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UNH The Magazine of the University of New Hampshire | Winter 2018

On Call: 50 years of McGregor Emergency Medical Services. | 32 Perspective: Michael D’Antonio ’77 on Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. | 28 Celebration and Tribute: UNH’s largest-ever fundraising campaign heads into the homestretch. | 40



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Contents 28 | A Writing Life Michael D’Antonio’s career has taken him inside the Catholic Church—and the Oval Office.

32 | Hands-On Learning Would you trust your emergency medical care to a college student? If you’ve called McGregor Memorial EMS, chances are you already have.

Departments 5 | Editor’s Letter 7 | Letters 8 | Current A population in peril ◆ sustainability STAR turn ◆ a student safety app ◆ UNH’s cannon man ◆ and much more

40 | On A Roll CELEBRATE 150: The Campaign for UNH enters its final six months with new board leadership, gifts to honor people and places—and ambitious fundraising goals for the year ahead.

46 | Class Notes Lee Grodzins ’46 Kevin Dean ’91 Jim Curtis ’99

77 | In Memoriam

Guest of Honor: Peter T. Paul ’67 celebrated with his youngest daughter, Anna, at UNH’s Evening of Distinction on Sept. 21. | p. 17

Beverly Swain Powell Woodward ’39 Irving “Sheik” Karelis ’43 Pamela Raiford ’86, ’95G


80 | Parting Shot

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Editor-in-Chief Kristin Waterfield Duisberg Art Director and Designer Valerie Lester Designer Loren Marple ’13 Class Notes Editor Jennifer Saunders

Contributing and Staff Writers Laura Chisholm Karen Hammond ’64 Allen Lessels ’76 Debbie Kane Tom Kertscher Erika Mantz Beth Potier Jody Record ’95 Sarah Schaier Contributing and Staff Photographers Jeremy Gasowski Valerie Lester Loren Marple ’13 Jessica Milligan Scott Ripley Michele Stapleton David Vogt

UNH advancement brand manager Laura Chisholm was delighted to connect with a handful of alumni on the topic of Don Harley, a beloved UNH employee who made a lasting difference in their lives. “It’s inspiring for me to see the university through people’s stories,” she says. “Learning about relationships that start here and take root in people’s lives brings a lot of meaning to the work I do in advancement.” A parent of two Wildcats, Chisholm recently relocated from Exeter to Lee, where she lives in an old farmhouse with her biologist husband, three grown children and many other animals at various stages of domestication.

Editorial Office 15 Strafford Ave., Durham, NH 03824 Publication Board of Directors Mark W. Huddleston President, University of New Hampshire Debbie Dutton Vice President, Advancement Mica Stark ’96 Associate Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs Susan Entz ’08G Associate Vice President, Alumni Association Patrick Closson ’95 President, UNH Alumni Association


On Call: 50 years of McGregor Emergency Medical Services. | 32 Perspective: Michael D’Antonio ’77 on Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. | 28 Celebration and Tribute: UNH’s largest-ever fundraising campaign heads into the homestretch. | 40

The Magazine of the University of New Hampshire | Winter 2018

The Magazine of the University of New Hampshire | Winter 2018

cover photo by Jeremy Gasowski; photo (back) by David Vogt

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As a political reporter, Wisconsin-based freelance writer Tom Kertscher found himself compelled to write about the man who has arguably delved as deeply into the lives of contemporary politicians as any other, Michael D’Antonio ’77. “I was drawn to interview him after realizing, who else has spent so much time examining Obama and the man who would succeed him?” Kertscher says. A PolitiFact reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Kertscher is also the author of sports books on Brett Favre and Al McGuire, and his reporting on Steven Avery was featured in “Making a Murderer.”

ALL SMILES University Day 2017 welcomed students, faculty and staff back to Durham for the academic year with a picnic and activities on Thompson Hall lawn on Sept. 12. The annual event, which is open to the community, featured music, UNH club displays—and Wild E. Cat.


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LEARNING AL FRESCO On a warm fall morning, students in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture’s natural resources program head into UNH’s largest classroom, 250-acre College Woods, for a living lab of sorts, measuring trees for a class on forest inventory and modeling.



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Editor’s Desk

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s editor, I often find myself assigning out to other writers stories I wish I had the time to write myself. But when Bill Cote ’74 approached me earlier this year about highlighting McGregor Emergency Medical Services (EMS) on the eve of the organization’s 50th anniversary, I knew it was one I couldn’t pass up. Leaving aside my elementary school crush on the lead actors from the TV show “Emergency!” and my unrealized youthful medical aspirations, McGregor—or the Durham Ambulance Corps, as it was called at the time— loomed large in my Durham childhood. One of our neighbors was a Durham Ambulance volunteer, and when I’d see his red Mazda RX-7 speeding by with its emergency light spinning, I’d often wonder what sort of heroics he was off to perform. When one of my best friends’ fathers fell from a ladder and broke both his arms and one of his legs, volunteers from the ambulance corps were the first to arrive on scene. My own father worked closely with the organization for the brief window in the mid-1980s when UNH had a hyperbaric chamber to treat scuba divers with decompression sickness and patients with other injuries. In the three days I spent at McGregor conducting research and interviews, there were few dramatic moments (I learned that there’s a term in EMS for people who seemingly possess the ability to keep the calls from 911 at bay: white clouds), but there were plenty of opportunities to witness the profound dedication and talent of UNH’s volunteer crew, which is largely made up of undergraduate students. When I was in college, I went to classes and wrote a little for my campus newspaper, but that’s about all. These students put in upwards of 100 hours a month as voluntary medical caregivers while balancing full class loads in demanding majors, sports, clubs and (I hope) at least a little bit of fun. I’ve long been impressed by the UNH students I meet, but never more than when speaking to these McGregor students and recent alumni. Backed by skilled, caring mentors and rigorous training, they are, as Bill Cote calls them, “rock stars,” providing critical services to the local community and preparing themselves for bright careers as medical professionals. Their passion, commitment and intelligence should make you proud to share the title Wildcat. And while I hope you never need their services, I promise you’re in good hands if you do.

Kristin Waterfield Duisberg Editor-in-chief

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A Sustainable Future


ot only every alumnus and alumna of UNH but every citizen of New Hampshire should read about “A Sustainable Future” in the fall 2017 UNH Magazine. This is the kind of future that all Americans should start now to follow and be an example to the rest of our country to save our Earth. It is extremely appropriate that UNH, where farming was once paramount, be the college innovator of sustainability. I, who came to Durham from a city of 150,000, was amazed way back in the bitter cold of 1946 to find that I could make it to Merrill Hall for an 8 a.m. class without falling and freezing to death because UNH had heated sidewalks! President Mark Huddleston deserves the highest praise for encouraging and fostering all sustainable projects starting soon after his inauguration in 2008, when he launched the university’s EcoLine project, which “piped gas from the Rochester Landfill to Durham to fuel the university's cogeneration plant and power the campus.” I am very proud of UNH, which received the highest national rating for sustainability. Joan Boodey Lamson ’49 New London, N.H. I very much enjoyed the spotlight on sustainability in the fall UNH Magazine. It was a well-written and informative article. As a reference for possible future articles about sustainability, you may be interested in the vegetative green roofs projects GreenGrid Green Roof Systems has done with UNH. These are another example of the university’s leadership in sustainable design and campus greening. In the past, we’ve supported projects involving James Hall and Holloway Commons as well

as with Cooperative Extension in Manchester. So glad to see that the university is sharing its sustainability achievements and, by doing so, educating others and attracting new students the university. Todd Walles ’86, via email



just finished reading the story “Gifts” from the fall 2017 UNH Magazine and am thrilled that humans have been able to find ways to relieve suffering. Thank you to the three gentlemen in the article for sharing this personal story. Kitty Marple ’82, via email

IP Law Library Oversight


was glad to see mention of the UNH School of Law’s intellectual property library on p. 12 of the fall UNH Magazine, but, particularly given the white space underneath, I was surprised to see no mention of Jon Cavicchi. Cavicchi not only created the library but has continued to maintain it as more than a full-time job for more than two decades. Tom Field, professor emeritus UNH Law, via email

A Packard by Any Other Name


was very surprised when a former member of the UNH Sports Car Club emailed me one morning and told me to check out page 62 of the fall issue of UNH Magazine. There was Woode (Parker Wood ’71). He and I

entered the Clean Air Car Race in 1970. It was quite an experience, followed by employment, for a while, at an electric car company in Detroit building electric cars. Woode called me to tell me of the article. He had been contacted prior to publication. You must send out the magazines in alphabetical order, based on individuals who have contacted me. I do want to point out, however, the misspelling of my name. It is Packard. Granted, the origin of my name is French for ‘packers of fish in salt,’ but I prefer the more recent spelling, like the old car. Anne T. Packard ’66G, ’92G via email

Correction: In Memoriam Several readers reached out to ask us if it was true that twin brothers Kenneth and Charles Tufts ’51 both passed away on the same date, March 1, 2017. The listing for Charles was included in error, and Ruth Clark Nash ’54 was kind enough to reach out with the correct date. Kenneth Tufts did indeed pass away on March 1 this year, but his brother Charles passed away a little more than a year earlier, on February 14, 2016. Our apologies for the confusion, and our thanks to Ruth for checking with the Tufts family and sharing the correct date with us. Winter 2018





t’s a question that sounds like the setup to a joke—how many winter ticks can fit on one moose?—but the answer is anything but funny. For the past four years, UNH professor of wildlife biology Pete Pekins has been tracking the decline of New Hampshire’s moose population at the hands of the winter tick, a parasite that infests the animals in



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Milder winters mean more ticks, fewer moose loads in excess of 50,000 each and causes substantial hair loss, severe blood and weight loss and acute anemia. The effect on younger moose is particularly dire; high infestations in early spring may cause moose calves to lose their

entire blood volume in a matter of weeks, and Pekins and his team have measured mortality in excess of 70 percent for 10–11 month old calves. That’s a statistic that has alarming implications for the herd itself, and also for the economic vitality of New Hampshire’s North Country, where the iconic ungulate is a mainstay of the ecotourism industry. Since 2014, Pekins and his team have been at the center of the largest study of New England moose ever conducted; a three-state, UNH-alumni-heavy effort that spans Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. From 2014–2017, Pekins’ team worked with the New

Hampshire Fish and Game Department to capture and radio-collar approximately 45 moose cows and calves each year, collecting blood, hair and feces—and ticks. The study is yielding important data on how calf mortality and adult moose productivity are affected by tick loads and helping to explain interrelationships among the parasite, moose density, habitat and weather. Pekins says it’s already possible to draw straight lines that connect higher calf mortality and lower herd productivity to the later-starting winters that have occurred more frequently in recent years.


some 4,000 animals, down Hampshire—Pekins says his from 7,500 in the early 2000s, work is fueled primarily by and notes that if numbers a passionate interest many continue falling, the range of New Englanders share in New England moose is likely the gangly, antlered animal. to shift farther north. “It is a very short story that While there are significant we hope to keep going,” he economic considerations says. The research team will to protecting the Granite be capturing 50 more moose State moose population— in January 2018, the last wildlife watchers spend scheduled capture on the an estimated $250 million project. ² annually in northern New


his team are studying the weather, moose density and productivity, local habitat conditions and even soil fungi that are lethal to tick larvae to better understand the drivers of the current moose decline. While New Hampshire isn’t on a path to lose its moose population entirely (indeed, last year’s September drought and mid-November snow led to significantly lowered tick loads and a survival rate of 70 percent for 2016-born calves, and this summer Pekins spotted a set of twin calves, the first since the study launched) Pekins puts the state’s current herd at


“The first snowfall is key to limiting how many ticks can get on a moose,” Pekins explains, “and as the winters are starting later and later, the tick loads are getting higher and higher.” Unlike deer, moose lack the ability to groom ticks from their bodies, and rely on snow and cold to kill the tick larvae that live in the vegetation, waiting to hitch a ride and a meal. “The irony is that what we might call a hard winter in northern New Hampshire is an easy winter for a moose.” With the ultimate goal of facilitating a healthy moose population, Pekins and

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A License to Show Pride New decals support UNH and NH students AWARD-WINNING ENGAGEMENT Since 2000, NH Listens, a civic engagement initiative of the Carsey School of Public Policy, has helped New Hampshire residents talk and collaborate to create communities that work for everyone. In October, the organization received an American Civic Collaboration award—a Civvy— for its efforts. The UNH initiative was selected from more than 50 nominations and accepted by NH Listens co-director Michele Holt-Shannon. “We accepted this award with great joy on behalf of our partners across the state, where rich and timely conversations have been taking place to strengthen New Hampshire communities,” she says. The Civvies are cosponsored by the Bridge Alliance and Big Tent Nation, organizations dedicated to bringing people together from across the political spectrum to address some of America’s greatest social challenges.


eter Spain isn’t a UNH alumnus, but he’s the son of two UNH grads and a proud Wildcat parent. How proud? Proud enough to put it on his New Hampshire license plate. Spain purchased a UNH license plate decal while in Durham visiting his children Elizabeth ’19 and Patrick ’21 during Homecoming and Family Weekend. Just introduced this fall, the decals are the centerpiece of a program that allows New Hampshire residents to showcase their affinity for UNH while supporting students from the Granite State. The decals, which must be used with a DMVissued decal plate, can be obtained by making a gift of $55 or more to UNH’s Fund for New Hampshire Students. All gifts through the license plate decal program are 100-percent tax-deductible, with 100 percent of the proceeds dedicated to supporting students. UNH launched the effort to introduce the plates about five years ago, following the lead of dozens of other states that have specialty plates to support public higher education. Two decal

designs—the UNH logo and the wildcat mascot—were approved by the New Hampshire Legislature this year, and the bill authorizing them was signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu at a State House ceremony Sept. 18. “It’s great that these plates give people the opportunity to celebrate their commitment to UNH,” says Patrick Closson ’95, president of the UNH Alumni Association board of directors. “UNH plays such a big role in the state, so it’s wonderful that we can give people the chance to show their support for our students and the university.” Spain, a Plymouth State alumnus, read about the plate program the day before heading to Durham for Homecoming and Family Weekend and thought it would be a great way to be a good steward to the state and the university system. He’d been planning to purchase a decal online when he saw that they were available for sale on campus. “I saw the table set up on the Thompson Hall lawn and thought, great, let’s get this done,” he says. Interest in the program has started out strong, with most supporters acquiring their decals online. New Hampshire residents—alumni, parents, friends and students—can obtain their own by visiting and following the step-by-step instructions. ²



L.L. Bean chairman

he L.L. Bean pop-up shop that landed on Scott Hall Lawn on Oct. 10 featured not one but two of the company’s most recognizable representatives: the iconic Bean Bootmobile, and company chairman Shawn Gorman ’89. Gorman spent the day just up the way from Lord Hall, where he lived as an underclassman, as part of Bean’s “Be An Outsider” campaign, which is bringing a variety of the company’s most popular products to college campuses for students to purchase. UNH students



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UNH isn’t only green—it’s Platinum


dding to its already long list of accolades, UNH earned a STARS Platinum rating— the highest possible from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)—in recognition of its sustainability achievements. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. There are only two other higher education institutions in the world that share the Platinum designation. “Earning Platinum status affirms UNH’s place as a national leader in sustainability,” says UNH President Mark Huddleston. “It is an enduring core institutional value, shaping our culture, informing our behavior and guiding everything we do. As home to the oldest endowed university sustainability program in the United States, UNH has sustainability ingrained in all that we do across education, research and practice.” UNH Sustainability Institute (SI) director

Miriam Nelson couldn’t be prouder of the new distinction. “Our campus community champions efforts to grow and nurture sustainability, and while we will celebrate our accomplishments, we also look forward to watching our sustainability efforts grow and improve as a result of the STARS initiative,” she says. Nelson notes that obtaining Platinum status required a university-wide effort by faculty, staff and students to document and expand the work being done. More than 400 institutions have earned a STARS rating, making AASHE’s STARS program the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in five overall areas: academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration as well as innovation and leadership. UNH participated in the original STARS pilot group in 2008, earning a Gold rating in 2011 and 2014. The accolades have not gone unnoticed by students. “At a time when leadership in sustainability is lacking, especially at the national scale, this was an opportunity for UNH to pave the path forward and fill that leadership void,” says SI Sustainability Fellow Whitman Constantineau ’18. “We’re not just a leader anymore, we are the model for creating a holistically sustainable institution of higher education, and I couldn’t be prouder of the school I love!” ² —Erika Mantz

BY THE NUMBERS Hailing from 37 states and 19 countries, 3,126 new students arrived in Durham and Manchester this fall to make up the Class of 2021. Just under half of these new undergrads —1,327—are New Hampshire residents, and nearly one-third of these matriculated to their state school as beneficiaries of UNH’s new Granite Guarantee program, which allows fulltime, first-year New Hampshire students who are receiving federal Pell grants to attend the university tuitionfree. With a range of intended majors from undeclared liberal arts to business administration to psychology to mechanical engineering, the class includes 35 new Hamel Scholars and another 35 Peter T. Paul Scholars, students who come in with the university’s highest academic distinctions. Want to greet one of these new UNHers personally? Your best bet is to try Emily or Matthew—the most common first names among the members of the class.


Sustainability SuperSTAR

Shawn Gorman ’89 gives mobile shop, alma mater a boost flocked to the Scott Fishbowl to purchase slippers, hats, sweater fleeces and—of course—Bean boots, and to customize their boots with colorful laces from the shop’s custom “lace bar.” Noting that it had been a while since he’d been on campus, Gorman made the most of his day, visiting with students and making his first trip to the Dairy Bar

in what he guessed was 25 years. He’ll have plenty of opportunities to make up for lost time going forward; in November, Gorman joined the UNH Foundation’s board of directors. He’ll serve a three-year term, beginning with the board’s January meeting in Boston. ²

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TECH SUPPORT Prevention Innovations Research Center’s uSafe app goes national

ON THE MAP A team of UNH geography students won the World Geography Bowl contest at the annual conference of The New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society, held at Central Connecticut State University in October. Six teams of four students each competed in this year’s bowl. UNH’s team of Cara Buccini ’18, Evan Collins ’18, Stephen Geis ’20 and Drew Guilbault ’18 employed a strategy of complementary knowledge, with different members bringing expertise in different subfields, to take the regional title, their first in 10 years of competition. “We are one of the smaller geography programs in the region, and, as an undergraduate-only department, it is really exciting to get our first Geography Bowl win,” says Mary Stampone, department chair and Class of 1941 Associate Professor of Geography. As two of the highestscoring individuals at the event, Collins and Buccini have been invited to join a regional team that will compete at the national conference in the spring.


ast year, when UNH’s Prevention Innovations Research Center released uSafeNH, the smartphone app that delivers realtime information about nearby crisis centers, hospitals, police and campus-based support was hailed as an innovative way 12


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and Title IX and student affairs staff are often overworked, under-resourced and unable to provide immediate comprehensive support. And the stakes are tremendously high—Prevention Innovations’ research confirms that the impact of assault on victims can last a lifetime. “Our goal is to help prevent assaults where possible and to help schools put information directly into the hands of students and those who support them at the exact moment they are needed,” Potter says. To that end, uSafeUS gives schools a customizable platform to manage their prevention and response strategies, as well as an implementation toolkit for the app that includes e-mail and social media communications, posters, tools for campus residence life staff and checklists for launching. These tools help campuses launch the app successfully, and save Title IX and student affairs personnel significant time. Colleges and universities also receive anonymous user analytics about app usage at their campuses. uSafeNH was conceived by Kathy Kimball, the statewide coordinator of New Hampshire’s Sexual Assault Resource Team Program, and developed in consultation with the NH Attorney General’s Office, the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the NH Violence Against Women Campus Consortium. The new nationwide version of the app reflects feedback from student focus groups and interviews with campus administrators. Keene State College is one of the 22 New Hampshire institutions that have been using uSafeNH since it came out in fall 2016. The school’s Title IX coordinator, Jeff Maher, says the app is a great resource for Keene’s students, faculty and staff alike. “We encourage not only our students to download it but also all our campus community members,” Maher says. “It’s a great tool to help someone impacted by sexual violence make the choices that best suit their needs.” ² UsafeUS is available everywhere as a free download on the iTunes app store and Google Play.

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PASS PERFECT Talk about raising the bar. One hundred percent of UNH Law graduates who took the bar for the first time in Massachusetts in summer 2017 passed—higher than the first-timetaker pass rate at all law schools in Massachusetts except Harvard, which also earned a perfect score. UNH Law grads performed nearly as well on the New Hampshire bar, with 94.1 percent of firsttime takers passing the notoriously rigorous exam. “Our graduates did an outstanding job on the July 2017 Massachusetts bar exam,” says UNH Law Dean Megan Carpenter. “UNH Law’s perfect first-time pass rate is a testament to the talent and drive of our alumni and a reflection of our schoolwide commitment to integrating bar readiness into students’ experience.”


to put resources for victims of sexual assault into New Hampshire college students’ hands. Now, the group has a new product that takes uSafeNH a step further—in more than one sense. Released in September, uSafeUS is available to students at colleges and universities across the United States, and has added important new safety features that can be used to help prevent an assault from happening in the first place. Like uSafeNH, uSafeUS uses geospatial technology to provide location-specific information about resources for victims, family members, friends and others in the event of a sexual assault. In addition, the new app also includes several features students can use to extract themselves from unsafe-feeling situations. The Time to Leave™ function allows students to send themselves a simulated text or phone call that provides an excuse to leave an uncomfortable situation, and Angel Drink offers a discreet way for students in a public setting to notify a bartender or wait staff that help is needed. The Expect Me™ feature enables students walking home alone at night to let others know they may need help. Expect Me was originally included in uSafeNH but has been redesigned to include a new visual timer and texting option. “Preventing sexual assault is a top priority for every college and university, but schools face many challenges in delivering on this critical mission,” says Sharyn Potter, Prevention Innovations Research Center’s executive director of research and a UNH professor of sociology. Information for students and allies must often be searched for on websites; information may not be aligned between campuses and providers;




UNH rolled out the blue carpet for 2017 Homecoming and Family Weekend, Sept. 22–24, welcoming ‘Cats of all ages to campus for the annual alumni parade, a picnic on Thompson Hall lawn and the grand reopening of iconic Hamilton Smith Hall, hosted by President Mark Huddleston and College of Liberal Arts Dean Heidi Bostic. The football team capped off the festivities with a 28–14 victory over the University of Rhode Island.



