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The Catalyst: Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson ’99 is leading the change he wants to see. | 24 Of Carnivals and Concrete Canoes: 150 years of UNH Memories. | 35

College Prep: UNH/public school partnerships a learning experience for students and teachers. | 44

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A Little Bit of STEM: The UNH Leitzel Center’s equipment-lending program helps bring science to life in alumna Jenna Buinicky’s East Rochester fifth-grade classroom. p. 44

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Contents The Right Thing To Do

Raised with the DNA of an activist and the mentality of grace, Tito Jackson ’99 has made helping others his life’s work.

24 150 Years of UNH Memories We gave you our best shot at some of the high points of UNH’s sesquicentennial in our fall and winter issues. Now it’s your turn.

Departments 3 | From the President 5 | Editor’s Desk


7 | Letters

Cooperative Learning

When UNH partners with New Hampshire schools and teachers, the education goes both ways.

8 | Current new bioengineering institute ◆ UNH Law names next dean ◆ better batteries and space weather forecasting ◆ women’s basketball’s big rebound ◆ and more 52 | Class Notes Anne Sarkisian ’64 Carol Shea-Porter ’74, ’79G Greg Johnson ’83 Brad Flaishans ’08

77 | In Memoriam Fred Hall Jr. ’41 Arthur DiMambro ’51 Guy Knudsen ’78


80 | Parting Shot Spring 2017





Editor-in-Chief Kristin Waterfield Duisberg Art Director and Designer Valerie Lester Class Notes Editor Jennifer Saunders

Some of Larry Clow’s first assignments as a young reporter for Foster’s Daily Democrat in 2006 were about Dover’s Woodman Park School—including the beginning of Patrick Boodey’s tenure as principal and a Thanksgiving celebration in teacher Sharon Shea’s classroom. And so, venturing back to the WPS 11 years later to learn more about the partnerships between UNH and local schools was a trip down memory lane. “It’s been amazing to see how deep the university’s ties to local communities are, especially here in the Seacoast,” he says. “I’ve been writing about the region for 13 years now, and some of the connections still surprised me.” Clow lives in southern Maine and is a freelance writer, librarian and an avid tea drinker.

Contributing and Staff Writers Susan Dumais ’88 Karen Hammond ’64 Allen Lessels ’76 Erika Mantz Beth Potier Robbin Ray ’82 Jody Record ’95 Contributing and Staff Photographers Jeremy Gasowski Valerie Lester Scott Ripley Bill Truslow Neil VanNiekerk

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The Catalyst: Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson ’99 is leading the change he wants to see. | 24


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Of Carnivals and Concrete Canoes:

150 years of UNH Memories. | 35

College Prep: UNH/public school partnerships a learning experience for students and teachers. | 44

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The annual spring open house at UNH’s Macfarlane Research Greenhouses, held March 31 and April 1, included tours of the UNH high tunnels, a pair of greenhousestyle structures associated with the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program where students produce greens for on-campus consumption.

cover photo by Bill Truslow. photo (back) by Valerie Lester

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Kimberly Swick Slover, who wrote this issue’s profile of Tito Jackson ’99, was the editor of UNH Magazine in 1998, when the Black Student Union led a sit-in at Thompson Hall to demand more diversity on campus. She says it was great to meet Tito almost 20 years later and to discover how much of what he learned at UNH, and the friends he made there, continue to be a big part of his life and work. “Everyone I interviewed about Tito described him as a force of nature, someone whom people naturally gravitate toward,” she says. “He continues to be the rare politician whom people like and respect, even if they don’t agree with him, because he’s so passionate about people and connects with them instantly.” Slover is a freelance writer in higher education.

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between a Pell grant recipient’s total federal and state aid and the cost of instate tuition. UNH makes every effort to meet students’ demonstrated need with financial aid. But the fact is, it is not always possible, and there are students for whom the gap between their total aid package and the cost of tuition can mean the difference between being able to come to UNH, and not. This fall, we expect the Granite Guarantee will help about 285 firstyear New Hampshire students on the Durham and Manchester campuses. These students will automatically receive the Granite Guarantee, and the commitment will remain in place for four years, provided they are enrolled full-time, remain Pell-eligible and make satisfactory progress toward their degrees. We hope in future years to expand this program beyond first-time freshmen, although that is dependent on continued robust fundraising and increased state support. As a first-generation college student myself, access and affordability are

both very important and personal for me. With 25 percent of Wildcats being the first in their family to go to college, and 57 percent receiving financial aid, our need for public/ private support goes beyond these Pell-eligible members of the class of 2021. There is plenty more work to do. But the Granite Guarantee is a significant achievement toward our goal of making a UNH education attainable to every student who wants one. It represents the very heart and soul of our $275 million campaign. This program is true philanthropy in action, and I know I speak for the entire university when I express my deepest gratitude to the many alumni and friends who made this new initiative possible.



hen we launched our historic fundraising campaign last year, one priority was at the forefront: ensuring that UNH is affordable and accessible for all qualified students, especially those from New Hampshire. In fact, scholarship support—merit scholarships for our best and brightest high school graduates and need-based scholarships for those who require financial assistance to attend college—has been the theme of virtually every conversation I’ve had with donors about the importance of CELEBRATE 150: The Campaign for UNH. And because those donors responded so generously, we recently were able to launch a bold financial aid initiative that reflects the tremendous compassion of our alumni: the Granite Guarantee. This new program guarantees that all full-time, first-year New Hampshire students receiving federal Pell grants will pay no tuition to attend UNH. The Granite Guarantee will bridge the gap

UNH President Mark W. Huddleston Every donation really does make a difference. CELEBRATE 150: The Campaign for UNH will continue through June 2018. To make a gift or learn more, visit

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A Weekend to Remember With Friends You’ll Never Forget

REUNION 1957 1962 1967 1977 1992 REGISTER TODAY! • JUNE 2 - 4, 2017

It was the best of times. It was the first of times. And it’ll be just as much fun decades later. Come home to UNH to see old friends and make new memories. Enjoy a weekend packed with events, visit your favorite places on campus and discover what’s new at New Hampshire’s flagship research university.

In 2017, celebrate your reunion and the university’s 150th anniversary.

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ne of the great privileges of serving as editor of this magazine is having the opportunity to connect with so many of the university’s alumni. This issue’s sesquicentennial wrap-up, “150 Years of UNH Memories,” brought that home in the way few other stories have, and proved itself to be both the easiest and hardest project I have worked on in the process. Easiest, because it was such a pleasure to receive and read your many stories; hardest, because it was so difficult to shorten them for publication and decide which to print and which to put online! As a Durham near-native with multiple family connections to the university, my UNH memories are nearly as plentiful as your own. Most of my earliest memories are of the men’s swim team and/or the phys ed department—my brother’s first birthday party, attended by a dozen or so Wildcat swimmers, faculty picnics at professor Tom Barstow’s house in Woodridge (digging ice-cold grape sodas from the bottom of a metal garbage can!) or professor Evelyn Browne’s property, Salty, on Durham Point Road. Perhaps my favorite memory is of getting my SCUBA certification during a summer course in the mid-1980s. I was still in high school, and Liz Kintzing, who remains the university’s diving officer, taught the course, a combination of classroom instruction, practice dives in Swazey Pool and finally an open water dive at Nubble Point in York, Maine. I’d tagged along on many such dives when I was younger and my father was teaching the course; I’d envied his students as they’d wrestled themselves into their neoprene wetsuits and rubber flippers, shouldered their air tanks and checked their regulators and then slipped beneath the surface of the churning blue-green Atlantic on an oppressive August day. Donning my own wetsuit and plunging into that cold Maine water felt like a step into adulthood, both literally and metaphorically. Many thanks to those of you who took the time to share your UNH stories with the rest of us, allowing us to close our 150th anniversary celebration in style. Your enduring affection for and attachment to your alma mater shines through in every line, reminding all of us how special it is to be a part of the Wildcat family.

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attended UNH from 1974–80 and enjoyed reading your retrospective of highlights for the past 150 years. But I was disappointed that you did not include the accomplishment of a UNH woman rower who won a bronze medal at the Olympics in 1976 in Montreal. It was the first year that women were included in rowing competition in the Olympics. Gail Ricketson Helfer ’75 was a noteworthy athlete in other sports at UNH. Surely this merits recognition! Julia O’Connell ’80


was enjoying your retrospective of the 150 years, in collage form, in the winter issue, until I saw the entry for 1942 (p. 37). It was dismaying to read very briefly of Prof. Gwynne Daggett that he “comes under scrutiny for Communist sympathies in 1953–54.” The tone seems to me to be curt and pejorative, and it is not mentioned that the 1950s were the McCarthy years. This was a time when around the country hundreds of educators, artists, dramatists, writers and creative people, and even members of the military, were harassed, threatened,

Omission The mugs on p. 56 of the winter 2017 issue of UNH Magazine were gifts of Ruth and George Clark, Jr. ’54. Please keep UNH in mind as you do your spring cleaning. The University Museum welcomes UNH items and memorabilia from your class years, especially from 1950 to today. Contact Dale Valena, University Museum curator, at dale.valena@ or 603-862-1081.

the mistake of assuming that his accomplishments and integrity—and the university’s historic response to the scrutiny to which he was subjected during the McCarthy era—would be understood. Please accept our apologies—and be sure to read the entry about Prof. Daggett in this issue’s “150 Years of UNH Memories” feature (p. 41), which provides yet another perspective on what an admired and respected teacher he was.

accused of subversive activities, labeled as Communists, called before state and federal committees and required to betray their friends and associates. Many suffered the loss of their livelihoods. Prof. Daggett was a liberal with progressive views, and as such was insulted in front-page editorials in the state’s largest newspaper, called before the N.H. attorney general for suspected subversive activity and asked to name names. UNH, while uneasy about the publicity, refused to dismiss him, and as a result our university received an academic freedom award from the American Association of University Professors. Prof. Daggett (my father) was not only a popular teacher but a fearless defender of academic freedom and believed that his English and humanities students had a right to learn about a variety of modes of thought, many literary traditions, different economic and political systems and philosophies, in order to be deeply educated in the liberal arts. The McCarthy years were grim and frightening times at UNH, and I believe more context of this period should have been given in your retrospective.

ack Grant’s picture in the winter UNH Magazine (Parting Shot, p. 80) was terrific. He was a tough guy. Madeleine Grant was the nicest person in town. The Grants’ sons, Bruce ’42 and John ’55, went to UNH. Bruce flew 13 missions from the Navy carrier U.S.S. Wasp and John served twice as an infantry captain in Vietnam.

Priscilla Daggett ‘57 Plainfield, Vt.

Robert W. Langlois ’55 Turnersville, N.J.

UNH Magazine responds: Thank you for taking the time to share far more context for the entry regarding Prof. Gwynne Daggett than we were able to. While the intent was to keep these moments brief, it was certainly not to be pejorative. Having written about Prof. Daggett in the past, we made

Seeing Threads


ravo UNH for selecting Dr. Nancy Targett as provost! Your winter magazine’s conversation with Nancy (p.18) was great to read. It confirms what many of us in Delaware will miss. She is an amazing academic, colleague and friend to many of us in Delaware—our loss and clearly New Hampshire’s gain. Andrew Manus ’74 Clayton, Del.

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Class Canes?


find it interesting that in the latest UNH Magazine you indicate that in 1940 class canes were replaced by rings. My father was class of 1942, and my mother still has his class cane. Dorothy Widger Fisher ’66, via email

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UNH and Hamptonbased Smuttynose Brewing Company recently teamed up on a limitededition beer to commemorate UNH’s 150th anniversary. Named 1866 in honor of the university’s founding year, the session ale is available at locations throughout the Seacoast. Smuttynose brewer Hannah Johnson ’12 helped develop the celebratory ale, one dimension of the university’s foray into the rapidly expanding brewing industry. In the fall, UNH will launch a new minor in brewing science as well as open a pilot brewery and testing lab and offer professional development courses for the public. Cheryl Parker ’00 joined the university as brewery manager and instructor March 31.



CORPS VALUES: For the 10th year in a row, UNH has been named a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers, coming in 21st among mediumsized schools in the organization’s most recent survey. The university currently has 15 alumni in the Peace Corps’ ranks, including Cori Rees ’14, who is serving as a health volunteer in Zambia. “I am training community health volunteers to teach about HIV/ AIDS, malaria, and maternal and child health in their villages and to implement programs that will hopefully increase the quality of health of our larger community,” Rees says. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 225,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide.



A PICTURE WORTH 150 YEARS New Dimond Library mural celebrates UNH’s sesquicentennial


he first thing you notice is the swirl of vibrant colors and the larger-than-life figures, chosen to visually mark the university’s 150-year history. Created by students in art professor Jennifer Moses’ intermediate painting class as part of UNH’s yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, the Dimond Library mural “Land, Sea, and Space” was unveiled in December. Moses’s class spent the beginning of the semester discussing possible themes for the project and conducting research on how best to artistically present UNH’s rich past on the

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63-by-10-foot “canvas” of Dimond 201, the Natural Science Resource Center. Once a consensus was reached to root the work in the university’s land-grant mission, the students came up with a list of people they thought should be portrayed and then a design for the piece, which Moses notes represents a hybrid of many initial proposals. “After the initial phase was over of trying to plan what to paint, and we all just went with our artistic intuition, the mural started to paint itself, really,” says Kyra Grasso ’19, a dual major in studio arts and biomedical sciences. “I would definitely say


Morin ’74, a NASA astronaut who traveled to the International Space Station; C. Floyd Jackson, UNH’s first marine scientist and 1928 founder of the marine laboratory on Appledore Island; Edwin and Mary Scheier, mid-century modern potters who taught at UNH for 20 years; Clark Terry, professor of music and internationally renowned jazz trumpet player; Caroline A. Black, a botanist and the first female professor at UNH, and Yitang Zhang, the math professor who received a 2014 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” for his work on the twin prime conjecture. ²


that the perspective this project has given us has enhanced our skills as artists tenfold.” The project also challenged students’ creative stamina. Grasso’s fellow artist Sidney Stevens ’17 estimates the group put in around 70 hours per week to meet their project deadline. “What is important about my experience is the time spent with my classmates and the fact that we made it through this process together,” Stevens says. “This was the cherry on top of a stressful college career, and I am proud of what we accomplished.” Individuals portrayed on the mural include Lee

GREAT AT THE OUTDOORS: UNH’s location between the Atlantic Ocean and the White Mountains has long been a lure for nature-loving students, as have university-owned features like College Woods, The Browne Center on Durham Point and Barrington’s Mendum’s Pond. Now, the university’s long-standing commitment to getting into the great outdoors is getting some national attention; UNH was recently ranked 7th on Money magazine’s “10 Best Colleges for People Who Love the Great Outdoors.” The honor reflects not only the university’s resources but the vitality of its Outing Club—the oldest club on campus— and the strength of its experientially focused outdoor education program.

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all it the meteorological equivalent of going from black and white television to ultra-high-definition color. In November, state-of-the-art space weather instrumentation developed by UNH’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space blasted into space, where scientists will use it to monitor the level of energetic ions that populate the near-Earth space environment and cause potential radiation damage to communications and GPS satellites, commercial airlines and even astronauts with significantly greater accuracy than was previously possible. Designed, built and calibrated at UNH, the Energetic Heavy Ion Sensor (EHIS) is part of a suite of four space weather instruments on the new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R, or GOES-R, weather satellite. The UNH instrumentation will help forecast what’s known as space weather, conditions on the sun and in the Earth’s upper atmosphere, by allowing scientists to more accurately monitor the near-Earth space environment. Near-Earth heavy ions are the main cause of radiation damage in space to both electronic and biological systems. “An increased heavy ion environment near Earth, which signals higher radiation risk, can affect something as basic as airline altitude,” says Clifford Lopate, research associate professor of physics and principal investigator on the project. “Being able to forecast a higher radiation risk for so-called ‘polar’ planes that tend to fly at higher altitudes near the Earth’s poles would allow airlines to warn pilots and reroute planes to lower altitudes to decrease the risk of long-term exposure to radiation for their crews, who fly the same route over and over again.” The large majority of positively charged particles in space are protons, followed by helium, then the heavier elements. Monitoring these particles has become an integral part of the NOAA space weather program that tracks and forecasts changes in the environmental conditions in space around the Earth. The EHIS is the first UNH-designed instrument to be included in an operational satellite payload. And it’s not just about the weather out in space. With five-times faster scanning capabilities and image resolution four times greater than previous satellite technology, GOES-R will also enable improvements to NOAA’s tracking and intensity forecasts here on Earth for severe weather conditions including hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms and flooding..² —Robbin Ray ’82


UNH space weather instrumentation improves forecasting, safety


Building a Better Battery Rechargeable aqueous prototypeis inexpensive, reliable and Earth-friendly


atteries, those ubiquitous add-ons to virtually every electronic birthday or holiday gift, have been getting a bad rap of late. Recent headlines have detailed their propensity to explode, wreaking havoc in cell phones, hover boards and automobiles. And then there’s the environmental-unfriendliness factor: Most common batteries contain toxic metals that are harmful if not disposed of properly. At UNH, a trio of researchers has created an alternative energy storage system that could lead to battery technology superior to at least some segment of what is currently on the market. Led by Xiaowei Teng, associate professor of chemical engineering, the team set out to develop a solution for a rechargeable energy storage device that would offer enhanced safety yet be reliable and low cost by modifying a unique form of manganese oxide known as Mn5O8. “This manganese oxide mineral was first studied back in 1965, but since then very few people have considered it in designing today’s rechargeable energy storage,” Teng says. “The challenge with creating electrode materials for water-based energy storage like this one is being able to get enough charge, or discharge, cycles and a good amount of storage capability. So we thought altering the way the Mn5O8 was prepared for use in battery electrodes might make it a viable option.” Most batteries work by placing two different metals—the electrodes—into a substance—the electrolyte—to create chemical reactions that release energy. Aqueous electrochemical energy storage devices have attracted attention lately because their electrolyte is waterbased and therefore less likely to combust once exposed to air or moisture. Rechargeable aqueous

batteries, especially ones using Earth-abundant and nontoxic materials, have shown great promise owing to their high safety, low cost and environmental friendliness. Besides having more potential to cause a fire, lithium batteries are made from an expensive element that is in scarce supply. Cost-effective energy storage has long been described as the key for the widespread adoption of renewable energy practices. Teng worked with Xiaoqiang Shan and Daniel Scott Charles, both doctoral candidates in the chemical engineering department, to modify manganese oxide to make it less reactive in water and therefore less prone to energy-sapping decomposition. Their results, recently published in Nature Communications, yielded the blueprint for a more reliable aqueous battery with greater energy storage and increased power performance and charge cycles. While UNH has patented this technology, don’t expect to find the team’s batteries in your local Radio Shack just yet. Teng says the application for his team’s findings is limited, because water has unique weakness as an electrolyte, and Mn508 batteries will likely never supplant their lithium-ion counterparts. “But as the industrial world becomes increasingly electrified, we will need energy storage systems with a variety of characteristics,” he says. ²


PHYSICS PATHBREAKER: Elena Long, a postdoctoral researcher in UNH’s physics department, made news twice in the final months of 2016. First, the Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility awarded her its Postdoctoral Research Prize. Then, Nature magazine named her to its Nature 10 list of people who mattered for her pathbreaking efforts to make the field of physics more inclusive of people from sexual and gender minorities. Long says her activism arose from a personal need. “As a young graduate student struggling as a queer/trans person working at a national lab, I was looking for resources for LGBT physicists and couldn't find any,” she says. Since then, Long has launched a website,, that spawned a range of initiatives that support LGBT scientists.

— Robbin Ray ’82

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The Path to Success



New bequest gift will bolster CELEBRATE 150, support scholarships


n the seacoast New Hampshire area, you’d be hard pressed to find a more involved UNH alumna than Jude Blake ’77. The Portsmouth resident has served or is serving on the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees, the UNH Foundation Board of Directors, the UNH Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics Advisory Board. She mentors Paul students—to whom she fondly refers as her “kids”—and teaches beverage management classes. Several years ago, she created an endowed scholarship to support business students. Now, she is building on that support with an $8 million bequest pledge that will provide further support to Paul College students and enable more students to participate in the university’s Northeast Passage program and the Shoals Marine Laboratory. Most of the bequest will provide scholarships for Paul students and address other needs that directly benefit business students. “Jude is one of the university’s most passionate supporters, and her commitment to our students is inspiring,” says UNH President Mark Huddleston. “Jude’s generosity will ensure future generations of students have access to a worldclass education as well as unique opportunities with Northeast Passage and the Shoals Marine Lab. We are grateful for her support and incredible generosity.” Blake, a retired marketing executive, says she is pleased to learn her gift will advance the university’s fundraising goals, particularly during its first public campaign. “I believe that in a state like New Hampshire one person really can make a difference, and that if you have the capability to give back, you should,” she says. “Higher education is so very important. It’s the path to success in life, and

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making an outstanding UNH education more accessible and affordable for students is what drives me. It was important for me to make this gift now to recognize what Mark Huddleston has accomplished at UNH. It is because of his leadership that we are in the incredibly strong position we are in now.” In 2016, the university’s sesquicentennial year, Huddleston launched CELEBRATE 150: The Campaign for UNH to provide critical support for students, faculty, infrastructure and programs. He says that Blake’s bequest is among a number of critical gifts that allowed university leadership to feel confident in setting its $275 million campaign goal. ² — Erika Mantz


MBA PROGRAMS CRACK TOP 100: Both UNH’s online and part-time MBA programs have been ranked among the top 100 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The Paul College-based programs are both the only MBAs of their kind in northern New England to make the top 100 on their respective lists, with the online degree coming in at number 78 and the part-time degree claiming the 95th spot. Paul associate dean Peter Lane attributes the programs’ success to recent innovations in the curriculum, program flexibility and academic standards that mirror the university’s fulltime MBA program. UNH offers the only part-time and online MBA programs in New Hampshire that carry the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation.



Bioengineering Boon UNH to partner in new Manchester bioresearch and manufacturing institute

might potentially be used to manufacture new skin for combat-scarred U.S. soldiers or to preserve the organs of Americans waiting for transplants. Funded by a five-year, $80 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense combined with more than $214 million from 80 industry, education and nonprofit partners, the so-called Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) will be led by Manchester-based DEKA Research & Development, in partnership with UNH and Dartmouth-Hitchcock. UNH will

Thanks to an $824,000 grant over three years from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, UNH and the Community College System of New Hampshire is set to establish the New Hampshire Humanities Collaborative to promote study of the humanities, support the transfer to the university of community college students studying the humanities and develop a humanities curriculum focused on grand challenges. “This collaborative will illuminate the value of the humanities for civic well-being and career advancement by communicating to students the role of the

spearhead the national education and workforce development activities for ARMI, drawing on its growing life sciences strength as well as its leadership in creating powerful partnerships to drive economic development in the state. “We are honored by this recognition from the Department of Defense for our leadership in STEM education and workforce development,” UNH President Mark Huddleston says. ARMI is the 13th undertaking of Manufacturing USA, an initiative launched by the Obama administration in 2011 to encourage innovation in manufacturing by “moving promising, early-stage research into proven capabilities ready for adoption by U.S. manufacturers.” The institute will be headquartered in Manchester’s historic millyard, where DEKA founder Dean Kamen hopes it might do for the Manchester millyard what the industrial revolution did for the city when Manchester was the largest industrial center in America. The institute will initially focus on solving some of the obstacles that currently stand in the way of viable tissue and organ bioengineering, such as improving the availability, reproducibility, accessibility and standardization of manufacturing materials, technologies and processes. That means engineered organs and limbs aren’t right around the corner, but they’re not necessarily the stuff of science fiction, either. ²

humanities in providing a wellrounded educational experience,” says UNH President Mark Huddleston. “It will also allow us to expand our partnership with the state’s community colleges.” Roughly 700 students transfer from community colleges in New Hampshire to University System of New Hampshire institutions each year. Of those, only 3 percent enroll in humanities majors, compared to the more than 20 percent who enroll in STEM majors. Heidi Bostic, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, says the value of a humanities education may not be immediately evident

—Kristin Waterfield Duisberg

— President Mark W. Huddleston on the Trump administration’s March 6 Immigration Executive Order

to students, whether they are enrolled at community colleges or four-year universities. This initiative will help. “The humanities are vital to our democracy and for addressing the grand challenges of our age, such as healthcare, urbanization, food sovereignty and the role of technology in human relations and discourse,” she says. “Although these challenges are sometimes seen as the purview of STEM fields alone, the humanities are crucial for articulating relevant responses and enabling respectful civic discourse.” ²



t sounds impossibly futuristic, but it’s actually the future: a new New Hampshire-based industry built around efforts to manufacture regenerative human tissue, and possibly even organs, for transplantation. In December, UNH was tapped as one of three Granite State institutions that will lead a major national public-private initiative to develop biologically engineered cells and tissues that

UNH, like all flagship public research universities, benefits immeasurably from the scholarly, cultural and other contributions made by members of our community who come from outside the U.S. We have been heartened to see the Wildcat community come together over recent weeks to support one another.

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Student actors presented the Greek tragedy “Oedipus at Colonus” at UNH’s Johnson Theatre on Feb. 22. The opening-night performance was the first in a threecampus collaboration of Oedipus cycle plays that included performances of “Oedipus the King” at Plymouth State University and “Antigone” at Keene State College. The production marked 10 years since the USNH institutions’ last dramatic collaboration, a 2007 staging of “Electra,” “Women of Troy” and “Agamemnon.”

