Dell graduated from Princeton in 1912 where he was a prominent athlete. He was an intercollegiate doubles champion and starred on the track team as a hurdler and a high jumper.
Mr. Dell later attended and graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York and served as assistant rector at St. George’s Episcopal Church, New York, and at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Boston. During World War I he was an Army chaplain in France.
After his war service he returned to school and obtained a Master of Arts degree from Harvard in 1921 and received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1933. He joined the Princeton faculty as an economics instructor in 1925 and was later appointed an associate professor.
From 1934 to 1939 Mr. Dell held the newly created posts of director of athletics and chairman of the council on athletics at Princeton and together with William “Bill” Bingham, his counterpart at Harvard, helped set athletic policies for the Ivy League college. He was assistant dean of the college from 1941 to 1943 and dean of freshmen in 1942-43. BURNHAM NORTH DELL
Committee named the high school field the Burnham N. Dell Jr. Athletic Field at the dedication of the track and a memorial plaque is to be mounted on a stone in the near future. Mr. Dell, an amateur landscape painter, was a member of the Artists’ Association of Nantucket. He was also a vice-president of the Nantucket Historical Association.