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Food for Thought New Thompson School partnership bolsters Oyster River lunch program


f your mental picture of public school lunches features browned iceberg lettuce and pale hothouse tomatoes, it might be time for an update. Starting this fall, UNH’s Thompson School of Applied Science is teaming up with the Oyster River Cooperative School District (ORCSD) to enhance Oyster River’s already robust school lunch program, providing students with fresh, local vegetables hydroponically grown in the university’s greenhouses. Since joining the community in 2012, Oyster River’s child nutrition director Doris Demers ’16 has made it a priority to buy local and bring fresh options to students. But achieving her objectives outside New Hampshire’s traditional growing season was an ongoing challenge until Jonathan Ebba, the facilities manager for the Thompson School’s horticultural technology program, proposed a partnership this past spring. “I’ve always felt strongly about buying local because everyone knows

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fresh is the best and the longer a vegetable is off the plant, the more nutrients it loses,” Demers says. “Because we’re in New Hampshire, the growing season is short and there are few things available. But now that we’re working with Jonathan and the Thompson School, we’re able to get locally grown veggies year round.” The Thompson School added hydroponic growing to its horticultural technology program in 2016. Ebba says the decision to train students to grow vegetables hydroponically was the result of changes in New Hampshire’s greenhouse industry. “Hydroponics is the future of fresh, local produce in New England,” he says. “As our students gain real-life experience operating a hydroponics enterprise, they know that the fruits of their labor will help to nourish children in our community.” ORCSD pays fair-market value for the vegetables, providing much-needed revenue for the UNH greenhouses. But Ebba doesn’t see the

partnership as being only about the sale of vegetables. He’s already scheduling field trip tours for ORCSD classes to further the connection between Oyster River students and his own. “Ideally, this collaboration will give Thompson School students opportunities to share information about our food production model, and ORCSD students will be able to learn about these systems and the underlying science in greater depth.” In the first few weeks of the partnership, Oyster River received some 90 heads of lettuce and more than 40 pounds of other vegetables from the Thompson School. As production of the greenhouse crops increases, Ebba estimates that he’ll provide Oyster River with 35 pounds of tomatoes, 85 cucumbers, 65 green peppers and 120 heads of lettuce a week. Deliveries will also include more unique items, including baby bok choy, kale and micro greens, depending on what’s available. ² —Sarah Schaier


MORE LOCAL FLAVOR Through the first 10 months of 2017, UNH donated almost 5,000 heads of lettuce and 1,100 pounds of fish grown in aquaponics systems maintained by the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) and the NH Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES) to organizations around the state, including the Cornucopia Food Pantry at Durham’s Waysmeet Center, Exeter’s St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and the NH Food Bank. Some food has also gone to UNH’s dining halls and the Dairy Bar. All of the food was grown as part of university research, much of which aims to develop nutritious, goodtasting food varieties that are ideal for the state’s growing conditions. It’s a win for all involved. “Donating the fresh food outputs from our research to our state’s food pantries allows us to not only provide nutritious vegetables and fish to those in need, but to not compete with our producers,” says Jon Wraith, COLSA dean and director of NHAES.


Awards Season From service to philanthropy to innovation, UNH’s future is in good hands The pair of awards anchored the university’s annual Evening of Distinction celebration, which this year included two additional honors. Nationally known sportswriter and commentator Jackie MacMullan Boyle ’82 received UNH’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement, and former Wildcat athlete and faithful volunteer Len Willey ’55 took home the Alumni Meritorious Service Award. A week after the Evening of Distinction, on Sept. 28, NASA astronaut Lee Morin ’74 was in Durham to receive the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Distinguished Alumni award. A Manchester, New Hampshire, native and the veteran of some 14 spacewalks, Morin spoke about the importance of keeping an open mind and the opportunities available both at and beyond UNH—a fitting framework for his public talk, “Transforming Fantasy—Building a Space Station,” at Holloway Commons. ²



hat do a former governor, a business mogul and a NASA astronaut have in common? All three are UNH alumni who were on campus this fall to receive awards from their alma mater. On Sept. 21, Peter T. Paul ’67 and the Honorable John Lynch ’74 received UNH’s most prestigious awards for their support of and service to the university. Lynch, whose four terms as New Hampshire’s 80th governor spanned 2005–2013, received the Charles Holmes Pettee Medal, which honors individuals whose life work reflects exceptional service to the state, nation or world. Paul, an entrepreneur and philanthropist whose $25 million gift enabled the construction of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, was presented with the UNH Foundation’s Hubbard Family Award for Service to Philanthropy, the university’s highest honor to recognize philanthropic leadership and gifts. He’s one of a handful of UNH double honorees, having received the Pettee Medal in 2009.

SEEDS OF SUCCESS Over the 50 years of his UNH career, plant geneticist J. Brent Loy has developed more than 60 new varieties of squash, pumpkins, gourds and melons sold in seed catalogs around the world— the fruits of the longest continuous squash and pumpkin breeding program in North America. Loy’s work was recognized in October at a special twilight celebration at Kingman Farm, where he was joined by dozens of colleagues and former students as well as the outgoing state commissioner of agriculture, markets and food, Lorraine Merrill ’73. Loy’s success doesn’t end in the field; his commercial seed lines are responsible for a remarkable 29 percent of UNH’s cumulative royalties earned since 1999.

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Road Scholars

SUPPORT FOR Researchers find rising seas can flood roads VETERANS Northeast Passage’s miles from the shore adaptive sports programs for military veterans will soon n New Hampshire’s Seacoast, rising and groundwater-rise effects can occur more get a boost, thanks seas could cause flooded roads in unexthan twice that,” Knott says. to the advocacy of pected places: up to two miles inland, Knott and a team that included Daniel, docNew Hampshire even as far as Pease Tradeport. That’s the finding toral student Mohamed Elshaer, professor of congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter from a team of UNH researchers who looked civil and environmental engineering Jennifer ’75, ’79G and Ann at the effect of rising groundwater caused by Jacobs and Paul Kirshen of the University of McLane Kuster. increasing ocean water levels. Flooding not only Massachusetts, Boston, examined data from Earlier this year, the makes roads impassable in the short term, it can the N.H. Department of Transportation for the two congresswomen submitted a request hasten roads’ failure in the future. most endangered sections of five Seacoast for increased funding Ordinarily, groundwater levels are higher than roads: the Spaulding Turnpike, Portsmouth’s for the Adaptive sea levels, so groundwater flows to the ocean. Gosling Road, Route 286 in Seabrook, Route 101 Sports Grant But as sea levels begin to rise, groundwater also and Portsmouth’s Middle Street. They overlaid program, which resulted in a grant of slowly rises to maintain equilibrium, inching current and projected groundwater levels given nearly $173,000 from closer to the pavement base layers that need to various projected sea-level rise scenarios. the Department of stay dry to maintain their strength. “The worst Understanding how to identify roads vulnerable Veterans Affairs (VA) to support adaptive enemy of pavement is water,” says Jo Sias to flooding is essential for pavement engineers sports opportunities Daniel, professor of civil and environmental and others to plan for the effects of a changing clifor veterans and engineering and director of UNH’s Center for mate. Study results indicate that although Route servicemembers with Infrastructure Resilience to Climate. “If the soil 101 and the Spaulding Turnpike will probably not disabilities. “We are very pleased that the and substrate under the pavement get wet, then have many adverse issues from rising groundVA has once again the strength that we had counted on to carry water until late in this century, both Route 286 in recognized Northeast the traffic isn’t there anymore. So the pavement Seabrook—an emergency evacuation route—and Passage as a leader develops ruts and cracks, allowing more water Gosling Road in Portsmouth will be vulnerable in providing adaptive sports opportunities to get into the underlying layers, which makes as groundwater levels continue to rise. Without for veterans and the situation worse and can lead to roads being drastic improvements to these routes, motorists servicemembers closed for long periods of time.” can expect segments of these roadways to detewith disabilities,” Previous road vulnerability studies have looked riorate more quickly, require more maintenance says Northeast Passage director at road surface flooding, but the UNH study, led and be closed for longer Jill Gravink ’86, by civil engineering doctoral student Jayne Knott, periods of time. ² ’07G. “Our programs is the first to look at the role of —Beth Potier enable veterans groundwater in road compromise. to come together and share their “We found that the effects of experiences with surface water flooding on roads people with similar occur within a mile of the coast, interests, building social networks where veterans and servicemembers can connect with each other and enjoy recreation with the same independence as their nondisabled peers.”



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Biomedical Bridgebuilder A new grant will help UNH research move from the lab bench to the bedside


effrey Halpern, an assistant professor of faculty and students from many departments chemical engineering, is conducting research in the College of Liberal Arts, the College of into diagnostic sensors that can be used in Life Sciences and Agriculture, the College of a doctor’s office to adjust patients’ medications Engineering and Physical Sciences and the in real time. Halpern’s colleague, assistant College of Health and Human Services. professor of chemical engineering Kyung Jae The grant also enables UNH to purchase stateJeong, is carrying out tissue-engineering research of-the-art instrumentation for its core biomedical that could one day lead to regenerating human research facilities and to provide additional menbones. Xuanmao Chen, an assistant professor of toring and career development opportunities to its neurobiology, is exploring how genetic defects at early-career faculty. Initially it will fund five junior the cellular level might contribute to depression, faculty members, with the expectation that new obesity and brain aging. junior faculty will join the center when the current These three projects are among many that researchers receive independent NIH funding and are getting a boost from a five-year, $10 million “graduate.” grant UNH received in August from the National W. Kelley Thomas, Hubbard Professor of Institutes of Health. This Center of Biomedical Genomics and a member of the COBRE leadResearch Excellence, or COBRE, grant is aimed ership team, says the faculty-mentoring plan at accelerating the translation of basic biomedical will help these five basic biomedical researchand bioengineering research at UNH into clinical ers—Halpern, Jeong, Chen, Sergios Chartnikov and commercialization opportunities that will (psychology) and Edward Song (electrical and lead to improved diagnosis and treatment of discomputer engineering)—discover the clinical releeases—in part by creating and fostering interdisci- vance of their work. “It is important for all of us to plinary research teams. see the research move outside the isolation of a “Historically, a lot of the biomedical research lab and right to the bedside,” he says. at UNH was done by individuals with individual Rick Cote, chair of the department of molecular, grants,” says Jan Nisbet, senior vice provost for cellular and biomedical sciences and principal research. ”But we recognize that addressing investigator for the award, says the COBRE is the pressing health issues facing our nation the culmination of years of work and a reflection will require us to ensure research is not taking of UNH’s strong commitment to interdisciplinary place in silos.” The COBRE grant, a first for UNH, research and teaching. “The university has made allows for the creation of a Center of Integrated strategic investments in its biomedical and bioenBiomedical and Bioengineering Research that will gineering faculty as well as its research infrastrucadvance clinical research, commercial opportuniture,” he notes. “This grant allows us to increase ties and translational medicine. The COBRE will the capacity of researchers to develop clinically bring together biomedical and bioengineering relevant tools and treatments.” ² —Erika Mantz Winter 2018



OCEAN OUTREACH There were touch tanks, project demonstrations and even seafood cooking competitions at UNH’s sixth annual Ocean Discovery Day in October. Hosted by the Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory in collaboration with the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, the two-day event drew families and school groups from around the region to take part in educational activities highlighting the university’s marine science and ocean engineering programs. Some 1,500 elementarythrough high schoolaged students took part in the Oct. 13 “Student Day” program, which offered an opportunity for prospective UNHers to speak with scientists from the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and get a peek at disciplines as diverse as ocean acoustics and virtual reality ocean mapping.


WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD During the summer, Facilities and Campus Planning launched the first phase of a multiyear Durham campus signage upgrade project to help visitors better navigate the university. The program features new pedestrian wayfinding signage in key visitor areas, several new campus maps, large banner signage outside of the Paul Creative Arts Center and a new gateway sign on the east end of campus. Phase one introduced the Campus Crossing neighborhood, the new name for the area that encompasses the MUB, Holloway Commons and Huddleston Hall.





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FOOTBALL’S FISH UNH 1953 alumnus heads up cannon crew that announces touchdowns


t’s to Wildcat Stadium what the fish flung on the ice of Towse Rink is to the Whittemore Arena: a Revolutionary War-era cannon that fires after every touchdown the UNH football team scores. Since 2003, Dick Dewing ’53 has headed up a cannon crew for the Wildcats’ home football games, firing off blank shots from his black powder cannon at the beginning of the game, after the Wildcat Marching Band plays the “1812 Overture” and then again after each UNH touchdown. An artillery officer with the First New Market Militia, a local American Revolutionary War reenactment group, Dewing came up with the idea while brainstorming ways to add excitement to a ‘Cat Club golf tournament some 15 years ago. “Someone mentioned a shotgun, and I said, ‘How about a cannon?’“ Dewing recalls. As a member of the militia, which goes into local schools to teach students about 18th century life, marches in parades and greets tall ships coming



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into New Hampshire’s port, he knew where he could find one. A UNH football Hall of Famer and a member of the 1950 team that went untied and undefeated, Dewing had worked for years as a member of the Cowell Stadium chain gang, measuring first downs and the location of the football after each play. It was a coveted role, but one that he willingly gave up for the opportunity to add a little drama to UNH’s football season. Dressed in full regalia, Dewing and his cannon crew—three of his fellow militia members—have been on the sidelines for every home game, regardless of the weather. “Some days it’s pretty wicked. It might be raining or there’s snow on the ground,” says Dewing, who is 89. “I don’t heat up like I used to. I’m starting to look for continuation when I’m gone.” For now, though, he’s got the cannon in his garage and, with help, gets it into a truck and down to the field two hours before kickoff, a maneuver that on a few occasions has not gone Continued on page 24 „


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TOP HONOR Former cross country and track & field standout Laura Rose Donegan ’16, ’17G added another accolade to her already long list in September, when she was named a top-30 finalist for the NCAA’s annual Woman of the Year award. A threetime All-American, Donegan closed out her career in May with an appearance at the NCAA East preliminary round for the 3,000-meter steeplechase. An academic all-star who maintained a 4.0 grade point average as both an undergrad and a graduate student, Donegan won the NCAA’s Elite 90 Award for cross country in 2015 and was named America East Woman of the Year in June, among a raft of other honors. One of 534 studentathletes nominated for the national award, she’s the first Wildcat to crack the top 30 list, which includes the top 10 candidates from each of the NCAA’s three divisions.

Senior striker sets a new scoring record for the women’s soccer team


t was a shot 80 minutes and more than 27 years in the making: a free kick during the women’s soccer team’s Sept. 17 home game against Northeastern University that bounced off another player and landed at Brooke Murphy’s feet. With 10 minutes left in regulation play, the senior midfielder booted the ball into Northeastern’s goal, securing a 1–0 win over a team UNH last bested in 2003, and, in scoring her 39th career goal as a Wildcat, toppling a scoring record that had stood since 1990. “It was an opportunistic type of goal,” says head coach Steve Welham of Murphy’s record strike. “That’s part of being a great goal scorer, having a nose for the goal. It's about being in the right place at the right time.” Murphy has been in the right place at the right time for virtually all of her UNH career. She scored 11 goals in each of her freshman, sophomore and junior campaigns and came into her senior season as the two-time incumbent America East Striker of the Year. After besting the scoring record that had been held by UNH Athletics Hall of Famer Diane McLoughlin St. John ’91, she contributed another four goals, bringing her four-year total to 43. Murphy will bow out of her Wildcat career with the all-time record for both goals scored and for total points.

SPORTS SHORTS The women’s cross country team successfully completed its “Drive for Five,” winning its fifth-straight America East Championship title on Oct. 28.

Senior standout Elinor Purrier ’18 won her third individual title, completing the 5K course in 16:45, and teammate Shannon Murdock ’19 finished second, turning in a time of 17:33.

Her 97-point tally tops the 88-point mark set by Chiara Best ’05 in 2004. Murphy’s record-breaking September shot may have been worth celebrating, but the sports studies major says taking a long-overdue win from Northeastern was her primary focus that day, and her favorite goal is probably one she scored freshman year. Down 0–1 in the America East championships semifinal game against defending champs University of Maryland Baltimore County, Murphy scored from a nearly impossible angle at the end line to tie the game and force two overtime periods. The team went on to win the game on penalty kicks and subsequently to claim its first—and to date only—America East championship. “I don’t do much when I celebrate, but when that happened, I didn’t know what to do and I think I just kept throwing my arms up and down,” she recalls. “That was probably the most exciting, and I’ll still get goosebumps thinking about it.” ²

For the first time since 2014, field hockey made it to the America East championship game, thanks to an overtime goal scored by midfielder/ forward Katie Audino ’19 that gave the ‘Cats a 2–1 victory over

State University of New York at Albany. The men’s soccer program made the most of its first-ever stint hosting a NCAA playoff game by capturing its first-ever NCAA tourney win, taking a

third goal late in the second half to cement the victory. The team went on to advance to Sweet 16 play, following a shoot-out win over Dartmouth College, facing Indiana University on Nov. 25.

3-0 College Cup victory from Fairfield University on Nov. 16. America East Striker of the Year Robin Schmidt ’21 provided two tallies in the first half of the game; Kristian Piippo ’19 contributed the

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smoothly. “Once we got behind the band as they were walking down and we had to hustle like the dickens to get there on time,” Dewing says. Dewing pays for the cannon powder out of his own pocket; it runs about $17 a pound and four rounds can be fired with one pound. During the game, he and his crew wait until they see a UNH touchdown confirmed on the videoboard before they light the linstock that ignites the powder and brings the cannon roaring to life. That’s because the cannon’s location, on the north side of the field and cordoned off for safety, prevents them from knowing if there has been a flag on the play.

“Every now and then there’s a mistake. You have to read the crowd,” Dewing says. “There’s a lot of validity in the crowd noise." Dewing and his wife, Mary, met at UNH and married the week after they graduated. He was commissioned in the Air Force in June and went on to train as a pilot. In 1967, Dewing moved his family back to Durham before being sent to Vietnam and was later stationed at Pease Air Force Base in nearby Newington. He retired in 1973. He subsequently served on the MUB advisory board and was secretary of the UNH 100 Club and its successor, the Wildcat Athletic Council. He’s still on the ROTC alumni chapter advisory board and is a member of the ‘Cat Club, the football team’s alumni network and fundraising group. “Athletics is a good addition to the education process, but it’s just that, an addition. It’s all about the education,” Dewing says. “It’s not only about good sportsmanship or being a good player but whether he’s done his homework.” ² —Jody Record ’95 On Nov. 19, the football team earned a spot in its 14th-straight NCAA Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision tournament, extending its nation-leading streak for consecutive tournament appearances yet again. Now that’s a record worthy of a cannon’s roar.

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The ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENT A.J. Baime ’94 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct. 2017


arry S. Truman had no college degree and had never governed a state or served as mayor of a city when he became president of the United States in the final days of World War II. Chosen as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s fourthterm vice president for his work ethic, good judgment and everyman likeability, Truman was thrust into the presidency following Roosevelt’s illness and sudden death at a pivotal moment in the United States’—and the world’s—history. The Accidental President is a portrait of Truman’s first four months in office, a breathtakingly action-packed stretch that saw the collapse of Nazi Germany and the liberation of the Nazi death camps, the founding of the United Nations, the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the dawn of the Cold War and the beginning of the nuclear arms race. New York Times bestselling author Baime takes readers into the situation room with Truman during these tumultuous, history-making months, when impossibly high stakes were exceeded only by Truman’s improbably adroit and unifying performance in the country’s most powerful office.



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Ghettos, Tramps, and Welfare Queens: Down and Out on the Silver Screen Stephen Pimpare Oxford University Press, June 2017


impare, a nationally recognized expert on poverty and homelessness, takes on American movies from the silent era to today to examine how poor and homeless people are portrayed on the silver screen. Ghettos, Tramps and Welfare Queens looks at nearly 300 films released between 1902 and 2014 to consider whether cinematic descriptions of homelessness and poverty have changed over time and if there are patterns that can be identified. A lecturer in UNH Manchester’s politics and society program and a faculty fellow and professor in the master’s in public policy program at Durham’s Carsey School of Public Policy, Pimpare brings his expertise to bear on provocative questions about why these portrayals are as they are, and whether they are a reflection of American attitudes and policies toward marginalized people—or if they in fact help create them.

A History of Consumer Surveillance and Financial Identity in America Josh Lauer Columbia University Press, July 2017


illed as the first comprehensive history of the American institution of credit reporting, associate professor of media studies Lauer’s Creditworthy sheds light on the rise of the modern consumer data industry and its central role in creating the “modern surveillance society.” Lauer traces the path from the financial panic of 1837, which prompted entrepreneur Lewis Tappan to launch the first credit-reporting company, to the emergence of credit bureaus Experian,

Equifax and TransUnion as three of the most powerful institutions in modern life, tracking our movements, spending behavior and financial status. It’s a rigorous look at the intersection between creditworthiness and other measures of citizens’ “worth” that takes on even greater resonance following the massive data security breach announced by Equifax in September.

The Old Mainer and the Sea Jean Thyng Flahive ’69 Islandport Press, Oct. 2017


n Mainer Flahive’s sixth book for young readers, Eben York sets out on his daily fishing trip, rowing six miles from his Chebeague Island home toward Portland Harbor, hauling in cod as he goes. But a porpoise tangles his lines, fog rolls in and an accident leads to a broken oar. Lonely, tired and adrift, the old fisherman is on the verge of giving up when rescue comes in an unexpected form in this allegorical tale about the nature of hope and deliverance.


Immersion in Science Practices for High School Students Karen Graham, Lara Gengarelly, Barbara Hopkins & Melissa Lombard National Science Teachers Association Press, April 2017 What is it really like to plunge into the world of science learning and teaching? UNH faculty members Graham, Gengarelly and Lombard teamed up with Hopkins of the New Hampshire Department of Education to provide the answer to that question, which grew

out of a project to promote active learning and the use of science practices in the classroom following 2011’s national Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. Detailed vignettes, fieldtested learning activities and a science practice integration toolkit provide teachers with resources that will enable them to help students shift from only knowing about science to actually investigating and making sense of it.

Red Sox vs. Braves in Boston: The Battle for Fans’ Hearts 1901–1952 Charlie Bevis ’75 McFarland Press, Oct. 2017 For the first half of the 20th century, Boston was home to two Major League Baseball teams, the Red Sox and the Braves. A study of the two teams’ period of coexistence and competition for fan allegiance, Red Sox vs. Braves in Boston presents an analysis of the local fan base through trends in transportation, communication, geography, population and employment. Tracing the pendulum of fan preference between the two teams over five distinct time periods, Bevis— an adjunct professor of English at Rivier University and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and the author of several previous baseball books— makes the case for why the Red Sox remained in Boston and the Braves moved to Milwaukee.