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STILL SETTING RECORDS: She’s going to need a bigger trophy case. In March, Elinor Purrier ’18 added to her long list of accomplishments with a secondplace finish in the mile at the 2017 NCAA indoor track and field national championships. Purrier’s 4:31.88 performance represented her third consecutive Expanded Hamel Rec center top-three finish in an emphasizes fitness and wellbeing NCAA championship track contest, following a thirdthey’ll find a place to feel comfortable in,” says t’s the Friday afternoon before spring break, place performance Stacey Hall, director of campus recreation. “It’s a and Caleb Cejka ’17, ’18G has a small corner in last spring’s 3,000 very accessible space.” of the Hamel Recreation Center to himself. meter steeplechase The expansion features a dedicated stationary That’s a plus. His intense workout—he just and a third-place cycling room, more fitness areas and a dedicated followed up a set of ropes exercises with a finish in the 2016 space for the university’s Health Services departrun between the rec center’s first and second mile. It’s also the ment, including a demonstration kitchen/classfloors—requires the sort of room that just wasn’t best-ever finish room area. Hall says students have been asking available in the building until this year. for a UNH runner for expanded rec facilities since the Hamel Rec “It was packed all the time,” Cejka says. in any event. “Elle Center first opened in 1995. “People were always fighting for space before.” keeps getting better,” According to Hall, a survey of the Class of Though the rec center hums with activity—a says coach Robert 2014 conducted by four-on-four basketball Hoppler. “She has Campus Recreation game is in progress four more seasons found that with every on one court, a pair of left, and we’re visit a student makes students are tackling excited about what to the Rec Center, the the bouldering wall can happen in the odds that they would and solo exercisers are future.” return to campus the stationed at various following year, and gradmachines—there’s uate within four years, plenty of room for increased. “It allows everyone. After almost us to look at the overall two years of work, the wellness component of Hamel Rec Center’s everyone’s life, not just physical fitness,” she says. expansion officially debuted in January, with an For Cejka, the improvements are already additional 12,000-square feet of space, a large apparent. “Before, (the facility) was kind of rudimulti-activity court, an expanded bouldering mentary,” he says. “But now it’s much more wall and a one-tenth-of-a-mile suspended track, dynamic. Whatever you’re looking for, you can among other improvements. get it all here.” ² “The goal for the project was, depending on the — Larry Clow ‘12G type of workout someone wants to do each day,

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All in the Chemistry It was a record-setting season for the America East champs women’s basketball team

and the America East championship was the Wildcats’ first since the 1984-85 squad shared the honor with Northeastern University. The regular season ended in early March, when the number one-seeded Wildcats lost to the University of Maine in the NCAA American East Conference tournament semifinals, but the team went on to a first-round game in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament against Harvard University. It was the Wildcats’ second appearance in the WNIT. “I’m really proud of the girls this year—it’s a huge accomplishment to win the regular season,” says Magarity, now in her 7th year as the team’s head coach. Recently named a finalist for the NCAA Division I Coach of the Year award, Magarity says the secret to the team’s success

CAREER ON ICE: Men’s head ice hockey coach Dick Umile ’72 has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2017-18 season, his 28th at the helm of the program. Umile, who will be succeeded by associate head coach Mike Souza, says he is excited about setting the stage for the future of the program in his final year. “With a strong nucleus returning and exciting newcomers on the way, we are determined to get UNH hockey back to the level of annually competing in the NCAA tournament,” he says. Umile is ranked 9th all-time and 4th among active Division I head coaches in victories (586), and his .611 winning percentage ranks 11th among active D-I coaches. Under his leadership, the Wildcats have reached the NCAA tournament 18 times and appeared in the NCAA Frozen Four on four occasions, including national championship game appearances in 1999 and 2003.

this year is a careful mix of talent, perseverance and determination. “After last year, we really stuck together and got closer as a group. We’ve handled adversity pretty well, and we continued to work hard,” she says. Coaching is in Magarity’s blood; her father, Dave, is the coach at West Point and was a finalist for the Coach of the Year award in 2016. “Our team chemistry this year has been awesome. As a coach, you really can’t control that. It depends on the different personalities of the individual players, and so much credit goes to the girls. They’re such a wonderful group of young women,” she says. “It’s been a lot of fun this year.” Anderson had a particularly strong season, according to Magarity. “She had one of those senior years you always hope for; she’s handled a lot of different injuries throughout her career, and she’s always bounced back. She’s developed into such a great player.” The team also received an infusion of new talent with three transfer students who were eligible to play this season. Among them was guard Brittni Lai ’18. “When I came in, the girls on the team and the coaches were all so welcoming. They all wanted to make sure everything was okay with me, on and off the court. It was just really easy.” For Lai, the season was all about working harder, even as the wins piled up. “Everyone’s taken a step up on what they felt like they needed to improve. We take everything one game at a time—we’re focused and determined, and that’s what’s incredible about the team.” Meanwhile, Magarity is already looking ahead to next season. “I think we’re headed in the right direction. Winning the regular season title was a huge goal of ours, and we did that. And then obviously, playing in a national tournament postseason is what it’s all about. We should be playing every year during spring break. I joked to the girls about that,” she says. “This is how it should be every year. We should be practicing and preparing during spring break.” ² — Larry Clow ‘12G Spring 2017




alk about a change of seasons. Just a year after finishing the 2105-16 season at 12-8, the women’s basketball team set a new program high-mark with a 26-5 record and earned its first solo America East league title in 32 years. Head coach Maureen Magarity says the secret’s in the team chemistry. “Last year, we struggled a lot. We had a really long losing streak,” says guard Kristen Anderson ’17. “But it’s a lot different going out on the court this year. Even when we’re down 15 points or so, it never feels like we’re out of the game.” It’s been a historic season for the Wildcats. The team’s 26-5 overall season record broke the previous record of 23 victories set in 1982-1983,


Book Shelf

Nicaragua and the Politics of Utopia Daniel Chavez

Vanderbilt University Press, Dec. 2015


s an impoverished state, Nicaragua has long been the scene of cyclical attempts—and failures—at modern development. In Nicaragua and the Politics of Utopia, assistant professor of Latin American and Latino studies Chavez investigates the cultural and ideological bases of what he identifies as the three decisive movements of social reinvention in Nicaragua: the regimes of the Somoza family of much of the early to mid-twentieth century; the governments of the Sandinista party; and the present-day struggle to adapt to the global market economy. Chavez spent five years conducting research for the book, an intellectual and political history of the 20th century in Nicaragua. Foreign Affairs magazine recognized Nicaragua and the Politics of Utopia as one of the best books of 2016.

The Bloom Girls Emily Cavanagh ’99

Lake Union Publishing, Mar. 2017


hen the news of their father’s death reaches them, sisters Cal, Violet and Suzy Bloom set aside their own personal crises and their differences to gather in Maine. Arriving in their father’s small coastal town, the Bloom sisters can’t help but revisit the past and confront events that shattered their family nearly 20 years earlier. Writer and teacher Cavanagh’s debut novel is a tender, heartfelt story of sibling love, childhood pain and the power of forgiveness.



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Final Curtain: The DeWolfe Family in Theatre, Music and Film Richard Tappan ’67

Peter Randall Publishers, Dec. 2016


etired English and drama teacher Tappan provides an exceptional window into the history of vaudeville and the musicians—particularly women—who provided music for the silent film era through his own family history. Working from personal diaries, journals, scrapbooks, letters, photos and other artifacts collected primarily by his grandmother, professional musician Mabel Keyes DeWolfe, in Final Curtain Tappan pieces together an authentic picture of a bygone era.


Hollywood’s Hawaii: Race, Nation, and War

Delia Konzett

Rutgers University Press, Mar. 2017

WAR POET Rob Jacques ’06G

Sibling Rivalry Press, Mar. 2017

A lyrical memoir of Jacques’ experience as an officer and an openly gay man in the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam era, War Poet explores complex intersections between sexuality and violence. Like the military conflicts at the heart of this collection, Jacques’ poems swing from formal rigidity to wild abandon as they explore the lives of soldiers on the front lines and at rest and in tender, often turbulent love affairs.


hether presented as exotic fantasy, a strategic location during World War II or a site combining postwar leisure with military culture, Hawaii and the South Pacific figure prominently in the U.S. national imagination. In Hollywood’s Hawaii, associate professor of English Konzett offers the first full-length study of the film industry’s intense engagement with the Pacific region, highlighting films that mirror the cultural and political climate of the country over more than a century— from the era of U.S. imperialism on through Jim Crow racial segregation, the attack on Pearl Harbor and the civil rights movement to the present day.

HORSE PLAY! Katie Craig ’87 & Deanna Cook Storey Publishing, May 2016


rom crafting a mini barn and pasture to sewing a pony pillow, making a shelf for model horses and coloring a pull-out poster, Horse Play! offers crafts, party ideas and activities for horse-crazy kids. Designer/art director/photographer Craig designed, styled and provided photos and illustrations for this hands-on resource, which was selected for Amazon’s 2016 Holiday Toy List and received both a Mom’s Choice Award and a National Parenting Product Award.

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Associate professor of anthropology Eleanor A nationally Harrison-Buck was one of eight humanities eduknown expert cators around the country recently awarded a in intellectual $50,000 Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship. property with A scholar whose research focuses on the classic a focus in Maya “collapse” period and subsequent Spanish entrepreneurand British colonial periods in Belize, Harrisonship and the Buck will use her fellowship to establish a public arts has been history museum in that country that focuses selected as on the often-overlooked Kriol (Creole) the next dean community. of the UNH School of Law. Megan Carpenter, Harrison-Buck says most historical founder and co-director of the Center for Law and and cultural emphasis excludes the Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University rich history and culture of the Kriol. School of Law, will join UNH Law on July 1. She “I’ve conducted archaeological will be the first woman to lead the school since research in Belize for more than its founding in 1973. 25 years and helped to establish a UNH Provost Nancy Targett says Carpenter temporary exhibit on Kriol culture last brings a wealth of experience that will help UNH summer,” she says. “It’s time there is a Law continue to grow on the national stage. “Her permanent record of this community.” work creating innovative academic programs, Harrison-Buck will take a year-long leave from including experiential learning initiatives, certifiUNH and work in collaboration with Kriol comcate programs and interdisciplinary projects with munity leaders, educators and local and regional colleges throughout the Texas A&M University authorities. The new museum will include local System will open new directions for UNH Law,” oral histories, artifacts, images and stories to says Targett. “Her expertise, energy and enthupresent the culture to tourists, teachers siasm will invigorate our faculty and staff and and students. ensure we are continuing to provide the best possible law education and experience for our UNH Institute on Disability (IOD) students.” UNH Law has been ranked among the researcher Mary Schuh has been top 10 schools for the study of intellectual propawarded a one-year Joseph P. Kennedy erty law for 25 consecutive years. Jr. Foundation Public Policy Fellowship. Carpenter, who regularly writes and publishes A research associate professor of education in the area of intellectual property and entreand director of development and consumer preneurship, earned a bachelor’s and master’s affairs and the National Center on Inclusive degree in foreign languages from West Virginia Education at the IOD, Schuh will use her fellowUniversity, her J.D. from West Virginia University ship to explore the question of how to best preCollege of Law and her LL.M. from the National serve and promote innovative public policies that University of Galway. create welcoming and supportive communities “I look forward to working with faculty, staff, for individuals with disabilities and their families. students, alumni and the broader university com“I hope to have a role in positively impacting the munity to develop programs that further the law answer,” she says. school’s mission to empower students in a global Schuh has been with the IOD since its environment and to serve the public with integrity inception in 1987. “I am so grateful to and excellence,” Carpenter says. “With its the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation to worldwide reputation for excellence in have been selected to join the family intellectual property, its forward-thinkof Kennedy Fellows and participate in ing approach to legal education and its what will probably be one of the most role as part of a public research unisignificant learning opportunities of my versity, UNH Law is uniquely poised to life,” she says. ² excel in a changing legal environment.” 22


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Leading the Change He Wants to See Raised by social activists, Tito Jackson ’99 embraces his power and responsibility to transform lives and communities

BY KIMBERLY SWICK SLOVER Photography by Bill Truslow



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hortly after arriving at UNH in the fall of 1993, Tito Jackson ’99 walked into the Field House, excited to meet his freshman class. As he squeezed through the crowd, he scanned the students’ faces, stunned. He saw no one who was black, like him. “I was nervous, surprised and scared,” Jackson, now a 41-year-old Boston city councilor, admits. “I hadn’t mentally prepared for this.” Jackson was “shell shocked” but did not allow himself to feel that way for long. He was raised by community activists in Roxbury, Mass., and had just graduated from Brookline High School with a diverse class of 450, including students from 65 countries. At UNH he saw a community in need of change. In his time in Durham, Jackson both studied and made history. Now he seeks to make history again, this time as Boston’s first African-American mayor. Spring 2017



The DNA of an Activist


t Boston City Hall, a towering concrete edifice at the heart of Government Center, Jackson digs into a late lunch and an interview at once. He dispenses with the hard part first. “I was born into a very difficult situation,” he says. “My biological mom was 13 when she was sexually assaulted by two men.” Jackson exhales and moves on with his story. “I was adopted by the most amazing parents, Rosa and Herb Jackson. I have three older siblings who are biological to my parents, and I remind them 26


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on a regular basis that unlike them, I was chosen.” He laughs. His parents adopted three more children and served as foster parents for dozens of others. Their home in Roxbury, which Jackson now owns, was full of children, as Rosa Jackson also ran a daycare program there for 25 years. Herb Jackson was a prominent community organizer for the Greater Roxbury Workers Association who helped black and Hispanic people secure good-paying jobs in Boston’s construction industry. He had the power to shut down work sites that didn’t hire enough of these local people.


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Some of Jackson’s earliest memories are of attending community meetings with his father, where people passionately debated what he sensed were issues critical to their lives. “I was raised with the DNA of an activist and the mentality of grace—that we can help people and be a part of transforming their lives,” he says, “not because of something we’re going to get back, but because it’s the right thing to do.” Jackson attended public schools in nearby Brookline through the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, an optional state-funded program with a mission to desegregate Boston

area schools. Within his multicultural school environment, Jackson wasn’t conscious that he was black until an incident in fourth grade, when he missed a soccer ball and accidentally kicked his friend, who hurled the N-word at him. “We got into a tussle because he yelled at me, not because of the N-word,” Jackson says. “I didn’t know what that meant.” The incident led to hard conversations at home and at school that had a big impact on Jackson. “The fact that my community was so loving in how they dealt with it made for a time of growth for me,” he says. In 1989, in the wake of a notorious murder of a pregnant woman in Boston, a teenaged Jackson and his friends were stopped and frisked by the police several times and even forced to drop their pants. The teens contacted the NAACP, which helped them create a petition demanding an investigation of the police. The organization helped the teens collect thousands of signatures and brought in the U.S. Justice Department, which led to changes in policing practices. “It was one of those moments in life, a guidepost where we made something happen, not only for us, but also for other folks,” Jackson says. His parents were strict about their children’s activities—“it was a matter of life and death,” Jackson says— but he was allowed to participate in organized sports and leadership programs like Teen Empowerment. The program affirmed his belief that his voice mattered, that he and his peers could bring positive change to their communities. At age 16 or 17, Jackson was invited to attend a multicultural summer camp for young leaders called Anytown, where they were led through real and raw experiences that exposed their racism, sexism, homophobia and religious intolerance. “It was very painful,” Jackson says. “We cried a lot, but we had to feel it.” These emotional experiences transformed Jackson’s understanding of his privilege and Spring 2017




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responsibility as a young man and a peer leader and would later lead him to participate in training through UNH’s Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program. “There’s only two places you can stand when you know something is wrong: You can do something or you can shrink from it and do nothing,” he says. “The trajectory of my life has been doing something about it.”

Navigating a New Culture


ackson was one of 72 black students, less than 1 percent of the student population, when he arrived at UNH and moved into Lord Hall, then a men’s dorm. His roommate, Steven Tsao ’97, had never met a black person before, but the duo bonded over Street Fighter 2, a video game they both liked, and they socialized in their hall and across campus. Tsao recalls that most students assumed the tall, husky Jackson was a football or basketball player who got into UNH on an athletic scholarship. Others thought he might be the brother of Michael Jackson. “Tito was never insulted by it,” says Tsao, who studied chemical engineering and is now an international entrepreneur in the video gaming industry. “He opened my eyes and helped open a lot of other people’s eyes. He viewed everyone as friends and didn’t really see things through a racial lens.” When asked about his experience of racism, Jackson sighs. “Yeah, I did face racism. It was real, at times very in your face,” he says. “How I dealt with it is that I would literally not allow any individual to taint my view of everyone on campus. I built real and trusting relationships where we could ask each other questions, debate issues and challenge one another’s thinking.”



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Demands for Diversity


oon Jackson connected with six other black students who agreed that they “had to do something about this.” The students revived the dormant Black Student Union (BSU), electing Jared Sexton ’96 as president and Jackson as vice president, and they began to consider ways to bring more diversity to campus. Sexton, who had come to UNH on a football scholarship, says he was profoundly dismayed by what he saw as an insular and deeply conservative culture on campus. Despite the university’s official declarations of “celebrating diversity,”

Sexton and other black students discovered “an abysmal lack of racial, ethnic, religious and sexual diversity” at the school and in surrounding areas. Now an associate professor of African American Studies at the University of California/ Irvine, Sexton saw in Jackson a confident leader with an outgoing and disarming personality who was able to talk openly with anyone, from his fellow students and campus staff to the university president. “Tito taught me that leadership is, in crucial ways, about the quality of the personal relationships you have with those around you,” Sexton says. “He takes himself and others seriously

without losing his strong sense of humor. There is a real buoyancy there that keeps people motivated and lets people know that it is good to pursue progressive change even if it’s uphill, into the wind.” Sexton and Jackson worked with BSU members to craft a list of demands for increased recruitment of black students, including more women and non-athletes, and black tenure-track faculty. They sought pre-orientation programs, proven to lead to higher achievement and graduation rates for people of color at other schools, and prejudice-reduction training for faculty, staff and administrators. Spring 2017



“We thought it necessary to push the institution to commit sufficient resources to actively recruit and retain black students, faculty, staff and administration as part of a larger strategy to open up access to and transform the quality of the university,” Sexton says. In the spring of 1994, the BSU gathered 4,000 signatures from UNH students and presented its petition to President Dale Nitzschke. The president agreed that changes were needed and initiated the “Making Diversity a Priority” program. Progress on the demands stalled, however, when Nitzschke resigned later that year, citing philosophical differences with the board of trustees on 30


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the university’s direction. Yet a spark had been ignited on campus. The BSU extended its presence, hosting social events and helping other student groups to form, such as Mosaico for Latino students and the United Asian Coalition. The BSU also brought students together to discuss tense situations on campus, including a blackface incident and cases when they felt students of color were treated unfairly. “The greatest part about our community was that in the face of difficult times, we dealt with them head on,” Jackson recalls. “Not everyone agreed, but they cared and they showed up, and we were better for that process.”


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of demands they called “Broken Promises.” The disruptive yet peaceful event captured state and national media attention and led, after more than 16 hours, to a negotiated agreement with UNH leaders that met most of the BSU’s demands. “We knew that a degree from UNH, which was a homogeneous institution at the time, wouldn’t be as valuable because the world is so diverse,” Jackson says. “We pushed for UNH to make changes that would benefit all students and prepare them for the world we live in.”

The Lessons of History


Like Sexton, Jackson went on to serve as a student senator and student body president. Both pushed for student empowerment—believing that the university existed for students and that their voices should carry more weight with the administration. Four years after the BSU presented its original demands, its members had grown frustrated by what they saw as a lack of progress and dialogue with the administration. Early on the morning of Nov. 9, 1998, Jackson was one of the BSU leaders who led more than 60 students into Thompson Hall to stage a sit-in in President Joan Leitzel’s office. They presented her with an updated list

ackson believes his liberal arts education and major in history honed his analytical skills and expanded his world view in ways that continue to shape his life and work. The teaching and scholarship of professors Mel Bobick, Jeffrey Bolster, John Ernest, Harvard Sitkoff and others pushed him to dig more deeply into human history and to understand it as a continuum, with relevance to the present day. “It helped me understand how we got to where we are today and the challenges people faced in getting here,” he says. “I believe history gives us the best view of what we should do in the future to remedy the disparities of the past.” Jackson has encountered a good deal of revisionist history and wishes more Americans had a better grasp on their nation’s past. “Racism is not over. Sexism is not over. Homophobia is not over, and neither is economic inequality,” he says. “There are decision points in history that are directly related to where we are right now, relative to who has access to capital, who holds political office, who is CEO.” Senior Vice Provost of Student Affairs Ted Kirkpatrick has been at UNH for 34 years, and he says Jackson’s time there in the 1990s was a formative period in its history, when student groups defined by their racial and religious identities began to emerge. Spring 2017





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“The work that Tito, Jared, Malik Aziz ’99 and others did on identity politics has paid great dividends for the institution because it’s an evolutionary process,” Kirkpatrick says. “These were students who were certainly militant about their aims, but they were not marginalized. They were part of the fabric of this place.” Back then, as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Kirkpatrick often saw Jackson in the dining hall, stopping at every table to talk to people. “Tito was a big guy with this infectious smile, and even then, at 19 or 20 years old, it always looked like he was running for something,” Kirkpatrick says. “He’s a naturally gifted politician. Tito can be pointed when he needs to be, but he’s an affable, diplomatic guy.” Kirkpatrick says Jackson worked skillfully with the administration to make sure supports were there for all students, but especially for those who were underrepresented and felt invisible on campus. “Tito was big on giving students a voice and a forum for what they wanted to talk about. The entire campus was his office.” Jackson is grateful that UNH allowed and provided him with a platform to lead. “UNH made me grow as a leader and a person in ways I never would have in any other place.”

The Urgency of Now


fter graduating from UNH, Jackson worked in pharmaceutical sales and marketing for more than 10 years before realizing his dream of public service by joining the administration



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of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, the first African-American to serve as governor of the state. In his role as the governor’s industry director for information technology and then later as Governor Patrick’s political director, Jackson witnessed the huge positive impacts that government can have on people. These experiences inspired him to run for Boston City Council, the legislative branch of city government, to which he was first elected in 2011. As a city councilor, Jackson is a ubiquitous and popular presence across Boston. He was the only public official to join thousands of Boston Public School students who had walked out on March 8, 2016, in protest of $40-million in budget cuts to public education, and he then invited some students to speak to City Council. Jackson was among the first to call for Boston to serve as a sanctuary city, calling it morally wrong and economically untenable for the city to turn its back on its most vulnerable people. And on Jan. 30, the day President Donald Trump announced his first executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, Jackson went to Logan Airport to comfort and stand with travelers and protesters hours before Boston Mayor Marty J. Walsh arrived. Jackson, who represents District 7, including Roxbury and parts of the South End, Dorchester and Fenway, sees Boston and its 23 neighborhoods as “a tale of two cities.” In downtown Boston, innovation and entrepreneurship are thriving and creating high-paying jobs and opportunities. In other areas, 50 percent of residents earn $35,000 or less and struggle with high unemployment and crime rates, lack of affordable housing,

homelessness and lower life expectancies. Behind the scenes, Jackson focuses on these intractable issues for public school students and the city’s vulnerable and least represented people. He has fought school budget cuts and closures and proposed programs to provide summer jobs for youth and housing vouchers for homeless families. He initiated Reclaim Roxbury, a community-driven organization that works with urban planners from MIT to assert greater local control over their city’s housing and business development. Jackson also led community members and civil rights organizations in a successful effort to equip Boston Police with body-worn cameras. While Jackson supported Mayor Walsh’s candidacy four years ago, he soon became critical

of the mayor’s deep cuts to funding for public education and his record on affordable housing and public safety. The tipping point for Jackson’s candidacy was the mayor’s support for the failed bid to host the Olympics in 2024—which could have cost taxpayers billions of dollars. When he announced his run for mayor of Boston on Jan. 11, his mother, Rosa, was by his side. Although Walsh’s campaign budget is about 50 times the size of Jackson’s, and an incumbent mayor has not been defeated since 1949, Jackson is confident that his vision and record will ensure his victory in the Nov. 7 election. Jackson sees an urgency to address Boston’s huge income disparities and inequitable development before its people wake up to find themselves in a city more like San Francisco, inhabited by the rich and the poor. “When I was running for student body president at UNH, I didn’t think about the fact that I was only one of 72 black kids on campus. I was passionate and understood the needs of our campus, and I was going to work with all of my classmates to make sure we got we wanted, needed and deserved,” he says. “And we won.” ²

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150 YEARS OF UNH MEMORIES Illustrations by Gayle Kabaker

Okay, we admit it: The stories that follow don’t actually span 150 years, but they do, in fact, span a full 75. As we wrap up our yearlong celebration of the university’s sesquicentennial, we are struck by the number of you who took the time to share your thoughts about your years here — from memorable classes and professors to off-campus capers, from the early 1940s through the 2010s.* We hope you enjoy your fellow Wildcats’ stories, which we expect might bring a few fond chuckles and a flash or two or recognition from your own UNH days. * We heard from so many of you, in fact, that it was impossible to do all your stories full justice in these pages, so be sure to check out unhmagazine.unh. edu/150memories once you’re done reading here.


n 1942, when I was a sophomore at UNH and one of seven students in the new occupational therapy program, I took a woodworking course from professor Wes Brett at Hewitt Hall. One night when our class was working late, I looked at the clock and exclaimed, “It’s 10:50 and I have to be back at Congreve South by the 11:00 curfew! What can I do?” Professor Brett said quietly, “My bike is outside the front door. If you pedal as fast as you can across the front lawn, I think you can make it on time.” I jumped on the bike and “hot-footed” it from Hewitt to Congreve South just as the T-Hall clock finished striking 11. ❖

◆ Esther Drew Eastman ’45

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At first he was clobbering me, skunking me most of the time,

but it wasn’t long before the tables were turned

I didn’t know it at the time, but as a student in math engineering during the late 1960s, I was in the most difficult degree program at UNH. I was having great difficulty with my "theory math" courses. The first one was taught by a teacher who could not have cared less if I learned the material or not; I spent one evening with him in his office, and he offered no help at all. I never quit, but my struggles with theory-type math courses persisted, and as I entered

One of my fond memories is being a part of the ABC, Alternative Break Challenge, during spring break my junior year. A small group of us traveled to Georgia by commuter van and assisted in building a home for Habitat for Humanity while spending our nights just outside of Atlanta in a community hostel. It was a life-changing experience being able to give back, and I was able to travel with some pretty awesome people. The UNH Theatre and Dance Department also played a huge role in my life while I was a student. I was able to participate in various musical theatre productions during the years of 19951999, including “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Pippin” and “Into the Woods.” Such cherished memories with many other UNH theatre and dance alumni. I loved my time at UNH!

◆ Cathleen Delaney Harris ’99

my senior year, I worried that graduation was going to be impossible. A college athlete, I was a regular at the Field House, and one day I happened upon my complex analysis professor, Dr. James Radlow, who was playing paddleball. When he came out of the paddleball court I asked him if I could give the game a go. He obliged me, and we soon started playing on a regular basis. At first he was clobbering me, skunking me most of the time, but it wasn’t long before the tables were



also able to take an independent study with him on another course that I couldn’t seem to grasp. It took me an extra semester, until December 1970, but I finished my degree! I am proud of that accomplishment and grateful to the caring educator who made it possible. At the same time, I have to also thank that professor who didn’t give me the time of day, because I made sure to never make the same mistake in my own teaching career.

