European integration in particular.
In 1953, when in charge of the United States desk at the Foreign Office, Mr. Maitland played a part in the drafting of the Marshall Scholarship program.
Conceived as an expression of the British people's thanks for Marshall aid, this program provides scholarships tenable at any one of the British universities, for American men and women, up to the age of 26.
Starting in 1954, with 12 scholarship awards, the program now offers forty scholarships each year. There are now well more than 1,000 former Marshall Scholars, many of whom have come to occupy prominent places in American public life and the professions.
In 1964, Mr. Maitland was named a Commander of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. In 1966, he was appointed by the Queen to be a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Mr. Maitland was a passionate golfer. In his youth, he reached the quarterfinals of the 1933 U.K. schoolboys' championship.
On his retirement in 1975, Mr. Maitland and his first wife, Betty Hamilton Maitland, formerly of Ottawa, Canada, settled in Heath.
They became United States citizens by naturalization in 1980.
From 1975 to 1978, they divided their time between Heath and Paris, from where Mr. Maitland contributed a regular op-ed page column on French politics and society to The Berkshire Eagle of Pittsfield, Mass.
Betty Maitland died in 1981.
Mr. Maitland was active in the affairs of the Heath community. He was committed to the preservation of open land and forest, and served as one of the first board members of the Franklin Land Trust, to which he donated land in Heath that is now the Betty Maitland Memorial Forest.
In addition to Ms. Porter, Mr. Maitland is survived by three children, Ian Maitland of St. Paul, Mn., Angus Maitland, and his wife, Lucy, of New York City, and Anne Maitland and her husband, Paul Baiocchi, of Washington Depot; three stepchildren, Jennella Porter, and her husband, David Ouellette, of Freetown, Mass., Laura Porter, of North Attleboro, Mass., and John Porter, and his wife, Donna, of Delmar, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Nicholas Baiocchi, Alexander Ito Maitland and Aliona Maitland; five stepgrand-children, Nathan Blood, Heather and Alexander Porter, and Jacquelyn and Michael D'Adamo.
He was predeceased by brothers Douglas, Ian and Sir Donald Maitland, all of the United Kingdom.
A celebration of life will be held Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Charlemont Federated Church, Route 2/Mohawk Trail, Charlemont, Mass.
Memorials may be made to the Franklin Land Trust, Inc., 36 State Street, P.O. Box 450, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370.