CLAIRE & CHARLIE: An Unlikely Love Story in War

Warren Watson ’73, Hilltop 30 Publishers, Nov. 2017


ew Yorker Charlie Watson and New Hampshire farm girl Claire St. Cyr were both the children of immigrants seeking a better life in the United States, and were among the many thousands of war couples who found themselves separated during World War II. Maine journalist Warren Watson takes on immigration, world war and the erosion of French-Canadian culture in New England through the lens of his parents’ love story, which began in the closing months of the war and continued until their deaths just before the new millennium. Claire and Charlie is a deep dive into one family’s roots, and an examination of the role of immigration in shaping not only the Watson family, but America as a whole. Winter 2018



A WINDOW on the WORLD A drive to discover earned writer Michael D’Antonio ’77 a Pulitzer Prize— and an insider’s understanding of America’s most powerful political figures



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BY TOM KERTSCHER Illustrations by Roy Scott


hen Michael D’Antonio ’77 was a child, his mother was the town librarian for New Castle, New Hampshire, the island community just off Portsmouth at the mouth of the Piscataqua River. Growing up in a town with no restaurants and only a small general store, D’Antonio spent a lot of time at the library and read much of what was on the shelves. “It was a tiny collection of books, but to me it was substantial,” he recalls. He also read the newspaper that arrived at the general store daily and later became a delivery boy. “I just kind of fell in love with the window on the world that the paper provided,” he says. In high school, D’Antonio’s interest in journalism pointed him toward UNH, where he cut his teeth writing for The New Hampshire and studied with the university’s famed journalism program founder, Don Murray. Murray was the first professor he met at UNH, and the figure D’Antonio credits with teaching him to respect his own curiosity and to Winter 2018



“Everyone complains about how public service can destroy a person’s reputation or expose them and their families to unfair treatment . . .

believe he could make a living at writing. “He made it possible to imagine doing the work yourself even if you had no exposure to craft,” D’Antonio says. “He demystified a lot of it, really described it as work. And I came from a pretty working-class background and was unafraid of hard work. I really thought that was one way to compensate for maybe a lack of worldliness.” D’Antonio went on from UNH to make a living at writing in a way most can only hope to achieve. He worked as a journalist in Maine, New York and Washington D.C., earning a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 as part of a Newsday team reporting on the medical, legal, and ethical issues surrounding the 1983 Baby Jane Doe case—a New York anti-abortion activist’s attempt to sue doctors to perform surgery on a baby, to whom he was unrelated, who had been born with severe birth defects and whose parents had declined treatment. In 1989, D’Antonio published his first book, Fall From Grace, an examination of the religious “born again” movement and the rise and fall of America’s Christian Right. He’s since authored a dozen additional books and co-authored four more, on wide-ranging and 30


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complex topics that include the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, Cold War-era eugenics experiments at a Massachusetts state school, professional golf, yachting, baseball, chocolate magnate Milton Hershey and the U.S./Soviet space race. In recent years, D’Antonio has turned his attention to politics, taking on the most towering figures in the American political landscape with the same equitable intelligence he brought to his earlier subjects. He published Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success in 2015 and A Consequential President: The Legacy of Barack Obama at the beginning of 2017. Expected in 2018 is what he describes as a “social psychoanalysis” of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton. “The interesting thing about it is, it’s been such a long process for me,” D’Antonio says. “I left UNH in 1977 and spent—wow, now that I think about it—35 years writing about religion and politics and history and trying to learn a little bit about how the world works, to try to see how the forces of events impact personalities and how those personalities respond to events.”

These days, of course, it would be hard to imagine an individual in whom the American public has more vested interest in how those particular dynamics play out than the 45th president. Never Enough came out of a series of interviews D’Antonio conducted with Donald Trump over the course of 2014, before the New York-based businessman had declared his intention to make a second run at the presidency. Even then, D’Antonio recalls, Trump had an appetite for media coverage that was partly a reflection of the attention he’d garnered as a high-profile real estate investor— and partly a surprisingly savvy political gambit. “He really understood, and still does, the value of press attention,” D’Antonio says. “He’s not the first person to have this understanding, but I think he was the best at cultivating the attention and then knowing how to convert it.” For 2017’s A Consequential President, D’Antonio didn’t get the same type of inside access to Barack Obama, but instead examined how well the former president kept his promises to make change during his eight years in the White House. “It’s hard for many people to remember

. . . but I think it’s even more complex and devastating than that. If you look at how people become distorted in office, so much of the trouble that presidents have gotten into over the years could be seen as the product of their isolation in the White House, but also the distortion of reality they experience because they’re not just people, they’re symbols.” —Michael D’Antonio ’77

how bad it was” when Obama took with? Compassion—and perhaps a office, D’Antonio says, noting the Iraq need to sound the alarm on what the War, the Great Recession and other public does to the people who offer challenges. Hillary Clinton had been themselves as leaders. “Everyone the favored candidate in the primary complains about how public service season, and he thinks Obama probcan destroy a person’s reputation ably wouldn’t have been elected in a or expose them and their families to moment that was less fraught. “This unfair treatment, and that those things was a crisis period,” he says. “People make politics very unappealing to great seemed to be very ready for something swaths of qualified individuals, but I radically different.” think it’s even more complex and devAnd then there’s Clinton herself, astating than that,” he says. “If you who D’Antonio describes as an icon—a look at how people become distorted persona she helped to create but that in office, so much of the trouble that ultimately drove her political downfall. presidents have gotten into over the “If you look at the arc of her life and years could be seen as the product of how people responded to her, she was their isolation in the White House, but often a stand-in for the anxieties some also the distortion of reality they expepeople felt and the hope that other rience because they’re not just people, people felt,” he says. “Really since the they’re symbols.” 1970s, she was never a full person in In the end, D’Antonio notes, he the public’s mind—and that’s, I think, in doesn’t think it serves anybody well to the end what really hurt her, that role isolate presidents in that kind of bubble. of icon, both put on her but also culti“That’s when citizens start to think that vated by her. It’s very hard to sustain the president doesn’t care about them,” that over a long period and to persuade he says. “And I think it’s because they people that underneath all that there’s become so distant—not only from the a genuine human being.” electorate but also from their original What has writing about a future selves—that not only do they fail to president, a former president and a hear, but they also fail to respond in a presidential nominee left D’Antonio way that’s true to the values that may

have motivated them in the first place.” It’s insights like these that have led to the latest incarnation of D’Antonio’s journalistic career. Since 2016, he’s been a regular commentator for CNN, contributing analysis of the current presidental administration and other topics, both on the air and online. Today, home is Long Island, New York, where he writes and lives with wife Toni Raiten-D’Antonio, who is a psychotherapist and professor and an author in her own right. And if that all seems like a long way from New Hampshire’s New Castle and the tiny library where D’Antonio’s desire to learn more about people by writing about them was sparked, it both is and it isn’t. “Very early on I thought, ‘Well, I would love to spend my life investigating and discovering and sharing what’s going on around me,’” he says. “It just seemed like a wonderful way to keep learning and discovering at every stage of life, and it turned out that that was true.” ª

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BY KRISTIN WATERFIELD DUISBERG Photography by Jeremy Gasowski

For 50 years, UNH’s volunteer emergency medical service has served the community and set future caregivers on their path

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It’s a Friday afternoon, and eight UNH students are gathered in the dayroom of the McGregor Memorial Emergency Medical Service (EMS) for what, for most of them at least, will be their last class of the day: Biomedical Science 635, taught by Mary Katherine Lockwood. Arrayed across a neat U of black sofas and office chairs, dressed in jeans and sweatshirts or McGregor-issued navy pants and red polo shirts, the students take turns sharing stories of recent patient calls, their words occasionally interrupted by a two-tone note from the overhead speakers signaling an incoming dispatch from 911. A female student leans forward as she describes a trip to a downtown parking lot to assess a man about her age who appeared to have had a seizure or maybe a stroke. The male student next to her follows with a story about a recent call to a nearby walk-in clinic to transport an older woman to the emergency room. She was a picker, he explains; covered with sores from where she’d tried to dig out the thorns she thought were still embedded in her



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“People will say to me, ‘Well, but you’d never have just UNH students out there running calls, would you?’ I tell them, ‘Of course we do. We do that all the time.’” —Bill Cote ’74, executive director, McGregor EMS

skin after falling into a thorn bush five down her pen and raises her eyebrows. years earlier; she’d even had a small “He’s addicted to his phone,” she says. plastic container of scabs and skin Around the circle, heads nod in fragments that she’d showed him as agreement—these are college stu“proof.” dents, after all; who among them “I wasn’t completely sure how to doesn’t know someone who’s play it, you know?” he asks. ”On the obsessed with taking selfies or one hand, I didn’t want to play into her Instagramming every trip to Breaking delusions. But she was clearly agitated, New Grounds? —but Lockwood says and so I didn’t want to do anything that she means that literally. “There have would upset her more.” been studies on this,” she says. “You Across the circle from him, another know the little ding when you get a female student chimes in. She’d new text or Snapchat or someone recently been on scene at a minor onecomments on your Facebook post? car accident involving a teenager who It creates a little burst of dopamine, had driven off a road and hit a tree. “He the same as what you get from drugs had a different explanation for what or alcohol. This is possibly a person happened, but I think he was probably who’s physiologically addicted to his texting and driving,” she says. “We’d smartphone.” taken his phone away so we could The class continues on in the same run a concussion protocol on him, but vein—a mix of group therapy-type in the course of, like, five minutes he shares and Lockwood’s clinical explamust have asked us for it 15 times: nations and contextualizations for ‘Can I have my phone? When can I aspects of virtually every call—until have my phone back? You can’t hold the overhead speaker sounds again. my phone against my will.’” This time, the subject is an older Lockwood’s been jotting notes as female on Durham Point Road. She’s her students talk, but now she sets been running a fever for five days; 36


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she’s conscious but not responsive; the dispatcher rates the emergency level at delta, which means multiple units and immediate response. It’s a McGregor call for sure, and two of Lockwood’s students leap up to join a paramedic and an advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT) already out in the ambulance bay ready to head out: They’re nationally registered EMTs too, and they’re here to work. As they leave, Lockwood explains that that’s the name of the game for the students in her pre-hospital preceptorial, a combination of seminar and experiential learning that’s like nothing else at UNH. “There’s hands on,” she says, “and then there’s this.”

ROCK STARS Tucked away in a low brick building on College Road that once housed the university’s lawnmowers and a vacuum cleaner repair shop, McGregor Memorial EMS provides one of the only community/university ambulance services in the country, staffed

primarily by volunteers. It’s the emergency 911 ambulance service for Durham, Lee, Madbury and UNH, with 75-odd volunteers who make some 2,250 emergency calls per year, responding to needs that range from broken bones to cardiac arrests to major vehicle traumas. And while not all of the service’s EMTs are students, roughly 75–80 percent are. For the majority of those student caregivers, the experience is the first step to a career in the healthcare field. Ben Claxton ’14 became involved with McGregor between his sophomore and junior years at UNH. The son of a Penn State physician and cancer researcher, he’d come to Durham with his sights set on medical school, but McGregor offered a key real-world complement to his classwork and research in professor Charles Walker’s lab. Now in his second year at Penn State’s Hershey College of Medicine, Claxton says the patient care experience he gained putting in upwards of 100 hours a month at McGregor was invaluable. “For many of my peers, the first time they have to talk to a patient is when they’re in med school,” he explains, “and the anxiety and unfamiliarity that surrounds that experience just makes your mind go blank. Maybe they job-shadowed a doctor or worked as a medical scribe, but at McGregor, we were taking care of real patients, in real houses, needing real care. Having that opportunity to practice direct patient care provides a critical leg up when you’re going into a career in medicine.” Like most UNH student EMTs, Claxton’s involvement with McGregor began with taking (and passing) a national-standard 110-hour EMT course as well as New Hampshirespecific written and practical examinations. Once they obtain their national registry, potential McGregor EMTs then complete a 30-to-90-day probationary period that includes 40 hours of observation, a mandatory “probie” weekend and additional practical skills modules tailored to McGregor needs. They also learn how to drive the service’s three ambulances and master the high-tech equipment they contain inside and out.

“People will say to me, ‘Well, but you’d never have just UNH students out there running calls, would you?’” says McGregor executive director Bill Cote ’74, who joined the service as a volunteer in 1973. “I tell them, ‘Of course we do. We do that all the time.’ These students are as well trained and well prepared as any service in the country. We have students who serve as crew chiefs, and students who earn their advanced EMT certification. They’re rock stars.” Rock star Amanda St. Martin ’15 joined the program as a paramedic, certified to deliver the highest level of “pre-hospital” care and one of the only non-volunteer roles at McGregor. Growing up in Coos County’s Whitefield, New Hampshire, she says, “everybody’s dad was a volunteer firefighter,” and she got her start with Whitefield’s fire service as a high school student before finding her place in EMS. Now in her first year of medical school at Boston University, St. Martin says the EMT class she took as a teenager was the first class she ever loved, and she spent eight years working as a paramedic before enrolling at UNH with an associate degree in hand. Coming into the biochemistry department as a junior, she wasted no time getting involved with McGregor. She put in a full 40 hours a week—going on calls, managing team members’ roles and hiring and training new members— while earning her degree. “We call it the McGregor café,” she says of the organization’s cramped headquarters. “Students hang out there all the time, whether they’re working or not. It’s the nature of a volunteer EMS organization. They’re not there to get paid; they’re there because they want to provide medical care.”

A Celebration 50 Years in the Making Memorial McGregor EMS will mark its 50th anniversary in 2018 with a celebration open to all McGregor/ Durham Ambulance Corps alumni. Plans are currently underway; to learn more or to get on McGregor’s email list, contact Chris Lemelin ’06 by emailing You can also follow developments on the alumni portion of McGregor’s website:

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Ahearn and Cote estimate some 800 volunteers have passed through their organization’s ranks— students, UNH faculty and staff members and townspeople. Some 50 student EMTs have gone on to medical school, and, a more recent phenomenon, another 20–25 have entered physician assistant programs.



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identified accidental injuries as the leading cause of death among younger Americans. The need was pressing; in 1965 alone, car crashes killed more Americans than were lost in the Korean War, and the report concluded that the seriously wounded stood a better chance of survival in the zone of combat than on an average city street. “Most ambulances were converted hearses, and that wasn’t just a coincidence,” says Patrick Ahearn ’78, a longtime McGregor paramedic/captain and board member who also serves as the organization’s unofficial historian. At the time, he says, any ambulance service a town had was likely affiliated with either the fire department or a funeral home. “The dynamic was pretty much ‘You call, we haul, that’s all.’ The role of ambulance crews was primarily to transport patients to the hospital—or the morgue.” The first standardized national curriculum for EMS was published in 1969, followed by a paramedic curriculum in the early 1970s and soon popularized by the TV show “Emergency!”

McGregor came into being in the earliest days of this evolution, formed in February 1968 as a tribute to longtime Durham physician George McGregor. A beloved figure in the community, McGregor had died the day before the annual Durham town meeting a year earlier. “He was a real character,” Ahearn explains. “He was known for strolling downtown in pajamas and a bathrobe, and everyone had a story about him.” At the meeting, townspeople considered a range of memorials, including a statue and a hospital bed at Oyster River High School, before late UNH news bureau director Franklin Heald ‘39 suggested establishing an emergency service in McGregor’s honor. The two men had been on scene at many car wrecks together, Ahearn says, and it seemed like a fitting way to honor the man who had seen many residents into—and out of—this world. UNH already had an ambulance, a 1959 Cadillac wagon fitted out with a stretcher, a box of bandages and a bottle of oxygen (“not even a regulator or hose for the oxygen,” Ahearn says;

“just the bottle”). Following McGregor’s LIFE AND DEATH AND regularly took him out of his comfort death, a committee was formed ICE CREAM zone— but it also kept him sane. and locals raised enough money to Roughly two-thirds of McGregor’s calls “When classes were tedious or my upgrade the equipment, and within a go out in the community—40 percent research wasn’t going where I wanted, year the organization, then known as to Durham, 20 percent to Lee and 6 it broke things up and challenged me in the Durham Ambulance Corps (DAC), percent to Madbury, by Ahearn’s estiways that were incredibly rewarding,” boasted a network of 30 volunteers mates. That means, of course, that a he says. “I wouldn’t have had it any making 200–300 calls a year out of third of calls go to UNH, and McGregor other way.” space shared with the fire department EMTs see a wide variety of emergenWith a 25-year perspective on his on College Road. The DAC ‘s training cies on campus, including those related own time at McGregor, Navy physician and volunteer crew structure soon to drug and alcohol use, mental health Smith says it’s the experience that’s became a model for other EMS organiissues, sports injuries, seizures and had the single greatest impact on his zations in the state, including those in diabetic complications, among others. career. “I learned not only the techniNewmarket and at Dartmouth. In 2006, Far from merely transporting, these cal skills of patient care but also the DAC changed its name to McGregor student caregivers are trained to operempathy, professionalism and ethical Memorial EMS to better reflect the ate automated external defibrillators behavior that is essential in medicine,” breadth of communities it serves. Two and administer certain classes of drugs. he says. For Smith, it’s difficult to years later, the organization expanded They deliver care to patients in cardiac imagine an experience that better preto include the McGregor Institute, arrest, victims of assault and massive pares future leaders to operate indewhich provides EMT training and traumas. pendently in a demanding environment offers certification in CPR, first aid and In her preceptorial, Lockwood and so early in their careers. “McGregor babysitting to more than 6,000 people her students discuss these calls, and provided me with the leadership skills, each year. any time an ambulance goes out on a experience and sense of teamwork Today, as McGregor closes in on its particularly difficult call—a trauma or a that have served me well as a military 50th anniversary, Ahearn and Cote complex medical case involving young emergency physician,” he says. estimate some 800 volunteers have children or peers—the team members Challenging. Comfort-zone pushing. passed through their organization’s involved meet as a group to discuss Demanding. Traumatic. The commitranks—students, UNH faculty and staff and decompress. Awareness of the ment McGregor requires of its volunmembers and townspeople. Some 50 potential emotional toll looms large teers is extraordinary. Yet so, too, are student EMTs have gone on to medical over the group, a shift that Amanda St. the rewards of a job that sometimes— school, and, a more recent but not always—means the difphenomenon, another 20–25 ference between life and death. have entered physician assisA case in point: St. Martin tant programs. McGregor recalls one late-night call to alums include former state a Durham residence for an fire marshal Donald Bliss ’73, elderly patient who had fallen ’78G; Lukas Kolm ’88, ’12G, in her home. “We were thinkdirector of emergency sering maybe broken hip, because vices at Wentworth-Douglass that’s pretty common,” she Hospital; and Beth Gagnon says, “but it turned out she Daly ’02, chief of the Bureau was just frightened, and she of Infectious Disease Control needed help getting back up.” at the New Hampshire The patient didn’t need to be Department of Health and transported to the hospital— Human Services. Michael O’Hara ’10 Martin says has come about only in the only 60 percent of McGregor’s calls is a dual resident in pediatrics and last decade or so of emergency care. result in transport—but St. Martin and anesthesiology at Stanford University “PTSD was definitely a concern in some her crew took a few minutes to make Hospital and Lucille Packard Children’s of my previous jobs,” she notes. “But sure there wasn’t anything else they Hospital in Palo Alto, California. Wayne McGregor has made it a priority to could do for her before returning to Smith is a senior emergency physician create the necessary support environCollege Road. “We helped her change for the U.S. Navy, responsible for the ment for these bright, enthusiastic into her pajamas and put her in bed, health and medical readiness of the young student providers that helps and then just as we were leaving, she 2nd Marine Division. At one point, the them process the tough stuff and go mentioned that she really wanted an heads of three Seacoast-area hospital on the next call.” ice cream sundae,” St. Martin says. emergency departments—WentworthParticularly as a crew chief his senior The student EMTs didn’t hesitate. They Douglass Hospital, Exeter Hospital and year, responsible for assigning roles made the patient her ice cream sundae Portsmouth Regional Hospital—were and duties to his fellow EMTs, Claxton and then were on their way. ª all McGregor grads. agrees that the work at McGregor Winter 2018



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HI S L E G A C Y E N DU R E S T H R O U GH T H E S C HO L A R S HIP F U N D IN HI S N A M E . F O R 2 5 Y E A R S , Don Harley’s official UNH job title may have been treasurer of the student activity fee, but he is best remembered as a mentor to generations of student leaders. A lifelong learner, he also had a teacher’s gift and instinct for passing his wisdom on to others. Harley died of a heart attack in 2002, but he is still making an impact at UNH through the scholarship fund that his widow, Jean, and his family, friends and former student employees established in 2003. Three donors to the fund are among the many who still feel Harley’s presence in their lives. “Don believed in me before I believed in myself, “ says Cathy Saunders ’83, head of registered investment advisory business for Putnam Investments. She met Harley when she was the student manager for the UNH Job Board and credits him for the opportunities she had to meet business leaders around the Seacoast. “The gifts he gave me I experience every single day. He never ran out of time for me, or stopped coaching me or elevating me.” This included sending Saunders some advice via videotape when she was facing a crisis in confidence 10 years after graduating.

Harley’s interest in leadership stemmed from his experience as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army in the 1960s. From the Army superior who allowed Harley and his fellow officers to fail, the lesson learned was that “all the demands coming from the outside are nothing compared to the internal desire and belief that one can excel.” In his work with UNH students, Harley was good at spotting the first and nurturing the second. Once, after a very turbulent Student Senate meeting, Harley wrote a “brutally honest” note to Mike Proulx ’95 and other student leaders. “His words boiled down to a pointed message,” Proulx recalls. “Leadership is hard. At times it’s lonely. It’s frustrating. It’s political. But it’s also rewarding beyond measure.” Now chief digital officer at Hill Holliday, Proulx dedicated his first book to Harley, who also featured prominently in a recent talk Proulx delivered to honors students in Paul College. “Don was a terrific mentor,” says UNH Foundation Board President Brian McCabe ’91, who was the business manager for the Student Activity Fee Organization during his student years. “He allowed us to learn the position by trial and error, to make mistakes—but he helped us

fix them before we were finished.” Today, the Don Harley Scholarship Fund provides scholarship support to sophomore or junior students who belong to one of the Student Activity Fee organizations and demonstrate strong leadership qualities. “I want to honor the aspirations Don had for all of us by helping those who exhibit the fundamental qualities he had and need the support,” says Saunders, a lead donor to the fund. “I want to promote the best of Don Harley and his legacy, to help UNH drive those characteristics.” “The scholarship celebrates Don’s legacy as a lamplighter by recognizing extra-special student leaders that Don might have chosen to personally mentor,” says Proulx. “Every promising student leader deserves a Don Harley-like coach to provide sage context to their career experiences.” “Supporting the fund is a way to say thanks for all Don did for me,” says McCabe. “It also highlights the important role so many people like Don play in students’ lives at UNH. I hope the students who are lucky enough to receive the scholarship can look back to their UNH mentors 25 years later and still be able to feel their impact, as I can.”

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Former mentees of Don Harley (center) turned out in force to toast his 60th birthday in 1996.