◆ Tony Limanni ’71

n spring 1978 I was on the ASCE Student Chapter Concrete Canoe Team and helped build the canoe, knowing that the next spring I would be in London for a study-abroad program and that I needed to work on a canoe before I’d be allowed to paddle. In 1980, I was ready to paddle, and we built that year’s canoe by making a cardboard form, filling it with spray insulation, then shaving it down to the right shape. (I itch just thinking about it!) We then put wire mesh over it and applied a concrete mix with glass microbeads. It was . . . not beautiful, but we painted it green and named it Sigma Max. The race was at UMaine Orono on the Kenduskeag Stream, and the wrecks had to be removed before the regular Kenduskeag Stream Race later in the day—very whitewater and cold. Tom Nickerson ’80 was in the stern, and I was in the bow. In one blaze of personal glory, we pulled ahead of the Maine canoe on a flat stretch—the bow position is supposed to be the “strength” position, and nobody has ever accused me of great arm strength, but the Maine canoe’s bow person was a fellow from my high school class, and I knew he had been voted “Most Athletic” in ROTC. Tom and I put our knees on towels over the holes that appeared until we ran out of knees, and we finally sank well ahead of the finish line. We got our boat out, and headed for the beer and hot dogs. ❖ ◆ Helen Caswell Watts ’80


turned and I was skunking him. We continued playing, with him now trying to find some way to gain a victory, but the realization that he had taught me “too well” was a great joy to him. As he came to admire my tenacity and teachability, he asked for my evaluation of his course and how I was doing. I told him that most of the class was having great difficulty and that I was having plenty of that difficulty myself. From that point on he worked with me tirelessly, and I was

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Being the daughter of a UN H professor and also a townie, I was in a unique pos ition as I attended UNH back in the late 60s and ear ly 70s. Wanting the full experience of college, I cho se to live on campus my last three years, which pro vided me with the full plate of social and academic end eavors. I had a blast, while at the same time worked ver y hard. My dad, a bowtie -and-vest-wearing profes sor of sociology, could be a polarizing character, and while I found there were so many students who absolu tely loved him, others did not share that love and adm iration. One beautiful fall day, as I walked up the ste ps to the library, I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw emblazoned across one wall the words, “DUMP DE WE Y!” painted in red —the handiwork of a student to whom my father had given an F. Another time, when I wa s rushing sororities, I came face-to-face with a young woman who, upon finding out who I was, said, “Your De wey’s daughter? I HATE him !” Needless to say, I chose ano ther sorority. Still, I never minded hearing the criticis ms, because I knew the ma n and I was a big fan —as we re most. UNH provided a safe haven for all kinds of beliefs and attitudes and I will always look back fondly on my years there. ❖ ◆ Elaine Dewey O’Malley ’72 ’78G

I was a member of the UNH Law School class of 2006, which was at the time the Franklin Piece Law Center. After many years working in technology and scientific fields, I wanted to become a patent lawyer, and I chose Franklin Pierce because it was ranked in the top five for intellectual property law. I was 38 years old with a one-year-old toddler in daycare, and I lived in Georgetown, Mass., about 54 miles away from the Franklin Pierce campus. My morning class started at 8 a.m.; the earliest I could drop off my son was 7 a.m.; and if everything went well, I had exactly 60 minutes to drive to school—a trip Google maps calculates to be 58 minutes. I would get up at 5 a.m. to dress my son and pack his bag, be at the daycare’s door at 7 a.m. and yet there were still many times I was late. Attendance counted for 20 percent of my final grade, and my morning classes did not get good scores, because of my frequent lateness. At the time, I was bitterly disappointed about the large portion allotted to attendance in the final scores, but now, many years later, I have come to understand that that experience actually made me stronger. I learned with real emotions that all bad times and all bad feelings will pass. Today I have my own solo practice in patent prosecution, and I am always able to draw strength from recalling those early mornings in law school and how everything worked out just fine after all.

◆ Jie Tan ’06JD

My favorite memory of UNH was working at The New Hampshire as co-news editor from 1992–1993. Two nights a week, we were regularly there until the sun started coming up to make sure the paper got out in time. The staff at the time always had so much energy and fun! It was great to be part of a UNH tradition.

Standing at the boards watching outdoor hockey on the new artificial ice rink. No plexiglass. Watch out for the puck! Sneaking over the fence for a midnight swim in the pool. The Mayorality campaign. Trips to “The Cat” in Dover when Durham was “dry.” The PiKA fire engine and piano burning on the last day of Winter Carnival. Jim Brown coming to town with the Syracuse lacrosse team and singlehandedly wiping out the Wildcats. The brand new, state-of-the-art Kingsbury Hall. Men’s dorms on one side of the campus and women’s on the other, and never the twain shall meet (supposedly). Groundbreaking for the MUB. Fire-watch at the fraternity when the thermometer hit 42 below zero at 4 a.m. in February 1958. Good memories!

◆ Pamela Margaritis Dube ’93

◆ Bob Cain ’59

My first memories of UNH go back to the late 1940s, when my father took me to UNH football games, idols like Bruce Mather, Bill Hubrich and the powerful football teams of those years. Perhaps the most vivid memory is freshman camp of 1954. We all arrived at the camp excited and not knowing what to expect. Two hurricanes crossed over our camp. We got off to a booming start.

◆ Alan C. Vincent ’58

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I have so many vivid memories of UNH … the carnival atmosphere of the last Mayoralties, the excitement and anxiety of MERP week—what did it mean if you weren’t selected?—the summer-long effort my fellow forestry majors and I put into finding a conk (Ganoderma applanatum, a type of shelf fungus found on the trunks of sugar maples and yellow birch trees) that would outdo the previous year’s specimen. Some of my fondest memories are of famed coach A. Barr “Whoop” Snively, for whom I worked as a student manager for the lacrosse team. Occasionally, after the completion of practice, I would look around for the ball bags and other paraphernalia I had to bring in only to discover that they had disappeared. Then, looking like a burdened Santa Claus, there was Whoop carrying them away down by the track. I would race to him and say, “That’s my job, Whoop. I’ll carry them!” He would reply in that particular guttural voice of his, “That’s okay, manager, I’ve got them.” On the bus ride home from our victory over UMass in the 1962 football Yankee Conference championship, I remember him opening the window, demonstrating for us how to celebrate, hollering, “We beat Massa-choo-setts!” to the world outside. We stopped at the Old Mill restaurant, and just prior to the meal, he unwrapped the rubber band around the old sewing-type purse he carried and asked us all what we wanted, his treat. Some time later, I was surprised to get a small Christmas card at my home in Norfolk, Va., that included the comment, “Sometimes I think the managers get more out of the sport than the athletes do.” As always, he saw everything.

◆ David Eastman ’65

ssa-choo-setts!” Campus life at the University of New Hampshire from 1942 to 1946 was very different due to the influence of World War II. When I returned to UNH in the fall of 1943 as a sophomore, the campus was swarming with servicemen enrolled in the Army Specialized Training Program. Most of the soldiers had been in college for two to three years when they arrived at UNH, and they were thrilled to be back on a university campus. We girls were somewhat apprehensive about these soldiers “marching” all over our beautiful campus, but our reservations did not last long. I met my future husband, John, the first week of fall semester and we had a wonderful courtship for six months. My fondest memories are of attending the weekly dances with John. He also patiently helped me with chemistry. It was a sad day when the military college program ended in March 1944 and the servicemen were deployed for combat in Europe. For those six months the UNH campus had been brought back to life. My husband and I returned to Durham many times to visit during our 58 years of marriage and we always reminisced about those wonderful months that we shared at UNH.

UNH was the natural choice for me, and I applied early admission. My love of science drew me to a biochemistry degree, where I was able to explore the frontier of biotechnology. My parents did not quite understand what I was studying. When I told them that I was taking a new class in “nucleic acids,” my father thought I said “nuclear gases.” They still supported me the whole way. After I graduated, I stumbled into a genetic engineering start- up called Biogen. I was the first woman they hired in the bioprocessing depar tment.

◆ Shirley Wagner ’46 The snow always reminds me of a snowball fight I had with my good friend Leif on the lawn in front of Ham-Smith. He went to playfully hit me with a snowball and managed to get me right in the face… twice. Leif is now my husband of seven years; I think I fell in love with him that night.

◆ Theresa Dugan ’03 I was a music major and thus spent a good bit of my time at Ballard Hall, but present memories focus around a variety of off-campus activities with a diverse group of “kindred spirits” under the leadership of the late Dr. Clark Stevens, chairman of the department of forestry. They ranged from winter weekends at the UNH forestry camp in Passaconaway Valley to early morning cookouts at the Outing Club cabin on Mendums Pond, and one very early morning venture crawling around a meadow on hands and knees, collecting the bones of a long-deceased fox. My life at UNH was a stimulating and adventuresome combination of arts, academics and the great outdoors that surrounded us.

I made wonderful memories, grew up, learned about the world around me, played for the UNH tennis team and forged friendships that I’m proud of to this day. I thank Johanna Finnegan Topitzer, Jill Brady and Brian Brady for their shared friendship and humor as we made our UNH journey together. Jill, Jo and I also spent semesters abroad in England and Ireland while at UNH —what fun we had exploring the world together! Thank you my friends, and thank you UNH!

◆ Kathleen Greland-Oliver ’90 I will never forget attending my first hockey games in preSnivley days…outdoor rink at night… leaning over the boards and leaning back to avoid an inadvertent check… our Zamboni, a Ford farm tractor with a brush…visiting players “warming” between periods on their team bus… smiling, but still shivering, back at my dorm… so, when is the next home game?

◆ Skip Hubbard ’65

I progressed with the company as they grew from a biotechnology start- up to a Fortune 500 company! Reconnecting with UNH has been so rewarding. I have had the privilege of serving on the UNH COLSA advisory and development boards and the Pathways mentoring program, and I now serve on the UNH Foundation board. I never miss an oppor tunity to meet with UNH students and learn what gets them motivated in their education and careers. I just landed my dream job to be the chief operating officer of Keryx Pharmaceuticals. Thank you, UNH! ❖ ◆ Christine Carberry ’82

◆ Norma Krajczar ’51 Spring 2017



Heheheheheheee I was a member of SCOPE for three of my four years at UNH, through which I had the opportunity to be involved with bringing shows featuring Jimmy Fallon, Brand New, Dropkick Murphys, Snoop Dogg, Akon, Mike Posner, Lupe Fiasco, Guster, MGMT and Girl Talk to the UNH campus—putting on shows and creating memories for thousands of other students. I spent countless hours with fellow SCOPE members coordinating every single aspect of putting on a live performance; from selling tickets, marketing, security and production to artist and tour hospitality, we did it all. It might be safe to say that I spent just as much time in the SCOPE office as I did anywhere else in Durham—if not more!

◆ Jared Dobson '10 Jim Wolfram was a former captain and pilot in the USAF and an adventurous graduate student. He often instigated adventures for John Wakefield, the biochemistry department’s technician, and for me, a fellow graduate student and also veteran of the USAF. One day an ad appeared offering to buy lamprey plasma at $200 a liter —a princely sum, since a nice apartment could be rented with all utilities for $185 a month at the time (the early 1970s). The ad explained that a Dr. Doolittle needed the plasma for his research and that the lampreys could be caught in local rivers including the Exeter River, which was easily accessible in downtown Exeter beside a small park. Early one spring morning Jim, John and I went there with lab coats, needles, syringes, anticoagulant, knives and an ice cooler with bottles for bleeding the lampreys and collecting the blood. We waded into the shallow river and caught the muscular, eel-like lampreys by hand, brought them ashore and did a quick bit of surgery. We must have caught 200 more or more lampreys over several hours of hard work. It was enough of a spectacle for the local paper to send a reporter



for photographs and a quick interview. Back in the lab in the Spaulding Life Sciences Building, we recovered the plasma: 5.5 liters, or about $1,075 worth. We had to get it to Dr. Doolittle quickly, and Jim had an idea: he’d fly it to Logan Airport for shipment. (Jim was a combat pilot and flew thousands of hours in a C-123 delivering cargo throughout Vietnam at the height of the war.) We flew the university’s aero club plane to Logan, where Jim talked us out of paying landing fees by explaining that we were carrying plasma and would simply drop it off and leave. After our money arrived, Jim came up with one more adventure. The biochemistry faculty usually threw a departmental party for the graduate students but were going to skip that year for budgetary reasons. Jim asked me and John to each contribute $25 of our plasma payoff, and for $75 set up a shish kebab picnic complete with Michelob beer and genuine limeade. Jim and John canoed the liquid refreshments to the picnic site, where we put on a memorable party that one faculty member deemed a “really good picnic.”

◆ Frederick A. Liberatore ’74

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will always remember Scorpios and the pitchers of beer that we could all afford. The place would be packed and then word would get out that the fire marshal was coming and everyone would head out the back door. And of course there was the year that there were spiders in the fire alarm system at Stoke and the alarm went off every single night! The drinking mitten that was essential for the outdoor keg parties. The friends I made and the things I learned will stay with me always. ❖

◆ Lisa Snyderman ’82

The Second World War was over in 1945, but it was still winding down three years later when I matriculated to UNH. Many of my fellow entering freshmen were fresh from the front lines. The rigors of war enforced a maturing process on the social proclivities of men and women eager for the education awaiting them under the GI Bill. In other words, most had "put away childish things" and were ready to get it on. I recall widespread consternation and dismay when we were advised that freshmen men would be required to wear "beanies." BEANIES!!!! Bummer. When upperclassmen attempted to enforce the sartorial fiat, which most freshmen males deemed silly, there was a silent but emphatic strike against beanies. The stand-down succeeded, things quieted down and we in the class of ’52 went on to learn and be educated by our splendid university.

◆ Jack Pasqual ’52 One of my favorite memories from the early 60s: watching ice hockey outdoors and standing by the boards. No safety nets then. And having the ice slush out beneath the boards onto our feet. Frozen toes. A far cry from the magnificent ice hockey facilities enjoyed today.

◆ Judy Weaver Brown ’64

BEANIES!!!! Bummer.

wipe oooout!

In the fall of 1978, after graduating from UNH, I was hired as a part-time research assistant for the Cooperative Extension entomologist. My work took place in the classic glass greenhouse attached to the back of Nesmith Hall. The greenhouse had accumulated a lot of unwanted insects, so one day I was asked to set off a fumigation device in the closed-up greenhouse before I left for my other job. Was I surprised the next morning when I returned to learn that some or all of Nesmith Hall had been evacuated the day before! Apparently the fumes had leaked into Nesmith along the heating pipes. Alas, in 2015 when I returned to UNH to visit, I saw that my lovely old greenhouse was gone.

◆ Priscilla Partridge ’78 Of all the great memories I had at UNH, one of the most cherished was being in G. Harris Daggett’s humanities class and Carleton Menge’s ed psych 41 in my sophomore year, 1961. These two outstanding professors taught me to think critically, which I had never done before. The song, "To Sir, With Love," with the lyrics, "...and that’s a lot to learn" aptly applies to them.

My clearest academic memory of UNH is sitting in class with irascible, white-haired and jutting-jawed Max Maynard of the English department. The year was probably 1971, and the material was either the biographical essays of Lytton Strachey or the poetic style of the Book of Psalms. Or maybe it was Sophocles’ Antigone. It doesn’t matter—I remember snatches from each of those lectures spread over two, maybe three courses. What was important, and lasting, was the engagement of a man who loved literature and taught students what it means to give literature a close and respectful reading and to bring it into their lives. I have other strong memories of outstanding professors—Don Murray, Mark Smith, Tom Williams, John Yount and Alan Rose. But now, maybe because I’m thinking about the line between fiction and nonfiction in my own work, it is Max who comes to mind.

◆ Lou Ureneck ’72 A favorite memory, and probably one shared by many, is of the UNH hockey team taking to the ice at Snively to the Surfaris song “Wipe Out.” To this day, whenever I watch any hockey game, I usually think back to our Wildcats and that piece of music.

◆ Christopher T. Bassett ’75

◆ Gerald P. Lunderville ’63 After Pearl Harbor, Japanese residents on the West Coast were interned in special camps. These citizens were long-time residents, owned businesses and were well regarded in their communities. Among the groups that tried to help them was the Quakers, who sent college-aged Japanese students to colleges in the East under their auspices. At UNH, one of those students was a delightful, sweet girl named Miyuki Iwahashi. Miyuki and I took to each other and were very friendly all through our UNH years, and she


graduated in 1979, twice— in Ma y from TSAS with an associate’s degree in civi l engineering, and again in December with a B.S . in general studies. I came there in 1975 afte r my family had moved to Paris, where I spent my sophomore year of college. Although I was not a foreign student, I guess the university tho ught I was (me coming from France), as I was put in International House. I met a lot of great people there, from all over the world— Alasan, Choukri, Toufik, Marja, Abdesselam Benmansour (Ben), many others. One night, I went with the I-House crew to the MUB to see an unknown ban d called The Cars. $1 to get in, 25- cent drafts, free popcorn, I believe. A tall, skinny guy named Rick Ocasek was the lead singer. Boy, were the y fantastic! We danced all night, and I met a gal named Julie, whom I dated on and off for my time at UNH. Imagine our surprise when, just a few weeks later, The Cars became a huge sensation nationally! ❖ ◆ Matt Pey ’79

became a regular visitor to my home in Boston on spring breaks. Her folks lived in California, and after the war my parents took a drive cross country to see relatives and also visited Miyuki’s parents. After graduation, Miyuki married and moved to Washington, D.C.; I married and moved to Miami. Some years later, I had the opportunity to visit a niece who was living in Kyoto and called Miyuki to tell her about my trip. It was in that way that I learned my dear sweet friend had died, but I set off for Japan with her in my heart.

I must relate this: Our dorm—Curry, I believe —had a back entrance and a second floor balcony. One day, some of us girls decided to play a trick on those coming in the back way. We had water in bottles, which we poured down on those coming in. We didn’t expect the housemother to come in that entrance—but she did, and she had just come from the beauty parlor. Unfortunately for her and for us, we poured water on her new hairdo!

◆ Charlotte Myers Futerfas ’48 Spring 2017



If you ever ate at Acorns, the restaurant at The New England Center on Strafford Avenue, you knew what an architecturally superb space it was with its multi-level floor and 30-foot windows, which began at the baseboards and seemed to soar into the tops of the trees outside. The architects had blended site—a wooded ravine—and building, so when one looked out through those massive windows, the outside came in, be it October foliage, the black and white of January snow-covered trees, or the fresh greens of spring. It was a favorite spot, the site of our class 50th reunion dinner and many other meetings, so when the announcement came that the center would close in June 2010, friends since those freshmen blue beanie days decided to have a last lunch. Two months before closing we had such a thoroughly enjoyable luncheon there we decided to do it again, this

time near the end of June, when some of our snowbird classmates would be back from Florida. That day we caught up and reminisced. We talked of how courses and majors had influenced our lives, our work; talked about books being read and current events. Nothing about ailments; that wasn’t allowed, but we told funny stories about student days, about ourselves. It was that kind of a long, delightful meal. And yes, the meal. The staff had prepared a special buffet with salads, soups, hot and cold dishes and anything liquid one desired. To top it off, a jazz trio played old favorites like “Up a Lazy River” and “Paper Doll.” We hated to leave. We paid our bills but still sat and talked until we were among the few left. Finally we got up and walked out, hearing the last strains of “You’ll Never Miss the Water ’Til the Well Runs Dry.”

◆ Ann Merrow Burghardt ’53

When I arrived at UNH in 1966 there were curfews for women, Durham was a dry town, they were building the New England Center and there were no dorms or dining hall behind Kingsbury. During four years my classes and professors provided a great education, lines to get into hockey started by 4:30, curfews started to disappear, buildings appeared behind Kingsbury (I lived in Hubbard), Durham became wet, the MUB and library were great places to meet, there were wonderful concerts on campus (Joplin, Hendrix, the Doors, Judy Collins, etc). And of course most from my class would remember spring 1970, when Kent State happened and students went on strike. Most finals were canceled by May 8, but graduation did not take place until June and we roasted inside Snively as the day was so hot! They were years of change and growth. I look back fondly on those years, the wonderful people I met and events that happened.

◆ Ann Boulanger ’70

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remember a group of us on several occasions in 1966 or so "borrowed" food trays from the Memorial Union Building and used them to go sliding behind the MUB after a snowstorm. Such fun! Around the same time, often when one went to do her laundr y in the laundr y room underneath Hitchcock Hall, it was not unusual to encounter someone with a guitar. Soon music would be heard and many other students would join in for these fun, spontaneous jam sessions in the laundr y room! ❖ ◆ Pauline Smith ’69

The storm of ’78: I remember pretty clearly that this iconic storm dropped some three feet of snow in Durham. I believe that we only closed the university for one day—today that storm would have closed schools for a week! To celebrate the day off, we bumper hitched— or skitched—from the Lord/Jessie Doe area to downtown on the rear bumpers of passing vans and trucks. Probably not the safest event, but it was fun!

◆ Everett Eaton ’80

There are many stories I COULD tell, but one I like is the following: During a patent practice final exam 1988 or ’89, we were asked to write a patent claim around an invention involving something to do with wood bark (I do not recall the exact invention, perhaps using it as a “biomass to energy” fuel). Anyway, Prof. Robert Shaw sensed we were having trouble identifying the invention, so he went outside (in Concord) and gathered up a grocery sack of bark, came into the room and announced, “This is bark!” It always gives me a chuckle.

◆ Jeff Wendt ’89JD

To celebrate the day off, we bumper hitched—or skitched—from the Lord/Jessie Doe area to downtown on the rear bumpers of passing vans and trucks. I graduated in 1996, and my claim to fame is being on the UNH women’s ice hockey team—Go Blue! I remember being on campus when the first stoplight in Durham was put in at the corner of Main and “Snively.” What commotion that caused!!

◆ Dina Solimini Rufo ’96 The memories from UNH are endless, but a few that immediately come to mind include playing broomball at 11 p.m.—and meeting the love of my life while doing so—and becoming an RA, a position that changed my career path forever (and for the better). Now, I love every chance I get to come back to UNH. It’s always so nice coming home for an impromptu visit, for our anniversary each year and of course for Homecoming!

◆ Amanda Adams ’11 In 1956 or 1957, as co-chair of what was then called Dads’ Day weekend, I was called into the UNH vice president’s office to learn that the university had been chosen as the site for the first "Atoms for Peace" conference that same weekend. There were hundreds of notable attendees, but I can only recall a few key names and events. This was the first large-scale event designed to address the development and employment of the "H" bomb and the possible future of nuclear weapons in more than the three big powers. About the same time, Dads’ Day was changed to Parents’ Day, as it likely still remains.

◆ Ed Robert ’58

I remember fondly the Sunday nights going to the MUB Pub listening to the great sounds of DJ Rick Bean. The Pub was usually packed, and the end of the night was highlighted with Paul McCartney’s signature song, “The Long and Winding Road,” leaving all in attendance with a special closeness for the someone we were with as we made our way out through the exit doors.

◆ Arthur Miller ’76 When I think of winter at UNH, I recall all the Winter Carnival celebrations that began with a giant bonfire on campus. What many were not aware of, however, was the long journey the flame that lit the bonfire took. Brothers of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity would light a torch at Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch, run the torch in relay style to the Capitol building in Concord and then complete the relay journey to UNH. The purpose of this run was twofold. Of course, one reason was to arrive at the bonfire lighting ceremony, in front of a crowd of students, staff and community members. This meant a very early start from up north and the challenges of running in snow and cold! More importantly, however, the torch run raised funds for the Leukemia Foundation, in honor of a fallen brother. I will always remember the soreness of those runs but also the great cause for which that run was done each year.

◆ Dennis J. O’Connell ’90


n 1977, the Woodsman’s team had a canoe, an old beater Grumman to use in some competition. It was temporarily stored out at a big pond past the dairy barns. As a member of the team, I could access both the canoe and the pond. I decided to take my friends on a secret adventure. It was all girlfriends, and they all got into the fun and mystery of it. All of the women put blindfolds over their own eyes so they wouldn’t know where they were going. I led them to a car and to the pond, then ferried groups of them in the canoe to a little campsite where everyone took off their blindfolds to see where they were. Everyone was delighted by the lovely little site. We built a campfire and told stories and sang songs at our own little mystery camp spot right in Durham! ❖

◆ Elaine Eisenbraun ’77

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Extra Credit When UNH partners with New Hampshire public schools, everyone wins

Inspiration’s in the air early on a

“Today, you guys will be working with LittleBits,” Buinicky says. Some of the kids already know about LittleBits—they’re like Legos, but with circuits, motors, switches and lights that snap together instead of plastic bricks. For the kids who don’t know, Buinicky puts a YouTube video on the screen at the front of the classroom. Brightly colored pieces are connected, a button is pressed, and suddenly, motors spin, lights blink and simple inventions come to life. So does the classroom. “In the video, there’s a battery, a switch and a dimmer. What tool in your house is made up of these things?” Buinicky asks. “Oh! A flashlight!” someone shouts. Other LittleBits pieces flash on screen—LED lights, a beeping alarm, a vibrating buzzer. “I know another thing you can make!” another student says. “A video game controller!” “Or a hand buzzer!” a third student exclaims. “That’s right,” Buinicky says. “And actually, that’s one of your challenges today.” In teams of three or four, she explains, the students will get a series of Spring 2017




Thursday morning at the East Rochester School. The fifth graders in Jenna Buinicky’s weekly technology class are already excited—there’s just one more day until February vacation—but when Buinicky ’99, ’01G reveals the day’s lesson, their enthusiasm ratchets up.

schematics showing them the LittleBits pieces they’ll need. They’ll have to figure out how the pieces work together, she says; the inventions start simple and grow more complicated—from a flashlight to a “tickle machine” to a wrist-mounted hand buzzer. Buinicky hands out the first set of challenges and the kids spring into action, forming groups and racing to the plastic cases where the LittleBits are stored. In one corner of the room, two girls hurry through the challenges so that they have time to build their own inventions. “We’re just making many different creations,” one girl says, snapping together a cluster of LittleBits. The other presses two buttons, and an array of motors start spinning at different speeds. “We’re trying to figure out how the pulses work,” she tells Buinicky. On the other side of the room, a trio of boys has used elastics, a paper tube and LittleBits to make a flashlight. They’ve attached an alarm to the flashlight set up, though, and every time they turn on the light, an obnoxious buzzing sound joins it. “Look, it’s an interrogation device!” one boy says, flashing the light in a friend’s face. He’s incredibly proud. “My group helped me make it. They’re awesome.” Like the buzzing flashlight, the morning’s class was a group effort. For the last two years, Rochester’s school district has partnered with UNH through the Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science and Engineering



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Education’s STEM Teachers’ Collaborative program to augment the district’s STEM curriculum. That collaboration includes an equipment-lending program for teachers like Buinicky. “We wouldn’t be able to afford LittleBits without UNH,” she says. Scenes like this play out every day across New Hampshire. The bonds between UNH and Granite State schools and communities have deep roots, and in the 150 years since the university was founded, those partnerships have only grown stronger. They take place in high school classrooms and university lecture halls, in research labs and town halls. The collaborations are as varied as the communities themselves, and each connection yields surprising results for everyone involved. And those results accumulate into something big. As Julie Williams, senior vice provost for engagement and academic outreach, puts it, “The partnerships are about being good collaborators on the grand challenges of our day. And with the help of the communities we partner with, we can do a better job at answering some of those big questions.”

Tying shoes and shaking it off Sometimes, answering those big questions starts with something small—like tying shoes. That’s the case in Sharon Shea and Abigail Thompson’s

first-grade classroom at Woodman Park School in Dover. Shea is a veteran teacher with 30 years of experience; Thompson ’16, ’17G is a graduate student and intern who’s been co-teaching with Shea since the beginning of the 2016 school year. “It’s like sharing an apartment together,” Shea jokes. But the level of collaboration between interns like Thompson and cooperating teachers like Shea is that deep. The two plan lessons together, hold parent conferences together and, as far as the students are concerned, Thompson is just as much a “real” teacher as Shea. “The things I’ve gotten to experience are invaluable,” Thompson says. “Team-teaching is a huge part of our classroom. I’m able to start a lesson and then Sharon’s able to jump in. It’s just the little things, like helping someone tie their shoes. If I’m teaching a lesson and they need help from someone, it’s easy for me to say, ‘Why don’t you go see Mrs. Shea?’” For experienced teachers like Shea, the education department’s internship program infuses a “spark of enthusiasm and energy” each year. She’s worked with so many interns she’s lost count, she says, but the outcome for her and her students is consistent. “The more time I have to sit down and collaborate with interns like Abby, the more it’s helped me grow as an educator, which is something that’s fantastic for our profession,” Shea says.

For Thompson, the partnership provides invaluable insights into classroom dynamics and the complexities of student learning. Minor missteps and lesson plans that fall flat are just as valuable for Thompson as the days when lessons go off without a snag. One lesson in particular drove this point home for Thompson. Shea was out one day, and Thompson was by herself in the classroom. The day’s agenda included a math lesson—one Thompson was confident couldn’t fail. “The lesson went great,” she says. “But then I sent the kids back to their seats, and the reality of the content hit me. All these kids were coming up to me and asking questions. First one kid, then another, then another. And so then I said, ‘OK, everyone put everything down. We need to reconfigure this.’” That night at home, Thompson thought about where she went wrong. She was flustered. She called Shea and said, “I really messed up.” “No you didn’t,” Shea told her. “We just need to go back and figure out what went wrong so we can make it better for the students.” And so Thompson took another look. She reached out to other Woodman Park first-grade teachers and overhauled everything, down to the seating arrangements. “It wasn’t just the content, or how the kids were accessing the content, it was the seating, it was where I was demonstrating things. There are so many factors that play into a lesson,” Thompson says. Spring 2017



Thompson tried again the next day. But before the math lesson began, she told the students to stand up. “I said, ‘Everyone just shake,’ and they all said, ‘Why?’ And I told them we’re shaking off yesterday’s lesson and we’re starting again. And it went great.” The education department’s relationship with communities isn’t limited to classrooms. Woodman Park and other local schools participate in the department’s Seacoast Reads program, which places UNH undergraduate student volunteers in local schools and libraries to help elementary and middle school students work on literacy skills. At Woodman Park, principal Patrick Boodey ’93 ’00G says the school is working with UNH physics laboratory manager Michael Briggs on professional development workshops on STEM. “When UNH students come here, we all get to talk and reflect about our practice, which raises the bar for everyone,” he says. According to Boodey, Woodman Park’s ties to UNH are deep. He estimates about 70 percent of the teaching staff has at least one degree from UNH. Those connections build on themselves. Jennifer Deenik ’96G is a science teacher at Souhegan High School in Amherst. Her 21-year career at Souhegan began in 1996, when she entered a Souhegan classroom as a UNH intern. “Right from the start, it was clear to me my cooperating teacher saw me as an equal,” she says. Deenik became a cooperating teacher herself in 2000, and for the last 17 years, she’s been paying her experience forward. “My cooperating teacher was outstanding at setting me



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up for success with a little bit of risk attached, and so that’s why I tell the interns who work with me, ‘I’m going to push you to step outside your comfort zone as often as possible, because that’s what we ask of our students all the time.’” It’s a positive experience for the Souhegan students, too. Having a UNH student in the classroom every day gives high schoolers another way to talk about and explore postsecondary school options. “Interns are role models, particularly for students who know they want to go to college but don’t know what they want to go to college for, or for students who are anxious about college and can talk to someone about what the process is like,” she says.

Bridging gaps When Cathy Fraser ’12G—a librarian at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton—doctoral student Scott Lasley ’20G and Leah Williams, a senior lecturer in the English department, began working together on a research project last year, they quickly developed a reputation for talking about broccoli. Lasley explains: “We did a pilot study last spring, looking at research practices among high school and college students, and what students value about research, their thoughts on it and how much time they spend doing it.” It turned out that research is a lot like a heaping plate of vegetables, Lasley says. “It’s a very useful metaphor for our findings—students see value in the research they’re doing,

but they aren’t particularly fans of it.” Fraser, Lasley and Williams comprise one of the small research groups that have grown out of the SchoolUniversity Dialogues on College Readiness in Writing program, begun in 2013 by Christina Ortmeier-Hooper, associate professor of English and director of first-year writing, and Alecia Magnifico, an assistant professor of English and coordinator of the UNH English teaching program. The Dialogues Group, as it’s known to participants, bridges the gap between high school and college writing curriculums. The transition between high school and college is daunting for students, but it’s not easy for teachers, either. According to Magnifico and Ortmeier-Hooper, the Dialogues Group began as an effort to help high school and college writing instructors collaborate on and talk about student writing and college readiness. The group began as a series of lunchtime meetings; now it’s become a state-wide network of writing educators. In September 2016, the group hosted its first colloquium, where participants presented original research about writing education. That’s where Fraser, Lasley and Williams started talking about broccoli-as-research. To gather data, they surveyed honors-level seniors Fraser worked with at Prospect Mountain and students in Lasley’s first-year writing and William’s persuasive writing classes at UNH. They’re working now on collecting more data. The collaboration has been eye-opening for Fraser. Learning what college-level instructors like Williams and

Lasley expect from students in terms of writing skills has helped Fraser better prepare the students she works with. At Prospect Mountain, she teaches a freshman seminar class focused on research skills and reading comprehension to give students a more solid foundation in the research skills they’ll need for college. “It’s been nice to see, and read through the data, that this is a developmental process,” Fraser says. “It’s the focusing of a lens. Things are foggy, but as you go on and do more research, they get clearer.” That clarity is especially helpful for high school and college students who struggle with writing. Dialogues Group members Liz Kirwan ’08, an ESL teacher at Manchester West High School, and UNH ESL lecturer Kristin Raymond ’19G are working together on research examining the differences between English as a second language-learners across high school and college. At Manchester West, Kirwan works with students who are immigrants and refugees, many of whom will be the first members of their families to attend college; at UNH Raymond teaches international students who are studying abroad. Their students’ backgrounds vary, but the two have learned through their research that many ESL students struggle with producing the amount of writing that’s required in classrooms. Kirwan and Raymond started by using the same text in their classrooms: the classic novel Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Students could choose between writing a personal narrative Spring 2017



about the idea of a split identity or a fictional account of a character similar to Dr. Jekyll. From the outset, there were major differences: Raymond’s students were more interested in writing creatively, while Kirwan’s students were more comfortable with clearly defined writing requirements. “Our original goal was to find out if using these similar classroom strategies would help students write more text. And it did, but a lot of other things came out of it—helping students think about voice and writing and identity,” Raymond says. They also visited each other’s classrooms, and Kirwan brought her students to campus for a visit last spring (though they weren’t able to meet with Raymond’s class). The collaboration has changed the way Kirwan teaches, she says, and it’s changed the way her students learn. “I kind of taught the five-paragraph essay model before,” she says. “I was trying to get the kids prepared for mainstream classes and the expectations there, but with this partnership, I’m preparing the kids for post-secondary education, challenging them to get ready for that next step.” One of Kirwan’s students has already applied to and been accepted at UNH. She’s not sure that would have happened if she hadn’t joined the Dialogues Group. “I think this exposure is really important,” she says. “These kids see there can be an opportunity for them.”

In the field Barbara Reid believes in asking her students big questions. A chemistry teacher at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, Reid has made it a mission to bring real-world science into her classroom.



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In a unit on nuclear chemistry, Reid’s students took on the role of board members at a company debating whether to use irradiated foods in their products. A project on recycling organic materials challenged students to make their own bioethanol, while a lesson on geochemistry prompted students to analyze arsenic levels in local water supplies. “It’s all relevant to their community,” she says. “Many people in our district are on well water, so we have conversations about who’s responsible for making sure well water is safe to drink and why many homeowners don’t test their well water for arsenic.” Those are the sort of conversations local and state officials and scientists are having across the state and throughout the country. It’s cutting-edge stuff, and according to Reid, without her collaboration with the Leitzel Center at UNH, it wouldn’t be possible. “Informed teachers make informed students. When we know what kind of scientific work is going on, what equipment is being used, we can better prepare students,” she says. Celebrating 15 years of partnerships with Granite State schools this year, the Leitzel Center connects elementary and secondary school teachers with the latest scientific research and interdisciplinary collaborations with university faculty and staff. The Leitzel Center hosts professional development workshops on science, math and engineering concepts and works with local schools on creating STEM curriculums that engage both students and teachers. “We want to build relationships with teachers where they feel they have an equal say in what we do with them. We like to work with teachers to access scientific information and implement it,” says Ruth Varner ’93G ’00G, the Leitzel Center’s director and a professor of Earth sciences. Through workshops, the Dreyfus Foundationfunded GEOChem Program and National Science Foundation grant-funded programs like the Research Experience for Teachers of Engineering and the Transforming Earth Systems Science Education, educators like Reid have gotten hands-on training and built professional bonds with UNH faculty and staff. Those benefits are passed on to students, Reid says. “When you’re collaborating with university personnel, you’re breaking down barriers. You’re demystifying the university, and then students can visualize themselves here,” she says. But more importantly, Reid believes bringing practical examples of everyday science into the classroom builds the sort of invisible civic infrastructure that strengthens communities.

Policies on water treatment or alternative fuel systems “may be something they’ll be voting on, or something they’ll encounter in adult life, and it’s important to help them become engaged and informed,” Reid says. Donald Wason, an Earth and space science teacher at Dover High School for 32 years, says the Leitzel Center “enriches science education.” He’s been taking part in Leitzel Center-sponsored workshops and programs since 2008. Wason worked as a geologist and environmental consultant before he became a teacher. “Trying to take the curriculum in the classroom and have students connect it to the real world is sometimes difficult,” Wason says. “With the Leitzel Center, we can make connections between what scientists are doing and what we do in our own classrooms.” Wason has had students go on to complete independent studies with UNH faculty he met through the Leitzel Center; last spring, he helped develop a workshop on earthquakes for the center. “It opens up a whole world of opportunities, not just for teachers, but for the students themselves,” he says. In some cases, those opportunities open up for entire school districts—like the Rochester district where Jenna Buinicky’s fifth graders are working with LittleBits. STEM Teachers’ Collaborative director Laura Nickerson has been working with the district on bolstering the STEM curriculum across grade levels, collaborating with Rochester teachers on programs that range from helping teachers develop a more writing-intensive STEM curriculum to leading coding workshops for teachers and loaning out tech items to classrooms like Buinicky’s. “The teachers in Rochester are passionate, and they’re working so hard,” says Nickerson. “They’re well prepared, and they’re hungry for more interactions with the university, more knowledge and more ideas to take back to their students. It’s a fun place to work with.”

Small state, big impacts Funding for Nickerson’s position comes from Albany International, a Rochester-based manufacturing company. For Varner, the partnership between the Leitzel Center, Albany and Rochester’s schools is the sort of unique opportunity that could happen only in New Hampshire. “We’re a relatively small state, and so we can actually make some big impacts with uniquely placed partnerships like that,” she says. Bit by bit, the bonds between UNH and local schools and communities grow. Senior vice provost Julie Williams says it’s part of the university’s DNA, and as UNH evolves, so does its spirit of public engagement. And it’s not limited to New Hampshire classrooms—Williams points to the work UNH Extension does in each of the state’s 10 counties, from soil sampling and food safety courses to gardening classes and climate change adaptation programs, as vital examples of engagement. Williams says partnering with communities helps everyone think big. Bigger than just one school, or one county or even one state. This spring, the Office of Engagement & Academic Outreach is partnering with Extension and the University of Maine for the upcoming Community Engagement Academy, a series of workshops in three Seacoast towns. Participants will work with experts from the universities on strategies for getting residents involved in their communities and fostering—and sustaining—community engagement. “The work of public engagement will be increasingly innovative,” Williams says. “New technology is going to allow us to work with people in a real way around the world.” Finding solutions to climate change, poverty and any number of other problems facing communities large and small won’t be easy. But it’s not all that different from building a buzzing flashlight—all it takes is a spark of inspiration, a little enthusiasm and a lot of teamwork. ❖ Spring 2017



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Nancy Bryant on behalf of Lonnie

(Eleanor) Gould Bryant, 56A Blossomcrest Road, Lexington, MA 02421;; (781) 863-5537

In writing this column, I’ve noticed several traits that seem to run in our long-lived ’41ers: diverse interests, a dedication to community service and a vibrant, loving spirit. My late mom, Eleanor “Lonnie” Gould Bryant, certainly possessed these qualities and followed her motto to “live it up!” Roger Stephen Leighton of Strafford, whose death was reported in the last UNH Magazine, also fit that mold with active community involvement and interests as diverse as forestry, farming, land conservation, history, genealogy and water dowsing. And vibrancy and positivity were also notable characteristics in these two classmates who, I’m sorry to report, recently passed away. Arthur Benjamin Webster, Jr., died on Oct. 25, 2016, in Litchfield, Connecticut. Art was a proud partner in his family dairy business, Arethusa Farm. After the farm was sold, he enjoyed working as the Connecticut agricultural inspector for Litchfield Mutual Insurance Company. Art was active in several community organizations and business boards. He was predeceased by his wife Lillian and is survived by his companion Louise Waters, three children, four granddaughters and three great-grandchildren. Donald M. Stockwell passed away on Nov. 4, 2016, in Groton, Massachusetts. He was an Army technical sergeant in World War II and received five battle stars and a bronze star. Donald engineered dams for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He loved traveling and music and enjoyed serving his community of Leverett, Massachusetts. Donald was predeceased by his first wife Dorothy and second wife Patricia and is survived by two daughters, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two stepchildren. Harold A. “Web” Webster of Holderness, another energetic, spirited ’41er, writes that he and his wife Joy spent an enjoyable summer at their camp in Pittsburg last year and are looking forward to going back again this summer. Harold had high hopes of organizing our 75th class reunion for 2016 but wasn’t able to find enough local interest. If there are classmates out there who would like to get together for our 76th, please let us know. And please send me your news! ◆

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Gift of Penelope T. Burke ’73 in memory of Penny Cady ’46, pictured above.



Mary Louise Hancock

33 Washington St. Concord, NH 03301

It is Feb. 1, and there is a new-fallen snow on the Durham campus — not enough for strapping on skis for a run to Madbury but a lovely sight to behold. We lost

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If your class is not represented here, please send news to your class secretary (see page 76) or submit directly to Class Notes Editor, UNH Magazine, 15 Strafford Ave., Durham, NH 03824. The deadline for the next issue is June 1.

classmate Jean Howard Jenkins on Oct. 30, 2016. Jean and James “Topper” Jenkins ’43 were married in 1943. When Topper came home from World War II, they lived in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, for a while, then on to Danvers where Jean was an active church member and taught dietetics at a nearby nursing school. She also was a home economics teacher at Danvers High School. When she retired in 1978, she and Topper went to Greenville, Tennessee, to be near family and friends. Survivors include three daughters and grandchildren. Josephine Blodgett Tuthill died May 17, 2016. Jo was a longtime teacher in the West Hartford, Connecticut, school system. She and her late husband had resided in that city since 1946. She is survived by a son and grandson. As a side note, Jo came from West Stewartstown, which abuts the Canadian border, and in November 1939 she did not go home for Thanksgiving because it was too long a journey in too little time. No cars, no trains or buses in that direction in those days! Margaret Sanborn Ryan died on March 6, 2016. She is survived by three sons and grandchildren. Samuel Gelt died April 17, 2016, in Millbrae, California. Sam, a veteran of World War II, was a longtime owner of North Star Auto Auction in Minnesota. On retiring, he and wife lived in Boca Raton, Florida, where they spent many years enjoying family and friends. In 2009 they moved to California to be near their daughters. Sam was a staunch supporter of Israel and a generous philanthropist to many Jewish organizations. Only recently I have learned that Constance Fletcher Morris died on July 15, 2012, in Bedford. She is survived by two sons and two grandsons. I shall continue listing “lost” classmates in the next letter. Meanwhile, be of good cheer. ◆

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Class Notes Editor

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Jeanne Steacie Harriman, 92, passed away peacefully at her home with her family at her side on Wednesday, Jan. 11. She was born July 24, 1924, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and was the wife of the late Norris B. Harriman for 37 years. She graduated from Wellesley High School, Vermont Junior College and UNH and was UNH’s Class of 1946 class secretary for many years. She maintained lifelong friendships with many classmates from both colleges. She was a business education teacher, a girls’ basketball and softball coach, worked at Norris Harriman Construction and substituted in local schools. She was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, a member of the First Congregational Church and a trustee of the Wolfeboro

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Public Library for 27 years, writing the grant application that resulted in the new library in the 1970s. She enjoyed many activities in the community as well as traveling, walking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, hiking, swimming, gardening and reading. She was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and Celtics, celebrating her 80th birthday at a Red Sox game. Jeanne leaves behind her two children, Nancy Harriman Mayville ’76 and husband Lynn ’71 and Brad Harriman ’78 and wife Terri, as well as two granddaughters, a great-granddaughter, a brother and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jeanne’s memory may be made to the UNH Foundation for scholarships. James S. Ollivierre of Turlock, California, passed away peacefully at his home on Nov. 1, 2016, after a long illness. He

grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from UNH with a degree in architectural engineering. He served in the Army in World War II. He loved electronics and love to read. He is survived by his wife Harriet, son, brother, sister, eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. Col. Carl A Bowley, 92, of Osterville, Massachusetts, passed away on Sept. 23, 2016. He attended UNH until being drafted into the Army to fight in World War II, eventually becoming a navigator in the Air Force. His service included time at the Pentagon, where he was awarded the Legion of Merit. He enjoyed fishing, boating and reading and had a keen interest in politics and history. He is survived by his wife Betty and several stepchildren, step-grandchildren and grandnieces and

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nephews. Maxine “Mickey” F. Tutt passed away peacefully at her home in Mesa, Arizona, on Aug. 6, 2016. She was active as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and especially loved working with youth, writing and directing stage productions. Despite her struggle with Alzheimer’s over the past few years, she never lost her smile or her love for family and friends. She leaves her husband Don, two sons, two daughters, sister, 18 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. ◆

The Class of 1948’s highly esteemed class president, Donald Charles Lamson, Jr., passed away on Oct. 3, 2016. Here he is seen getting ready for the parade at the Class of 1948 60th Reunion in 2008.

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Bill “Batch” Batchelder ’49, retired New Hampshire Supreme Court justice, is seen here with his wife, Betty, and one of their faithful cats, Clifford, at their Plymouth home. — 1949


P.O. Box 1975 Exeter, NH 03833

Writing ’midst a marshmallow world of snowy beauty in midwinter, I want to credit Kristin Waterfield Duisberg, her editorial staff and the alumni record-keepers for supplying newspaper clippings — mainly obituaries — from which the following class notes are gleaned. Sadly, our highly esteemed class president — Donald Charles Lamson, Jr. — passed away on Oct. 3, 2016. Growing up in Bristol and spending each summer on Pleasant Lake, he was a “creative sportsman,” carving his own wooden skis at the age of 11. Don’s wife of 67 years and lifelong Mount Sunapee ski pass holder, Joan Boodey Lamson ’49, claims he won a college ski race from Mount Mousilauke’s summit back when racers hiked to the top for the start. Note: If you remember that experience, please let her know! In April of 1943, Don enlisted in the Air Force, becoming a second lieutenant trained as both a fighter and bomber pilot, just as the war ended. A member of Theta Chi and class president, he endeared himself to all who knew him, with his contagious, cheerful disposition. After UNH graduation, he was employed as a Raytheon industrial engineer for 25 years. Don and Joan raised six children between Baltimore, Maryland, and Raynham, Massachusetts. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2000, Don resided in continual good humor his last four years at Pine Rock Manor. Among his survivors are three additional UNH graduates, Debbie Lamson Pinerton ’75 and Cindy Lamson Siegler ’73 and her husband Ted Siegler ’73. Our condolences to Joan, all six of their children and their spouses, their 13 grandchildren and three greats. Thelma Rosenblum of Delray Beach, Florida, passed away on Jan. 9, 2015, and her husband Lester passed away on April 5, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Anita L. Ornsteen Brindis of Haverhill, Massachusetts, died on Oct. 22, 2016, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. An avid golfer and club champion in younger years, she was a lifetime member of Hadassah and various other women’s groups. She is survived by a son, daughter, six grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Arthur F. Sargent died Nov. 3, 2016, in Medina, Ohio. A World War II veteran and a mechanical engineer for NASA and GM, he loved golf and his Cleveland Browns. He leaves a son, daughter, two stepsons and two grandchildren. John Cornelius

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Elizabeth M. Shea

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McGinn died peacefully at home in Jupiter, Florida, on Nov. 2, 2016. He served in the Army in Italy and wrote for The Stars & Stripes News. He worked for the FBI while attending George Washington Law and later worked for Merrill Trust Company in Maine. He is survived by his second wife, his daughter, two sons and his grandchildren. Evelyn A. Hultgren Ewing passed away on Oct. 3, 2016, in Haverhill, Massachusetts. She worked in physical education before years of volunteering and raising her five children. She enjoyed sharing journals of her trips to Sweden, encouraging others to explore their roots as well. She is survived by her son, four daughters, their spouses and her cherished grandchildren. Let’s play our Wildcat card on June 2 and meet for lunch on our 69th UNH Reunion Weekend! I look forward to seeing you there! ◆

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Joan Boodey Lamson

51 Lamson Lane New London, NH 03257

How do you get from professor G. Harris Dagget’s English literature class on Robert Burns, where you pleased him by knowing that a “cutty sark” was a short-tailed shirt — Bill “Batch” Batchelder’s Scottish mother was a Burns’ admirer — to being a judge on the New Hampshire Supreme Court? “It all started in Morrill Hall,” replies Bill, “when Dean Alexander suggested that Arnie Hanson ’48 and George Ray and I apply for admission at BU Law School. It was the second year of law aptitude tests. We each had time left from the GI Bill for military service.” Bill was a New Hampshire trial judge for 10 years and a Supreme Court judge for 15 years. He was appointed by Gov. Walter Peterson and Gov. Hugh Gallen. (Bipartisanship worked, then.) Bill and his wife Betty have been blessed with six children, who in turn gave them 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. All of the Batchelder family members have always enjoyed outdoor sports in and around Bill’s hometown of Plymouth. Greetings came from Robert Hagen in Roseville, California, where, he says, “It’s a great place to retire.” Bob, whose wife died eight years ago, goes swimming, and enjoys many functions with his longtime friends. Jean Smith Butler was born in New Castle and was a teacher from New Hampshire to California, and with her husband, she traveled extensively and made friends everywhere. In 1981 she passed her Bar exam and practiced law until she was 80. Jean died in Glendale, California, at age 90, leaving four loving children and six grandchildren. At our 50th Reunion we established the Class of ’49 Endowed Fund for Student Support. We have been helping two students each year meet their expenses ever since. This year our two deserving students are Shaan DeJong and Lily Mitchell. You may contribute to this worthy cause at any time. Lastly, my husband of 67 years, Donald Lamson ’48, died from Alzheimer’s disease on Oct. 2, 2016. Class President Dick Dart said of Don, “He was the happiest man I ever knew.” Don’s wonderful disposition and outlook on life inspired our six children and 13 grandkids. Three great-grandkids will get to know him from a multitude of funny stories. At UNH, I chased him ’til he caught me! ◆

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Jack Smith

38 Drake Lane Scarborough, Maine 04107

My plea in the winter issue of the alumni magazine for news about your summer and fall activities failed to connect: My “News from Classmates Folder” is still empty! I need some help. But for now, I ask that you join in the celebration of the lives of the following classmates that have passed in the last few months. Allen Furbush passed away in North Haven, Connecticut, on Sept. 5,2016. Allen graduated from Manchester Central, served in the Marine Corps during World War II and then returned to UNH. He worked as the YMCA physical director in North Haven and later in Bridgeport until retirement. Walter Bernard died on Oct. 2, 2016. He attended schools in Manchester and served in the Army in France during World War II. Upon discharge, he received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemistry from UNH followed by a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from MIT. In 1953 he received a National Science Foundation Award and, in 1973, the UNH Outstanding Achievement Award. He was a research scientist at Sprague Electric until he retired. Donald E. Meader died on Sept. 7, 2016, in San Diego, California. Donald was raised in Rochester and, after high school, served in the Navy. After his discharge, he received a degree in mechanical engineering from UNH. He was employed as an engineer at Farrel-Birmingham in Ansonia, Connecticut, and, later, for several companies in Massachusetts before moving to San Diego, California. He retired as an engineer with Maxwell Laboratories. Ralph Blanchard passed away on May 26, 2016, in Canton, Massachusetts. He was a veteran of the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. After graduation from UNH, Ralph spent has career as a professor of engineering at Northeastern University and later as associate dean and professor emeritus. David E. Davis died on Sept. 13, 2016, in Cary, North Carolina. David grew up in Plaistow, served in the Navy aboard a minesweeper during World War II and attended UNH after his discharge. He moved to Santa Cruz, California, after graduation and was a member of the U.S. Border Patrol. He was also a security guard at IBM, retiring after 25 years. He then went into real estate and remained active in various Santa Cruz organizations. June 2–4 is Reunion Weekend. The 25th, 50th and 60th are considered special reunions, but as I age, they are all special. So, plan on joining us on June 3 for the Golden Wildcat Luncheon. Register at or by calling (603) 862-1461. Finally, you should have received the “Class of 1950 Dues and News” letter in February. Please take a minute for a message about yourself to share with your classmates. Thanks. ◆

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Anne Schultz Cotter

PO Box 33, Intervale, NH 03854

This letter is from Connecticut, where I am ensconced with my daughter Sauci and family. Slight dropping of snow flakes once in a while, so the cancellation for schools is posted the day before! Christmas to

April Fools Day is my schedule for a return to Mount Washington Valley, my home for the last 50 years! We are sorely lacking for news due to no dues and no alumni news, which is good news as there are no obits! The telephone lines are hot with frequent calls and, as usual, Jan Anderson is our Concord liaison, keeping us in business! The annual spring luncheon at the Red Blazer in Concord is the third Thursday in May. To join us, give Jan a call at (603) 228-1049. The Concord contingent is doing well — as well as can be — the question is, “Did Phil Yeaton go to Clearwater this year?” I had a talk with Bev Lessard Hoover this week. Jack is holding his own, and she has an apartment in Charleston, South Carolina, in the same retirement home. We had a nostalgic talk about how we grew up in an idyllic time. Betty Greene Herrin is in Bedford near her family and pleased with her surroundings! Hope to have luncheon here with the daughters of Pris Winslow Simendinger ’50 and did have the same with her son Kent and his wife while at my annual trip to the Samoset in Rockport, Maine. Betty Ahern Lamphier ’50 has had an icy winter. Midge Holmes Dow ’50 is doing well at River Woods in Exeter and so is Lee Fortescue ’50. Bon appetite, and raise a glass! ◆

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Ruthie Maynard

2723 Shipley Road, Apt. 401 Shipley Manor Wilmington, DE 19810

Hi Dear Mates! Thanks be to Christmas cards and several notes and phone calls with some of you — whoopee! I have amassed enough material to write yet another class letter. You have no idea how much I now worry about having enough food for the fodder. Amen. Dan and I celebrated our 65th wedding anniversary in February. We were married, if you remember, between semesters of our senior year at UNH. Remember the one-room apartments in the Army Quonset huts? And I thought they were so beautiful. Ha! That’s what love can do to you. And, we still are so in love! Didn't we all have a great time for those four years at UNH! Writing the obituaries always makes me sad, and they are Robert P. Viafora of Manchester died Jan. 27, 2003; James M. Jones of Tilton died July 25, 2016; Guthrie S. Colpits of The Villages, Florida, died Oct. 2, 2016; Lewis Achilles Nassikas of West Falmouth, Massachusetts, died Oct. 13, 2016; Frederick Brill Carlson of Epsom died Oct. 17, 2016. My heart goes out to all their loved ones. Joyce Worden Richardson spent the summer and fall in her beloved Rye and met Connie Eastman Stone for lunch. (Would love to hear from you, Connie!) Jody Lanyon Horne has macular degeneration but feels lucky that she can still drive! Her son Bill no longer practices veterinarian medicine but is at Princeton Seminary. Jody has seven grandchildren and five great-grands. Channing Morrison and his wife Harriet love their life at The Huntington in Nashua. They are very active with golf, tennis and walking distances! Chan misses skiing. Herb and Marilyn Philbrook Follansbee's three children graduated from UNH. Marilyn still does quilting and won a blue ribbon. Herb's memory has failed a great deal, but he can still play a great hand of bridge. Joann Snow Duncanson found out that her book “Two Mothers Remembered” will be a textbook