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M A T C H I N G infrastructure to aspirations: One of the five priorities of CELEBRATE 150: The Campaign for UNH is creating and renewing physical spaces to reflect the talent and ambitions of our students and faculty. New funds for capital projects allow the university to steward the campuses, buildings and classrooms made possible by previous generations and provide students and faculty with high-quality facilities for teaching, research and other vital aspects of the university experience. During Homecoming and Family Weekend, the UNH community celebrated the grand openings of two academic buildings on the Durham campus. Hamilton Smith Hall reopened following a $37 million renovation and expansion. The building’s integrated technology and abundant communal spaces

facilitate hands-on and collaborative learning, and the layout encourages chance encounters between students and faculty members. A new bridge connecting Ham Smith to Thompson Hall, Dimond Library and Murkland Hall provides new ways for students to navigate the campus. As part of the renovation, a pair of WPA-era murals, “Agriculture” and “Industry,” have been conserved and restored, thanks in part to a gift from Peter T. Paul ’67. Paul’s godfather, George Lloyd, was one of the original artists to work on these rare examples of historic public art at UNH. UNH also opened a new wing at the Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory, thanks to a $3 million gift from an anonymous alumnus. The donor wanted “to provide muchneeded space and afford many more students the opportunity to work with the outstanding engineering

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faculty that UNH has assembled” in its School of Marine Sciences and Ocean Engineering, which is preparing the next generation of leaders in coastal, marine and other ocean science fields. UNH’s undergraduate program in ocean engineering is one of very few in the nation and has strong ties to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and private partners. Visitors to the new wing toured research labs, the machine shop, a computer cluster room, the 90-seat lecture hall, a seminar classroom and a large, covered outdoor workspace. These additions join an already impressive list of facilities at Chase Lab that include a wave/tow tank with a hydraulic wave generator, an engineering tank and a highspeed cavitation tunnel used in hydrodynamics. ²

Clockwise from the left: The new bridge between Hamilton Smith and Dimond Library; detail from the restored mural “Industry” in Ham Smith; the new acoustic lab space in the Chase expansion

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third of the way through the final year of UNH’s comprehensive campaign, the university has plenty to celebrate. The total amount raised by the end of October was $277 million from more than 40,000 campaign donors. Together, gifts to support scholarships and financial aid and those to support new academic and student enrichment programs across the UNH campuses represent three-quarters of the total. These two campaign priorities underscore UNH’s commitment to making an excellent education affordable for families and attractive to students who are seeking world-class opportunities. “The success of this campaign to date reflects just how loyal, passionate and visionary our donors are at this transformative time in our university’s history,” says Debbie Dutton, vice president for advancement and president of the UNH Foundation. “I see an ever-increasing pride and commitment among those who are engaging with the university and with each other at events around the country. Because of this, I know we can sustain this great momentum.” ²

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New Foundation Board L eadership I N S E P T E M B E R , the UNH Foundation board elected a new slate of officers who will help see CELEBRATE 150: The Campaign for UNH to the finish line. Brian McCabe ’91, Christine St. Martin Carberry ’82 and Tom Arrix ’86 assumed the roles of chair, vice chair and secretary, respectively, at the board’s fall meeting. McCabe’s service to UNH began with his tenure as student body president. After graduating with both a B.A. in economics and a B.S. in business administration from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics, now the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, he remained in New Hampshire to work on several Republican political campaigns and later founded his own public affairs firm. Today, he’s a managing partner at DCI Group, one of the largest independent public affairs firms in the country. A leader in the biopharmaceutical industry, Carberry reconnected with UNH in recent years to serve on the

development board for the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, from which she earned her degree in biochemistry. She spent more than 25 years at Biogen and worked for FORUM Pharmaceuticals before joining Keryx Biopharmaceutical in 2017 as the company’s chief operating officer. A proud UNH parent, she’s also served as a mentor for the UNH Alumni Association Pathways program, and in 2016 established the St. Martin Career Exploration office in COLSA to provide support to students interested in pursuing life science careers. As managing partner at Adjacency Partners, Arrix helps entrepreneurs turn ideas into high-performing companies. Prior to cofounding Adjacency, Arrix spent seven years at Facebook, serving from 2006–2013 as vice president,

global marketing solutions and overseeing the social media giant’s growth from $18 million to a $1 billion-plus company. Before Facebook, the Whittemore/ Paul economics graduate served as senior vice president of advertising sales at Univision Online, a subsidiary of the nation’s leading Spanish-language media company. Arrix got his start in sales at Turner Broadcasting and was quickly named vice president of Turner Sports—a natural fit for the former Wildcat AllAmerican lacrosse player. “We are incredibly fortunate to have three accomplished, talented and dedicated alumni leaders take the helm of the UNH Foundation board,” says Debbie Dutton, president of the UNH Foundation. “I have every confidence they will lead us towards success as we close out our CELEBRATE 150 campaign next June and begin to turn our attention to what comes next.” ²


UNH’s Washington D.C. Executive Forum at Honeywell on Oct. 5 featured a panel discussion on cybersecurity with moderator Jim Ramsay, chair of UNH’s Manchesterbased department of business, politics and security studies and panelists (from the left) Prof. Maeve Dion, Rick Metzer ’70, Carol Zeirhoffer ’82 and Ronald Bouchard ’77. 44


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Alumni in the New Hampshire Lakes Region gathered in Meredith on Oct. 26. to hear Prof. Jo Sias Daniel of the UNH civil and environmental engineering department speak about her research on the effects of climate change on our transportation infrastructure.


Alumni at the New York Executive Forum on Nov. 2 enjoyed a prereception session on leadership with executive coach Tony Smith ’76G and a panel discussion on big data in the business world moderated by Bob McGrath ’96, director of UNH’s grad program in analytics and data science.



wherever you are Groundbreaking work happening at UNH touches every realm imaginable, including the roads we depend on, the sports we love, the security of our data and much more. Curious? Then get ready for a year of fun and fascinating gatherings across the country. Join UNH professors and distinguished graduates in lively conversation on topics that are central to our lives. Enjoy the company of fellow alumni, parents and friends who share a love for UNH and a desire to understand and shape the world we live in.

FLORIDA SOUTHWEST COAST ALUMNI RECEPTION & ANNUAL MEETING February 9 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plantation Golf and Country Club, Venice Speaker: Jim Ramsay, Ph.D., M.A., CSP, Chair, Department of Business, Politics and Security Studies, UNH Manchester EAST COAST FLORIDA ALUMNI RECEPTION February 11 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Quail Valley Golf Club, Vero Beach Speaker: Jim Ramsay, Ph.D., M.A., CSP, Chair, Department of Business, Politics and Security Studies, UNH Manchester BOSTON EXECUTIVE FORUM February 15 | 6–8 p.m. Omni Parker House Speakers: Anne Finucane ’74, Vice Chairman, Bank of America Susan Mercandetti ’75, Editor–at–large, Random House Publishing Group MANCHESTER ALUMNI RECEPTION March 8 | 6–8 p.m. ARMI, The Technology Center Speaker: Mike Decelle ’81, Dean of UNH Manchester

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The love of family and friends, civic engagement, active interests and a zest for living are all common attributes among our long-lived ‘41ers. The following two classmates, whose loss I’m sorry to report, exemplify a spirited life well lived. Fred W. Hall Jr. died on Jan. 20 in Rochester, NH. Fred served as an officer in the Army during World War II and Korea, retiring from the Army Reserves in 1966 as a highly decorated lieutenant colonel. He was named a chevalier in the French Legion of Honor in 2012. Fred practiced law in Rochester for 60 years. He was active in state and local politics and many civic organizations and was named Citizen of the Year in Rochester in 2007. Fred was a faithful alumnus, serving as director of the UNH Alumni Association and as member and chair of the UNH Board of Trustees (1966–1973) and establishing the UNH Coe-Hall Fund for Campus Beautification and a Dean’s Scholarship Fund. The university awarded Fred with the Alumni Meritorious Service Award, Alumni Association Profile of Service Award, Alumni Pettee Medal, an honorary LLD degree and membership in the ROTC Hall of Fame and named the dormitory “Hall House” in his honor. Fred was predeceased by his wife Jane Coe ‘39 and is survived by four children, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and dear friend Ruth Gilbert. Charlotte Williams Butterworth died on May 9 in Newington, NH. Charlotte worked for the NH Fire Insurance Company in Manchester and several firms in the Portsmouth area. She was active in local politics and volunteered with and presided over several civic organizations. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and family activities. Charlotte is survived by three children, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. I’d like to ask all the ‘41ers, their children and other UNH alums to please send me your stories and memories of the Class of ‘41 for inclusion in this column. Looking forward to hearing from you! ◆

Priscilla Tillson LockwoodFielding ’43, who passed away this year, spent many happy hours at UNH at the agriculture barn with her first husband, barn manager John Lockwood. Today, the barn is the headquarters for UNH’s transportation and visitor center, just off Mast Road. —1943

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Priscilla Tillson Lockwood-Fielding “died as she wished, at home with family and all her treasures from a lifetime full of the love for nature and the earth sciences,” her daughter Sarah Donahue writes. Priscilla met and married John J. Lockwood while at UNH. “He was the barn manager and worked under the guidance of Cy Tirrell. After graduation, she and John moved to Maryland, where they managed many farms.” After raising seven children, Priscilla went on to receive two master’s degrees related to secondary education and taught

Bill Keough ’43, who passed away on April 17, featured in the 1943 Granite.


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high school for many years. “Her love for geology led to a longtime friendship with another UNH alumnus, Herbert L. Fielding, who would become her second husband after John passed away,” her daughter writes, adding, “Priscilla only attended one Class of ’43 reunion because she was always living too far away, but she had to attend the 70th! She was so thrilled and surprised to see one of the 10 able to make it was her dorm roommate Ethel Koehler Jewett! Imagine, all those years later, the long odds brought them together on that day in 2013. One place she had to visit that day was the agriculture barn where she’d spent so much time visiting John. It was still there! No longer a barn for animals, it’s a bus center, but a tour inside brought back a flood of memories as she pointed out a few structures.” Sarah notes that one particular part of her mother’s obituary exemplifies her love for the Earth and all its occupants: “Priscilla requests no flowers and said ‘No balloons—70 percent of the Earth is covered by water and those balloons have to land somewhere, and often it’s in the water where an animal will ingest it and die.’ (Once a school teacher, always a school teacher!)” William Keough Jr. passed away on April 17. He was the devoted husband of Esther Doyle Keough ’44 for 67 years and captain of UNH’s undefeated U.S. National Championship ski team in 1943 before serving in the Navy in World War II. He is remembered as “a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather who loved his home and family and was always present in their lives.” Irving “Sheik” Karelis died on May 25. He was a standout athlete and was named to UNH’s Baseball Hall of Fame. He started, finished and won a double-header against UMaine a few days before enlisting in the Navy to serve during World War II. He then played for the Lynn Red Sox before starting his own jewelry business, which he operated for 40 years. Be sure to read Sheik’s “In Memoriam” on p. 77. Christine Morrill Chowning passed away on June 15. At UNH, she studied dietary science and went on to join the Public Health Service as a dietician in government and veterans’ hospitals, retiring at the rank of commander. She loved flowers and was a renowned judge at orchid competitions. And lastly, Dean George writes to let us know of the passing of his mother, Grace M. Brown Burch, on Aug. 25 after a brief illness. She studied music at UNH and was a concert pianist. “She met and married my father, Frances George, while attending UNH,” Dean writes. “She was a classy, wonderful woman and will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and friends.” Our condolences to the families of these departed classmates. ◆

Alumni Events

Dec 12 | Boston Alumni Network Holiday Reception 13 | Employer Webinar 14 | Seacoast Alumni Network Holiday Reception—Durham

Boston alumni gathered at Coppersmith’s on Sept. 27 to welcome recent UNH graduates to the Boston alumni network.

Volunteer Spotlight

On Oct. 14, Wildcats in Denver volunteered at a local nonprofit, Park People, to plant trees in the Westwood community.

After graduation,I ventured to Boston—far enough from UNH to begin my adult independence but close enough to maintain ‘collegiate tentacles’ with an institution dear to my heart. A year later, my career took me as far away from UNH as I could go without leaving the country. Los Angeles has been my home for 26 years, but the drive to maintain those ‘collegiate tentacles’ still burns inside me. “As a volunteer who Marti Faron Ornest ’90 represents UNH at college fairs, I find it so fulfilling to share my experiences with prospective students from the West Coast. Like I was at their age, these high school students are young, vulnerable and unsure of where their next chapter may take them. It’s a great opportunity for me to share that UNH just may be THAT place. I am grateful to give back. “Thank you to UNH Admissions for putting their trust in me! GO CATS!!!” Volunteer to be a UNH Admissions Ambassador! Admissions ambassadors provide a critical UNH presence in communities where admissions professionals may not otherwise be visible. Learn more at

Jan 6 | UNH Family Hockey Day—Durham 12 | UNH Alumni Hockey Watch Party— Atlanta and Denver

Feb 6 | Alumni and Student Speed Networking—Durham 9 | Florida South West Coast Annual Meeting & Celebrate 150 Reception—Venice 11 | Florida East Coast Celebrate 150 Reception—Vero 15 | Boston Executive Forum

Mar 8 | Manchester, NH Celebrate 150 Reception 20 | Denver Celebrate 150 Reception 22 | San Francisco Celebrate 150 Reception

Apr 11 | Boston Alumni Network Celtics game 12 | DC Celebrate 150 Reception 27–28 | Lambda Chi Alpha Centennial Celebration, Durham Winter 2018



Alfred Maurice ’44 recently made a donation to UNH’s Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center to endow an innovation prize in his late wife’s name.

“I am excited to see the outcomes from UNH students and excited to have the ECenter be the home of this prize also named for my wife, Dolores,” he says.


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UNH’s Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center recently announced the creation of the J. Dolores and Alfred P. Maurice Prize for Innovation Fund, thanks to a donation from Alfred Maurice to create an endowed gift to benefit undergraduate student innovation. “I am excited to see the outcomes from UNH students and excited to have the ECenter be the home of this prize also named for my wife, Dolores,” Alfred said. The fund is expected to award its first prize of approximately $5,000 in 2018. We received a lovely note from Marguerite S. Jackson Schaefer that she enjoys reading of her fellow classmates in this column. Thank you so much for writing, Marguerite! Sadly, we’ve recently learned of the passing of two classmates. Charlotte Janes Altenbern passed away on May 11. At UNH, Charlotte studied music. After her husband Tom Altenbern ’43 returned from the war, the pair eventually settled in Conway, NH, where she was a church organist, piano teacher and accompanist for such groups as the Eastern Slope Chorus and Mount Washington Valley Chorus. Elmore “Jake” Johnson died on May 13. He was predeceased by his wife Barbara Gibson Johnson ’47 in 2016. He served in World War II, worked for PSNH and took part in many community endeavors, including serving as president of the Laconia Chamber of Commerce and as a docent of the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire. Our condolences to their families and friends. Please send us your news! ◆

Marie Marden Currier ’46, pictured here working with Eloise Braun and Lois Harney on The Granite, passed away in June. The original caption reads in part, “We can each carry away in our minds and in our hearts memories of our campus life, but through The Granite we can share these pictures and give added light to our own memories.” —1946


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Virginia L. Tarr Dowd, who attended UNH with our class, passed away in Hamden, CT, in March. She was a teacher for many years and volunteered on many commissions. Normajane Wittner died in May in Lebanon, NH. She received her dental degree from Tufts as one of two women in her graduating class and went on to

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practice dentistry in Rochester and Hanover, NH. She was active in many organizations and a past president of the New Hampshire Dental Association. ◆

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Class Notes Editor

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We recently learned that Margaret “Peg” Kathryn Tower Whittemore died on June 10, 2016. A chemistry major at UNH, she was listed in the Who’s Who of College Students and served as president of Women’s Student Government her senior year. Later, she became one of 14 women nationally to win a full scholarship to obtain an advanced degree through the National Science Foundation. She was recognized as an environmental advocate. Mary Lorraine Robinson Young passed away on April 26. She received her degree in business at UNH and went on to teach and serve as a high school principal. She received many awards during her 39 years in education, but her family writes that none of the awards “were more important than the personal and heartfelt recognition of thanks and appreciation she received from her many generations of students over her years of teaching.” Dr. Russell Goldbaum passed away on April 30. He is remembered as a “veteran, surgeon, author, sailor, gentleman, farmer, beloved son, brother, cousin and family man.” He attended UNH and Washington University of St. Louis before graduating from Tufts Medical School. Frederick Jackson passed away on May 10. He served in the Navy, and his favorite activities included working in his churches and in the Order of the Eastern Star. Harriet Leslie MacAlaster passed away on June 10. Her survivors include her children Joan DeCosta ’73 and John MacAlaster ’77. She was a registered nurse for more than 30 years and a Sunday school teacher. Marie Marden Currier died on June 23. Survivors include her daughter Patricia Birkes ’73. She had a long career in teaching and coaching at the high school level and was a leader in the Title IX movement. A sports enthusiast, she continued to downhill ski until she was 75. Edna Tuttle passed away on June 28. She studied business at UNH and worked in sales for several businesses and was active in her church and community. “Her family was her life—her grandchildren brought great joy to her, and she adored her grand-dogs,” her family writes. ◆

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Class Notes Editor

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We were sad to learn of the passing of several classmates. Barbara Mason Mekelatos died on April 11. She received her degree in social work from UNH and went on to manage the financial accounting of her husband’s business. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Wellesley Congregational Church. Survivors include her two children, Peter Mekelatos ’81 and Deborah Kolb ’77. Pauline Fancher passed away on April 26. She taught at several schools before traveling to the UK as an exchange teacher. She was a lifelong member of the Daughters of the

of atoms. With Goldhaber and physicist Andrew Sunyar, Grodzins performed a tabletop experiment that measured the helicity—the combination of spin and linear motion—of the neutrino that today remains a staple of the textbooks and curricula of nuclear physics. One night, after a long day in the lab, Grodzins strolled around the dark Brookhaven campus and came upon a building that was still lit: the theater. Inside, one thespian in particular caught his eye: a young biologist named Lulu. “I joined the acting company,” Grodzins says, “and a year and a half later, Lulu and I were married. For the past 61 years, she has enriched and informed my life.” Grodzins joined the physics faculty of MIT in 1959. In 1969, during the Vietnam War, he helped found the Union of Concerned Scientists, which today continues its fight for a healthier planet and a safer world. He also put his knowledge of physics to practical use, designing instruments to measure radon gas and, in the 1980s, establishing a company that designed and built environmental science equipment. He retired from MIT in 1998 to join that company, which was being run by his youngest son. Grodzins’ latest endeavor is Cornerstones of Science (COS), a nonprofit organization he founded in 1999 at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine, to connect children and adults to science and technology. COS provides public libraries with scientific resources such as loanable telescopes, traveling science trunks and training. Today, the company partners with 38 libraries in Maine, and many more in Arizona, Texas, Massachusetts and North Carolina. Grodzins turned 91 in July. He is still curious, still enjoys being in the lab, still keeps up with his former students. “Many tell me how much my lifestyle has influenced them, which is gratifying,” he says. In return, he credits them with much of his professional success. “They’ve been a central part of my life. My biography would be grossly incomplete without them.” ² Winter 2018




ee Grodzins ’46 has lived a full life. A nuclear physicist with both a PhD and an honorary ScD degree from Purdue University, Grodzins has participated in groundbreaking physics experiments, been named a Guggenheim Fellow twice and taught physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for almost 40 years. He is particularly proud of his accomplishments after age 60: securing 60 U.S. patents, starting (then selling) a company, and founding a nonprofit science education initiative. “Curiosity and creativity don’t stop after a certain age,” Grodzins says, citing his own experience of using his knowledge of experimental nuclear physics to develop instruments that measure elemental distributions in the environment in the 1980s, some 30 years after his formal education ended. “You decide you know certain things and you don’t want to change that thinking. But thinking outside the box really means thinking outside your box.” Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, his parents were Eastern European immigrants who settled in Manchester, New Hampshire. When he was in high school, Grodzins’ father died, leaving the family in debt. To support the family, Grodzins worked as a paperboy while his older sister, Ethel, worked as a sales clerk. Ethel was insistent that her brother attend college, so, at age 16, Grodzins enrolled at UNH, selling his paper route to help cover his tuition costs. Taking advantage of the year-round curriculum UNH offered during World War II, Grodzins completed his degree in 2.5 years, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering at the age of 18. He went to work at the General Electric Research Laboratory in Schenectady, New York, as an assistant in the nuclear physics group. “I had a ball,” he remembers. “I stayed in the lab 12 hours a day. They had to kick me out at night. ” Grodzins earned his doctorate in 1954, and a year later joined noted physicist Maurice Goldhaber at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, studying the nuclei

Alumni Profile By Debbie Kane

² A Life Driven by Curiosity



UNH Reunion Weekend

June 1-3, 2018

Celebrating the classes of 1958, 1963, 1968, 1978, 1982-84, 1993 & 2008

A weekend to remember with friends you’ll never forget!

American Revolution and of several organizations in her community. Mary Anderson Plummer passed away on March 27. After receiving her political science degree, she worked in advertising and public relations and as a flight attendant. Her family remembers her years of volunteering, including teaching CCD and teaching children to read. She is remembered as someone who “lived a joyful life guided by high principles, morals and discipline. Family and faith were the centerpiece of Mary’s life.” We just learned that Clare McQuillan Brown passed away on April 29, 2016. While at UNH, she met her husband Clark Brown, who passed away on April 14 of this year after a brief illness. Clark served in World War II, received his doctorate in education from Columbia and had a long career as an educator. His family writes, “Clark’s enthusiasm for life remained with him until his final days.” Dorothy Coparan Stella died on May 16. After graduating with a degree in family and consumer studies, she began her career as a registered dietician at Beth Israel Hospital, where she met her husband John. She was active in her community and enjoyed cooking and playing bridge. Mildred Thomas Rice passed away on June 5. Following her marriage to husband Donald Rice ’49, she had myriad careers, including florist, fabric department manager and magazine editor. A member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, her family writes that her passions were “first, her family—second, genealogy—and third, home crafts.” Survivors include her daughters Joanne Bossert ’74 and Janette Gustafson ’76. Dorothy Stevens Thomas died on June 23. After receiving her degree in



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history, Dorothy taught high school in Massachusetts, where she met her husband Stan. Her family recalls, “Her Katherine Hepburn-like looks and signature laugh often brought her unintended attention.” Her passions included civic engagement, gardening and reading. Edith Anne Emery passed away on June 27. She was a music educator for many years and helped on the family farm in Monroe, NH, where she was also a church choir director. She was a member of several bands as well as the North Country Chorus, Monroe Grange and the Audubon Society. ◆

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Elizabeth M. Shea

P.O. Box 1975 Exeter, NH 03833

Don Murray, who died in 2006, was a high school dropout, but he went on to earn his degree in English from UNH. In 1948, he began writing for newspapers, winning the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing at age 29. His approach to teaching writing became an industry standard. For two decades, his papers were housed at the Poynter Institute—until May, when 126 boxes of journals, letters, daybooks and memorabilia were brought home to UNH through the work of Dimond Library’s Bill Ross, who knew Murray when he worked on the NH Authors Series, which was produced with Friends of the UNH Library, NHPTV and UNH Video Services. Mike Michaud ’96, ’07G, now a professor at Rhode Island College, arrived on campus to use the collection for research for a book on writing programs at UNH.