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“Remember the one-room apartments in the Army Quonset huts? And I thought they were so beautiful.” — 1952



in Bangladesh. Great, Jo! 2016 was not Bob Leavitt and his wife Loire’s. Loire broke her leg, wrist and ankle and had an Ischemic stroke. Thankfully, she’s okay. Bob had two cataract surgeries and a shoulder operation! Wow, you two! So sorry! Lou Kochanek wrote me a beautiful letter about my “long loyal service to our class of ’52.” Thanks! It has my pleasure — except when I have no news! Dan and I moved on Dec. 29, 2016, to a retirement home. Our new address is above, and our phone number is the same. May God bless you all and our United States troops everywhere. ◆

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Ann Merrow Burghardt

411 Wentworth Hill Road Center Sandwich, NH 03227

Vartkes Ajemian, Betty Schmidt’s husband of 62 years, has written that she died on Dec. 4, 2016 while in an assisted living home in Greensboro, North Carolina. Prior to her move to North Carolina, she resided in Connecticut, where she and her husband raised their three sons and she consulted in health care. Betty, a bacteriology major, had presented a paper on hospital infection control in London, UK, and had attended two international conferences in Europe. She was a Phi Mu. Robert Cyr of Saco, Maine, died on Aug. 17, 2016. Bob served in the Air Force in the Korean War, earned a master’s degree in law at Boston University, was a partner at Waterhouse, Carroll and Cyr and had a wide range of hobbies and interests. Art major and Theta Chi Ken Spinney of Bethany Beach, Delaware, died Aug. 29, 2016. He was in advertising before a foray into aviation, working for Atlantic Aviation, Grumman, Beachcraft and Hawker Siddeley before retiring as vice president of sales and marketing for British Aerospace. Barbara L. Hood, who had a distinguished 50-year career as teacher, coach and athletic director at Billerica Memorial High School in Massachusetts, died Sept. 5, 2016, in Saco, Maine. She was the recipient of many awards for efforts on behalf of girls’ and women’s athletics, and the new high school softball field was dedicated in her honor. Victor S. Verrette of Grinnell, Iowa, died April 18, 2016; I have no further information. I have a Nov. 1, 2015 death notice for Emilio Casellas of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Francis “Bud” Collins of Nashua, retired owner of Collins Flowers, died July 31, 2016. After serving in the Army in Korea, he joined the family flower business, retiring in 1997. Bud served on several national committees for Florist Transworld Delivery and on the board of directors of FTD. He and his wife of more than 60 years, Faith, also had a home in Wells, Maine. On a brighter note, funds from our Endowed Scholarship Fund for the 2016-2017 academic year have been awarded to Mikayla Clifford, applied animal science; Cailee Griffin, political science; Samantha Sullivan, history; and Hunter Wagner, business administration-finance. Your contributions in action! ◆

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Ruth Nash Clark

23 Melody Terrace Dover, NH 03820

As your new class secretary, I look forward to the opportunity to renew friendships with so many of you from



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our days at UNH and become more familiar with those of you I did not know well during those great but fleeting years in Durham. Joyce Hiller is in Naples, Florida, for the winter and will return to Cape Cod in the spring. She is fine but finding it more difficult to get around. She has lived many years with MS but played golf till recently. She enjoys Artist-Naples, which is nearby. Connie Miltimore Best loves going to a pool in Wiscasset, Maine, three days a week for a great water aerobics program and a local fitness class in her community as well. She enjoys working on a raised garden around her house and family get-togethers once or twice a year. Bob and Carolyn Schroeder, their daughter and granddaughter recently took an Alaskan cruise from Vancouver via the Inside Passage, visiting Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, Glacier Bay and Anchorage. They took a domed train to Denali and on to Fairbanks and enjoyed walking on glaciers. An amazing trip! Jean Sickles spent time visiting her daughter and family in Crested Butte, Colorado, in October and attending a grandson’s soccer games. Her daughter Jill, also a UNH alumna, and her husband were on their way to Japan with International Mts. Adventures and will act as guides for their American clients. Jean enjoys bowling, tennis, golf and skiing. Marge Richardson Fisk enjoys her nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Three are in college, with one at UNH. Marge played golf all summer, is very active in her church and enjoys quilting when she can’t be outdoors. Pat Nutter Leighton wrote that her husband Porter is doing well with his treatment and they are optimistic. She’s looking forward to skiing with kids and grandkids and admits to being a “fair-weather skier” but can hang in there with some of them! She looks forward to seeing everyone at reunion on June 3. Jim Keogh spent his 60-year career in football: 40 years officiating with the Big Ten, on the field for 20 and 10 years each as an evaluation official and replay official, retiring in 2005. His wife died in late December. Paul Amico was football co-captain and is living at Sunrise Garden Park in Peabody, Massachusetts. His wife died a year ago. Joe Regis and his wife are living in Hampton. Bill Colella lives at Brookdale Retirement Community in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts. His wife Gail, an AXO sister, died on Christmas Eve. Don Kelliher, who was a kicker for UNH football, is in Kerriville, Texas. His wife is in assisted living near their home. Mary Whitehurst Phillips, another AXO sister, died Thanksgiving eve. She and her husband John “Doc” Phillips of SAE were active in their community, particularly in the Historical Society. Doc died a year ago after a long battle with cancer. Roger Saunders wrote that John Sherman and his wife Judy of Camden, Maine, joined him and Addie for a wonderful sail last summer on their boat Zephyr. John is a UNH grad and was in Roger’s ME class. Emily Pickett Rennie wrote that she and Doug have 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson. His grandmother is Katherine Rennie ’75 and currently semi-retired. Susan Rennie ’79 is a VP of Avis Budget. Doug and Emily are active in community affairs in Ramsey, New Jersey. Doug was recently honored for serving as president of the Ramsey Senior Corps for 17 years and the Republican County Committee. Emily is active in AXO Alumni in Bergen County and chairperson of the Ramsey Library

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Trustees. Deb Atherton Atwood wrote that after her unexpected summer adventure in heart surgery she is doing very well. She has resumed working with kids in a homeless shelter and a once-a-week thrift shop job and is ready to lunch with anyone, anywhere, anytime! Polly Harris Salter’s husband Dick died in November. Even though he got his undergrad and grad degrees at MIT, he was very much impressed with UNH and enjoyed the reunions and luncheons in Durham. He thought highly of our school and Polly’s college friends. All our classmates are invited to join us for the annual Golden Wildcat Reunion luncheon this June 3, which will also include a tour of the new Wildcat Stadium as well as a campus bus tour. If you plan to attend, please register at reunion. or by calling (603) 862-1461. ◆

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Marge and Bill Johnston

Dec. – Apr.: 4940 Westchester Court #3704 Naples, Florida 34105; (239) 213-0140 May – Dec.: 40502 Lenox Park Dr. Novi, MI 48377, (248) 859-4084

Chan and Ann Sanborn and Joyce Hiller ’54 send news that they were privileged to be invited to the 2017 National Field Hockey Coaches Association awards dinner in Naples, Florida, in early January. The Hall of Fame inductee was Robin Balducci ’85, who played field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse at UNH. She has continued to have a fabulous career coaching at UNH as well. In November, Doug Jones wrote to us from Ohio State University (OSU) where he is Enarson Professor Emeritus, emeritus director NRRI at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. He told us about a luncheon at the OSU faculty club attended by four faculty members, all UNH graduates, organized by Joan Leitzel, former UNH president, upon the occasion of a visit from Nancy Lowenberg, UNH’s associate director of development for university initiatives. The UNH contingent here in Florida for the winter looks forward to our luncheon meeting February 10 at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice where we will meet and greet President Mark Huddleston and other representatives from UNH at the southwest Florida alumni gathering. In March we meet again at Jet Blue Park for a preseason Red Sox game and tailgate fun. We have received several obituary notices and offer our condolences to the families of Michael Ernest Norberg of Concord on July 30, 2016. Mike studied engineering and fine arts. Upon graduation he joined the Air Force, where he served for 10 years, and then became a pilot for Eastern Airlines for 23 years, then flying for Trump Shuttle and USAir shuttle, retiring in 1995. In retirement he created works of art, specializing in marine-theme paintings and pen-and-ink sketches. Mike is survived by his wife Sara; son Eric and his wife; stepdaughters Amanda Brodkin and Kristin Duisberg and their husbands; stepson Lance Waterfield and his wife; and five grandchildren. Charles A. Lamprey, Sr., passed away on Aug. 24, 2016. He graduated Hampton Academy High School in 1953 and attended UNH, completing two years of agricultural studies, and was the co-owner of family business Lamprey Bros., Inc. He is survived by wife Sally, son Charles, Jr., daughters Donna Marcotte, Cheryl Acox and Linda and Joetta Lamprey,

eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, brother David and sister Josephine. We look forward to receiving all news, so please don’t forget to keep us in the loop! God bless. ◆

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Joan Holroyd

5 Timber Lane, Apt. 213 Exeter, NH 03833

I’m writing this on the last and coldest day of January. After an extremely mild month, we’ll probably have some winter weather at last. Not much news to report this time. Did have a letter from John Labreque of Gorham, Maine. That was his hometown in the ’50s and still is. Although John is reticent concerning his own news, he has reported in length about one of his former roommates, Bill Zeedyk. On campus, Bill was a four-year Dean’s List student and member of two honorary societies. His life has been dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and nature. Bill managed several western U.S. parks, and his methods for preserving wetlands and controlling erosion have been widely praised and adopted. John is hoping to get information about classmates Peter Allen and also Don Clark, formerly of Claremont, who was John’s first roommate. The local papers have reported great success for UNH men’s and women’s basketball teams but a mediocre season for men’s hockey. We’re hoping they will go on to play in the post-season. Moving on, sadly, to the obituaries. In May of 2016, Barry G.A. Bisson, a Gorham native, died at home in Huntington Beach, California. He was a chemist for several years before deciding to pursue a law degree at George Washington University, graduating in 1963. He specialized in patent law and worked in Delaware, Pennsylvania and California before he opened a private law practice. He was a member of the California Bar for 40 years. He is survived by his wife Marie, a brother and three children. On Oct. 13, 2016, we lost classmate John “Jack” C. Neville. The Nevilles raised their four children in Candia, where Jack was a volunteer fireman and a pilot in the Air Force Reserve for 22 years. After retirement as an insurance adjuster, he volunteered at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye and as a UNH Marine Docent. Jack leaves his wife Nancy, three children and 21 grandchildren. James D. Connolly of Pittsfield, Maine, died on Oct. 16, 2016. He receives a master’s degree and then a doctorate in organic chemistry. James worked the family dairy farm for more than 40 years. His survivors include his wife Mary, four sons, one daughter and seven grandchildren. Lastly, we must report the passing of an active classmate, Marjorie Hancock Phillips of Lexington, Virginia, and Menemsha, Massachusetts, on Nov. 3, 2016. Marge, who was predeceased by her husband Charles, was a music major, vocalist, harpist and pianist and gave lessons for many years. She was an active volunteer at Lexington Presbyterian Church and Stonewall Jackson Hospital, and with Chuck, she founded the area’s firstever newspaper recycling program. Surviving are two daughters, one son and seven grandchildren. Always hoping to hear from you, classmates. I’m told the email address provided doesn’t always work, so please contact me at ◆

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In retirement,

Michael Norberg

of Concord created works of art, specializing in marine-theme paintings and pen-and-ink sketches. — 1955




Homecoming and Family Weekend

September 22 – 24, 2017 It won’t be a celebration without you!

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Mary Lou Parkhurst Lavallee

25 Thornton Way, #110 Brunswick, ME 04011

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Some familiar names this issue via Christmas cards or phone calls. Thanks to everyone who helps keep us all in touch. Keep it up! Elizabeth Lunt Knowles and husband Bill continue to enjoy their retirement community, living across the river from their former home in Brunswick, Maine. For the past four years they’ve especially enjoyed having their Australian granddaughter nearby at Bowdoin College. Christmas and New Year greetings from Alice Breen Hill and Ann Shultz Fellenberg Brainerd. Caroline “Knobby” Knubel Dunford writes of her busy, busy household with her daughter and three teenaged grandchildren, not to mention her long-lasting volunteer activities with the Reading Symphony in Pennsylvania and fundraising for women’s education. Prexy Fritz Armstrong and Jim Yakovakis are in Florida for the winter with their families, relaxing and warm, we trust, as well as plotting fun ideas for our 60th Reunion, June 2-4. Have you made your reservations yet? And from the alumni office, the usual collection of obituaries as we all progress into our eighth decades. We salute their achievements and extend sympathy to their families. Edgar “Ed” Pease died on July 28, 2016, in Greenville, Maine. A Korean War veteran, he graduated with a degree in civil engineering and worked for 30 years at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. He is survived by his



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wife, children and much-beloved grandchildren. Rev. Thomas Barker, retired UCC minister, died on Aug. 16, 2016. An Exeter resident since 1942, he received his bachelor’s degree from UNH and divinity degree from Andover Newton. He ministered to many churches over the years. Charles V. Spanos was also a Korean veteran. He went on to receive his law degree from Boston University and practiced law in Claremont with his brother. He served as a UNH trustee from 1967 to 1975 and is survived by his wife Joy Ashley Spanos, three daughters and seven grandchildren. Remember to save the date for UNH Reunion Weekend, June 2–4: a weekend to remember with the friends you’ll never forget. Registration and other information can be found at ◆

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Peggy Ann Shea

100 Tennyson Ave. Nashua, NH 03062

I received a message from Donald “Ossie” McLeod who said that he and his wife Kathy are living very active lives: playing golf, swimming, snorkeling, diving, boating and traveling. In 2016 they traveled more than 50,000 air miles visiting family and friends. They still maintain their vacation home on the big island of Hawaii and spend their winters in Hawaii and summers in New Hampshire. They plan to keep to this schedule as long as their health permits. Ossie has just retired from the UNH Foundation Board after serving for nine years and is now a member emeritus. He said that it has been a privilege to serve

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with such an outstanding group of individuals. Ossie and Kathy saw John and Jane Brown Rasmussen at RiverWoods Retirement Community in Exeter in the fall; the Rasmussens were planning to move to RiverWoods in February. Two of my physics major classmates passed away recently. Robert Desmond of Acton, Massachusetts, received a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University after graduating from UNH. His career with Raytheon brought him to several European countries and the South Pacific. One of his achievements was to negotiate with the Australian government on radar contracts. Ann Geoffrion and I were not only lab partners but also, as day students, we spent considerable time together and became very good friends. Ann had a remarkable career. While a graduate student at the University of Arizona, she was a co-author of a published scientific paper stating that there was water on Mars, which was confirmed by NASA just last year. She spent most of her career at the Stanford Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, initially working on the development of the computer mouse, which, at that time, consisted of a wooden block on wheels. She was an avid pilot and a commercial flight instructor. Peter Horne of Freeport, Maine, passed away in November. Most of us will remember Peter and his twin sister, Pamela, also deceased, at UNH. Peter served six years as an officer for the Strategic Air Command, after which he pursued a career in government service and higher education. He received a doctorate in education from Boston University in 1980 and was appointed dean of UNH’s College of Life Sciences and Agriculture in 1984. Earlene “Midge” Winship Leonard of Wolfeboro and Kathryn Matsis Touhey of Boston, Massachusetts, passed away in October of 2016. Both were teachers. Charles B. Doane of Kennebunk, Maine, who retired from the Navy as a lieutenant commander and was a business manager for a school district in Maine, also passed away in October of 2016. Joseph R. Scheider of Merrimack passed away in November 2016; he spent most of his career in the insurance and investment industry. Sanat Majumder of Northampton, Massachusetts, who received his doctorate degree in plant physiology in 1958, passed away in October 2016. Please contact me directly if you want additional information on any of our deceased classmates; space limitations do not allow for all the details. On a lighter note, my husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in October. Like Ossie McLeod, we still spend our winters in Hawaii — although on Maui. It is time to start thinking ahead: Our 60th Reunion is next year! Save the date for UNH Reunion Weekend, June 1, 2 and 3, 2018. Find out more at If you are interested in helping plan the 2018, email ◆

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Estelle “Stella” Belanger Landry

315 Chickory Trail Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

Although February and March have yet to arrive as of this writing, to date this New Jersey winter has been mild. Southern New Hampshire, I am told by family and friends, has had very little snow. My husband is waiting

for a solid base of snow up north so that we can visit and he can hike Pac Monadnock with old friends. It was good hearing from Dick Mikszenas and his wife Teri of Clearwater, Florida, at Christmastime. I received an email through my UNH alumni address from Douglas Dartnell in which he wrote that about two years ago, he and his wife sold their Bow home after 50 years and moved to Havenwood-Heritage Heights in Concord. He sold his business, Taylor Rental, after about 30 years to his son Mark. Condolences are being sent to the families of two classmates. Robert L. Simpson of Newfields died in August 2016. He received his master’s in education in 1960 and taught at Portsmouth High School and was guidance director until 1985. During the 1970s he was named Outstanding Guidance Counselor for the State of New Hampshire. He also authored “The Average Student and College Admissions.” George N. Foster of Hacks Neck, Virginia, and formerly of Bloomsbury, New Jersey, passed away in September 2016. He went on to receive a doctorate in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech and worked for Union Carbide in Bound Brook, New Jersey, for his 37-year career in the polymer science field where he received numerous patents and teaching engagements for his work. I was informed by his brother Roger Hoeh ’64 that David C. Hoeh of Belmont, Vermont, died on Feb. 8 after a courageous struggle with pancreatic cancer. While at UNH, he was president of the Student Government, was elected to Senior Key and was on the UNH Rifle Team. David was very involved with the Democratic Party as a student, and he continued that involvement for many years. He received advanced degrees from Boston University and UMASSAmherst and held faculty positions at Dartmouth College and the Universities of Wisconsin and Louisville. Gina Damiano, director of donor relations, informed me that the Class of 1960 Endowed Scholarship Fund has been awarded to Marissa Rizzotti, who is studying psychology, and to Cody Symonds, who is studying wildlife and conservation biology. ◆

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Pat Gagne Coolidge

P.O. Box 736 Rollinsford, NH 03869

Alpha Chi Omega sisters Nancy Perry Blampied, Susan Lyman Bridge, Penny Hallworth Gage, Sally Orcutt Page, Ann Miller Patch and Judy Holbrook Barry Thompson enjoyed a weekend at Lois Stickney Magenau’s cottage in York, Maine, last summer — catching up, having a lobster bake, going to the Ogunquit Playhouse. Harvey Galloway writes he and Linda had a nice visit with Dennis Shinn and wife Sherry in Ogunquit, Maine, last September. They got together and ate delicious seafood in Perkins Cove. Their youngest son will get married this September in Austin, Texas, so their New Hampshire-Maine trip will be in June this year. John Kjellman writes, “I now feel a need to put a plug in for those of us who have stayed closer to home this past year. I made one trip by train to New York City for a weekend with a family member and went to Boston, Massachusetts, a few times. At home in Henniker, my primary focus is a six-year-old, firstgrade granddaughter, with whom I spend a lot of time.

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“May I ask you to give some thought to a singular happening that occurred at UNH while we were there that still gives you pause? What one particular event or happening do you recall? I’m all ears — anxious and every ready to blurt it out to the rest of us!”

— 1964

I take her to gymnastics, skating, and now skiing. (I no longer ski.) All is well with the world when I’m with her, and I’m very thankful I don’t have to get on a plane to see her regularly. I go to UNH fairly often to watch men’s and women’s basketball games. Men have another good season; women off to best start ever.” Jacquelyn Beauregard Dillman writes, “Still healthy, nine grandchildren, going on Scandinavian cruise this year. Great time in Oregon last year and two fun vacations in Portugal and Greek islands. Dismayed by election. Reading good books, hosting family for Super Bowl; we have sons living in both Boston, Massachusetts, and Atlanta, Georgia. Enjoying our beautiful chocolate Lab. Don’t like getting older, but it is better than the alternative!” Lou D’Allesandro is busy representing New Hampshire citizens as our state senator. He and Pat live in Manchester. Bill Tighe is still keeping busy in New London. He is currently presenting a class for the community with the Colby-Sawyer College Adventures in Learning Program on the hidden gems of Europe. He had previously presented classes on the Celtic world, Vikings and the Basque culture. Class condolences go to family of Myron “Mike” Ashapa from Foxboro, Massachusetts, who died Oct. 3, 2016. His wife Doris wrote how much Mike loved his college years. ◆

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Judy Dawkins Kennedy

34 Timber Ridge Rd. Alton Bay, NH 03810; (603) 875-5979;

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Linda Radulski Gould won re-election to her second term as representative for Bedford to New Hampshire’s General Court. She enjoys attending sessions in Concord representing Bedford. She says all her UNH history courses influenced her interest in politics. Condolences to the family of Doug Macgregor of



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Lebanon, New Hampshire, who passed away at the end of January. Ken McKinnon took many digital photos at our 50th reunion dinner and golf tournament. He sent the disc to Carol Wetherbee Bense to email to classmates. Although he sent it padded securely via U.S. Mail, when Carol received an empty envelope, she told Ken it had a slit in it. Ken called the Alton postmaster who called Manchester’s post office. The disc was found and sent to the Alton post office. Ken picked it up and drove it to Carol. She called him to say it was a man’s fishing trip. He is so very sorry for the loss of all the pictures that he urges all of you to attend our 55th so he can take more pictures and hand the disc to Carol. Ken would also like to organize another golf outing at our reunion in June. Women and men who want to play golf at reunion, please contact him at ken_mckinnon@ We have planned a low-key reunion with a tour of the new stadium and a pizza, subs, beer and wine social at its Victory Club. We will be 80 years old at our 60th, so we want to see as many as can make it this June. I know Jim English is looking forward to seeing many of us there. Your registration packet will arrive in March, and you can find out more at http://unhconnect., so please join us in as many activities as you are able. Also please donate as much as you can afford to our Class of 1962 Student Enrichment Fund. The number of us donating is more important than the amount. Give what you are able; it all adds up. ◆

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Alice Miller Batchelor

110 Dillingham Ave., #301 Falmouth, MA 02540, (508) 548-2221;

I’m reporting to you that Dick and I have moved into a lovely senior living condo, less than a mile from where we’ve lived for 21 years. Another classmate, Terry Johnson, has moved back to Massachusetts from Long Island, New York, and is now living in the town in which I grew up: North Andover! These moves have been duly reported to UNH’s alumni records; if you move, please inform them. Sadly, the only other class news I have received, via the alumni office, is a string of death notices: Sherwin Steinberg died in 2014; Duncan Ogg died on Sept. 8, 2016; Brooks Nichols died on Sept. 2, 2016; Brenda Block Chodroff died Aug. 29, 2016; and Robert Morin, the library employee who surprised UNH with a huge gift, died on March 31, 2015. The alumni office reminds us it is time to start thinking ahead: Our 55th Reunion is next year! Save the date for UNH Reunion Weekend, scheduled for June 1, 2 and 3, 2018. It will be a weekend to remember! Find out more at If you are interested in helping plan the 2018 events, email ◆

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Polly Ashton Daniels

3190 N. State Route 89A Sedona, AZ 86336

I was so pleased to receive so much mail two times ago that I was a tad distracted! Allow me to correct an error: Rod Cyr lives in Penacook and winters in Florida. I had him enjoying Florida sun year round! That mail’s

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Jacqueline Flynn Thompson

PO Box 302, 197 Cross Hill Road Wilmot, NH 03287

In 2012, becoming bored after nine years of retirement, Ron Canizares purchased a small business in Miami, Florida, that provides support to litigators. It keeps him busy and engaged but still gives him a good deal of time off. He is still an avid sailor and completed a 1,600-mile sailing trip in the Atlantic on a friend’s 44-foot sloop from Newport, Rhode Island, to St. Maarten with a stopover in Bermuda. He’ll compete in the Caribbean yacht racing series this winter. Retired Air Force Lieut. Col. Michael Hudock died in September 2016 in Springfield, Virginia. During his time in service, Michael received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from UNH. His Air Force career included a tour at the Pentagon, and upon retirement, he continued working until 1992 in various diverse positions. Our condolences to his widow Lugean. Philip Grimes of Seminole, Florida, passed away unexpectedly in May of 2016. Philip taught Latin and German in high school in Virginia. He was also an avid art collector and enjoyed attending opera performances. He was named 2015 Volunteer of the Year for his volunteer work at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Another deceased member of the class of 1965 is Barry Wheeler, who died in September 2016. He was a naval officer and worked for the Portland, Oregon, Water Bureau and Planning Bureau before moving to the Columbia River Gorge. He was one of the early

Self-Help Anne Sarkisian ’64 is on a mission to educate others about gluten allergies


t’s been more than a decade since Anne Sarkisian ’64 found what has become her life’s work: educating people about the health risks of gluten intolerance. A few years ago, after too many hours of research to count, she finally wrote a book on the subject. Toxic Staple: How Gluten May be Wrecking Your Health—and What You Can Do About it! was published in 2013. “My whole family is on the diet; no one eats gluten,” says Sarkisian, who was a psychology major at UNH. “When I first started investigating gluten, I found there was so little known about all the problems it can cause.” Before a sick family member led her to learn everything she could about the problems that stem from celiac disease and gluten allergies, the New Hampshire resident was applying the same level of passion to her other interests. A fiber artist and jewelry designer, Sarkisian is a member of the Clever Hand Gallery artisan cooperative in Wellesley, Mass. Her creative talents extend to floral arrangement, and she exhibited at “Art in Bloom” at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for more than 20 years. She also has won several awards at the New England Spring Flower Show and is a certified master flower show judge. After graduating UNH, where she says rather than being a joiner she “rattled around in my own little barrel,” Sarkisian went on to teach school for five years before getting into the arts. The mother of three children and four grandchildren says life got busy after that. In 2014, Sarkisian returned to Durham for her 50th class reunion. “There were so many changes; it had grown so much since I went here,” Sarkisian says. “It’s such a beautiful campus. It makes me proud to be a UNH grad.” ² — Jody Record ’95 Spring 2017



all gone now, so gather up more and send it my way. Anne Thompson and I joined forces yet again and roomed together in Mexico on our quest to witness the great gray whales migration from the Arctic down to Baja, California, a three-month journey. They received our “post-it” note to be there when we were, and show up they did! They are BIG! (Actually, even bigger than THAT!) We saw many indeed as there are many hundreds of them there. We were fortunate enough to be in boats (little boats!) on smooth lagoons where the whales come to mate and give birth. An extraordinary experience — rather heart-stopping — right up close to the boats! We were both proud to be having this grand adventure with Road Scholar, a descendent of two travel programs that originated at UNH under the leadership of President Eugene Mills. Both InterHostel and Elderhostel were created at UNH in the mid-70s, so, of course, we highly recommend their travel programs, which are extremely well organized. Looking forward to the next one, Anne! We have lost some classmates, and on behalf of each of you, I pass along our condolences to the families of Dave Whitcher, Priscilla Bowlen Brown, Jean Brownell Serkownek, William Dannehy and David Cyrus Church. May I ask you to give some thought to a singular happening that occurred at UNH while we were there that still gives you pause? What one particular event or happening do you recall? I’m all ears — anxious and every ready to blurt it out to the rest of us! Again, the news bag is empty: Do your part! Stay happy, healthy and at peace with all around you. Breathe deeply; it’s the only way! ◆


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Hosted by Donna Lynne ’74 Lt. Governor & Chief Operating Officer, State of Colorado

Hosted by Peter Gaspary ’79 and Marianne Gaspary ’79

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Tuesday, May 9, 2017 6–8 p.m.


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wine growers, pioneering his own wine grape vineyard and hay operation. He loved the outdoors, traveling and sailing. He captained the “Millie B” tour boat on Lake Winnipesaukee. Our thoughts go out to his wife Christine. Lastly, Charity Tonkin Gorrell Haines died in January in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she and her husband Richard have lived for 21 years. Charity continued her professional career as the first program coordinator of the Bright Stars and Family Support programs in the Albemarle County Social Service Department and schools. She served as a deacon, elder, choir director and church schoolteacher in the Westminster Presbyterian Church. She continued as an active volunteer in her retirement years. Charity is survived by a large, loving family. We send condolences, especially to her husband Dick. Please feel free to send me good news about your retirement and current activities. ◆

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Diane Deering

921 Deerwander Rd. Hollis Center, ME 04042

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Greetings from your 50th Reunion Class! Plans are taking shape, and we look forward to our June 2–4 Reunion Weekend. You will probably have received specific reunion information by the time you receive this magazine. Detailed website information can be found at or by emailing reunion. Hope you all fill out the questionnaire for the Golden Granite, our special directory.



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Your copy will be included in your registration packet. Peg Aaronian is heading up this special project. If you are unable to attend reunion, a copy can be ordered. Classmate Barbara “Bobbi” Weiss has recreated and updated our ’67 t-shirt logo for the cover! Please bring along any UNH 1967 memorabilia as we will have a display set up at the alumni registration center and will bring it along to our class buffet site. Calling all Jessie Doe (JD) female residents as well as all reunion attendees: Complimentary reunion breakfast will be provided in the JD lobby on Sunday. A chance to see that not much has changed in over 50 years, except that it now houses co-eds from all classes! Also, please consider a donation to our class gift endowment, which will help undergraduate and graduate students pursue internships in their fields. Our reunion committee members and volunteer class callers have been busy personally reaching out to classmates by phone, email and postal mail with reunion details. Reunion member and caller Jan Ritchie suggests that this is a great time to update your contact information by emailing Emily.George@ Bob Evarts has moved back to Candia, joined our reunion committee and hopes to see all in June. Bob returns from working and living in various locations in the U.S. and overseas in the last 47 years, most recently in Cody, Wyoming. We have recently been notified of the passing of Jerry Googin of Claremont, who received a degree in chemistry. We send our condolences to his wife, children and grandchildren. Please join us at the memorial service during our Reunion Weekend when we remember all our departed

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classmates. On another note, snowbirds and Florida residents, please join the Florida southwest and/or east coast chapter events. All are welcome. ◆

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Angela M. Piper

509 Weston Place DeBary, FL 32713

I have received a couple of letters and emails from our classmates, and I appreciate that. For as one of you wrote, “It’s challenging to obtain news about alums. After reading the latest UNH Magazine, I decided I did not want you writing about me after I die! So I am sending some news about me, albeit not very newsworthy.” Thank you, and all news is newsworthy! This was from Charlene Urwin who became a social worker after graduating. She retired in 2010 from The University of Texas at Austin and lives primarily in Austin, spending four to five months a year in Vermont on Lake Champlain. She annually visits friends and family in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and North Carolina. Charlene has made one “big” trip a year to places such as Iceland, South Africa, Vietnam and Cambodia, Croatia, Italy, Bali, Turkey and Morocco. Next year she will head to northern Spain, Portugal and France. Charlene takes classes through Lifetime Learning, closed longstanding antique business Dr. Charlene’s Collectibles and has lots of projects and volunteer efforts. She highly recommends retirement! Many of us have finally found out that retirement is the best! Wayne Thompson writes that he also retired in 2012 after 42 years of teaching in medical schools: Baylor College of Medicine, University of Vermont Medical School, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. Now he and his wife Wendy volunteer three days each week in the Knoxville area providing groceries and clothing to the needy. They also periodically travel overseas for pleasure, plus once each year on foreign missionary work. He says, “Although I became involved in only a couple of extracurricular activities at UNH, they were indeed the four of the best years of my life. I return to my home base in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire most autumns and always stop at the UNH Dairy Bar for a large cup of coffee ice cream!” Another surprise letter came from Ron Brokaw who retired 10 years ago and now lives in Lyndonville, Vermont, on a small dirt road, he was careful to add! You won’t find him on any social media, but if you wander by some day, he may be scratching about in one of his gardens. Occasionally, he attends a UNH hockey game or even a football game. I encourage you to call the alumni office and help out the planning for our 50th reunion, which is coming up next year. And if you have not written me about your adventures recently, please send a quick email as I am not a social media gal. I still like the occasional personal letter or note. I have also received some notices regarding the passing of some of our classmates. We lost Julie L. Keefe of Edgartown, Massachusetts, and Janet Rogers Myers of Belmont in October 2016. Our condolences go out to their families. Save the Date for our 50th Reunion: June 1, 2 and 3, 2018. It will be a weekend to remember with friends you’ll never forget! Find out more at http://unhconnect. If you are interested in helping plan the events, email ◆

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Jan Harayda

10 North Section St., #105 Fairhope, AL 36532

We’re off to an excellent start with our Class of 1970 Facebook group, which has added about 30 members since the last issue of UNH Magazine. Eric Larson posted a great photo of a California license plate that reads “UNH 70” in blue letters on a white background. For a fun reminder of one of Eric’s activities back in the day, search online for “UNH’s Weeklong Version of Sadie Hawkins Day Was a Hit.” Why not post on our Facebook page a photo of a UNH sign, t-shirt or bumper sticker that you’ve seen far from Durham? Search Facebook for “UNH Class of 1970” and ask to join the group to gain access to the page. The current profile photo for the page shows a demonstration that looks like the campus-wide strike in the spring of 1970. An unidentified student is carrying a sign that says, “Form a Peace College.” If you were that student or recognize yourself elsewhere in the photo, please send me a note so I can pass along the word in this magazine. Laurence Armand French ’68, ’70G, ’75G is the co-author of a new book, “North American Border Conflicts: Race, Politics, and Ethics,” from CRC Press. It explores the issue of border challenges, “which has been linked to human trafficking and many other causes of human suffering.” Larry is a professor emeritus of psychology at Western New Mexico University and affiliate professor at Justiceworks, a research and development group in justice studies in the UNH College of Liberal Arts. He also wrote “Frog Town: A Portrait of a French Canadian Parish in New England,” which focuses on Suncook. We are so sorry to report the loss of classmates Richard E. “Rick” Garnsey of Stratham, Jeanne Raymond Aspinwall of Old Lyme, Connecticut, and Silvia E. Marshall of Dover. Our class president and New Hampshire secretary of state Bill Gardner took issue with President Donald Trump’s allegations of voter fraud nationwide, including in New Hampshire. Historically, he said, voter fraud has been rare in the Granite State. “I have no basis to say it’s rampant, and there are ways we can deal with it,” Bill said on the Pulitzer Prize-winning website PolitiFact. ◆

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Laurence Armand French’s new book explores the issue of border challenges. — 1968

Eric Larson found this great California license plate and shared it with the Class of 1970 Facebook group. For a fun reminder of one of Eric’s activities back in the day, search online for “UNH’s Weeklong Version of Sadie Hawkins Day Was a Hit.” — 1970

Debbi Martin Fuller

276 River St. Langdon, NH 03602 (603) 835-6753

I heard from Margaret Redhouse, who is living in Madbury. She wanted me to recognize Janet Kelley Wall who has been a New Hampshire state representative since 1986. Evidently, Janet was instrumental in getting a ZIP code for Madbury and for getting a VA clinic in Somersworth as well as having a perfect attendance record in Concord! I looked Janet up online and found out that she is a Rotarian, was the owner of a consulting company, taught middle school, is a board member of the Historic Association of the Town of Durham,

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chairperson of the Legislative Program of the American Association of University Women and more. This woman has done it all! Seems we should be congratulating her for being an extremely conscientious civic leader for the entire time since she left UNH! Linda True Stromski, a founding member of the New England Flute Orchestra, performed with The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra on November 13, 2016, at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Andover. She performed her sixth concerto with the orchestra, “Il Cardellino in D Major, Opus 10, No. 3, RV28 for Piccolo.” Linda has directed and lectured about flute choirs at the National Flute Convention and has toured and performed with the group in Austria and Italy. She is also co-owner of Falls House Press, a flute music publishing company bringing hundreds of pieces of new and revived music to the world, and she can often be heard in many area pit orchestras playing Broadway musical productions. She has also taught flute privately and as an adjunct faculty flute instructor at Rivier College. I’m sorry it’s too late to go and hear the concert, but I was only just informed of it. Denis L. Batcheller passed away in August 2016. He had a long history with UNH prior to attending. His father Joseph D. Batcheller was a theater and dance professor at UNH for more than 40 years. Denis was an avid sailor and loved the waters of Narragansett Bay. He was VP of operations at Valle’s Steakhouse and Le Biftheque and also worked for Marriott and Sodexo. Denis is survived by his children and grandchildren. Margaret Laflamme died last September. She shared my birthday, March 21, 1949, and that is a rather sobering thought, actually. She was a teacher in Belmont and also worked as office manager for her husband’s machine shop. She enjoyed knitting and reading in her spare time. Christopher H. Holmes also died in September. He was, like Margaret, only 67. Chris was a Pi Kappa Alpha brother. He married his sweetheart Linda Vliet in 1971, and they had two children, Becky and Mark. They lived in Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Christopher loved boating on the Chesapeake Bay, RVing around the United States and Canada and being part of his community. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 34 years. He also served as president of the Maryland Forest Association. Peter Michael Vogel was 69 years old when he died in October. He had a long career in the oil industry, including Gulf Oil and Tenneco. He was a founding partner of Newfield Exploration in Houston, Texas. He was married to Melissa Daigle and has a son, Michael. Please, send me your news! ◆

Deborah Knowlton

says Color Me Included is the result of her three-year historical and spiritual search in the archives of the First Congregational Church of Hampton, where she currently serves as minister.

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In January 2016, Nick Toumpas left the state of New Hampshire after having served for eight-and-a-half years as the commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). He is the only person to have served two terms as DHHS commissioner. Nick received several honors about which he is very proud, including the Distinguished Service Medal from the New Hampshire National Guard for the work DHHS initiated to support veterans, service members and

— 1973


Paul Bergeron

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their families; the Roger Fossum Lifetime Achievement award from the New Hampshire Public Health Association; and the Director’s Award from the Bi-State Primary Care Association. He reports that over the years, he had the pleasure to work with many UNH graduates across the state. Nick is now the executive director for a new venture that is focused on new models for how mental health and substance use disorder service delivery systems in the state can be more effective. It’s a timely initiative, given the current opioid addiction crisis and the alarming number of overdose deaths in New Hampshire. Nick is living in Rye with his wife Linda. They have one daughter, Leah ’10. Nick says he would love to hear from his classmates. So would we! ◆

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Joyce Dube Stephens

33 Spruce Lane Dover, NH 03820

Deborah Knowlton, local author of “Color Me Included,” recently spoke at the Kensington Public Library. The book is the result of her three-year historical and spiritual search in the archives of the First Congregational Church of Hampton, where she currently serves as minister. Deborah researched the names and partial histories of more than 27 AfricanAmerican men, women and children, capturing more than 156 years by 12 ministers. After a number of years in real estate, Ted Gatsas and his brother co-founded the Staffing Network in 1988. In 1999, they merged their business into ADP Payroll with more than 500 clients and 5,000 employees. In addition to his multiple businesses in racing horses, Ted became involved in another king of racing: politics. He became a member of New Hampshire’s Senate in 2000 and its president after the Democrats took control in 2006. He became the mayor of Manchester and has been called “a cheerleader for business.” Regretfully, I report the following passings: James D. Bent of Dover, Karen A Duffey of Fennimore, Wisconsin, Janis Headley Trudo of Weare, Stephen F. McLaughlin of Manchester and Richard S. Nicoll of Billerica, Massachusetts, who graduated with his master’s degree. ◆

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Susan Ackles Alimi

48 Fairview Drive Fryeburg, ME 04037

Rockingham Park, America’s eighth oldest race track, closed in 2016; classmate Ed Callahan first arrived at Rockingham Park in 1983 as vice president and general manager. He was promoted to president in 2007. He has many fond memories of his employment there, saying, “It was home to a lot of us for a long time.” Russell “Russ” Stevens of Stratham died Aug. 20, 2016. Russ worked for the Stratham Highway Department for 28 years. Always quick with a joke, Russ’s life centered around his family and friends. He was a longtime volunteer for the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen and often ran errands for older folks. Catherine A. Youngman of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Boston, Massachusetts, died Oct. 1, 2016. Cathy received an MBA from Wake Forest University. She was the retired vice president of

Alumni Profile sales and marketing at US Mills and more recently was the office manager at D. Michael Collins Architects. Cathy was an avid golfer and was active in civic organizations and charity groups. ◆

1099 Lanier Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30306

4 0 T H R E U N ION

J U N 2 – 4 , 2 017

Time has flown by; many have already retired — and many more are getting ready to retire — and others will choose to work many more years! So what does that mean? It has been 40 years since our graduation from UNH! That also means that it is time to think about attending our 40th Reunion during Reunion Weekend, June 2–4, in Durham. There are lots of events planned for the weekend, and all the details can be found at the website. Hope to see many of you on campus in June. I received an update from Bernard Roy, who said he is planning to attend the reunion in June. He graduated with a mechanical engineering degree and earned a master of science degree in industrial administration from Purdue in 1980. He spent his career working in manufacturing with GE, Ingersoll Rand, Lennox and others and moved 15 times during his career. He retired five years ago as president of Hart and Cooley in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This past year, he and his wife travelled from Michigan to Oregon and Seattle to Alaska and back over three months and 15,000 miles. His email is Bernardroy@, and he would enjoy catching up with classmates. Mark Johnson is the director of Metropolitan Water Operations for Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. He recently received the Award of Merit from the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA), which is bestowed yearly to an individual who has demonstrated the highest level of outstanding service to NEWWA. He is responsible for managing operations and maintenance of the metropolitan water system, which includes 12 pump stations, 12 storage tanks and 285 miles of transmission main. Congratulations, Mark, on this prestigious award. Hope many of you will consider attending the reunion in June! ◆

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U.S. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter ’74, ’79G is back on Capitol Hill

Carol Scagnelli Edmonds

75 Wire Rd. Merrimack, NH 03054

Phillip Hefty passed away in September 2016 with his family by his side. He graduated UNH with a degree in electrical engineering. Phillip served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam. He held several different jobs during his lifetime, including as a prison guard, a delivery driver and a postmaster in Kittery, Maine, and in Newmarket. Phillip enjoyed automobile racing and his work. We offer condolences to his family. Julie Palais graduated with a degree in Earth science. After graduation, she attended Ohio State University and graduated with a master’s degree in 1980 and a doctorate in geology in 1985. After spending time at the University of Rhode Island, Julie arrived back to UNH from 1987 to 1990 in the Glacier Research Group in the Institute for the Study of Earth


he story that many people from New Hampshire have heard about U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter ’74, ‘79G is that she was a reluctant candidate. Consider that no longer relevant. In November, Shea-Porter defeated Republican incumbent Frank Guinta to secure her fourth term in Congress and again represent New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District. That they haven’t been consecutive terms is testimony to the fact that she has been anything but reluctant. In 2006, Shea-Porter, who grew up in Durham and Lee, defeated Republican incumbent Jeb Bradley to become the first woman from New Hampshire to be elected to Congress. It was a first for her as well—she had never run for office before. Two years later, Bradley sought to regain his seat, but Shea-Porter beat him again. Then, in 2010, her bid for a third term was halted by Guinta, the former mayor of Manchester, whom she would go on to upset in 2012 but would lose to in a rematch in 2014. November 2016 brought the pair’s fourth face-off, which Shea-Porter, the former social worker turned seasoned politician, won, and “reluctant” was solidly replaced with “determined.” Shea-Porter’s passion for helping others dates back to the early years when, after earning a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s of public administration, she worked first as a social worker in Washington D.C. and then at senior centers in New Orleans and Maryland. While living in Maryland, she led an effort to bring affordable housing to her community and helped create a social service agency that served the local homeless and poor. Shea-Porter also taught politics and history at a local community college. She and her husband, Gene, moved back to New Hampshire in 2001, and she began working on political campaigns, becoming chair of Rochester’s Democratic Committee.But it was after spending a month volunteering in shelters in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina that she decided to run for office. “Where is the government?” she remembers thinking. “There is no place for these people to turn.” In 2006, and now, she became that place for the people of the 1st Congressional District of New Hampshire. ² — Jody Record ‘95 Spring 2017



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Oceans and Space. Next she worked at the National Science Foundation in the Office of Polar Programs from 1990 until her retirement in 2016, managing the Antarctic Glaciology Program. Julie went to Antarctica a total of 28 times. It is time to start thinking ahead: Our 40th Reunion is next year on June 1, 2 and 3, 2018. Find out more at If you are interested in helping plan the 2018 events, please email ◆

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Chris Engel

268 Washington Ave. Chatham, NJ 07928u

Hedy Grant, who graduate from UNH School of Law, was elected in 2015 to her second term on the New Milford Council in New Jersey and is currently the council’s president. She writes that her son Sebastian will be married in June to Alexandra Neumann, a graduate of Rutgers Law School, at a chateau near Paris. ◆

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Anne M. Getchell

P.O. Box 2211 Conway, NH 03818

In what may be a first, we do not have any updates to pass on for our Class of 1980. Please send me your news! ◆

1981 |

Caroline McKee Anderson

P.O. Box 3082 Bourne, MA 02532

Bill Nader was interviewed in August 2016 by The Lowell Sun on the closing of Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire. America’s eighth oldest racetrack, Rockingham was once known as the “Little Saratoga.” Bill began working in the press box at Rockingham in the summers of 1979 and 1980 and then served as director of communications for many years. He credits the experience at Rockingham with teaching him the many facets of the racing operation. Following Rockingham, he served as CEO of the New York Racing Association for 14 years and then became the executive director of the Hong Kong Jockey Club for nine years. Michael Gooden was elected to the Pinkerton Academy Hall of Fame in September 2016. Michael began his career in the art department at Pinkerton in 1985 and has educated three decades of graduates. He was named the Pinkerton Student Council’s Rookie Teacher of the Year in 1986 and Teacher of the Year in 1991 and 2012 and was honored as an Honorary Alumnus. Gen. Lori Robinson is America’s highest-ranking woman in uniform and the first female to lead one of the nation’s major commands. Lori was profiled in the Oct. 2, 2016, web edition of The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The article’s headline, “How America’s highest ranking woman in uniform, Lori Robinson, defied the odds to become head of U.S. Northern Command.” In 1981, Lori signed on as a lieutenant and was assigned as an air battle manager: the first to wear four stars. She was promoted to captain in 1985 and assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, where she became the first female instructor at the fighter

school. Assignments in Hawaii, Oklahoma and Virginia followed. In 1998, she returned to Nellis to command a squadron at the fighter weapons school. In a May 2016 ceremony, she became the first woman to head a toptier U.S. war fighting command by taking over the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Northern Command. Beth Boynton is a nurse, author, consultant and medical improv practitioner. She writes “I am honored to be traveling to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in April to do a presentation for the International Nursing Symposium held at Security Forces Hospital Program.” Her workshop is entitled, "Medical Improv: A New Way To Develop Emotional Intelligence, Promote PatientCentered Care and Build Positive Inter-professional Relationships.” Medical improv is a cutting-edge way to promote emotional intelligence, communication, teamwork and leadership. Elisabeth “Betsy” van Duren Gilroy of Bedford died on Aug. 30, 2016. Betsy was vice president of Summit Packaging Systems. She spent several years in The Netherlands establishing the company’s presence. She is survived by her husband Joop van Duren and children Amanda, Emily and Sander. Stephen Locke Merrill of Trenton, New Jersey, died on Aug. 18, 2016. Stephen was a supporter of the arts and was a member of a local photography group. He loved the outdoors, was an avid windsurfer and enjoyed running and kayaking. Stephen is survived by his daughters Stephenie Moschera and Hannah and Olivia Merrill, granddaughter Harlow Moschera, mother Nancy Merrill, brother and sister-in-law Jack and Sophie Merrill, daughters’ mother Sara Merrill and many nieces and nephews. Stephen D. Kendig of Carlisle, Massachusetts, died on Sept. 12, 2016. Steve was a talented engineer and held several design patents and had several publications to his credit. He was an avid runner and enjoyed skiing, mountain biking and playing soccer with his children. He is survived by his wife Shelli and children Carter, Hunter and Beck. We send our deepest condolences to their family and friends. ◆

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Circa 1980 cheerleader uniform and pom-pom from UNH Museum collection.

Julie Lake Butterfield

Congratulations to Brendan DuBois, a New Hampshire native who has just published “Storm Cell,” the tenth novel in his Lewis Cole mystery series. Brendan has published more than 150 short stories and 20 novels since graduating from UNH and is currently co-authoring a novel with noted author James Patterson. He has received many awards, including a Shamus award for Best Short Story of the Year in 1995 and in 2001. Brendan also has the distinction of being a champion on the game show “Jeopardy” and the winner of “The Chase.” David Lindbo ’84G, national director of the Soil Science Division of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, was scheduled to give the keynote speaker at the Soil Matters Conference in April, and Lesley

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Atwood, a UNH grad student, was slated to give a presentation about her research on soil fertility and fauna. David is professor emeritus at North Carolina State University, and he and his wife Deborah Kozlowski ’80 are the authors of “Know Soil, Know Life.” ◆

1983 | In February, Todd Schell ’84, his brother Jim and eight others reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania—a “bucket list” goal for Todd. Pictured above are Todd and Jim at one of their base camp stops. It took five days to reach summit (19,358 elevation) and two to come back down. — 1984



Ilene H. Segal, DVM

245 Warren Drive Norfolk, MA 02056

Suzanne Portnoy Noble writes that she has been living in London, UK, since she graduated from UNH. She now runs an award-winning tech start-up, Frugl, connecting people around the UK with deals and bargain events and activities. In her spare time, she is the co-founder of, a website aiming to challenge the media narrative around aging, and has been featured on BBC Radio, amongst others. Michael Coleman was the Republican candidate for District 13 of the Maine House of Representatives in November 2016. He was a business administration major with a minor in economics while attending UNH. He is married with two children and currently resides in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, where he previously served on the Town Council. Michael Lesser, a research professor of microbiology at UNH, is studying, along with his colleagues, the evolutionary ecology of sponges through a new National Science Foundation Dimensions of Diversity grant. His research interest at UNH involves learning how diverse marine organisms respond physiologically to changes in the environment. Additional research projects include studies on the reproductive biology of sea urchins for aquaculture. David Miller of East Kingston has been elected vice president of the New England Water Works Association, the region’s largest and oldest not-for-profit organization of water works professionals. David is currently the deputy director of water supply at Manchester Water Works where he is responsible for managing daily water supply division operations, budget issues, construction projects, maintenance and emergency response. Mark Melendy’s law firm, Melendy Moritz, merged with Sheehy Furlong and Behm in Woodstock, Vermont, where his practice focuses largely on estate planning, business succession planning, estate administration and tax planning. Mark has more than 30 years of experience, having worked for large international law firms in New York City and Boston, Massachusetts. Jocelyn Tetel recently updated me via email. She is celebrating her 30th year living in Los Angeles, California, and her 19th year with the Skirball Cultural Center where she is the vice president of advancement. She has been active in UNH alumni affairs in her area and enjoys connecting to other graduates. We express our condolences to the family of Beth Olsen Johns, who passed away in September 2016 at her home in Florida after a battle with cancer. She is survived by her parents, husband Steven and daughter Christine. She loved spending time with her family — especially summers on Lake Winnipesaukee, volunteering and exploring her family history through genealogy. Laurence G. Rubin, DPM, FACFAS, took office on Feb. 28 as the 66th president of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), a national association of more than 7,200 foot

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and ankle surgeons, during the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference in Las Vegas. He holds a podiatric medical degree from the Temple College of Podiatric Medicine and completed his residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as well as a trauma and reconstruction fellowship at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery in Malmo, Sweden. He is also a frequent lecturer and instructor at foot and ankle surgical conferences nationwide and a published author. ◆

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Robin Schell

5 Ashley Drive, Amesbury, MA 01913 (603) 770-3607

As I write this first column of 2017, the Patriots are approaching yet another Super Bowl; we just watched UNH men’s hockey tie Northeastern at the Frozen Fenway tournament; my son Tucker ’16 just graduated from UNH’s Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and began working for MFS Investments; and I’m sending my husband Todd off to hike Mount Kilimanjaro in February. That’s our news … what’s yours? Please send it to me at or call me at (603) 770-3607. I was able to connect with Debbie Aldrich via email. She and her husband are enjoying life in Pasadena, California. Debbie owns D’NA Co. They support advertising and marketing for blogs, magazines and companies in the design community. She had the opportunity to travel to Finland and Estonia this past year for events and conferences. She gets to Boston, Massachusetts, on a regular basis as she serves on the board of the National Design Museum Foundation. Karen “KJ” Johnson is continuing her political leadership as she runs for a seat on the Board of Selectmen in Hingham, Massachusetts, where she and her husband Jim live with their three kids, Meg, Peter and Chris. KJ is a senior funds attorney at Ropes & Gray LLP and remains an active UNH alum. She is currently working on the Celebrate 150 campaign as part of the UNH Foundation Board Emeriti Directors. Looking forward to hearing from you! ◆

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Julie Colligan Spak

116 Longfields Way Downingtown, PA 19335

Hello, friends, My apologies for the lack of columns in the past few issues! After doing this for 30-plus years, I did not hold up my end of the bargain in 2016, but I hope you’ll forgive me. Stephen Kirby emailed his update, albeit a while back: “Kristin Mears Kirby, MSW, LCSW, and I have been married since graduation. With their oldest child, Kaitlin Kirby ’13, RN, they all have fond memories of the UNH campus and still enjoy returning for UNH activities. Dylan, their younger child, is a junior at the University of Maryland. Kristin is a social worker for the Lowell Public School s and is the lead for crisis counselors for NEMLAC. Stephen is employed for the past 28 years by the Massachusetts Trial Court as an assistant manager of fiscal affairs for the Office of Court Management.” Thanks, Stephen, for the update. Love seeing the next generation attending our alma mater! Even more embarrassingly, I have yet

Alumni Profile

His Life’s A Beach Lifeguarding is more than a summer job for Greg Johnson ’83 BY JENNIFER SAUNDERS


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reg Johnson ’83 can regularly be found with his teacher, coach, athletic director, trainer and athlete. “I will toes in the sand, surveying the sea from the never forget my initial meeting in John Copeland’s track shores of far-off destinations. But he’s not at the office,” he recalls. The walls were filled with photos of past beach to relax — far from it, in fact. Over the last athletes, including former Wildcat and 1972 Olympic decathfour decades Johnson has competed around the country in lete Jeff Bannister. Running track for both Copeland and some 20 U.S. Lifesaving Association Championships. Last Jim Boulanger and playing lacrosse for Ted Garber at UNH, year, he punched his ticket to the World Lifesaving Championships, held in The Netherlands in September. Johnson was one of five master competitors from the United States who joined 3,500 athletes from across the globe. “It was like being at a lifeguard Olympics,” he says. Now closing in on 39 summers as a lifeguard at Nauset Beach in Orleans, Mass., Johnson became hooked on the sport of competitive lifesaving, which includes events like the 2K beach run, board rescue, beach relay and surf ski, back in 1979. Athletes are chosen to compete for the U.S. at the World Championships Johnson spent innumerable hours in the Field House, trainbased on recent past performances at the U.S. National ing on the indoor track and working out in the weight room. Championships, and anyone wishing to compete in the age His coaches and professors not only taught him what he group divisions may do so as long as they are current USLA needed for his degree in physical education but also about members. training for athletic performance. “For close to four decades, Johnson’s main events are the paddleboard race and the I have shared this knowledge and experience with children beach run. For most of the 1980s and early 1990s, he was and adults here on Cape Cod,” he says. nationally ranked as a paddleboarder and 2K beach-runner. And with a World Lifesaving Championship now behind Today, he consistently places in the top three in these events him, Johnson shows no signs of stopping. “I am most proud for his age group. of how far I have come since college and being able to conOcean lifesaving competitions pose unique challenges. tinue doing the things that I love to do and even making a “Depending on weather conditions, one may be racing on flat living at it,” he says. “At age 58, I am still training and comwater, windblown chop or even overhead surf,” Johnson peting as an athlete.” says. That means training under a variety of ocean conditions When he’s not at the beach, Johnson spends much of his and being prepared to change strategies both on water and time painting and performing music, and many of his murals land — as Johnson had to do at the world championships. For and paintings are on display in Orleans. Finding musical his paddleboard race, the North Sea was, “boiling with twoinspiration in performers like James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg to three-foot choppy surf,” he recalls. While he was unable and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, he founded a successful to advance to the finals in that event, he was undeterred, and James Taylor tribute band, Shower the People. He’s writthe following day, he placed third in the beach run. ten and recorded three all-original CDs, which sell in his Johnson credits his early experiences as a student-athlocal music stores. His favorite original song? A tune called lete at UNH with providing the foundation for his success “Lamprey River,” an homage to the freshwater body just outat his first world competition as well as in his work as a side the Durham campus. ² 69

▼ Brendan ’12 and Stephanie Constant Slein ‘12 met during their freshman year at Paul College of Business and Economics and, in Stephanie’s words, “spent the next four years having the time of our lives at UNH.” The pair was married in April 2016 in Nashua, New Hampshire, with many Wildcat alumni present at the wedding.