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Asked if students recognize the significance of Murray’s legacy, Ross said the Connors Writing Center does a good job of telling its history. The center is named for Robert Connors, a professor who died in a motorcycle accident in Durham at age 48. Don Graves founded the Writing Process Laboratory in 1976, where he remained until his 1992 retirement, Connors was always paying homage to the two Dons—Murray and Graves. Students called them “Big Don” and “Little Don.” Michaud said, “UNH has a reputation as a writer’s university. The two Dons made it a special place.” Our most heartfelt condolences to families of these classmates: Marion Atwell Ward died April 11 in Portsmouth, NH, where she was born. After attending Syracuse University and graduating from UNH, she became a teacher at the Laura V. Dame School in Eliot, ME. A member of the York County Retired Teachers Association, she was also past worthy matron of Rivermouth, Chapter 54 of Eastern Star. She is survived by her husband Nelson Ward, two sons, a grandson and a great-grandson. Kenneth Wayne Cotton of Easthampton, MA, passed away on April 30 at the Soldiers Home of Holyoke. Margaret “Betty” Osgood of Franklin, PA, died April 11. She worked in retail sales in Claremont, NH, and Erin, PA, as well as at Foster Childcare Home in Warren, PA. After becoming her parents’ caregiver until their passing, she pursued her hobby of writing poetry, then moved to Sugar Creek Station. Surviving are two brothers and sisters and their spouses, nieces and nephews. Donald K. Adams of North Berwick, ME, died May 29. He volunteered for the Army Air Corps on his 18th birthday, becoming navigator of a B-17 until being shot down over Germany. After liberation from prison camp, he completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics at UNH under the GI Bill. While pursuing his doctorate in education at UConn, he was recalled to active duty by the Connecticut National Guard, serving as an aircraft controller of an Icelandic radar station. While teaching at Vanderbilt University, he met and married Janet Cabe. He joined the faculty of Syracuse and then became a professor of education, economics and social development at the University of Pittsburgh. Don became known internationally for work in educational policy, planning and evaluation. He authored several books and articles, serving as a dedicated mentor as well as consultant to the Peace Corps, the Ford Foundation, USAID, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and several UN agencies in more than 30 countries. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, a son, daughter and grandson. Rebecca J. Colokathis died June 7 in Dover, NH. A graduate of Dover schools and UNH, she was a physical education teacher in Auburn, MA, where one of the athletic fields was named in her honor. She is survived by her sister Ruth, nieces and nephews. Robert William Bilodeau of Pinehurst, NC, died June 8. He was a retired GM executive and was active in the Knights of Columbus and Tin Whistles and a member of Pinehurst Country Club. Predeceased by his wife, survivors include his daughter, son, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Lloyd S. Farwell of Westlake Village, CA, died June 24. While at UNH, he enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program during World War II. A fighter pilot in France, his actions in combat earned him the Air Medal and the

Put our 70th Joint Reunion with the Classes of 1947, ’48 and ’49—together again—on your calendar for next June! Thank UNH President Mark Huddleston, who is retiring after 10 outstanding years, and see our remarkable No. 1 college campus. —1949 Presidential Unit Citation. At war’s end, he remained with American troops in Europe, assigned to run a ski lodge in Austria. Thus began his hotel career. Returning to UNH, he changed his major to hotel administration and rekindled a friendship with Grace Murphy ’45. Their marriage was the beginning of 66 happy years together. After gaining experience in several hotels, Lloyd began working for Hilton in 1954, advancing to senior vice president until his retirement in 1989. He was chairman of the American Hotel & Motel Association PAC and of the International Franchise Association and a member of New York’s Tavern Club. The Farwells remained active in the UNH Alumni Association, visiting campus regularly and participating in key committees. In 2011, Lloyd was honored as the first of two recipients of the hospitality program’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Predeceased by Grace in 2015, he is survived by sons Wayne and Allan, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. See you in June for our joint 70th Reunion with the classes of ’47 and ’49! ◆

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Joan Boodey Lamson

51 Lamson Lane New London, NH 03257

Put our 70th Joint Reunion with the Classes of 1947, ’48 and ’49—together again—on your calendar for next June! Thank UNH President Mark Huddleston, who is retiring after 10 outstanding years, and see our remarkable No. 1 college campus. As time goes by, more ’49ers leave us. Jaqueline Bean Shaka, who met her husband James “Jim” Shaka ’48 at UNH in an organic chemistry class, died last March in Irvine, CA, after 65 happy years of marriage. Jim took loving care of Jackie as her dreadful Alzheimer’s disease progressed. They have three children and four grandchildren, all living in California. Coincidentally, their oldest son, A.J., is a professor of chemistry at UC Irvine. Bertram Silver, age 91, passed

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away on April 4 in Manchester, NH. He attended the Military Academy at West Point for three years before graduating from UNH. His career started in his father's company, Silver Brothers, which became a franchise bottling company of Cott. Bert later bought Jenkins Spirits and Silver Graphics in Londonderry. Bert loved sailing on Cape Cod with his wife, who died in 2005. They leave four loving children and seven grandchildren. Kenneth Folsom of Salem, NH, died last May. He was a founder of New England 65+ Runners Club, where he is in the Hall of Fame. He was in the Air Force in World War II. Ken retired from Western Electric, where he was an electrical engineer. He was very active in many Salem clubs. Ken was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth, and is survived by his second wife, Joyce, and his three children, four stepchildren and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Elmer Story, who was born in Manchester, NH, passed away last May in Waterford, CT. He served in the Army in Germany after World War II. He first used his business administration degree to become a store manager for W.T. Grant Company. Elmer’s wife Nancy Garland Story ’48 died in 2012 after 64 years of marriage. They are survived by five children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, who miss them very much. The alumni office has learned that Lawrence F. Staples, MD, FACC, FACP, died at Kavanagh House on July 30 following a prolonged battle with squamous cell cancer. He was born in Grasmere, NH, and enlisted in the NH National Guard in 1940, serving in World War II and being honorably discharged in 1945. At UNH, he met his future wife, Marilyn Hauser Staples ’48. The two were married in December 1945 during the Christmas holidays. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UNH, he received his medical degree in Iowa, entered private practice there in 1960 and became director of medical education at Iowa Methodist Hospital. He enjoyed tennis and golf and served on the boards of several organizations. Music and art were important elements of his life. In addition to Marilyn, survivors include his son Alan and daughter Marylou as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Bruce. ◆

Untitled, Sam Francis, 1968

Target With Four Faces, Jasper Johns, 1979

Artist and Model, David Hockney, 1974

A fall 2014 exhibit at UNH’s Museum of Art featured works donated by Dr. Lawrence F. Staples ’49, ’50G and his wife Marilyn ’48. Staples died earlier this year after a long battle with squamous cell cancer. —1949

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Jack Smith

38 Drake Lane Scarborough, Maine 04076

The 2017 Homecoming Weekend was enjoyed by many alums returning to campus to reconnect with classmates and friends. Events during the weekend included the grand opening of the Jere A. Chase Engineering Laboratory expansion, the Hamilton Smith renovation and expansion and, also, the football game that the Wildcats won 28–14 against Rhode Island. A great weekend! The Class of 1950 Endowed Fund provided scholarships this year to Monica Bove ’20 and Zackary Gilman ’20. Always a great feeling knowing that your fund has provided financial assistance to these students. News from classmates finds that Sam Smaha has moved from his home is now living in a condo in White Plains, NY, and enjoys going to the city to theater and museums. Still summers in his cottage in Old Lyme, CT. Ann Marie Long, living in Sun City, FL, is looking



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forward to attending some of UNH alumni Florida events during the coming year. Marjorie Dow is enjoying life at Riverwoods in Exeter, NH, and is the proud great-grandmother of eight—four boys and four girls. That has to be a class record. Bob Belford and wife are still enjoying life in the Virginia hunt country. They look forward each year to a cruise-ship trip; the latest was a visit to Cuba. And Trenholm Jordan and wife Mary ’45 celebrated their 76th anniversary in 2017 and both are in good health. They spend the winters on Jekyll Island, GA, playing golf and biking and then return to their home on the shore of Lake Erie in Portland, NY. Courtney Allen’s home was destroyed by a tornado in 2016, and he has since built a new and more comfortable home in the same town of Panora, IA. Claims that his only problem now is that his golf game doesn’t seem to improve. Phyllis Killam-Abell taught women’s studies at UNH for 25 years. After her marriage to Robin Willets, who also taught at UNH, they moved to Riverwoods in Exeter, NH, where she is now involved in several committees. Jim Vasilas reports that all is well in Lahaina, HI. Plays tennis three times a week and manages the tennis club at the Sheraton. Sounds like the “good life.” Lloyd Freese, living in Manchester, NH, in good health, reports that his son and daughter both graduated from UNH’s Paul School of Business and Economics. Great Wildcat family. Look for the “2018 News and Dues” letter in February. Have a great winter, either in the sun or the snow. And, finally, on behalf of the Class of 1950, I extend condolences to the families of the classmates listed in the “In Memoriam” of the magazine. ◆

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Anne Schultz Cotter

PO Box 33 Intervale, NH 03854

As promised in the last issue, an update on our class president, Bernie Delman. I spoke with Bernie’s wife Arline and learned he is now residing in assisted living right across the street from their condo, so Arline is able to be with him every day. Al Sanborn ’53 writes of what he and wife Elaine Johnston Sanborn have been up to: “I sang with the NH Friendship Chorus in the 1992 tour of Russia, Latvia and Estonia, and Elaine accompanied as guest,” he writes, and Hugh Sycamore ’58 and wife Nancy were on the same tour: “They've toured with the chorus in other places, such as Australia and China.” Al and Elaine have traveled through all 50 states “including camper van/canoeing trips all over New England, eastern Canada, Florida, Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, etc., spread over lots of years,” Al writes. “And, with good health, I was able to ‘thru-hike’ the Appalachian Trail, with Elaine supporting me with the camper van all the way. By the way, it was Elaine who got me into canoeing and into whitewater canoeing classes, and it turned out to be a favorite sport, for both of us, for about 35 years.” Elaine remains involved as a Red Cross Bloodmobile volunteer and Al as a local hiking-trail maintainer. “We do appreciate our good health and the opportunities to enjoy such pleasant activities!” he writes. Sadly, the alumni office has learned of the passing of several classmates, including John Miller, who was a member of the ski team and remained an avid UNH sports fan, attending hockey

games and cheering on his grandchildren. We also lost World War II veterans Charles Copp and Theodore Capron. Charles went on to work for the U.S. Customs Service after graduation. Theodore worked as an electrical engineer and loved fishing and hiking with his dog, Buster. See the full listings in the “In Memoriam” section of this issue. And lastly, a personal story: Reading “King of the Court” in the last edition of the magazine brought back memories of our days of croquet on our 75-acre farm in Epping, NH. On many Sunday afternoons, we would meet at the farm to play croquet and sip black velvets. There were usually about 10 of us, and how we would laugh! That was such a fun time. ◆

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Editor’s Note: Due to illness, our devoted class secretary Ruthie Maynard was unable to submit her notes for this edition. I was fortunate to speak with her as she reached out to me shortly before the notes were due wanting to send her well-wishes to all classmates and, in true Ruthie fashion, to apologize for being too ill to send her notes. Sadly, we have learned from her husband that Ruthie has passed away. We will have a tribute to this wonderful member of the Class of 1952 in our next edition, and we send our deepest condolences to her family and friends. The alumni office has received sad news of several classmates. E. Glen Caswell passed away on June 4 at Sentry Hill in York Harbor, ME, surrounded by wife Margaret, family and friends. He served in the Army in World War II and witnessed the historic Nuremberg Trials. Returning to UNH on the GI Bill, he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in chemistry and went on to work for Union Carbide. His family writes of his involvement with the York Land Trust, Nature Conservancy, National Geographic Society, American Chemical Society, Frank E. Booma Post 6 American Legion, National WWII Museum, American Cancer Society and many veterans charities, adding, “He was a devout family man, very patriotic, loved the Red Sox and cheered for any team who beat the Yankees, enjoyed his Scots-Irish heritage, a brilliant, fun-loving person with a great wit and terrific stories.” Jeanne L. Benjamin died on June 5 at Oceanside Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation in Hampton, NH. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and the Girl Scouts. After receiving her degree in bacteriology, she worked at the NH State Laboratories and UNH before dedicating her life to raising her family and “the many neighborhood children she watched and helped raise.” Jeanne was also a volunteer for the USO during the Korean War. Survivors include her husband Robert and their family. George “Joe” Banaian died on June 9 at home in Myrtle Beach, SC. He served in the Army in Korea and received his first of three master’s degrees with our class. He and wife Nancy owned the Weekender in Manchester, NH. In addition to his wife, survivors include his children Vicki Banaian Connell ’84 and Dean Banaian ’88 and grandchildren Holly Banaian ’12 and Hannah Banaian ’16. “Joe was active in antiques, in his church and in the lives of his children and grandchildren.” Theodore Flanders of Windsor, CT, passed

This is being written during football season, when Dick Dewing, in colonial garb at the games, fires his cannon every time UNH scores. Says wife Mary of his gear: “The great coat is showy and heavy but fails to close over his manly chest, so is anything but warm.” Be sure to read the story about Dick and his cannon on p. 22 of this issue. —1953

away on June 24. He was an engineer and worked for Pratt & Whitney and Hamilton Standard. “His loving care for his family led to many cherished memories, and his constant support encouraged his children’s and grandchildren’s development.” Jane S. Hoffman passed away on June 22 at her home. After receiving her degree in nursing, she interned at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she met and married her husband Clifford. Jane was a dedicated member of Poquonock Community Church and worked at H&R Block preparing tax returns and enjoyed helping first-generation families who did not speak English. Later she worked at Aetna until her retirement in 1995. She enjoyed crafts, sewing, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family. Marcia Sullivan Coe of Saratoga, CA, passed away June 30. A member of Chi Omega, she formed lifelong friends and continued as an active alumna with UNH and her sorority. After 44 years in Cohasset, MA, at age 82 she moved to California to be closer to her grandchildren. “She was able to see all three grandchildren get married and to celebrate birthdays and holidays with her family.” She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, John. Our condolences to the families of these classmates. And lastly, as Ruthie would say, “May God bless you all and our military personnel.” ◆

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Ann Merrow Burghardt

411 Wentworth Hill Road Center Sandwich, NH 03227

This is being written during football season, when Dick Dewing, in colonial garb at the games, fires his cannon every time UNH scores. Says wife Mary of his gear: “The great coat is showy and heavy but fails to

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close over his manly chest, so is anything but warm.” Deepest sympathy to Mary and Dick, whose only daughter died of congestive heart failure July 2. Mary said they’re lucky to have their son and grandson close at hand. When Hurricane Irma was about to hit Florida, I asked Charlie Eager of Nakomis if he was hunkered down. Charlie replied from the safety of Maine, where he and wife Jeannette spent part of the summer and fall. Barbara Lloyd Greer and husband Wade, winter residents of Nakomis, are moving to a retirement community in Exeter, NH. Barbara Prichard Joyce and husband Tom of Tampa Bay were with friends north of the city who had a generator and a house “like a fortress; could hardly hear the wind.” At their home only a brief power outage, so no freezer losses. Representatives of the Fabulous Fifties joint reunion classes—’53, ’54, ’55 and ’56—met with alumni house reunion planners at the end of August to work on our June 7–9, 2019, gathering. Emphasis is on accessibility to various buildings, so if you have a mobility problem, fear not and come. Every effort will be made to help you have a superb weekend! Kudos to Jere Lundholm and wife Harriet ’54, who were called to the center of the football field between periods of the first fall game and lauded for their long-time work on behalf of the university. Thoughts and sympathy to the families of the following classmates: Phebe Taub Mallinson of Belmont, CA. She was a psychology major, an Alpha Xi and worked on The Granite and The New Hampshire. Ralph Petillo died Aug. 12, 2016, in Glen Falls, PA. An Army Korean Conflict veteran, he was employed by Hamilton Standard before retiring. He majored in mechanical engineering, was in ROTC and played in the ROTC band and university orchestra. John A. Foster, who earned a degree in hotel management, died April 22 in Worcester, MA. A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, he worked for 35 years for Sonesta International Hotels in Boston as tax director and pension coordinator. William J. Cantara, a business administration major and Phi Mu Delta brother, died April 21 in Plymouth, MA. During his Army tour, he was an honor guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and afterwards was employed by the New York Telephone Co. (Verizon) in NYC and was a member of the Bell Telephone Pioneers. Richard Luneau of Newmarket, NH, died May 10. The first Luneau’s Restaurant was in Rochester. Dick owned Gepetto’s Pizzas in Newmarket, Rochester and Haverhill, MA, and helped his family open one in Portsmouth. Connie Cooper “Coop” Sherman died of pancreatic cancer on Aug. 3, 2016, in Burlington, VT. Connie was an arts major who earned admission to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society while at UNH. She had lived in Garrison, NY, but moved to be near a son in Vermont. The alumni office also received word of the passing of George Barmashi of Shelton, CT, on Sept. 24. He joined the Navy at 17 and served for more than two years during World War II before enrolling at UNH and becoming part of Wildcats history in 1950 as a member of the undefeated football team. He spent most of his career in the automotive industry, retiring from Chrysler Credit in 1990. “His greatest joy in his life was his family.” ◆

Is this your axe, Brian Johnson? If you know the story behind the name etched in the handle of this ice axe, which was found at the UNH Outing Club, contact us at classnotes. editor@unh. edu. If you have a great story to share about it, we’d love to publish it in the next issue of the UNH Magazine!



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Ruth Nash Clark

21 Melody Terrace Dover, NH 03820

Harriet Forkey, our class president, wants you to save the date for the Fabulous ’50s Joint Reunion for ’53, ’54, ’55 and ’56 from June 7–9, 2019. Please update your contact info with me or with Harriet at lundy-nh@comcast. net. We are checking the availability of using Ham Smith for the Saturday night banquet in 2019. We plan to arrange a 10 a.m. meeting before the 2018 Golden Wildcat Luncheon at this spring’s reunion, at which time we will decide where to hold the banquet, menu choices, PR to get classmates interested in attending and possible faculty presentations for Reunion Weekend 2019. The balance of the Class of ’54 Endowment Fund is currently $381,058. In FY ’16, the fund supported a brand valuation conference at UNH Law, a Spanish program seminar, guest speakers for the communication department and guest researchers for the statistics seminars. It was great visiting with classmates at this year’s reunion and especially nice to see Jane Spinney Huber back in Durham again! Many alums enjoyed a tour of the great new stadium. Another highlight was the Class March, led by a pep band to the Golden Wildcat Luncheon, which for the first time was held in the new Hamel Rec Center. Janet Cary wrote to the Alumni Office to let us know that her mother, Joan Clark Cary of Radnor, PA, passed away on June 20. Janet writes that her father, Robert Cary ’53, predeceased Joan in 2006. Lieut. Col. Dominic Rice passed away at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL, in April. During his career, he was assigned to multiple bases throughout the U.S. and deployed to the Far East. Later, he was director of base operations at MacDill until retirement after serving 27 years active duty in the Air Force. He was a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Medal. At UNH, he majored in physical education and was a member of SAE, Arnold Air Society, Scabbard & Blade and the Newman Club, among others. Marge Kenyon Salathe’s activities consist of playing bridge twice a week, taking part in committees and boards for the First Congregational, Hopkinton, NH, and acting as treasurer for her condo association. In summer, she attends the New London Barn Playhouse with friends and enjoys every show! She volunteers as a member of the Pierce Brigade and acts as a greeter at the Pierce Manse, a home of Franklin Pierce. The manse is open for visitor tours in summer, where they greet people from all over the U.S. Lolita Machon Williams passed away in March. She attended UNH for two years, leaving to marry Bob. They settled permanently in NH, traveling and spending winters in Estero, FL. Emilyann Ingraham Heselton passed away in the Utica, NY, area. She majored in the arts at UNH and earned a master’s degree in education and counseling at Elmira College. She taught sewing to anyone who wanted to learn — a woman of many talents. Bob Pasquill wrote that he will take a trip this fall in honor of the 100th year since the U.S. entered WWI. Each year, the Massachusetts Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company conducts a tour to coincide with an historical world event. This year it will include trips to famous battle sites and cemeteries in France and Belgium. A wreath-laying will occur at Flanders Field

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American Cemetery. Members will wear full military regalia. The final banquet will be held at The Palace of Versailles, where the Armistice was signed which ended the war on Nov. 11, 1918. The Count Lafayette is titled, as was his forebear Gen. Lafayette who aided Washington during the Revolutionary War, and he may join the group in France. Antonio Nadeau, who passed away in June, graduated with a degree in French language and literature. He was a member of Arnold Air Society, Scabbard & Blade, French and Spanish Clubs and Blue Key. He served in the Air Force from 1955 to 1970 in Japan, Morocco and Vietnam as well as at U.S. bases. After retiring as a major, he taught French and German in Pittsburg, NH, until retirement—a busy and rewarding career. Bob Calawa died at his home in Maine in May. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics at UNH and was a member of Sigma Pi Sigma National Honor Society for physics. He was employed as a physicist at Lincoln Lab until retirement. Nancy Paulsen Winsor and her husband live in Jefferson, NH. He is a retired engineer, and they share a love of music. She has been a major force as director of the White Mountain Music Festival and has directed the Messiah, Die Fledermaus and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and has worked with Ed Madden on special musical presentations. She continues to enjoy teaching piano and organ. John Hayes, who died in May, earned a bachelor’s in History at UNH and was known as a stalwart champion of ATO. He was an infantry captain in the Army and in the reserves Summers were spent with his family at Rye Beach. Polly Harris Salter has recently moved from the home she and Dick shared with their family for many years in Bedford, MA, to Carlton-Willard Retirement Community in Bedford. With the help of her children, Richard and Paula, she has downsized quickly, is happy with her new surroundings in the company of people she has known for years and is enjoying making new friends. We hope to see Polly at reunion! Marilyn Withers Thomas passed away in May. As a physical education major at UNH, she was active in Ski Club and Outing Club and played interhouse sports all four years. She was a physical education instructor at Northside Elementary School in Fairport, NY, from 1969 to 1992 and was swim coach at Fairport High for the women’s varsity and men’s JV teams. She received numerous coaching awards and was inducted into the Rochester Walk of Fame at Frontier Field—a great lifetime sports career! Carol Lewis O’Neil and her husband John live in Boothbay Harbor, ME, near her daughter. She has had fun for the past 40 years attending yard sales and buying and selling items, particularly antiques. She then takes them to Andover, MA, her former home, and sells them to dealers—an interesting hobby! News of Jean Sickles is that her daughter Jill recently spent time with her. Jean plays golf and tennis and bowls and was planning a bike trip in September. Pat Nutter Leighton enjoys golfing at one of her favorite courses at Campobello, ME, where views are spectacular! Margo Kiene Santoni died in June. She overcame many disabilities as she dealt with polio and met every challenge. She was a role model for those whose lives she touched, especially those of us at Theta U. She majored in social services and later traveled extensively with her husband Ron of 62 years to many parts of the

world. Susan Fries Griffith, who earned her Bachelor of Science degree at UNH, died in April at Longwood Retirement Community in Kennett Square. Among other jobs in the nursing field, she was school nurse in Epping, NH, for 38 years. Deb Atherton Atwood wrote that she was in Minnesota visiting her daughter, who is doing well in her fight with breast cancer. And, Deb was there to welcome the birth of a new great-grandson, North Atwood Leanird-Smith. She hoped to see many of you at Homecoming! Marilyn Downing Hutchinson died in May after a very long battle with MS. She had been active with the MS society and its many support groups for years. She maintained an active family life, and her cheerful disposition served all those around her well. Roger Saunders wrote that he and Addie enjoyed summer in Boothbay and hoped for good sailing weather when their son Phil and family visit and enjoy the unique pleasures of the Maine coast. Val Wilcox England lost her husband of 63 years, Fred, at the stroke of noon on July 4. History tells us that Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe died on July 4. Val and Fred began dating in 1951 when Fred was at Dartmouth. UNH had a curfew of 8 p.m. on Friday and 9 p.m. on Saturday. Since Dartmouth had no curfew, Val regularly drove to Hanover with a carload of girls and returned to Durham on Sunday by 8 p.m.! Fred spent a lifetime working in banking and insurance and gave time to the betterment of both, including serving as president of the Independent Insurance Agents of America. He was a faithful supporter of Dartmouth and supported Val in her dedication to UNH. For the past five-and-a-half years, they lived at Riverwoods in Exeter. They have two daughters who graduated from UNH. ◆

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’Tis the season! Fraternity “Christmas paddles” from the UNH Archives. —1952

Marge and Bill Johnston

May – Nov.: 40502 Lenox Park Dr. Novi, MI 48377 Dec. – Apr.: 4940 Westchester Court #3703, Naples, Florida 34105 (239) 213-0140;

Hi Everybody! Fall is upon us, and hopefully you all have been spared any inconvenience or loss from the recent devastation—be it hurricane, tornado or useless, senseless use of weapons. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have lost so much. As of June 19, our class statistics show that we have 324 active classmates, 61 with unknown whereabouts and 208 deceased. For all you classmates, let’s do our best to make a contribution to the Library Fund Class of 1955 Endowment Fund! We received an e-mail from Marilyn Tracy ’58 saying that our ’55ers had a wonderful turnout for the first home football game against Rhode Island. Eleven classmates and a total of 21 for a dinner at Three Chimneys: Marilyn and Tom Tracy, Len and Penny Willey, Bill Pappas and wife Toni, Norris Browne and son Tom, Lorna Kimball, Chan Sanborn and Ann, Bill Geoffrion and Shirley ’56, Louis Georgopoulos and Freda, Bill Lacey and Ruth, Don Olsen, Anne Russell ’56 and Bud, Ralph Stevens ’53 and Jeri. The weather was perfect, and the Wildcats were victorious, 28–14. The Laceys hosted a brunch and boat ride on Sunday. A record attendance of 22,138 was reported for the game. On Sept. 21, Len Willey received the Alumni Meritorious Service Award at the Evening

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UNH Alumni & Friends Annual Wildcat Classic Golf Tournament

SAVE THE DATE! June 25, 2018 The Oaks Golf Links Play for the Kfoury Cup, which honors the legacy of Fred Kfoury Jr. ’64, former president of Central Paper in Manchester, NH. Learn more about being a sponsor and helping to raise funds for student initiatives at UNH.

of Distinction ceremony held at the Memorial Union Building. In attendance were the Willey family, Norris, the Pappases and the Sanborns. Plans are proceeding for the Fabulous Fifties Reunion in June of 2019. It will be a combined reunion with the classes of ’53, ’54, ’55 and ’56. There have been two planning sessions already. The last one, on Aug. 31, was hosted by Jere ‘53 and Harriet Forkey Lundholm ’54. In attendance were Corena Garnas and Katie Oslin of the alumni office, Ann Merrow Burghardt ’53, Ruth Nash Clark ’54, Chan and Ann, representing our class, and Ann Seidler Russell ’56 and John Lodge ’56. Plans are for the weekend of June 7–9, 2019, with lodgings in a dorm or hotel with elevators, handicap transportation and nearby parking. The newly renovated Hamilton Smith center is being considered, as is the Victory Club at Wildcat Stadium. Please keep June 2019 in mind. It will be so great to all get together. Keep thinking “young thoughts,” and remember to take all your pills. ◆

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Joan Holroyd

5 Timber Lane, Unit 213 Exeter, NH 03833

October has arrived, despite daily temperatures in the mid-70s and sometimes in the 80s. Feel sorry for the hordes of “leaf-peepers” who travel to NH only to find foliage as green as in July! As usual, the past months have not provided much news from classmates, except for the obits. I did receive a newsy note from Jim Perry recently. He and wife Barbara Burrill Perry celebrated



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their 61st anniversary this summer. They are happily retired on Blueberry Hill in Lebanon, NH, where Barbara plays her saxophone in two Upper Valley bands. On campus, Jim served as Student Senate president and was a member of Blue Key. In December 2016, we lost Donald Bergen of Mattituck, NY. For 40 years he owned and operated an oil heating service company and had remained active in civic affairs. Don is survived by his wife, a daughter, two sons and several grandchildren. From San Antonio, FL, we learned of the death on April 19 of Roy W. Judd. After a long career with UConn, he and wife Thelma retired to NH, settling in Epping, where they owned and operated a peat moss company. Lastly, they moved to Rochester, and Roy taught in the high school there as well as in nearby Dover. Later in April we lost Sophie Buckovich Morrill of San Anselmo, CA. She was the youngest of eight siblings who hailed from Berlin, NH. Sophie was an accomplished pianist and loved golf and bridge. She leaves a large and loving family, including three sons and nine grandchildren. Merilyn Kimball Walker, wife of fellow classmate William Walker, died in Venice, FL, in May, after residing in Connecticut much of her life. Every summer they returned to Bow Lake, NH, surrounded by their children and grandchildren. She and Bill were frequent world travelers—to nearly every continent—and enjoyed annual cruises in New England waters on their sail and power boats. Also in May, Edward J. “Jack” Thompson died in Leesburg, FL. His career was in the insurance field in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Jack was a devoted golf and tennis player from Cape Cod to Florida.

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He leaves his wife Sandy, three sons and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Donald Page, long an active member of the Swampscott, MA, community, passed away on June 7 in Sarasota, FL. Don began his career in engineering at Douglas Aircraft and then was with GE for 33 years, traveling extensively, especially to Europe. He and his wife Nancy ’55 later retired to Florida. He also leaves a daughter and two grandsons. In July, we lost J. Edward Roy of Amesbury, MA. Ed was a member of Theta Chi and was an active track team participant on campus. In Florida, he still competed in shot put, javelin and discus meets throughout the state from his condo in Lakeland. He and his wife Jean moved back to the family home on Lake Attitash in 2002 and a year ago to a retirement community in Haverhill. He is survived by Jean, five children and 11 grandchildren. The alumni office received word that Capt. Richard Hildreth Field (USNR), former assistant commissioner for design and construction at the General Services Administration and member of the Naval Civil Engineer Corps, died July 3. After receiving his degree in mechanical engineering from UNH, he received a Master of Science degree from the George Washington University. At UNH, he was the vice president of Acacia Fraternity and met Diane MacLean ‘57 of Newton, MA, a member of Chi Omega sorority. The pair recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. An avid skier, he was selected to represent the Eastern ski region in the 1956 Olympic ski jumping trials, having won many jumping and downhill competitions at Edward Little High School in Auburn, ME, and at UNH. Richard received his naval commission in 1957 and supported the design and construction of military bases in Spain, where he and his wife lived for many years. An early advocate of intelligent building design, Richard retired from the Government Accounting Office in 1989 after retiring from the U.S. Naval Reserves with 31 years of service in 1988. He then served at the Sverdrup Corporation as a senior project manager for new construction projects, including the World Bank headquarters building in Washington, DC. He and his family skied all over the world, and he enjoyed the sport until his 76th birthday. Richard was a loving and dedicated husband to Diane, proud father of Lesley Anne and grandfather of Mikalah and is missed by many family members and friends. He was laid to rest with full military honors at National Memorial Cemetery in a private service. UNH is having another great football season. Some 22,500 fans attended the Homecoming game a few weeks ago. The “new” stadium has an elevator with two stops and other amenities including fresh hot food and many snacks and beverages on the lower level. Would love to hear from you, and so would your classmates! ◆

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Nancy Glowacki

117 Woodbridge Drive Hendersonville, NC 28739 (828) 606-5201 We’re saying goodbye to summer, hoping that we all created some special moments. Nature, ever organic and dynamic, delivered some severe challenges to many people and places, including some alums; to all of

you, we send heartfelt concern and empathy and hope for favorable outcomes. We continue to say goodbye to our 1957 alumni. Joy Ashley Spanos of Dover, NH, and Cuttyhunk, MA, died May 2. Her husband, Charles “Chuck” Spanos preceded her last year. Eva Nesmith Brown died on July 8 in Westford, MA, the widow of Guy Brown, who passed away in 2013. Donald Alan Gonya died on July 7 in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Mary Lou “Parky” Parkhurst Lavallee recently lost her life partner, Daniel Kunhardt, and Elizabeth Lunt Knowles her husband Bill. “Every leaving and loss can be embraced fully and safely in the heart.” Silver Linings: Age of Champions, a program that promotes healthy aging, recently held its fifth consecutive annual information/free screening event at the UNH Center of Aging and Community Living. Our own Carly and Jim Hellen, who personify a healthy active lifestyle, were awarded the UNH Age of Champions Wildcat Inspirational Award. Cheers and congratulations! We encourage alumni to visit the UNH website and calendar regularly to be aware of such experiences, especially those of you who live close enough to come for an overnight and/or a visit to campus for a workshop. Happily, Lois Jesseman Armstrong ‘58 is recovering well from a broken hip in July; husband Frederick “Fritz” Armstrong, our class president, stoically took on shopping, cooking, cleaning and dog-walking. Bravo! They enjoyed a visit with Jim and Carly Hellen in New Harbor, ME, and another with Jay Marden and wife Dot, Dave ’58 and Mary Ann “Stoney” Stone Chase ’58 and Shaun Malloy in Wellfleet, MA. The Armstrongs’ condo in Venice, FL, miraculously, was unscathed. Andrew Jablonski ’19, a recipient of our Class of 1957 Award, expressed warm appreciation to our class for allowing him to study abroad for a year in Germany and France in a note of gratitude to Fritz about our class’s continued support to international education opportunities! After an amazing 10-day Celtic music tour of Ireland in May and June, I’m inspired to create a new life course and am considering Maine as a home by the sea, writing and recording music, kayaking and serving a new home community. Anyone else downsizing, making changes, living in the moment? Are any single Wildcats out there interested in developing a “Wildcat Connection” profile-matching program? Let us know your ideas! Next deadline for class notes is February—please send your news, suggestions and ideas! ◆

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Richard Hildreth Field ’56, who passed away in July, represented the Eastern skiing region in the 1956 Olympic Ski jumping trials and retired from the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1988, after 31 years of service. —1956

Peggy Ann Shea

100 Tennyson Ave. Nashua, NH 03062 peggy.shea@alumni.unh.edum

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Plans are now underway for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of our graduation from UNH the weekend of June 1–3. Led by our class president Bill Nelson, the following individuals are members of the reunion committee: Dick Aronson, MaryAnne Stone Chase, Donald “Ossie” McLeod, Cindy Pollard Rand, Garth Rand, Jane Brown Rasmussen, John Rasmussen, Lyn Kuntz Slanetz, Charlie Swanson, James “Tink” Twaddle and myself. While plans are still being discussed, MaryAnne and her husband have suggested that the Class Dinner on Saturday, June 2, be held at

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their place on Dover Point. This is on the water and a tent would be set up in case of rain. As plans are finalized, information will be sent to our class members; we hope as many as possible will be able to attend. Bill Kurtz has retired to St. Augustine, FL, and still consults in the aerospace field. His consulting is focused on DOD weapons system, specifically the fusing and the safety and arming devices that are contained in the weapons lethality module. He also does work directed at propellant initiation safety devices to ensure that the devices, during the development phases, meet the environmental specifications mandated in military standards. In April, Bill won the Florida State Skeet High Average for the senior veteran age group in all four gages (12, 20, 28, 410). In August, he won the High Average for the same age group in the Zone 7 (FL, NC, SC, AL, TN, GA and PR) Skeet Tournament. Dean Louis wrote to the alumni office to share that the University of Michigan’s department of orthopedic surgery has endowed the Annual Dr. Dean S Louis Lectureship in Hand Surgery in his name. He also gave the Senior Residents Research Lecture at the University of Vermont’s department of orthopedics and rehabilitation on June 16. The lecture was entitled “The Unexpected Patient.” As was noted in the “In Memoriam” section of the last edition, Peter Horne passed away on Nov. 7, 2016. He was a member of the UNH Reserve Officer Training Corps and went on to become a lieutenant in the Air Force and to serve as director of the UNH Cooperative Extension and as dean of COLSA. He is remembered as a man who touched many lives. In addition to wife Holly Patterson Horne ‘60, survivors include their sons Christian ’91 and Eric, daughters-in-law and nine grandchildren. Andre Louis Lamothe of North Port, FL, and Campton, NH, passed away in April 2015. He served in the Army and was in the health insurance business. Spiros “Spike” G. Plentzas of Henderson, NV, a fellow classmate of mine in physics, passed away in February. Barbara Walton Wilkins of Amherst, NH, a high school classmate of mine, passed away in March. Following graduation from UNH, Barbara earned a master's degree from Lowell University. She was a schoolteacher at the Hollis/Brookline High School for 35 years where she taught mathematics and was head of the math department. Following her retirement, Barbara tutored many students, helping them prepare of their SATs. Finally, my husband and I drove across the country in August to visit friends in Oregon, where we had an excellent view of the solar eclipse. Along the way, we stopped in Eldon, IA, at the house made famous by Grant Wood's painting “American Gothic.” On our return trip, we spent several days in Yellowstone National Park photographing and watching wildlife. ◆

Long before the days of laptops and iPads, students took their notes on looseleaf paper and kept the pages in binders like these, from the UNH Archives. —1960

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Diane Woods

Riverwoods, 7 Riverwoods Drive #D207, Exeter, NH 03833

Greetings from Exeter—and UNH Durham! I am looking forward to hearing from many of you so we can all learn about any new escapades, insights or thoughts on what we can do to help this troubled world as we all move on into this new decade of our 80s. As for me, my newest adventure has been moving from Durham to a



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CCRC in Exeter: RiverWoods. I moved here in June, and nearly four months in, I am feeling settled, connected and delighted with community living. The staff and residents here are very caring, competent, committed, interesting and fun to be around! Stimulating activities and discussions abound, and the food is great. I have also been enjoying travel. A riverboat trip on the Danube in Eastern Europe last spring was a major highlight, especially learning more from residents of former communist countries. I am anticipating another terrific riverboat trip with Grand Circle from Zagreb to Athens on the Dalmation Coast in May. Warren Blaisdell writes that he and his wife Marilyn Nagel Blaisdell, too, have enjoyed Grand Circle river cruises in Europe, as well as Havana, Cuba. They continue to enjoy living in Port St. Lucie, FL, where, among other things, they enjoy watching the wildlife daily. At the time of writing, they are planning a trip north to New England to visit Carol and Tim Prince in Vermont and their son Phil in Stratham, NH. Sadly, at least eight of our classmates have died between March and June, including our past class secretary, Carole Vitagliano Carlson. Please see the “In Memoriam” section for a full listing. This, I am sure we all realize, will be a quite regular event, which we must accept, and endure, in terms of our own lives and families as well as our friends and classmates. On the other hand, we are so blessed to be able to continue with our lives in whatever ways work for us right now. ◆

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Estelle “Stella” Belanger Landry

315 Chickory Trail Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

I am writing this letter as we are experiencing a beautiful late summer and early fall, having escaped the ravages of terrible hurricanes here in southern New Jersey unlike Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico. In late September, I enjoyed a telephone conversation with Ted Sobozenski, who had returned on that day from a trip to the North Country in NH. He mentioned that he attended UNH’s first 2017 football game with Peter Davis and Peter’s brother Harold Davis ’63. Additionally, he and his wife Cyndy were excited at having just received their UNH hockey season tickets. They have been avid fans for many, many years. In early August, we were very proud to witness our grandson Tom Landry receive his Eagle Scout as a member of Boy Scout Troop 1, Oreland, PA. In late August, we again returned to NH to attend the annual mini Nashua High reunion, which was held in Portsmouth. UNHers in attendance included Roland Lajoie ’58, Joe Bellavance ’62 and Jim Soule ’61. The alumni office has sent me the names of the following classmates who passed away. After a long period of ill health, Maurice “Moe” Geoffrion died on April 6. He had been a resident of Sutton, NH, on Blaisdell Lake for many years. For the majority of his working life, he worked as an accountant for the state. Thomas W. Cook passed away on April 24 in West Newbury, MA, where he had been a resident for many years. He started his own dental practice in Amesbury, MA, where he served the community until his retirement in 1968. Robert D. Chapman died on April 27. He had served in the Army as part of the 101st Airborne

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Division and retired from General Dynamics/Lockheed. Laura Godtfredsen, a longtime resident of Wellesley, MA, died on May 1. She had received her master’s degree at UNH and doctorate from Tufts. She taught at Babson College for more than 30 years. James F. Houle of Greece, NY, passed away on May 2. He had been an Army veteran of the Korean conflict and later retired from Eastman Kodak. I received a personal note from Louise H. Dartnell of Concord, NH, telling me that Douglas Dartnell died on Sept. 10. ◆

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Pat Gagne Coolidge

P.O. Box 736 Rollinsford, NH 03869

Hello, Classmates! Bob Shea writes, “Spent almost three weeks on a river cruise in August, traveling from Amsterdam to Vienna. At the end of September, we go on a small ship cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon along the southern coast of Spain and Portugal to include a stop at Gibraltar—love to travel! Youngest daughter was promoted to brigadier general in the Marine Corps, one of four female generals in the entire corps: dad pride! Healthy despite a recent 80th birthday. Enjoying life in Northern Virginia. Thank God! My best to all.” Bill Adams was escaping the Florida carnage in September by going to Romania on a three-week trip, traveling the Danube from Budapest then on to Austria. Bob Fryer writes, “Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing teaches vets and wounded warriors to tie flies, cast and takes them fishing. Just finished a four-day trip to southwestern Virginia guiding a wounded warrior/disabled vet.” Lou D’Allesandro writes, “The D’Allesandros are in good shape. We have added our second grandson. Finishing my 10th term in the state senate and expect to run for re-election. We are having a get-together of the 1960 football team at the Towson game on October 21. Looking forward to seeing old friends and catching up on the past years.” Bill Tighe writes that last June, he, Harvey Galloway and wife Linda, along with John Kjellman enjoyed their third annual summer dinner at the Waterhouse Restaurant in Peterborough, NH, and “reminisced about college days, food and wine, good health, golf, travel and recent retirement time events.” Harvey Galloway writes, “Our youngest son got married in Austin, TX, in early September. In June, Dennis Shinn and wife Sherry Boyd Shinn ‘62 spent the better part of a day with Linda and me in Ogunquit, ME. This has been an annual event for the past 10 or so years. I played in a UNH golf fundraiser in June while we were staying in Ogunquit. I think I was the oldest player! Nice weather and lots of fun.” Lois Magenau writes, “Seven Class of ’61 AXOs spent an overnight at York Beach to enjoy our close friendships. We put together a lobster dinner, after which we talked into the night—laughing and singing along the way: Penny Hallward Gage, Sally Orcutt Page, Susie Lyman Bridge, Nancy Parry Blampied, Lissa Foy Stofko, Lois Stickney Magenau and our honorary member Judy Holbrook Thompson. We are grateful for how UNH brought us together with so many of you!” Jacquelyn Beauregard Dillman writes from California, “Bob and I were thrilled this summer to learn that we will once again become grandparents! The new

Chi Omega sisters from the Class of 1964 had a reunion all their own while lobstering in Portland Harbor, Maine, this summer. baby, a girl, will be born in December and will be the first child of our youngest son and his wife . . . When this little ‘Boston Bean’ arrives, she will be grandchild number 10, giving us a total of five grandsons and five granddaughters. We have family birthdays every month of the year! . . . Bob and I enjoyed an extended Scandinavian cruise around the Baltic with Viking Cruises, whom we highly recommend. This was our fourth European cruise with them, and we already have a fifth cruise scheduled for 2018 on the Nile River . . . Now that I’ve traveled to 86 countries, including Egypt, I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll make it to 100. I’ve been to all 50 states, but I guess I could start over! We spent the summer at our second home in Bandon, OR, and enjoyed the 97-percent totality of the solar eclipse. Continuing to be busy with reading great books, writing my memoirs for the family, reveling in the culinary arts and crocheting “love blankets” for the grandies! Happy to see Lou D’Allesandro still holding the fort in the NH Senate and being dean of the body. Three cheers to Monty being in love again. Nothing like love and good health to keep a stalwart heart and joyous humor as we meander through our Golden Age. I treasured my days at UNH, loved the learning, sorry that Sawyer Hall is now coed and wish I’d played a lot more tennis!” ◆

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Alice Miller Batchelor

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

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This time I chased down some “W” classmates by phone. Wayne E. Waddington,, divides his year between Colorado and Florida. Since hurricane Irma had just passed, I asked how he fared: “Not too bad. Water ran along the ceiling and brought down a chandelier!” When that’s fixed, I guess he’ll resume tennis, golf and fishing. Bonnie C. Warwick,, lives in New Jersey. She had taught math for 42 years and now enjoys travel through Overseas Adventure Travel. She recently returned from one of their programs in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. She has also traveled with them to Morocco. Bonnie enjoys spending time with her three

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Several Lambda Chi brothers came home to UNH for the 2017 season-opening Wildcats football game against UMaine. Pictured are Roland Connor ’66, Mike Nash ’64, Bruce Nowak ’64, Bob Bruce ’63, John Wentzel ’65, Ken Philbrick ’64, Stan Kowalewski ’64 and Dave Senecal ’64. grandchildren in upstate New York. Gail Ela Walker “dodged a bullet” when Irma passed by her townhouse in South Carolina. She’s 16 miles south of Charleston, travels a lot and plays a little golf. She was in Costa Rica a while ago and had plans to be in London for Thanksgiving. Other travels include to see her eight grandchildren in South and North Carolina and New York. As a 50-year Wildcat season ticketholder, Carroll E. Winch,, met up with Cheryl Kuebler Dickson, at Homecoming. They chatted about our class’s upcoming 55th Reunion in June. Save the dates of June 1–3 and watch here and visit the Reunion link at for further details! David R. Wheeler,, will soon be moving to Fredericksburg, MD, to be nearer to his son and grandson; altogether he has eight grandchildren in Virginia, North Carolina and New Jersey. His interests include genealogical research. Robert N. Wheeler,, after many years as a bank executive, moved seven years ago to Washington and now is retired there after being CFO of a construction company in Bellevue. He has four grandchildren and recently spent seven weeks visiting back here in New England. It always pains me to report that our class has lost a few more: Ernest H. Bridge, Jr., on June 24, Paul L. Dunham on March 2 and Paul J. Marro on June 20. ◆

Armand Francoeur ’65 was among 67 UNH Army ROTC cadets who participated in summer exercises at Fort Devons, MA, in the 1960s. Francoeur is a 28-year Army Veteran and the class treasurer.