Jonathan ‘12 and Katie Trudeau ’11, seen here celebrating their wedding day with fellow UNH alumni, were married in Woodstock, Connecticut, on June 25, 2016.

Rob Kelly ’12 and Gabrielle Stanton Kelly ’12 were married on Aug. 18, 2016, at The Barn at Gibbet Hill. Gabrielle continued on to receive her master’s degree from Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics in 2013. The pair had almost 50 UNHers attending their wedding. ▼

Brian ’11 and Kerstin Corey Peters ’11 were married over the summer. Here they pose with their guests who attended UNH, including her grandparents, who met and married in Durham, and her parents, who also met at UNH.

▼ Fred White ’49, who turned 90 on Nov. 9, 2016, is seen here with three generations of proud UNH grads celebrating his birthday. Back row, from left: James Coddington ’15, Brad White Jr. ’08, Brad White Sr. ’78, Cheryl Gormley White ’78 and Nina White Grimm ’76. Front row, from left: Ashley Coddington ’11, Fred White ’49 and Emily White ’10

New Yo rk City a lumni he 150 at a lpe n event at The N d Celebrate Manhatt ew York an in De er H cember. are Bobb Pictured otel in yG , from le and Meg raham ’97, Sha ft, nnon Ro an Guzzo per ’97 ’95.

▼ David ‘10 and Kelsey Iani ‘10 married on Aug. 27, 2016. They had a large group of fellow UNH alumni present at the wedding.

▼ Emily Auger Murray ’08 and Shaun Murray ’09 of Glastonbury, Connecticut, were married at Mystic Seaport on Nov. 18, 2016. Emily graduated from the tourism program and is the assistant director of alumni events at the University of Connecticut. Shaun graduated with a degree in civil engineering and is a structural engineer at WMC Consulting Engineers. They are seen here with some of their closest friends and family from UNH.

▼ Elizabeth Villemaire Ngo ’16G, who graduated with a master’s degree in social work, married Eric Ngo on Sept. 17, 2016, in Hollis, New Hampshire. Elizabeth is currently working as a child and family therapist at Greater Nashua Mental Health Center.

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Todd Mooradian

writes that he was recently appointed dean at the University of Louisville College of Business. Prior to his appointment, he was the William J. Fields Professor of Business and the associate dean for faculty and academic affairs at the College of William and Mary’s Mason School of Business, where he served on the faculty since 1990. — 1985

an older update from two Chi Omega (XO) sisters. Holly Johnson let me know that she, Ann Humphrey and Joan Cameron ’84 attended the Chi Omega Centennial Celebration in March 2015 with 130 XO alums and 125 active sisters. The festivities included a house tour of XO, a luncheon at Huddleston Hall, dinner and music at the Three Chimneys Inn in Durham as well as brunch and model initiation at the MUB. Holly writes, “I saw my little XO sister Jackie Pouliot White who I had not seen in 30 years and met her daughter who is also a XO at UNH. It was very fun to catch up with old friends and to go on the house tour.” She added, “I have been working as a librarian for years and was interested to see Dimond Library again. It has really changed since we were students, and they have had some major renovations. It looked great with large windows and new sunny study rooms.” Holly, thanks for the update, and I was lucky enough to visit campus last summer and saw the gorgeous improvements to the library as well as the new Paul College and the Wildcat statue. Thanks to Ken Mason ’87G, who wrote from Englewood, Colorado, a while back, “I retired from teaching in 2014 after 27 years in the profession, the last 17 were with the Denver Public School System. I continue to coach the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams at George Washington High School in Denver. I also have my own gardening business, Out West Gardens. I specialize in high-end planter and container design and planting and organic vegetable gardens. I also work at the Denver Tennis Club.” Thanks, Ken, sounds great and appreciate your news. Todd Mooradian writes that he was recently appointed dean at the University of Louisville College of Business. Prior to his appointment, he was the William J. Fields Professor of Business and the associate dean for faculty and academic affairs at the College of William and Mary’s Mason School of Business, where he served on the faculty since 1990. Please let us know what you’ve been up to! ◆

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Stephanie Creane King

92 Channing Rd. Belmont, MA 02478

It was great to get a recent update from Peter Miyares. “After retiring from the Air Force in 2014 in the DC, I spent about a year and half in defense contractor world. Then earlier this year, my wife and I bought a place with three-and-a-half acres in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, just outside of the town of Woodstock,” he writes. “It’s beautiful and peaceful with mountain views on both sides. Reminds me a lot of the Upper Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire where I grew up, only not quite as cold. Our plan is to have a place where folks can come, get away from the stresses of life and get their peace back. We hope to eventually build a cottage or two so they can really be alone if that’s what they need — not a B&B or a business, just opening up and sharing what God has blessed with so others can be blessed too. By this summer, the first guest rooms should be ready.” What are you up to? Our kids are getting to that age: college, starting their own families, allowing us for our own time, maybe starting second careers. Shoot me an email and share your latest news. ◆



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Tina Napolitano Savoia

5 Samuel Path Natick, MA 01760

Greetings, everyone! The Vermont Retail Lumber Dealers Association has named Joe Miles, president of rk Miles, the 2016 Lumber Person of the Year. This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the lumber and building materials industry as well as to his or her community. Joe took over leadership of the company in 1992 and has since expanded the company to include additional locations in Vermont and Massachusetts. In other news, Scott Shaw has been named chief operating officer of The Kessler Group, a company that specializes in credit card optimization and affinity marketing for credit card issuers. Scott first joined The Kessler Group in 1990 and, after a year spent as president of Aliaswire, rejoined Kessler in 2010. Scott currently sits on three boards, including Aliaswire, EData Networks and Ozumo Concepts International. Katie Craig writes that she recently designed, photographed, styled, illustrated and co-authored an activity book for children, which was selected to be on Amazon’s Holiday Toy List and received a Mom’s Choice Award and a National Parenting Product Award. Check it out in this issue’s book page and find out more at her website, http:// Sadly, Lizabeth “Liz” Reichter Camire passed away this past August at her home in Leesburg, Virginia. She leaves behind her husband David and three children. That is all the news I have for now. Please send along any updates about you or any of our classmates! ◆

1988 |

Beth D. Simpson-Robie

P.O. Box 434 Kennebunk, ME 04043

Greetings all and Happy 2017! Having a freshman Wildcat allows me the opportunity to visit him and connect with alumni friends in Durham. On a recent winter day, I had the honor of attending a UNH women’s basketball game. Former men’s basketball player Keith Hinderlie has a daughter on the University of MarylandBaltimore County team that was playing UNH. It was great fun to see Keith and meet his daughter Kayla. It was a well-fought game, with UNH coming out on top. Checking out the old team photos in the lobby brought back many great memories of our days at UNH, and yes, Keith is still the tallest man I know. That evening, Mike O’Malley received the National Kappa Sigma Fraternity Man of the Year 2016 award at a lovely event at Huddleston Hall. This event brought together many of Mike’s fraternity brothers of the mid-1980s, current brothers, old friends and family. It was a privilege to hear the old and new stories of Mike’s dedication and perseverance as a son, brother, husband, father, actor, alumnus and writer. Congratulations Mike! We are honored to have you as a classmate! Please consider sharing an update. Check out our Facebook page: UNH Class of 1988. “Take care, be well and do good work!” — Garrison Keillor ◆

Class Notes

1990 |

Amy French

2709 44th Ave. SW Seattle, WA 98116

Tia Ristaino-Siegel works in property management and is a city councilwoman in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Kevin M. Golden passed away last summer. He received his Master of Arts degree in secondary education from UNH and spent most of his career as a U.S. history and American government teacher at Salem High School, where he also was a longtime moderator and advisor of the Model U.N., Constitutional Convention and Young Democrats. Kevin also had a loving family and was a big fan of New England sports teams. Steve Utaski, my husband, is a filmmaker, director and editor with his own production company. In 2016, he wrote and directed a short film called “Opt Out,” which was selected for screenings in several film festivals’ “shorts” showcases across four continents. It is available for viewing at: ◆

1991 |

Christina Ayers Quinlan

2316 Beauport Dr. Naperville, IL 60564

Mark Pitkin was elected to a three-year term on the New London Hospital Board of Trustees. He is the president and CEO of Sugar River Bank. ◆

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Melissa Langbein

744 Johns Rd. Blue Bell, PA 19422

25 T H R E U N ION

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The Class of 1992 25th Reunion is coming up! Registration will open in early March, and details can be found at We look forward to seeing you there! MidOcean Partners appointed Spencer Potts head of business development. MidOcean is a leading investment firm focused on middle-market private equity and credit strategies. Spencer previously served as head of business development for CIFC LLC and managing director and head of business development for Silver Creek Capital LLC. Over the summer, Jim Rioux’s singer-songwriter debut, “Darlings of the Soil,” was released by Burst & Bloom Records. Jim is a poet and English professor at UNH. Scott Olinger and UNH scientists received a $1.25 million grant to research the biodiversity of forests and their ability to mitigate the impact of climate change. Reuben Hull PE (CivE) writes that he presented “Woody Guthrie, the Bonneville Power Administration, and the Biggest Thing that Man Has Ever Done” at the 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) National Conference in Portland, Oregon. The presentation spotlighted the BPA’s 1941 contract with Woody Guthrie, who served for 30 days as an “information consultant,” to write 26 songs promoting the construction of major power dams in the Pacific Northwest. In October, Hull began his term as chair of the ASCE History and Heritage Committee, having been elected to the position in July. He is author of the monthly “Civil Engineering Almanac” series of articles for ASCE News,

the society’s online news feature. Now a resident of Schenectady, New York, his career-long affiliation with ASCE includes his student chapter membership at UNH and his term as 1999-2000 president of the New Hampshire Section of ASCE. ◆

1993 |

Caryn Crotty Eldridge

Stacey Comito is senior director of marketing communications with Virtual, Inc., a technology-focused association management company. Please send in your news! I can be found on Facebook as “Caryn Crotty Eldridge” and Twitter, @twosprites, or by email at It is time to start thinking ahead: Our 25th Reunion is next year! Save the date for UNH Reunion Weekend, scheduled for June 1, 2 and 3, 2018. It will be a weekend to remember with friends you’ll never forget! Find out more at http://unhconnect.unh. edu/reunion. If you are interested in helping plan the 2018 events, email ◆

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Tammy Ross

22 St. Ann’s Ave Peabody, MA 01960

Greetings! I hope everyone reading this enjoyed a happy and healthy holiday season. Several of our classmates began new jobs last fall. Suzanne Filippone is now principal of Durham’s Oyster River High School. Benjamin Locke was named senior director of counseling and psychological services at Pennsylvania State University. Lawrence T. Gingrow III has joined Eaton Vance Investment Counsel as vice president and director of wealth planning. Michael Vlacich is now Sen. Maggie Hassan’s interim state director, setting up Senate offices and constituent outreach efforts throughout the state. Congratulations to all, and best of luck in your new roles! In other news, Jefferson Hanlin McBride married Kasey Nichole Fry on Aug. 11, 2016, in Greensboro, North Carolina. Congratulations to the bride and groom! Unfortunately, I also have some sad news to share. Marc C. Beaulieu of Fremont died unexpectedly on Aug. 10, 2016, at age 50. Marc spent 20 years as a social worker for the Department of Children and Families and enjoyed hunting, fishing and canoeing. We also lost Ruth C. Gunn, 67, of Sunderland, Massachusetts, on Aug. 26, 2016. Ruth earned her nursing degree at UNH and ran a thriving greenhouse business for 20 years. Richard “Dick” Herron died in August after a long battle with cancer. A 50-year resident of Exeter, Richard worked as a mental health counselor in Manchester until his 2007 retirement. Finally, Peter R. Wentworth, 61, of Sanford, Maine, died unexpectedly on Sept.11, 2016. He served as a police officer for the city of Portland, Maine, for more than 20 years, retiring in 2008 as a lieutenant. We send our deepest sympathies to the families of the deceased. ◆

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1997 |

Bobby Graham

Amanda Bemis was named a “Business Trendsetter” in Keene, New Hampshire. She’s pictured here with her grandmother. — 2008

Don’t forget that 2017 marks the Class of 1997’s 20th Reunion! Start booking your rooms, babysitters, travel and plan on attending UNH Reunion Weekend, June 2, 3 and 4, and then Homecoming in September in Durham! MagneGas Corporation has appointed Scott Mahoney as chief financial officer and secretary. Scott, who brings extensive background in oil and gas industries with significant merger and acquisition experience, began his new role on Dec. 1, 2016. Congratulations Scott! Also on Dec. 1, the UNH alumni of NYC joined in Celebrate 150, honoring UNH’s anniversary at The New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan. In attendance for the festivities were alumni spanning many years who had the chance to catch up and network with UNH deans and staff members. Reunion Weekend likewise promises to be an event to remember with friends you’ll never forget. Registration will open in early March at reunion. ◆

1998 |

Emily Rines

23 Tarratine Dr. Brunswick, ME 04011

Sarah Ruef-Lindquist of Camden, Maine, has joined the financial services division of Allen Insurance and Financial. She has an extensive background in nonprofit management and fiduciary, legal and financial advisory roles. Previously, she spent more than four years as the CEO of the Maine Women’s Fund, where she expanded grant-making and statewide engagement and strengthened the fund’s financial future, doubling its assets during her tenure. ◆

2001 |

Elizabeth Merrill Sanborn

2082 Pequawket Trail Hiram, ME 04041

Heather Silveira was appointed principal of Saint Benedict Academy in Manchester. Sincere condolences to family and friends of Kimberly Kassik, who passed away on June 4, 2016. Congratulations to Kim Lyndes, the principal of Dover Middle School, on being named a 2016 Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. This honor comes after her Best Middle School Principal in New Hampshire award. Rev. Dr. Mary E. Westfall of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital was the 2016 recipient of the Bob Ervin Spiritual Care Award. This award recognizes excellence in pastoral care in both hospital and community settings. Meg Heckman was named one of the first five ECenter faculty fellows by the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center at UNH. Jennifer Pouche-McDevitt was married on April 9, 2016, at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, Massachusetts. “I got engaged to my husband Sean in Paris, France, atop the Eiffel Tower in 2014,” she writes, adding, “We currently reside in Dracut.” ◆



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2002 |

Abby Severance Gillis

19 Chase Street Woburn MA 01801

Our classmates have been busy making advancements in their careers. Pooja Dodd is leading Dodd & Co., a non-traditional law firm focusing on the “creative industry,” based in Delhi’s Uday Park area. Tory Mazzola was recently named director of strategic communications at Calypso Communications, a consultancy based in Portsmouth and Portland, Maine. Kim Massaro has had her art featured in the exhibit “Hidden in Plain Sight” at Durham’s Freedom Cafe, a nonprofit organization that seeks to raise awareness for human trafficking and exploitation. The exhibit was displayed at 3S Artspace in November. In education news, Allison Hyatt Brattles earned her master’s degree in marketing from SNHU Online. Lastly, Katelyn Hogan Nickerson and her husband Rob welcomed a third daughter, Evelyn Mae, on Jan. 4. Congratulations to you all on these momentous occasions. ◆

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Megan Stevener

Congratulations to three of my friends and former UNH roommates on their new arrivals! Sarah Martin Trudel and Derek Trudel welcomed son Max on Aug. 9, 2016. Max joins big brother Beau, age four. The Trudel family lives in Manchester. One day later, on Aug. 10, Julie Lane Korn and Kevin Korn welcomed their third daughter, Kellie, who joins twin sisters Katie and Kristina, age two. Julie is an accounting controller at Philips Healthcare in Andover, Massachusetts, and Kevin is the owner of Salmon Brook Landscaping, Inc. in Portsmouth. The Korns reside in Andover. On Sept. 12, 2016, Sarah Connor Huntington and Ben Huntington welcomed their first child, son Mac. The Huntington family lives in Newmarket. Congratulations to Brad Smith and Melanie Payeur ’07, who were wed on Aug. 21, 2016 atop Loon Mountain in Lincoln. Members of the wedding party included fellow UNH alums Carley Smith Colotti ’02, Marc Payeur ’94 and Scott Murray. Brad works for an environmental consulting company in Mont Vernon, and Melanie is a mechanical engineer for Lindt & Sprungli in Stratham. The couple resides in Auburn. After earning a master’s degree in teaching history from Salem State University in 2015, Jonathan L’Ecuyer has been hired as a full-time social studies teacher for Pinkerton Academy in Derry. Jonathan will be teaching American government, cultural geography and contemporary issues. Nicole Haley joined Howe, Riley, & Howe, a tax, accounting and business-advising firm with offices in Manchester and Portsmouth. Heather Budrewicz has accepted a position as administrator for the town of Ashburnham, Massahusetts. Heather earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and justice studies from UNH and then received her law degree from the Massachusetts School of Law in 2008. ◆

Alumni Profile

From the Whitt to Wall Street UNH hockey All-American Brad Flaishans ’08 is making his mark in private equity BY ALLEN LESSELS ’76

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losing in on the final season of an impressive career at UNH, Brad Flaishans ’08 landed a prestigious internship for his last summer before the real world came calling. As his assignment at investment banking giant Morgan Stanley approached, however, he got a little anxious. Morgan Stanley had its pick of the best students from the likes of Harvard, Brown, North Carolina, Duke and Michigan. Flaishans had earned his spot, but was a little concerned with how he was going to stack up in such illustrious company. “I was nervous and thinking I was going to be so far behind some of the people that went to those schools,” Flaishans recalls. Not to worry. “I did have some business background and a lot of people were coming to me and asking questions,” he says. “It gave me a lot of confidence about having learned a Flaishans’ success has not been a surprise to his former lot of the core tools while at UNH.” coach, Dick Umile ’72. Flaishans has always stacked up quite nicely against the “He was very, very talented and very driven,” Umile says. competition. “You could see it then, and look at him now. He was smart in He certainly did as a hockey player, coming out of the classroom, and he was smart on the ice.” Arizona—not exactly known as a hotbed of the sport—to Knowles seconds that assessment. “I’ve taught probably earn a scholarship at UNH. A defenseman with superb puckbetween 12,000 and 15,000 students in my 25, 26 years handling skills and awareness on the ice that made him very here,” he says. “He’s the most memorable and really was tough to beat, Flaishans helped the Wildcats average more just an incredibly gifted student who always asked all the than 24 wins a season on their way to four straight appearright questions. It was so much fun to teach with him in ances in the NCAA tournament between 2005 and 2008. He the class.” earned All-American honors as a senior. Flaishans considered Harvard, Bowling Green, Quinnipiac And he did as an outstanding student in the Peter T. Paul and Union before choosing to come to Durham. He was College of Business & Economics, where, senior lecturer in named a Hockey East Distinguished Scholar for making accounting and finance Bill Knowles says, he was a “rock the league’s All-Academic roster each of his four years and star.” earned Hockey East Scholar Athlete awards as a sophomore Though he had a shot at professional hockey after graduaand senior for league-leading GPAs. He graduated with a tion, Flaishans opted to take on the business world instead. UNH Award of Excellence. He parlayed his summer internship at Morgan Stanley into Flaishans and his wife, Maggie ’07, live in Manhattan with a full-time position, then moved to the private equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice. In 2012, he left to earn an MBA from their infant son, Gabriel. They get to campus as often as they can. Harvard Business School and is now back at Clayton Dubilier His best UNH hockey flashback? as a principal investor, working from a $9 billion fund. “It’s kind of a broad memory,” Flaishans says. “You come And while he loves the work itself — finding companies out onto the ice with ‘Two Step’ by the Dave Matthews Band for his firm to purchase and evaluating their financial viabilplaying, behind the UNH flag. To me, that’s one of the most ity — he says one of the best parts is being back on a team. exhilarating sports moments I’ve experienced. You do it four “I’m around incredibly talented and really smart people,” he years for 20 games a season, and every time it happens it puts says. “It’s very much a team atmosphere. It reminds me of you in such a zone. Every time it came on, I was ready.” ² playing sports.”


1974 | Jean Marston-Dockstader

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1989 | David L. Gray

1994 | Michael Opal

62 Rockwood Heights Rd. Manchester, MA 01944 1996 | Michael Walsh

1433 S. 19th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85009

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Ashley Peters ’10G and William Peters, Jr., ’14G welcomed their son Brody William Peters on Oct. 29, 2016. Congratulations! ◆ Alexandra Covucci

Hey Class of 2008! I hope you’re all doing well! I’m currently back in Boston, Massachusetts, for a few years — if you’ve been following along at all — while my partner gets her doctorate, and I’m loving spending some time in New England. We’ll be here for a short time before taking a look at moving to Europe or the West Coast. Let’s see what you’re all up to! Congratulations to Jamie Lynn, who was selected as one of 15 Emerging Leaders in the auditing profession by the Institute of Internal Auditors. She was the only environmental, health and safety auditor selected for this honor. Another congratulations to Amanda Bemis, who was named in 2016 as a Business Trendsetter in Keene, New Hampshire. She is lead client partner at Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, and the colleague who nominated her said, “She is ambitious — she is driven — and it is contagious.” Congratulations to Henry Hess and Margaret Clune, who were married in July at The Needles Lodge in Hanson. The couple currently resides in San Diego, California. Another congratulations to Mary Janene Sullivan and Eric Steven Truesdale, who were married on June 20, 2015 at Groveland Fairways in Groveland, Massachusetts, surrounded by family and friends. The couple honeymooned in Aruba and resides in Malden. Zach Bazzi is one of three founders of TentED, a nonprofit group helping equip 10 classrooms for refugee children in Iraq. TentED was created in 2014 and works with existing educational aid programs to raise money and deliver what it calls the “last mile” essentials, such as school supplies, bus transportation


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and recreational activities. Congratulations to newly named New Hampshire Teacher of the Year Tate Aldrich, who was inspired to return to teach at his alma mater, Laconia High School. Tate will serve as New Hampshire’s “education ambassador” and will travel to speaking engagements at other schools in the state. Congratulations to Danielle Lawler who married Peter Arsenault in July 2016 in Cavendish, Vermont, with many other UNH alumni in attendance. And, finally, another congratulations to Abigail Ellen Dodd and Erik Ross Artus who wed on Sept. 26, 2015, at Jenny’s Barn. The couple left for a wedding trip to California and Hawaii. They reside in Charlotte, North Carolina. As always, it’s such a pleasure to receive your updates and information! Please be sure to contact me and let me know what you’re up to! And keep going after whatever it is your heart desires. Speak soon! ◆

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Congratulations to Kendall Kunelius for the recent first-place finish in the women’s single buck at the Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward, Wisconsin. Kendall is the first woman from New Hampshire to win the world title! In addition, we are proud of Terrence Murphy, who refereed for the Fifth Annual CCM/UA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on Sept. 22, 2016, at the Wells Fargo Center. Terrence has a long history of refereeing hockey, including doing it through his experience at UNH. We have another new job announcement from Christine Chicoine, who is a new member of the primary care team at the Gifford Health Center in Berlin, New Hampshire. Christine, a physician assistant, will be specializing in family medicine. Congratulations to David and Kelsey Iani, who married on Aug. 27, 2016, with a large group of fellow UNH alumni present at the wedding. Lastly, congratulations to Lily Seymour ’12 and Tyler Bickford on their recent engagement! ◆

In Memoriam

bright shall thy mem’ry be Fred W. Hall, Jr. ’41 A decorated war hero, he was a devoted husband and father, respected attorney and community leader.


ike many of his generation, Fred Hall rarely spoke about his military service in World War II. “As far as war stories go, he really didn’t share any,” says his son John ’83. That changed in 1988 when historian Stephen Ambrose convinced Hall to provide an account of his experiences on D-Day in Normandy. When Ambrose later asked him to continue his story through the end of the war, Hall decided the time had come to write about his service for future generations. The result was a detailed account that began when he was inducted into the Army three days after Pearl Harbor and continued to the war’s end in 1945. He served in the 16th Infantry, seeing action in eight campaigns in North Africa, Sicily and France. Much of Hall’s memoir is heartrending. A fellow lieutenant was killed beside him as they conferred while sheltering in tall grass in North Africa. Of Normandy, where he was among the first to land on Omaha Beach, he wrote, “And the noise, always the noise, naval gun fire, small arms, artillery and mortar fire, aircraft overhead, engine noises, the shouting and the cries of the wounded, no wonder some people couldn’t handle it.” In 1982, Fred and his late wife Jane (Coe) Hall ’39 visited France and walked on Omaha Beach where he had fought his way ashore 38 years previously. “It was,” he notes in his memoir, “soon enough to return.” Hall was awarded many medals and commendations for his service, including a combat infantry badge, two silver stars, three bronze stars and the French Croix de Guerre. After the war he joined the Army Reserve, returned to active duty during the Korean War, and retired in 1966 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He received the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Award and was named a distinguished member of the 16th Infantry Regiment in 1994. In recognition of his exemplary service in France, in 2012 the French

government named Hall a Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur, the country’s highest honor. After the war, Hall attended the University of Michigan Law School, graduating in 1948. He was a partner for 60 years in the Rochester, N.H., law firm Cooper, Hall, Whittum & Shillaber (originally Cooper, Hall & Shillaber), a member of the American Bar Association, past president of the New Hampshire Bar Association, and active in Republican politics. Hall was elected to the office of solicitor in both Strafford County and the city of Rochester. He was a charter member of the Rochester Rotary Club and the city’s Citizen of the Year in 2007. A strong supporter of UNH, he chaired the USNH board of trustees during the turbulent ’60s and he and Jane went on to establish the Coe-Hall Fund at the UNH Foundation. Paul O’Leary, former head of the NH State Police, was a close friend of Hall’s for 60 years. The men came from very different backgrounds and rose to prominence in their different professions. Their long friendship was testament to Hall’s “ability to get along with people from all walks of life,” says O’Leary. Fred enjoyed following the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots, says John, and he and Jane were loyal fans of UNH football, always sitting on the 50-yard line. A highlight of every game was tailgating with friends and chatting with fellow alumni. Hall was part of an alumni legacy at UNH that, in addition to John, includes his father Fred W. Hall, Sr., class of 1918, and grandson Blake McGurty ’05. UNH awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1974, and the alumni association named him winner of the Pettee Medal, its highest honor, in 1996. Hall returned to Normandy for the 60th anniversary of D-Day in 2004 accompanied by John, daughter Susan and daughter-in-law Renee. The group attended a service at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer. Standing on an overlook, Fred pointed out where he had crossed the open beach under heavy fire. For a family that had only learned the extent of his war experiences from his memoir, the experience was “moving beyond words,” remembers John. The Halls were married for 54 years, until Jane’s death in 2004. In addition to John, Fred is survived by three daughters, Marcella Prachyl, Susan Collins and Diane Moler.