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Polly Ashton Daniels

3190 N. State Route 89A Sedona, AZ 86336

Alas! VERY sad! I’m alone, abandoned and forgotten by classmates who, evidently, have nothing to share with us, nothing exciting going on, no stories about recent travels, reviews of good books they’ve read or even words praising the accomplishments of grandchildren. So, not much this time around … except for two shining lights! Dear Mike Nash and his Lambda Chi brothers. Mike never fails to let me know when they reunite at a football game or a get-together just for them at UNH. Hopefully, you will see a photo of them in this issue. If



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not, suffice it to say they were all smiling and lookin’ just handsome! And secondly, a most sincere thank you to Joy Anderson Berghaus, one of the Chi O gals who meet annually “somewhere.” One year it was here at the Briar Patch Inn in Oak Creek Canyon . . . We had such a good time. This past summer they were discovered in Maine: lobsta’ fishing, no less. Joy sent a great photo. Check ‘em out! All looked very smart indeed, wearing their happy faces and decked out in their orange aprons! I’ll give it one more old college try by asking someone out there to send a postcard! There is, most sadly, word sent to me of those who have passed away, and here I remember the families of Eino J. Lilback, James H. “Jim” Walker, Martha St. Laurent, John David Phinney and Marcia Louise Stearns. And we have just learned that Tommy Dietz passed in early October. He had been both a vice president and president of our class. We will have more information in the next edition. We remember this beloved member of our class as a gentleman and a gentle man. ◆

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Jacqueline Flynn Thompson

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

Armand Francoeur, class treasurer and 28-year Army veteran, served in Vietnam and spent the rest of his career in the Army Reserves. Armand’s degree was in hotel administration, and he was a member of Sigma Beta fraternity. After four years in Army ROTC, he was shipped off to Fort Gordon, GA, for signal corps training and then to Michigan, where he received his orders for Vietnam in May of 1966. Armand split his year in Nha Trang and Pleiku and described his experience as surreal. He believes that UNH produces a fantastic program of cadets out of its ROTC program. When asked what lessons he learned overseas, he responded, “I feel like I became a stronger and better person because of my efforts. I think as a human being, I would have been delayed in my development without my efforts overseas.” Western Washington University’s Joseph Trimble won the American Psychological Foundation’s 2017 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in Psychology in the Public Interest. Joseph, a professor of psychology and a research associate at Western’s Center for Cross-Cultural Research, was honored for his life’s work and contribution to promoting psychological and sociocultural research with indigenous populations, especially American Indians and Alaska Natives. Over the course of his career, he has generated more than 150 publications and technical reports on topics in psychology and authored or edited 22 books. Condolences to the family of Thomas Engelhardt, who passed away in April. He received a master’s from UNH in 1965. He served 20 years with the Air Force, 21 years with ITT and numerous years as a faithful volunteer in the Lompoc Hospital Pharmacy in California. Nine alumnae from Phi Mu sorority spent two delightful days in the Wilmot, NH, area enjoying a dinner cruise on Lake Sunapee, a tour and afternoon tea at a nearby garden and dinner followed by the musical performance of “All Shook Up” at the New London Barn Playhouse. It is always such fun to reunite with dear friends. Joining for the first time was

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Theresa “Terre” Richard Levin reacquainting with Judy Corbett Young, Debbie Mitchell Schall, Pat Hickey Krippendorf, Ingrid Norman Willikens, Maida Hoag Atkins, Carrie Canepa Friedman ’64, Faith Dyer Heiden and Jackie Flynn Thompson, hostess for the group.◆

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Diane Deering

921 Deerwander Rd. Hollis Center, ME 04042

Greetings from autumn in New England as we anticipate the dedication of the newly renovated Hamilton Smith Hall and our Homecoming. We continue to enjoy the afterglow of our 50th reunion and look forward to activities of the two alumni chapters in Florida. The Southwest Chapter sponsors a boat cruise in Fort Myers on Nov. 29. We celebrate the lives of three classmates who recently left us: Charlotte Ann Dyer of Tamworth, NH, worked as a veterinary assistant and docent for the historical society after graduating from the Thompson School. Dr. C. Richard Erskine died in Manchester, NH, recently. Dick received his doctorate at Vanderbilt and, after serving in the army in Vietnam, went on to spend 30 years as an administrator at SNHU. David A. Basque of Tarpon Springs, FL, went on to receive his master’s degree at Fitchburg State and spent his working years with the state of Massachusetts. Our condolences to their families. Although our 50th reunion is history, we look forward to continuing with class notes in our retirement years. ◆

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Angela M. Piper

509 Weston Place DeBary, FL 32713

5 0 T H R E U N ION

J U N 1 – 3, 2 018

Many of us treasure the friendships we made years ago at UNH. But, you know, it’s never too late to make new friends at UNH. We have three days—June 1–3—to reconnect with old friends and to find classmates we might have never met 50 years before. We are planning a reunion full of opportunities. The Golden Wildcat Luncheon, tours and a lobster bake on Friday. Saturday offers faculty-led presentations, an all-Greek gathering for those of you in fraternities and sororities, our 50th Reunion check presentation to President Huddleston as well as a huge picnic and our class dinner. More details will be coming. We hope to invite those from the classes of 1967 and 1969 to also attend our class dinner. So far, a small group of your classmates have been working to make all this happen, but we need your help. First, please complete and return the Golden Granite questionnaire you will be receiving by mail so we can publish our Class of ’68 Golden Granite yearbook. Second, there are many opportunities for you to be part of making your reunion great. To help, email the reunion office at Also, please join the UNH Class of 1968 Facebook Page. Next, visit the reunion website for detailed highlights, to view the Class of 1968 lost list and for other reunion info at http://unhconnect. Remember, ’68 is great! Your 50th Reunion Committee: Ron Bickford, Jill (Feldmann) Brandt, Priscilla Coffin, Michael Corbett, Bill

Alumnae from Phi Mu sorority had a mini-reunion this summer in New Hampshire. Pictured from left are Theresa “Terre” Richard Levin ’65, Ingrid Norman Willikens ’65, Patricia “Pat” Hickey Krippendorf ’65, Judith “Judy” Corbett Young ’65, Faith Dyer Heiden ’65, Carrie Canepa Friedman ’64, Debbie Mitchell Schall ’65 and Jacqueline “Jackie” Flynn Thompson ’65. Estey, Bruce and Donna (Cheney) McAdam, Janice (Maddocks) Sheen and Mary Ellen Wright. ◆

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Jim DesRochers

1433 19th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85009

On Sept. 7, Bob Hasevlat and Steve Capistran, UNH graduates and Phi Mu Delta fraternity brothers, travelled to Phoenix for a weekend of golf in the Arizona mountains and to celebrate this writer’s 70th birthday, Mr. Hasevlat’s 70th, which had been in March and Mr. Capistran rolling into his 70th year. After 48 years, UNH graduates and fraternity brothers still remain friends, no matter how far apart they may live—New Hampshire or Arizona—or the diversity of careers: environmental biologist Hasevlat, hospital administrator Capistran and automotive executive DesRochers have remained in touch. Let me say that all of us can’t believe how fast our lives have moved and how poor we are at golf but great at being friends and having fun. Also on tap when Bob and Steve returned to New Hampshire was the now annual Phi Mu Delta Golf Tournament, organized by Willy Brunkhorst ’71, where relationships continue to be maintained with Greg Waugh ’70 and many others. Skip Welsh has put together a master list of current contact information on brothers all over the country, and that is how I found out that Steve Seeman ’68 only lived a couple of miles from this writer. To all UNH Class of 1969 and my fraternity brothers, please send me your updated histories and we will share with everyone. UNH is always going to be our binding point, and we all thank God or that. ◆

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Jan Harayda

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

Editor’s Note: Jan Harayda’s column for the Fall 2017 edition was inadvertently omitted. The notes are included here in their entirety with our apologies for the delay in

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publication. Not many athletes over the age of 65 are still part of “a Patriots-like dynasty” in their sport. But that’s how the Concord Monitor recently described hometown hero Ryan Brandt, co-captain with Allan Clark of the 1969–1970 UNH hockey team. With teammates from other colleges, Brandt won two straight USA National Hockey championships in the over-65 division and five consecutive over-60 titles. He had earlier been in “on the ground floor of semipro hockey in the area 1970s and ’80s, for the Eastern Olympics, the Tri-City Coachmen and the Budmen” and had thrilled packed arenas with “blood-and-guts hockey that resembled the movie ‘Slap Shot,’” the Monitor noted. (That film had starred his teammate Mike Ontkean.) What did Brandt’s wife, Jane Spurway Brandt, think of his attempt to try for another national title at the age of 68? “She rolled her eyes,” Brandt told the Monitor, laughing. At UNH, Brandt played on stellar teams that included Graham Bruder ’69, Mickey Goulet ’69, Rich David ’69, Louis Frigon ’71 and the late Pete Stoutenburg. Heading to South America? Look up Mike Franz, who writes via Facebook: “My wife and I have just moved to Montevideo, Uruguay, permanently and are in the process of getting an apartment and seeking permanent residency status. The cost of living here is so much less than in the U.S. that we have retired on Social Security alone. We are about to move into a two-bedroom apartment in the Ciudad Vieja (Old City) section of Montevideo with a rent of only $600 per month.” To see photos of Mike’s new home, search Facebook for “UNH Class of 1970” and ask to join the group. Roger Formisano ’71 writes: “I have the very sad duty to report that Paula Bosse Formisano, my wife since 1970, passed away in February. She battled cancer bravely but was given a mountain too difficult to climb. We spent most of our time in Wisconsin, where I was a professor of business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and she owned a successful travel business. Three years ago, we moved to Scottsdale, AZ, where I now reside.” We also mourn the loss of classmates Cheryl Phipps Burrows, William Gould, Brent Riach, William Scruton and John Doherty, the husband of Judith Morin Doherty ’73. And we were sorry to learn of the deaths of Ruth de Graaf, the wife of Steve de Graaf, a longtime member of the UNH Los Angeles chapter, and of Buck Howe, the husband of Ann Gouvalaris Howe. Our class owes a special debt of gratitude to Buck, the videographer for our 40th reunion. You can still find on YouTube Buck’s gift to all of us—a brief video of our class dancing at that event to “Land of a Thousand Dances.” ◆

Dr. Robert “Bob” Louis Jesse ’74

passed away in September. He received an MD and a PhD from the Medical College of Virginia and spent 30 years advocating for veterans. —1974

Class of 1975 secretary Kim Lampson Reiff shared news of her daughter’s wedding. “What

an emotional and exciting experience to be the mother of the bride,” she says.

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Debbi Martin Fuller

276 River St. Langdon, NH 03602

Donald Glazier, who graduated with a Master of Arts degree in 1971 passed away on May 4 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He held a doctorate in agricultural ed and animal science and was involved in teaching “aggie” subjects for more than 40 years at various institutions. He loved singing in the choir of his church, watching all the New England sports teams and making and decorating gingerbread houses. He had a special love of John



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Deere tractors. James “Jim” Karl Mitchell passed away on June 7. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from UNH and had worked at Jarvis Cutting Tools as a mechanical engineer for more than 30 years. He loved spending time with his family at their camp on Lake Winnipesaukee and at their home on Moody Beach in Maine. He was an Elk and a Freemason. Michael Slovack passed away on June 29 after a twoyear struggle with cancer. Michael grew up in Laconia, NH, and worked for the James Austin Company for 17 years before his death. He was much loved by his family and many, many friends who describe him as a classic “mensch.” Marron “Margot” Pride Stearns died on July 13. She lived in Maine for the rest of her life, in Portland after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from UNH and, during her early years, on Kent Island. As you can see, ladies and gentlemen, I need some current news to post of all of your goings-on! I continue to work my business, Fuller Hair, Inc., which supplies hair prosthetics to people like me with alopecia. My husband and I are planning a bucket-list trip to Alaska next June. Send me your news! ◆

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Joyce Dube Stephens

33 Spruce Lane Dover, NH 03820

Gary A. Lyons most recently was president and chief executive officer of Neurocrine Biosciences in San Diego, CA. The company is focused on neurological and endocrine diseases and disorders. He also serves of on the board of directors of KaloBios, Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Vical and Poniard Pharmaceuticals. Sadly, there are a number of obituaries to report. These include Edith L. Adams of Stratham, NH, Gary J. Fagan of Marblehead, MA, James W. Laycock of Gulfport, MS, Peter G. Robart of Portsmouth, NH, Kemis Clay Rodgers of Hampton, NH, and Gary E. Thorn of Concord, NH. Audrey Renaud writes to the alumni office, “It is with great sadness that I report the death of my husband Dave Dohse on July 18. He was a member of the Class of 1988 from the School of Lifelong Learning. He majored in special education and microcomputers and went on to be a substitute teacher in the Rockingham County School District. He also did long-term subs in Pembroke and Raymond, NH. He died in Dixie, WA, of leukemia. Dave was a Navy Vietnam veteran. He loved his time at UNH and graduated magna cum laude.” Audrey and Dave were married for 27 years. Craig Rydin and wife Linda Labnon Rydin ’71 recently made a gift of nearly $1 million to UNH to almost double the scholarship amount given to those students from Berlin High School who are awarded the Rydin Family Scholarship each year. ◆

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Jean Marston-Dockstader

51 Londonderry Road Windham, NH 03087

The alumni office learned of the recent passing of Dr. Robert “Bob” Louis Jesse. On Sept. 2, at his home in Richmond, VA, surrounded by his loving family, “he departed this life too early after a short but valiant battle

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with cancer.” Following UNH, Bob went on to receive his doctorate and medical degrees at the Medical College of Virginia and ultimately became principal deputy undersecretary for health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC, where he was an advocate for veterans for 30 years. His obituary notes, “His life enriched ours, and his legacy will continue to impact and inspire us all long into the future.” In addition to his beloved wife of more than 40 years, Janice Kenney Jesse, Bob also leaves his son and daughter, brothers, sister and many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Those wishing to do something in his memory may learn more at ◆

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Kim Lampson Reiff

7540 S.E. 71st St. Mercer Island, WA 98040

Hello 1975 Classmates! I hope all of you are doing well. I would love to hear from more of you this month. Please use the email above if you would like to email me. I have not written for a long time because the only news I have received is sad news. Please send news of exciting things in your lives. Grandchildren? New hobbies? Travel? Second career? This type of news will be so nice to include in our column. I would like to acknowledge the passing of our undergraduate classmates over the past year or so: Rick Platon Cornet, Debbie Kyrios Shapiro (Education), Andrew Elcik (Environmental Conservation), Patricia Barbour Plummer (Occupational Therapy), Dunan “Duke” MacNamee (Philosophy), Virginia Dunn (Family Studies—Early Childhood Development), Pat O’Meara (Electrician), Erik “Rick” Hume Thomson (football quarterback), Herculana Silviera, Brian Denis, Karl Michael Johnson, Kathleen Marie Guilderson, Brian Scott Robinson (Anthropology) and my good friend, Calvin Dupuis.I have many fond memories of staggering to an 8 a.m. multidimensional calculus class with Cal, coffee in hand, walking from what was at that time New Hall all the way to class. I would also like to remember our graduate classmates who have gone before us: Jeff Rutherford, Anna Willis (Early Childhood Education), Basil Harris, Jr. (Education), Susan Bee Bigonia (Nursing), and Col. Raymond Restani. I have something exciting to share. My daughter just got married last weekend. What an emotional and exciting experience to

be the mother of the bride. The wedding was so touching and I am very happy to have a new son-in-law. Please let me know if there are any weddings in your families. I hope to hear from you all really soon! ◆

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48 Fairview Drive Fryeburg, ME 04037


“Pandy” Pandalai

Phil Giudice has worked more than 40 years in the energy industry. He’s currently CEO of Ambri, an energy storage company. He recently joined the strategic advisory board of Voltus, Inc. Andy Inzenga recently retired from the Cooperative Middle School in Exeter, NH, as its music and choral teacher. Music is a constant in Andy’s life. His first memory was dragging a family member by the hand toward a piano in his house. Ron Klemarczyk is a consulting forester in NH. He assists the management of woodlots for private landowners and municipalities. He’s also involved with the NH Forest Fire Service and has assisted in the effort to fight wildland fires in the western U.S. and Canada. John Small was recently elected chair of the Board of Trustees for the University System of New Hampshire. John is the retired managing director of Towers Perrin. Jane Hayes Stitham worked many years at the Charlotte White Center in Dover-Foxcroft, ME, and retired as the chief financial officer. In 2010, Jane became executive director of Pine Tree Hospice. UNH students competed for first prize in the 29th Paul J. Holloway Innovation to Market Competition in May. Anna Grace Baer Holloway and her children Debra Holloway ’88, ’93G, and Paul “Scott” Holloway ’95G established the Paul J. Holloway Prize in 1988 to honor his achievements and contributions to the educational and business communities. Sadly, we’ve learned of the passing of several classmates. Stevens R. Daigneault died March 4. He worked 30 years for Motorola Corporation. Gary Dardia of Kennebunkport, ME, died June 19. He was the regional manager for Nabisco and R.J. Reynolds. Janet Johnson passed away July 2. She lived in many states and Germany, growing up in a military family. Richard Kelly died April 12. He was a teacher, vocational director and school board member in the Sparta, NJ, and Sunapee, NH, school districts. Edward Swiedler passed away March 10. He worked in Georgia with his family’s homebuilding business in the ’70s and later transitioned to information technology. ◆

1977 | The Boys of Gibbs Hall had a reunion in Florida in May. Those attending included Marc Levine ’77, Bill Couture ’77, Andy Johnson ’77, Peter Birckhead ’77, Alex Nicholson ’76 and Joe —1977 Guidi ’77.

Susan Ackles Alimi

’77G earned an MBA from UNH and is the chief operating officer of a property development company in Dubai. He’d love to hear from his MBA program classmates and fellow International House residents!


Gary Pheasant

1099 Lanier Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30306

Anna Barbara “Bobbie” Hantz Marconi is the 108th Associate Justice on the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Following her confirmation by the Executive Council, she was sworn in by Gov. Christopher Sununu on Aug. 8. Justice Hantz Marconi is only the third woman to sit on the state’s highest court. She graduated with honors with a degree in political science and received her Juris Doctorate from The Chicago Kent College of Law, where she was member of the Order of the Coif. Following law school, she clerked for the Maine

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▼ Melanie Gray Williams ’10 and Chris Williams ’09 were married on Oct.15, 2016, in Manchester, NH.



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Susan L. Boisvert ’07 and Bryan R. Hogan ’06 were married in a double-ring ceremony at St. Thomas More Church in Durham on June 25, 2016. Their wedding reception was at UNH’s Huddleston Hall, with many alumni in attendance. The wedding party included matron of honor Anne Gates ’07, Alisha Kennell ’07, Pamela Griswold ’09, best man Thomas Hogan II ’05, Mark Santos ’06 and Christopher Bancroft ’06.

Trevor Knott ’08 and Laura Woodbury Knott ’08 married on June 4, 2016, in Maine. The 20 UNH alumni present included Laura’s parents, Mark ’76, ’78G and Karen Wilich ’77 Woodbury.

▼ Sam McGowen ’08 and Catherine Freni McGowen ’07 were married on Dec. 30, 2016, in Florida. Pictured with the bride and groom, who are holding the banner, are (from left): EJ Freni ’99, Ed Freni ’77, Keith Duperron ’08, Mike Jeudy ’08, Greg Forzley ’08, Gwen Duperron ’06, Mary Kate Freni ’14, Christine Evans ’07, Kevin Fournier ’08, Lauren Park ’07, Jeff Hassett ’06 and Shauna Hassett ’07.

Walter Murphy ’07 and Amanda Canning Murphy ’06 were married at Flag Hill Winery in Lee, NH, on July 15, 2017, with many UNH alumni friends in attendance.

▼ Vivian Pham ’14 and Jonathan Frey ’14, ’15G were married on Aug. 6, 2017. The couple is pictured here with some of their closest friends, who joined them on their special day.



Supreme Judicial Court. Bobbie has been honored as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Family Law, was nominated for the Nashua YWCA’s Distinguished Women Leader Award, received the Special Recognition Award from the NH Trial Lawyers and has been recognized in the Women’s Business Boston Reader’s Choice Top Ten Lawyers. Maureen O’Connell Hurley recently retired from the family-owned Rich Products Corporation after 30 years. During her time as EVP and chief administrative officer, the company gained national attention for its workplace ethics. Maureen received the American Business Ethics Award, which recognizes companies that exemplify high standards of ethical behavior in their everyday business operations. Maureen was also awarded an honorary degree from UNH during commencement in May. The Boys of Gibbs Hall couldn’t make it to Durham for the 40th, so they had their own reunion in Navarre Beach, FL, this past May.Those who attended were Marc Levine, Bill Couture, Andy Johnson, Peter Birckhead, Alex Nicholson ’76 and Joe Guidi. They enjoyed catching up with each other’s lives, telling stories and lies about our years at UNH and enjoying the beautiful beaches and weather of the Florida Panhandle area. Former Stoke 5 residents Andy Cohen, Ed Hermenau, Phil Horowitz '78 and Harris MacNeil won this year’s UNH Alumni Golf Tournament. Nandakumar “Pandy” Pandalai received his MBA with our class and is currently chief operating officer of Utmost Properties, a property development company in Dubai, UAE. He writes that he would like to hear from his 1977 MBA classmates as well as housemates at International House at We recently received news that several classmates have passed away: Barbara Ruth Harvey VanBilliard, Sheila May Richardson and David Alan Rock III. We offer our sincere condolences to their families. I am pleased to announce that after 25 years writing this column, Lois Kelly has agreed to assume the quill and take over for me. I have enjoyed the opportunity and keeping up with classmates, but it is time! Thanks Lois for willingly taking over the duties, with only a little arm-twisting! Send news to Lois for the next edition care of ◆

Several UNH alumni gathered in Hampton Beach, NH, in June for a 60th birthday party. Pictured are Michele Boucher Westin ’79, Connie McGreavy ’79, Kevin Mullen ’80 and Ken Wilson ’81 with his wife Laurie.