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Faculty and Staff

Eileen Foss Kimball ’41 Jan. 18, 2017, Dover, N.H.

Marcia Yoffee Provizer ’46 Dec. 24, 2016, Brookline, N.H.

Virginia Nelson Lemme ’49 Jan. 10, 2017, Tampa, Fla.

Marie Walker Odiorne ’51 Jan. 15, 2017, Portsmouth, N.H.

Katherine E. Ford ’55 Oct. 22, 2016, Bradenton, Fla.

Donald M. Stockwell ’41 Nov. 4, 2016, Leverett, Mass.

Maxine Flanders Tutt ’46 Aug. 6, 2016, Mesa, Ariz.

Albert I. Prince Jr. ’49G Nov. 26, 2016, St. Petersburg, Fla.

James T. Williams ’51 Dec. 12, 2016, Pepperell, Mass.

William L. Markey ’55 Nov. 24, 2016, Newmarket, N.H.

Arthur B. Webster Jr. ’41 Oct. 25, 2016, Litchfield, Conn.

Ralph A. Brown ’47 July 15, 2016, Springfield, Mass.

Roger A. Provencher ’49 Oct. 20, 2016, Ladysmith, Va.

Norman J. Berry Jr. ’52 Dec. 6, 2016, Sterling, Colo.

Neil A. Sherman ’55 Dec. 6, 2016, Richmond, Vt.

Costas H. Basdekis ’42 Dec. 7, 2016, Longmeadow, Mass.

Jean Robie Little ’47 May 23, 2016, Starkville, Miss.

Maudetta Amey Taylor ’49 Jan. 8, 2017, Granby, Mass.

Frederick B. Carlson ’52 Oct. 17, 2016, Epsom, N.H.

Robert E. Butler ’56 June 25, 2016, Dewey, Ariz.

Earl C. Hagstrom professor emeritus of psychology emeritus Oct. 16, 2016, Durham, N.H.

Jean Howard Jenkins ’42 Oct. 20, 2016, Greeneville, Tenn.

Anita Ornsteen Brindis ’48 Oct. 22, 2016, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Robert G. Vermouth ’49 Sept. 29, 2016, Keene, N.H.

Guthrie S. Colpitts ’52 Oct. 2, 2016, The Villages, Fla.

James D. Connolly ’56 Oct. 16, 2016, Pittsfield, Maine

Stanley J. Karpinski ’52 Dec. 15, 2016, Claremont, N.H.

John T. England ’56 Dec. 18, 2016, Holyoke, Mass.

John D. Shotter professor emeritus of communication Dec. 8, 2016, Whittlesford, England

Edwin A. Meserve ’43 Jan. 9, 2017, Marlborough, Mass.

Lewis A. Nassikas ’52 Oct. 13, 2016, West Falmouth, Mass.

Joan Sowerby Harrington ’56 Oct. 12, 2016, Pasadena, Md.

Paul T. Brockelman professor emeritus of philosophy Jan. 8, 2017, Syracuse, N.Y. Filson H. Glanz professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering Oct. 7, 2016, Durham, N.H.

Arthur F. Libby ’43 Dec. 20, 2016, Denver, Colo.

Vinton R. Yeaton ’43 Jan. 25, 2017, Dover, N.H.

Herbert Tischler professor emeritus of Earth sciences Dec. 28, 2016, Phoenix, Ariz.

Priscilla Barnard Bruno ’44 Oct. 21, 2016, Keene, N.H. Martha Ricker Phillips ’44, ’75G Dec. 30, 2016, Hingham, Mass.

Edward J. Dauphinais associate professor emeritus of engineering, physical sciences librarian Jan. 19, 2017, Farmington, Conn.

John E. Baker ’45 Dec. 6, 2016, Somerville, Ohio Robert F. Dillon ’45 Jan. 16, 2017, Colorado Springs, Colo.

1930s D. Louise Hankins Temple ’37 April 18, 2016, Douglassville, Penn.

1940s Mary Freeman Gilmore ’40 Nov. 29, 2016, Rindge, N.H. Richard H. Hay ’40, ’41G Dec. 25, 2016, Portsmouth, N.H. Fred W. Hall Jr. ’41, ’74H Jan. 20, 2017, Rochester, N.H.

David M. Cleasby ’48 Jan. 2, 2017, Laconia, N.H. Evelyn Hultgren Ewing ’48 Oct. 3, 2016, Haverill, Mass. Donald C. Lamson Jr. ’48 Oct. 2, 2016, Warner, N.H. John C. McGinn ’48 Nov. 2, 2016, Jupiter, Fla. Lester A. Rosenblum ’48 April 5, 2016, Minneapolis, Minn. Richard R. Turcotte ’48 Jan. 22, 2017, Somersworth, N.H. Harry R. F. Burger ’49 Sept. 22, 2016, Sonoma, Calif.

Edward H. Nutter ’50 Dec. 11, 2016, Concord, N.H. Joyce Chalmers Perry ’50 Nov. 14, 2016, Ashland, Mass. Elmer A. Stark ’50 Nov. 20, 2016, North Conway, N.H.

Estelle Dutton Wall ’45 Nov. 18, 2016, Delmar, N.Y.

Helen Copeland Dahl ’49 Jan. 6, 2017, Albuquerque, N.M.

Edward P. Flaherty ’51 Nov. 30, 2016, Portland, Maine

Carl A. Bowley ’46 Sept. 23, 2016, Osterville, Mass.

Leonard C. Edwards ’49 Dec. 15, 2016, Pelham, N.H.

Donald K. Gregoire ’51 Nov. 12, 2016, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Charles H. Dyott ’46 Jan. 17, 2017, Lancaster, Penn.

Joseph F. Gaulin ’49 Nov. 13, 2016, Fort Myers, Fla.

Philip L. Hall ’51 Nov. 7, 2016, Nashua, N.H.

Jeanne Steacie Harriman ’46 Jan. 11, 2017, Wolfeboro, N.H.

William I. Harkaway ’49 June 8, 2016, Rockville, Md.

Jerome J. Lachance ’51 Oct. 28, 2016, Rochester, N.H.

James S. Ollivierre ’46 Nov. 1, 2016, Turlock, Calif.

Harold W. Jackson ’49 Jan. 5, 2017, Ormond Beach, Fla.


orn in Sant’Elia Fiumerapido, Italy, Arthur DiMambro came to the United States as an infant and grew up in Dover. He became a U.S. citizen at age 25 and served with the Army in Korea before graduating from UNH in three years. After attending the University of Vermont Medical School, he became a respected orthopedic surgeon in Dover and Rochester and provided orthopedic services to UNH students for more than 30 years. Following DiMambro’s death on July 7, 2016, online messages of condolence to his family included several mentioning his kindness and professional expertise. A former coworker wrote that when an elderly farmer who was unable to afford treatment for his fractured arm paid DiMambro with a large basket of fresh vegetables, “Dr. D accepted it gladly and called it even.” A couple who had met him at a fishing camp recalled, “We had dinner with him several times, and he always regaled us with wonderful stories….It was clear that we were in the presence of a great man, a dedicated physician and a gifted artist.” Fishing was a lifelong interest, says his daughter Arna Lewis, and he enjoyed trying his luck all over New England and abroad.

Julius Millman ’50 April 6, 2016, Cedar Lake, Ind.

Eleanor Brocklebank Beaudette ’51 Jan. 15, 2017, Stow, Mass.

Arthur Richard DiMambro ’51


Walter J. Bernard ’50, ’51G Oct. 4, 2016, Williamstown, Mass.

Carol Elliott Crocker ’49 Aug. 1, 2016, Montreal, Canada

Husband, father and respected orthopedic surgeon, he enjoyed a second career as an artist.

Bradford P. Batchelder ’50 Oct. 12, 2016, Nottingham, N.H.

Carolyn C. Foley ’45, ’66G Nov. 16, 2016, Dover, N.H.

Although his mind remained sharp to the end and he was able to live at home with the help of caregivers, the years eventually took their toll on Fred’s physical health, says John. He passed away on January 20 at age 96. ²



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Priscilla McIntosh Wren ’52, ’68G Dec. 28, 2016, Medfield, Mass.

Henry R. Malay ’56 Jan. 26, 2017, Bow, N.H. John C. Neville ’56 Oct. 13, 2016, Rye, N.H.

David P. Leland USA Ret. ’53 Dec. 9, 2016, Brunswick, Maine

Marjorie Hancock Phillips ’56 Nov. 3, 2016, Lexington, Mass.

H. Clifford Lundblad ’53 Dec. 20, 2016, Framingham, Mass.

Pamela Wright Pimental ’56 Jan. 21, 2017, Lowell, Mass.

Victor S. Verrette ’53 April 18, 2016, Grinnell, Iowa

Sarah Thorpe Vogler ’56 Oct. 30, 2016, Meredith, N.H.

Earl C. Boudette ’54 Jan. 20, 2017, Warner, N.H.

Robert B. Hall ’57 Jan. 28, 2017, Stratham, N.H.

Gail Shawcross Colella ’54 Dec. 29, 2016, Chelmsford, Mass.

Stephen H. Jesseman ’57 Dec. 10, 2016, Lebanon, N.H.

William K. Dustin ’54 Nov. 16, 2016, Meredith, N.H.

Robert W. Newton ’57 Aug. 3, 2016, Fort Meyers, Fla.

Arthur Petrou ’54 Jan. 5, 2017, Haverhill, Mass.

Charles V. Spanos ’57 Oct. 6, 2016, Dover, N.H.

Kathryn Kennett Rider ’54 Sept. 22, 2016, Wernersville, Penn.

Janet O’Connell Aston ’58 Dec. 31, 2016, Windham, Conn.

Norman L. Dumont ’55 Jan. 4, 2017, Berlin, N.H.

Roland E. Bonnette ’58 May 17, 2016, Wenham, Mass.

He especially enjoyed salmon fishing and would have his catch shipped home so he could prepare a gourmet feast for friends. In his younger days he also hunted in the Dover woods and played tennis on the former courts on Main Street in Durham, and he was a great fan of UNH hockey throughout his life. DiMambro’s love of painting began during a medical internship in Philadelphia. Along with his late wife, Celeste ( Martin) DiMambro ’64, MBA ’88, he became friendly with commercial artist Ed Bates, who encouraged Arthur to try his own hand at painting. After her father attended a showing of Winslow Homer’s work with Bates, “he was hooked,” says Arna. When Arthur completed his internship, the DiMambros returned to Durham, where he opened his medical practice and Celeste obtained her degree in fine arts. The couple became friendly with and took inspiration from many UNH artists, including the late professor John Hatch, whom they enjoyed entertaining. DiMambro painted whenever his busy medical schedule allowed. After retiring, he had an art studio built in his home and took painting and sculpture classes at the university. The dedication he had once showed his patients he now turned to his art, painting three to six hours a day for the next 25 years. In an interview with a reporter from, he related that he found sculpting relatively easy. “I was a surgeon all my life, working with my hands,” he said. “But painting came very hard.” His perseverance paid off, and his paintings were hung in numerous galleries throughout New England. With artist Christopher Cook, he had a show of his work in 2001 that focused on the shoreline and islands of Great Bay. He collaborated with artist Alan Rushing ’10G on “The Circus Project,” which included 39 canvases depicting clowns and other circus themes. He especially enjoyed plein air painting along the New Hampshire seacoast and the rugged coast of Maine, and traveled to Italy and Scotland in search of new

In Memoriam Charles B. Doane USN Ret. ’58 Oct. 20, 2016, Kennebunk, Maine

John P. Zottu ’60 Dec. 25, 2016, Yarmouth, Maine

Ann R. Geoffrion ’58 Sept. 26, 2016, Burlington, Vt.

Myron R. Ashapa ’61 Oct. 7, 2016, Foxboro, Mass.

Peter J. Horne ’58, ’67G Nov. 7, 2016, Freeport, Maine

George T. Davis Jr. ’61 Oct. 8, 2016, Saint Petersburg, Fla.

Earlene Winship Leonard ’58 Oct. 2, 2016, Wolfeboro, N.H.

Herbert E. Killam ’61 Oct. 31, 2016, Boscawen, N.H.

Sanat K. Majumder ’58G Oct. 24, 2016, Northampton, Mass.

Frances Pomorski Needham ’61 Jan. 9, 2017, Marston Mills, Mass.

Dorothea Lewis Ruggles ’58 Nov. 12, 2016, Littleton, N.H.

Sherman J. Arnold ’62 Nov. 2, 2016, Sabattus, Maine

J. Russell Scheider ’58 Nov. 3, 2016, Merrimack, N.H.

Midge Jenney Burnham ’63 Dec. 9, 2016, Sanbornton, N.H.

Kathryn Matsis Touhey ’58 Oct. 6, 2016, Boston, Mass.

Jerome N. Goggin ’63 Nov. 3, 2016, Claremont, N.H.

David R. Decker ’59 Jan. 11, 2017, Laconia, N.H.

Edward C. Blake II ’64 Dec. 19, 2016, York Harbor, Maine

Robert B. Foster ’59 Oct. 5, 2016, Ashford, Conn.

David A. Buttrick ’64 Oct. 24, 2016, Pembroke, N.H.

Billy B. Fowler ’59 Jan. 9, 2017, Bowie, Md.

David C. Church ’64, ’66G Dec. 5, 2016, Uncasville, Conn.

David P. Hanlon ’59G Dec. 4, 2016, Hanover, N.H.

Robert R. Hadley ’64, ’71G Nov. 9, 2016, Fairfax, Va.

Wilbur H. Palmer ’59, ’69G Sept. 27, 2016, Derry, N.H.

David R. Whitcher ’64 Dec. 21, 2016, Stafford, N.H.

Glenn H. Warner ’59G Sept. 30, 2016, Saint Albans, W.Va.

Philip H. Grimes ’65, ’67G May 1, 2016, Seminole, Fla.


Charity Tonkin Haines ’65, ’74G, ’84G Jan. 15, 2017, Charlottesville, Va.

Richard I. Hammond Jr. ’60 Dec. 28, 2016, Clinton, Mass. Mahlon L. Lary ’60 Dec. 6, 2016, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Thomas G. Seavey ’66 Dec. 25, 2016, Cape Neddick, Maine Lynne O’Brien Todd ’66, ’75G Aug. 15, 2016, Bradenton, Fla. Victoria Celemin Wacek ’66G Oct. 14, 2016, Lafayette, Ind. David L. Clapp ’67, ’87G Jan. 3, 2017, Epping, N.H. Charlotte A. Dyer ’67 Dec. 31, 2016, North Conway, N.H. C. Richard Erskine ’67, ’72G Jan. 11, 2017, Manchester, N.H.

Pamela A. Tweedie ’76 Jan. 1, 2017, Bangor, Maine

Janice Deppe Wilson 87, ’90G Dec. 15, 2016, Durham, N.H.

Christopher H. Holmes ’71 Sept. 18, 2016, Arnold, Md.

Catherine A. Youngman ’76 Oct. 1, 2016, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Peter M. Vogel ’71, ’74G Oct. 13, 2016, Spring, Texas

William H. Astle ’77 Jan. 8, 2017, Lancaster, N.H.

Shaunna McDuffee Bennett ’89G Dec. 2, 2016, Bronx, N.Y.

Henry L. English ’72 March 5, 2016, Chicago, Ill.

John F. Mahnke ’77G Dec. 3, 2016, New York City, N.Y.

Shirley Sandler Haddock ’72G Nov. 20, 2016, New London, N.H. Grenville B. Winthrop III ’72G July 24, 2016, Portsmouth, N.H.

Claude M. Bizier ’89 Nov. 27, 2016, Barrington, N.H.



Victoria Reishus ’93 Nov. 16, 2016, Rollinsford, N.H.

John C. Banister ’80 Jan. 25, 2017, Derry, N.H.

Cynthia A. Buchika ’73 Dec. 11, 2016, Haverhill, Mass.

Susan E. Marshall ’80JD Nov. 8, 2016, Philadelphia, Penn.

Marisa A. Minichiello ’94, ’96G, ’04G Dec. 2, 2016, Newmarket, N.H.

Karen A. Duffey ’73G Oct. 3, 2016, Fennimore, Wis.

David C. Michaud ’80G Nov. 26, 2016, Exeter, N.H.

Melissa Kenney Weeks ’94 Jan. 21, 2017, Dover, N.H.

Lynne Martin Steele ’73 Jan. 8, 2017, Kennebunk, Maine

Arthur N. Fales ’82 Sept. 19, 2016, East Dennis, Mass.

Judith Carver Dillon ’74 Dec. 13, 2016, Nashua, N.H.

Helen Currier Hiltz ’82 Oct. 30, 2016, Hooksett, N.H.

Elizabeth Holsinger Ginsburg ’96 Sept. 29, 2016, Bristol, Vt.

Lenore R. Ekwurtzel ’74 Nov. 18, 2016, Milton Mills, N.H.

Sherry Blanchette LaPointe ’82 Sept. 30, 2016, Pownal, Maine

Philip M. Brennan ’69G Nov. 25, 2016, Mansfield, Penn.

Alan F. Goodell-Holmes ’74, ’75G, ’76G Sept. 25, 2016, Plymouth, Minn.

Michelle Stavrou Marnicio ’82 Nov. 4, 2016, Newfields, N.H.

Rasheed A. Gbadamosi ’69G Nov. 16, 2016, Lagos, Nigeria

Basil Harris Jr. ’75G Jan. 15, 2017, Brookline, N.H.

Robert A. Glover ’69 Oct. 6, 2016, Port Richey, Fla.

George H. Johnson Jr. ’75 Jan. 11, 2017, Ocala, Fla.

Michael C. Murphy ’69 Oct. 5, 2016, Laconia, N.H.

Patrick A. O’Meara ’75 Oct. 25, 2016, Concord, N.H.

Barry J. Wheeler ’65 Sept. 21, 2016, Wolfeboro, N.H.


Brian S. Robinson ’75 Oct. 27, 2016, Orono, Maine

Eleanor Connorton Woodbury ’84 Oct. 20, 2016, Dover, N.H.

William A. Morganstern ’66 Oct. 10, 2016, Houston, Texas

John F. Doherty ’70 Nov. 25, 2016, Nashua, N.H.

Anna Cryvoff Willis ’75G Dec. 14, 2016, Salem, N.H.

Neal P. Barrett ’86 Nov. 22, 2016, Nashua, N.H.

Silvia Mortlock Marshall ’70 Oct. 22, 2016, Dover, N.H.

Janet Brooks Still ’76 Dec. 31, 2016, Hampton, N.H.

Dennis W. Stamulis ’86G Oct. 16, 2016, The Villages, Fla.

Anne Learnard Reynolds ’60 Jan. 20, 2017, Newcastle, N.H.

C. Barton Cummings Jr. ’68 April 19, 2014, Benicia, Calif. Julie Lahart Keefe ’68 Oct. 7, 2016, Edgartown, Mass. Virginia Curren Kenney ’68G Dec. 9, 2016, Dover, N.H. Janet Rogers Myers ’68 Oct. 21, 2016, Belmont, N.H. Richard Allen ’69, ’75G Jan. 12, 2017, Eliot, Maine

landscapes to capture on canvas or board. In all, he completed more than 1,000 paintings and was the recipient of several awards. Arthur and Celeste, who died in 2008, were married for 50 years and raised four daughters, Arna, Kris Coeytaux, Mara Calame and Brett Dickens, in a home on Madbury Road. In 2013, the home was converted into the handsome Durham Public Library, where several Arthur DiMambro paintings, gifts from the artist, grace the walls. ²

Guy Richard Knudsen ’78 Professor, attorney and humanitarian, music was his passion.


Brent J. Riach ’70 Dec. 23, 2016, Haverhill, Mass.

fter serving in the U.S. Navy, Guy Knudsen took advantage of the GI Bill to attend UNH. He graduated with a B.S. in forestry and went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees in plant pathology from Cornell University. In 2007, after earning a J.D. degree from Taft Law School, he passed the state bar in both California and Washington state. While his professional pursuits may have appeared superficially diverse, his law practice and his teaching were rooted in a common passion: social justice for the planet and its inhabitants. Knudsen was a professor at the University of Idaho from 1987 until his death on May 29, 2016, from complications of ALS. He taught courses in microbial ecology, soil biology and plant pathology and enjoyed mentoring graduate students, taking great pride in them as they established their own successful careers. Knudsen and his wife, fellow University of Idaho plant professor Louise-Marie Dandurand, met at a soil fungus conference in Boise and married in 1990. They were among the founders of the Paloma Institute, a nonprofit organization that sponsors programs throughout the world dedicated to sustaining healthy ecosystems and planning for a socially just future. Following the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, Paloma Institute’s Farming is Life

Richard L. Michaud ’96 Nov. 23, 2016, Manchester, N.H. Christina M. Jenkins ’98 Nov. 5, 2016, Berkeley,Calif.


Jerry Polizzi ’82 Oct. 19, 2016, Tucson, Ariz.

Francis H. Terry ’01G Dec. 12, 2016, San Tan Valley, Ariz.

Alan K. Payne, USN Ret. ’83 Dec. 3, 2016, Concord, N.H.


Edward J. Powers III ’84 Oct. 28, 2016, Raleigh, N.C.

Martha A. Parker-Magagna ’12G Dec. 4, 2016, Grantham, N.H. James W. Conklin ’13 Oct. 28, 2016, Plymouth, N.H.

program was instrumental in supporting community gardening and health initiatives by supplying tools and seed to family farmers. In addition, institute members traveled to Haiti to provide agricultural training and assist with health and sanitation issues. The work Knudsen helped organize continues today with members helping to supply basic needs such as vaccinations for the island’s donkeys and other animals. Knudsen was also affiliated with the Lawyers’ Earthquake Relief Network, which works with Haitian attorneys to assist earthquake victims. He was active with many other groups, including the Washington State Veterans Bar Association, Vietnam Veterans of America and Paralyzed Veterans of America, and provided pro bono legal assistance to several organizations in and around Moscow, Idaho, where he resided. Passionate about Pacific Northwest wilderness areas, Knudsen especially loved the mountains, says his wife. In his free time he enjoyed back-country skiing during the winter months and horseback riding and biking in milder weather, activities he shared with his daughter Celine and son Liam. Despite a busy schedule of teaching and volunteering, Knudsen always found time for music. An accomplished composer who also played electric guitar, “music was his soul,” says Louise-Marie. His specialty was the blues, which he played with a number of creatively named local bands including Bare Wires and Beggar’s Alley. His talents were sought after at annual gatherings in the Moscow area, including HempFest and Rendezvous in the Park. ² — Karen Hammond ’64

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Parting Shot

The Nov. 9, 1998, sit-in at the Thompson Hall office of President Joan Leitzel described on page 31 of the Tito Jackson ’99 feature story was not the first led by black students at UNH. In 1969, black students held a sit-in on the lawn of Thompson Hall to call for increased recruitment of minority students and faculty, as well as for a campus house where black students could meet and socialize. They also asked that the administration stop referring to them as “disadvantaged students,” according to John Laymon ’73, who recalled the experience at a 2015 Pioneer Black Alumni Weekend on campus. “We didn’t like that. We had James Brown. We were black and proud.”



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Blazing a Trail for Future Students

Learn more about including UNH in your plan for the future. Visit our website at or contact: Theresa M. Curry, J.D. Assistant Vice President of Gift Planning and Administration p: 603-862-4895 e:


Betty Ward ’45 doesn’t mind telling you: she wasn’t a straight-A student at her high school in Hanover, N.H. But her life changed when she came to UNH as a college freshman in the fall of 1942. “I discovered biology, microbiology and I just . . . WOW!” she says of identifying the passion that would become her career. Thanks to enthusiastic professors, she followed her passion and went on to pursue a lifetime working in the biosciences. At UNH, Ward transformed from the little girl who had collected bugs and got microscopes for Christmas into a young woman immersed in classes in organic chemistry, physics, comparative anatomy and biology. After graduating, she landed a job as a medical technologist in the labs at Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, where she worked for more than 50 years. Both she and her partner, Pip Richens, who studied math, recognize that these days, qualified students sometime choose not to attend college because of the high costs. They wanted to support those future students and honor Betty’s role as a trailblazer at a time when there were few women working in biosciences. The opportunities she found here and the career her UNH education made possible are the reasons why she donates to fund scholarships now, and why she is including her alma mater in her will. Ward has committed to making annual gifts during her lifetime to fund the Elizabeth Ward Scholarship Fund, providing needbased scholarships for underrepresented New Hampshire students studying science, technology, engineering or math. Her commitment will continue in perpetuity after her death as she has also committed to leaving $3 million from her estate to endow her scholarship fund. m


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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The annual spring open house at UNHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Macfarlane Research Greenhouses, held March 31 and April 1, included tours of the UNH high tunnels, a pair of greenhousestyle structures associated with the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program, where students produce greens for on-campus consumption.


UNH Magazine Spring 2017  

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