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Carol Scagnelli Edmonds

75 Wire Rd. Merrimack, NH 03054

4 0 T H R E U N ION

J U N 1 – 3, 2 018

Save the Date for our upcoming reunion, June 1–3. There will be something for everyone to enjoy. Families welcome! Find reunion highlights and learn how to join the class Facebook page at See you in June! Joe Blackwell retired in September



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after 39 years with the U.S. government, mostly in the Navy. He had been manager of Aegis weapon system and ballistic missile defense software installation on cruisers and destroyers. He will be relocating to central Maine, closer to his family. Justice Carol Ann Conboy of the NH Supreme Court retired in after reaching the constitutional mandatory age of retirement. Having previously served on the Supreme Court, she served as a judge for 25 years. She was one of 26 women in Air Force officers’ class and one of 20 women in her law school class. She was the second woman to serve on NH Supreme Court. After 38 years teaching school in NH, I too have retired and am ready for a new adventure. UNH Football Coach Sean McDonnell and some of the UNH players surprised participants when they showed up for Newmarket Rec’s Flag Football Combine Clinic. They taught fundamentals of the game, skill-training and key components to becoming a quality player. Coach McDonnell also gave a keynote address at the Concord Monitor’s sports awards banquet. Susan Ponton Person of Moultonborough, NH, passed away in April after a struggle with early onset dementia. She worked as an occupational therapist in NH school systems for 32 years and loved to kayak, bike and draw. She is survived by her husband Ed, two daughters and their families. Scott Winslow of Hamilton, MA, died peacefully in May from congestive heart failure. Scott also graduated from the New England School of Law and worked as a personal wealth manager for Key Trust. He loved reading, sailing, cooking, writing, traveling and spending time with his family. He was a proud father of three grown children and was married to Susan for more than 30 years. Andrew Buskey of Lebanon NH, passed away in June due to heart failure. He cofounded Raven Bay LLC to develop properties in Hanover, NH. His passions included boating, lifelong learning and protecting the environment. He was committed to several community and ecologically minded organizations. He is survived by Lonnie, Emily, Jake and Allison. Our condolences to the families of these classmates. ◆

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Chris Engel

268 Washington Ave. Chatham, NJ 07928

Connie McGreavy writes that several friends who met at Freshman Camp gathered in Hampton Beach, NH, in June for a group 60th birthday party. She also notes that Scott Severance, who had been the lead in several UNH plays, starred in Patrick Dorow Productions’ “Hairspray” this summer. She writes, “Louisa Holt Boatwright is living in Newport, RI. Pam Esterman is an attorney in NYC. Just had a visit from Jen Harrington ’81, who lives in San Francisco, CA.” Send your news! ◆

1980 |

Anne M. Getchell

P.O. Box 2211 Conway, NH 03818

Thanks for all the news! Laura Meade Kirk, former Providence Journal reporter and public-relations specialist, became the first public information officer for the Rhode Island State Police and the state’s Department of

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Public Safety. Connie Howard was recently selected as the executive director of the Potter League for Animals in Middleton RI. Next Level Administrators announced the appointment of Kathy Fortier as a branch manager. She will lead teams located in Atlanta, GA. She has more than 30 years of experience in managing workers compensation in multiple states. DMS Design of Beverly, MA, has hired Joyce Blatt in its newly created role of managing director and client relations. Anne Hout, president of Keene State College, left the positon this past summer. She held the position since 2013. She will continue with the college as a full professor in the biology department. D. Lance Tillinghast, Esq., a liberal arts/ classics major and minor, writes that he has been a partner in the law firm of Wyskiel, Boc, Tillinghast & Bolduc, P.A. since the early ’90s. He specializes in representing folks applying for Social Security disability benefits. Lance was recently elected as the first circuit representative to an organization dedicated to this area of law, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives. He enjoys assisting some of the most vulnerable people in our society. He lives in Barrington, NH, with his wife, Linda Armirotto ’83. Their two sons, Aaron and Zane, are out on their own now. Keep writing! Your classmates do like to hear from old friends and classmates. Please send news. ◆

1981 |

Caroline McKee Anderson

P.O. Box 3082 Bourne, MA 02532

Brad Smith was recently appointed chief financial officer at Homology Medicines. Prior to joining Homology, Brad served as CFO of Ocular Therapeutix. U.S. Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson received an honorary degree from UNH during the May 20 Commencement. She also delivered the commencement address. Lori was the first woman to lead a major combatant command in the history of the U.S. Armed Forces. Tracy Tilson has opened a branch office of her Boca Raton, FL, public relations agency in Hebron to serve her New England-based clients and explore opportunities. Peter J. Pekins, who received his master’s in wildlife science with our class, ’81, is department chair and professor of natural resources and environment at UNH. He is one of the lead scientists studying the disastrous impacts of winter ticks on New England moose. Mike Decelle was appointed dean of UNH Manchester in 2016. While continuing in the role of dean, Mike also works part-time as the chief workforce officer for the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute, also in Manchester. Bob Dunigan and I recently heard from Laura Hartop Kalnajs, who studied with us in Dijon, France. We’re delighted that she’s interested in our plans to hold a 40th Reunion in Dijon in the fall of 2019. So, now we’d love to hear from Tracy Patton, Jill Rooney, Marianne DiMascio, Kathy Curran Finnegan, Linda Armirotto, Bridget Carr Blagbrough, Amy Held Sherburne and Donna Francoeur. We’re working from a very old list, so apologies if we don’t have updated names. Please send us your mailing address, email and phone numbers, and we’ll get busy on the planning. Please send news! ◆

1982 |

Julie Lake Butterfield

On Sept. 23, UNH Homecoming and Family Weekend took place on a very warm Saturday afternoon in Durham. My husband and I had our annual tailgating party with Dave Kerkhoff ’84 and his wife Maggie. We were joined by longtime friend Rick Groleau ’81 and Paul Mitchell. We were so pleased to also be joined by my nephew Matt Lewis, future class of 2021, and his wonderful parents Kelly ‘87 and Pat Lewis. It was a great day for celebrating with UNH friends and family. Save the date! June 1–3 is Reunion Weekend at UNH, and we are joining forces with the classes of ’83 and ’84 for a combined 35th reunion. Make your plans now to return to campus at this lovely time of year in Durham. Check out for a list of weekend events and scroll down to join the reunion weekend Facebook page. We would appreciate your help in planning this event so if anyone is interested, please email me at the above email address or contact the alumni office. ◆

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Ilene H. Segal, DVM

245 Warren Drive Norfolk, MA 02056

Hello UNHers! I would like to encourage all of you reading this column to set aside June 1–3 for our 35th Reunion, which we are celebrating along with the Classes of 1982 and 1984. We are planning many enjoyable and entertaining events, including a Freshman Camp get-together, and it looks to be a great opportunity to come back to campus and reconnect with old friends. Please join the UNH Classes 1982-83-84 Reunion Facebook page to keep informed and add any pictures you have of your friends, roommates and teammates. And now for the news: Tamara “Tammy” Gates Kempton has been married to Larry Kempton for 36 years, and they have three children and four grandchildren. Tammy received her bachelor’s degree in nutrition from UNH and went back to school and obtained a bachelor’s in secondary education and a master’s in curriculum development She was an EMT for 10 years and is a lay minister. They moved to Sahuarita, AZ, in 2007, where Tammy teaches anatomy, forensics, environmental science and physical science at Sahuarita High School. The Kemptons own and operate Homewatch Caregivers in Green Valley AZ. Minshall Strater of Greensboro NC, passed away in April. He was born in Boston, MA, and raised in York, ME. Minshall held an MBA from UNH and worked as a Realtor with Allen Tate Realty. In addition to his work, he enjoyed nature photography, fishing, yoga, gardening and time spent with his family in Maine. We extend our condolences to his family. Jeni Mosca has taken her passion for education from all the way from teaching science and physical education to serving as superintendent of schools in Somersworth, NH. She began her career at Sacred Heart School in Hampton, spent a year as the assistant principal at McClelland Elementary School in Rochester and 12 years as a physical education teacher, athletic director and coach at Sanborn Regional Middle School in Newton. She then

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Lori Robinson ’81 made headlines in September as part of TIME Magazine’s series “Firsts,” highlighting female leaders who are changing the world. The first woman to lead a top-tier U.S. Combat Command and the highestranking female general in U.S. history, Robinson was one of 46 women selected by TIME for their achievements in breaking new ground—and old glass ceilings. TIME featured its honorees, a diverse group that included 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton, media titan Oprah Winfrey and philanthropist Melinda Gates— on 46 different magazine covers distributed nationally.



went to Seabrook and was the principal of the elementary school for 10 years and both the elementary school and middle school for the final two years, where she won the prestigious Milken Educator Award in 2006. The University of Texas System Board of Regents named T. Taylor Eighmy as the sole finalist for the presidency of the University of Texas. He was currently serving as vice chancellor for research and engagement and professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Prior to that, he served as vice president for research and professor at Texas Tech University and assistant vice president for research at UNH. Linda Bishop, who passed away in 2008, left two journals explaining the pain she suffered from her years of mental illness and how the mental health system failed her. Her tragic story was so compelling that it attracted the attention of nationally known, award-winning filmmakers who produced a documentary about her life called “God Knows Where I Am.” It has played in major cities including New York and Los Angeles and is touring the country showing audiences how her disorder and the ineffective care she received robbed her of her potential and eventually, her life. We extend our belated condolences to the Bishop family. ◆

Ellen HumeHoward ’84 was recently named executive director of the New Hampshire Learning Initiative, where she’ll continue to lead curriculum development in Performance Assessment of Competency Education. Congratulations, Ellen!


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Robin Peters Schell

5 Ashley Drive, Amesbury, MA 01913 text: 603-770-360

Hope many of you had a chance to attend UNH Homecoming Weekend. I missed it this year, but I have marked my calendar for our Tri-Class Reunion for ’82, ’83 and ’84—June 1–3, 2018—and I hope you will too! We’re looking for a few more Class of ’84 committee members, so contact me at (603) 770-3607 or if you want to help out. I heard from Pam Goudreault Perreault and Bob Perreault who have been married for over 30 years and recently celebrated their anniversary in Venice. They are avid UNH men’s hockey fans and attend games with son Luke, who is a sophomore at St. John's Prep in Danvers, MA. Bob is a general dentist and recently joined with Jon Wendell, a pediatric dentist, to do their annual dental health screenings together at local elementary schools. Pam is a dental office administrator, but her favorite work is as a volunteer for Emmaus, Inc., an organization serving homeless families in the greater Haverhill, MA, area. In September, Pam and Bob joined Rae Ann Hoyt Chrane and Scott Chrane in a 5k run/ walk to support the Wentworth Douglas Hospital Cancer Center and loved seeing so many UNH supporters along the route The Perreaults and Chranes attended a summertime reunion at Newick’s in Dover, NH, where they caught up with classmates Pattee Nowell, Julie Grasso, Gary Ng, Greg Wolters and Jon Wendell. This year at Homecoming, Scott Chrane met up with fellow AGR brother John Rodgers, a “semi-retired entomologist” who lives in western Massachusetts with wife Michelle ’91. They have two daughters, Rachel and Rebecca. He also connected with Bill Bennion who lives in Lee, NH, and serves as warehouse materials coordinator for Eastern Propane. Bill and wife Sheila Kelly Bennion recently celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary! They have two sons, Nicholas, 30, and Jonathon, 27.



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A group of Delta Zeta sisters and other friends from the Class of 1987 met up in nearby Portsmouth on their way to Homecoming and Family Weekend in September. Sheila is a claims standards manager for Liberty Mutual. The alumni office learned that The New Hampshire Learning Initiative recently announced Ellen HumeHoward is now the organization’s executive director and will continue to lead curriculum development in Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE). New Hampshire Deputy Commissioner of Education Paul Leather said, “Ellen’s role within PACE and many of the other efforts in our state and nationally has been significant. We are fortunate that she will be able to devote even more time and effort to ensure these innovative practices continue to be successful here in our state.” I’m sad to report that Peter Sims of Madison, NH, died Jan. 26 after battling renal cancer for almost three years. He was born in Ann Arbor, MI, on March 8, 1961, to Howard and the late Barbara (Ellis) Sims. He attended high school at Middlesex School in Concord, MA, and received his bachelor’s from UNH and master’s in archaeology from Columbia University. He spent most of his working life in the field of book publishing in New York City—where he met his wife Amy in 1986 when they were both working at William Morrow, Iowa City and New Haven. He worked for the Yale Alumni Association before retiring in 2013. Please send your news! ◆

1986 |

Stephanie Creane King

93 Channing Rd. Belmont, MA 02478

Another year is almost upon us! A great new year’s resolution would be to share some news about your accomplishments, family, anything. (Hint, hint!) Ed Tetreault was recently promoted to senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Apex Tool Group, a privately held global leader in hand and power tools. Ed lives in the Charlotte, NC, area and would love to reconnect with his former Sigma Nu brothers and other Wildcats from ’86! Happy 2018, Class of 1986! ◆

1987 |

Tina Napolitano Savoia

5 Samuel Path Natick, MA 01760

Greetings classmates! It was wonderful to see so many alums at Homecoming in late September. It was a very warm fall day as we all descended upon Durham for a fun afternoon back at UNH. A very big thank you to Betsy Murphy, Brooks Tingle, Bob Pieroni, Jane

Alumni Profile By Allen Lessels ’76

² Blue Line Mastermind takes the same one-step-at-a-time approach to his coaching career that he did to playing. “I don’t have aspirations to be a head coach in the NHL yet,” he says. “I’m not ready. I still have a lot to learn. Try to learn every day and get a little bit better.” Dean and his wife, Jill, live in North Andover, Massachusetts, with their four children. He gets to Durham as often as he can, usually to talk hockey with men’s head coach Dick Umile ’72 and associate head coaches Mike Souza ’00 and Glenn Stewart ’94. Umile, who is retiring after this year and handing over the reins of the program to Souza, took over as head coach when Bob Kullen passed away in November 1990, early in Dean’s senior season. That year marked a resurgence of the UNH program and its first winning campaign since 1983–84—a transformation Dean helped lead. “He was a big, strong, athletic defenseman with a lot of offensive skill,” Umile says. “He’s an absolutely terrific guy and a real good hockey man. He’s got a lot of knowledge of the game.” Dean played alongside Stewart as a Wildcat, and he and Souza became fast friends when both lived and worked in Providence, Dean with the minor league Bruins and Souza as an assistant at Brown University. Dean’s Wildcat connections and loyalties run deep, and from the vantage point of his own coaching career, he says he appreciates the balance Kullen and then Umile instilled in their players. “You’re a student first, you’re a person, you’re someone’s son, you’re a part of the university,” Dean says. “You’re not just there to play hockey for four years and leave. You’re there to add something back to the university and have some esprit de corps, for lack of a better terrm. UNH provided that balance. There are great people up in Durham. I think it kind of trickles down into the type of person you are when you leave there.” ² Winter 2018




n a late October morning, half a dozen games into his first season as an assistant coach in the National Hockey League, Kevin Dean ’91 works a Boston Bruins practice session at the team’s Warrior Ice Arena facility in Brighton, Mass. While head coach Bruce Cassidy conducts a drill at mid-ice, Dean shags pucks, checking in on a couple of Bruins defensemen as he tours the ice. He stops to chat with Cassidy, then watches as star forward Brad Marchand rips the puck into a net and is greeted with his teammates’ appreciative whoops. The night before, the Bruins had snapped a losing skid with a 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks. The mood on the ice is upbeat. “It’s a lot more fun when we win than when we lose, that’s for sure,” Dean says. Dean, the only former Wildcat currently coaching in the NHL, is upbeat himself as he talks about falling in love with Durham and UNH hockey at first sight and the unplanned nature of his long professional playing and coaching careers. A defenseman, he played in 331 games over seven years in the NHL and helped the New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup in the 1994–95 season. He got his start in coaching in the Devils organization as well, working with its American Hockey League team in Lowell and its East Coast Hockey League team in Trenton. In the 2016–17 season, his first as a head coach in the American Hockey League, he led the Providence Bruins to the AHL playoffs. Last summer, he was promoted to the Boston job, where he works primarily with the team’s defensemen. “I had the opportunity to come here and jumped at it,” Dean says. “You want to work with the best players in the best league.” Standing behind the bench in the TD Garden can be pressure-packed—“the puck drops and there’s a lot of eyes on you, a certain amount of responsibility,” Dean says—but he


History Maker In November, Joyce Craig ’89 was elected Manchester, N.H.’s 48th mayor— becoming the first woman to hold the city’s highest office in its 171-year history and the first Democrat to be elected Queen City mayor in 14 years. A former Manchester alderman with a long record of public service, Craig unseated fourterm mayoral incumbent Ted Gatsas ’73, to whom she narrowly lost the election in 2015. Craig, who is a Manchester native, graduated from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics (now the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics) with a degree in business administration, as did her husband, Michael Craig ’89. The mayor-elect is also a current UNH parent; her daughter Sarah is a member of the Class of 2021.

Friedlander Bannister and a few others, that did such a great job planning the big tailgate we were a part of. I got to catch up with Lisa Sherry Orsini, who is a kindergarten teacher in Cumberland, RI, and has two children—a son, 24, and a daughter, 21. It was also so great to see Janice Dow Carpenter and John Carpenter ’88, who came in for the weekend all the way from Seattle, WA. They have three children—a 21-year-old, an 18-yearold and a 12-year-old. I should have been taking better notes because I was able to also see Jackie D’Amico Good, Terri Brigham Stutzman, Cindy McCauley Mclaughlin, Laurie Carney Hall, Andrea Ladany Riley, Andrea Courtney Riggs, Dominique Bailey Sommer, Maria Zoukis Letourneau, Anne Pappas Connors, Tracey Irzik Gendron, Debbie Greison Acone, Lynn Gervais Smith, Linda Deveau Nutter, Dari Christensen Ward, Karen Carpenter Cormier and Cindy Santasario Borovick with husband Gerry ’85. In other news, Tom Hayes is now the president and CEO of Tyson Foods, overseeing a company with more than 114,000 employees and a line of food brands such as Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Sara Lee and Ball Park. Maureen Beauregard recently received the Granite State Award for her work to provide housing and services for individuals and families affected by homelessness. Sandy Bridgeman has been named as the new women’s lacrosse coach at Plymouth State University. Several years previous, she was the lacrosse coach at UNH before relocating to Jacksonville, FL. Sandy’s daughter Haley Bridgeman ’21 is now at UNH playing on the women’s lacrosse time. All the best, everyone. ◆

1988 |

Matt Smith ’92, Bob Burns ’88 and Steve LaRusso ’88 at Homecoming and Family Weekend in September.


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Dawn Wright Loomis shared the following update: She has been living in Seekonk, MA, for the past 20 years with husband Rocky and daughter Camryn, 13, and son Connor, 11. Dawn received her associates in health information technology in 2013 and is now working as a cancer tumor registrar at St. Anne's Hospital, which provides her the flexibility to coach her children in ice hockey and to have cofounded the Seekonk Youth Lacrosse Association. Before her career change, Dawn previously served as a sports communications assistant



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at La Salle University, URI and Brown prior to switching over to coaching the women's golf team and serving as an assistant for the women's ice hockey team at Brown. She recently connected with UNH women's ice hockey teammates and classmates Liz Tura Lauzon and Susan Hunt Sahagian as well as coach Russell J. McCurdy at alumnae day to relive the glory days. Dawn is also in regular contact with classmate Kelly Eaton, who is the co-head athletic trainer at St. Paul's School in Concord, NH. Steve LaRusso and Lambda Chi brothers Bob Burns and Matt Smith ’92 attended Homecoming and shared this picture. Steve echoed what a great day it was with a record number of students and alumni tailgating and an awesome football game to top it off. Our 30th reunion will be at Homecoming 2018! Stay tuned and watch for information! The Alumni Center shared the following updates. Master of public administration graduate Megan Diprete has been named executive director of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor (BHC). Megan joined BHC as its community planner in 2014 and was most recently the organization’s deputy director. BHC’sHarry Whitin was quoted as saying, “Megan brings experience, understanding and vision to forge new bonds of partnership that will preserve the Heritage Corridor and help develop the new Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.” Master of Earth science graduate Mindi Messmer has been elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Mindi has more than 28 years of experience as an environmental consultant and has owned her own business for 18 years. Environmental conservation major Jim Bride has joined the Sippican Land Trust as its new full-time executive director. Jim was previously the development and outreach coordinator at Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT) and helped coordinate a $1.2 million capital campaign for the new DNRT Center at Helfand Farm. ◆

1991 |

Christina Ayers Quinlan

406 S. Columbia St. Naperville, IL 60540

Nicole Carignan was named to the board of trustees at Northfield Savings Bank. She is currently the owner of ProfitFusion, LLC, a business consulting firm focused on growing entrepreneurial companies. Nicole previously had a 17-year career with SymQuest Group, Inc., serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

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Joe Faro opened his second Tuscan Kitchen restaurant in Portsmouth, NH. He opened his first Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, NH, in November 2010, and there is just one other location in Burlington, MA. Before opening his first restaurant, Joe conceived the idea for Joseph’s Gourmet Pasta and Sauces, a company he sold in 2006 to Nestle Prepared Food. Jason Reynolds, a physician with Wareham Pediatric Associates, has been honored by his peers of the Bristol South District Medical Society as the district’s 2017 Community Clinician of the Year, an honor recognizing his professionalism and contributions as a physician. He is a member of the active medical staff at Tobey Hospital and the Boston Children’s Hospital adjunct medical staff. He served as chief of pediatrics at Tobey Hospital from 2010 to 2011. He is also a member of the Pediatric Physicians Organization at Boston Children’s Hospital. Walter Stone has been appointed assistant dean of STEM and education at North Shore Community College (NSCC). In his new role, he will be responsible for oversight of the math department and the education pathway. Prior to becoming the assistant dean, Stone was a NSCC mathematics professor and served as chair of the mathematics department from 2010 to 2013. The University of Rhode Island has appointed Jeannette Riley to be the dean of its largest academic college, the College of Arts and Science. She was previously the dean of the College of Arts and Science at UMass, Dartmouth. Susan Reeves was hired as Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s chief of nursing executive. ◆

1992 |

Missy Langbein

744 Johns Rd. Blue Bell, PA 19422

CBS News anchor Chris Wragge was a guest speaker for the Current Issues Lecture Series at UNH’s Memorial Union Building. Chris spoke about being a UNH student-athlete, shared his career experience and imparted words of advice for students. Matt Fenoff is now the National Wild Turkey Federation’s vice president of development. Leah Melber has been appointed vice president of education for the Knight Learning Center at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami, FL. ◆

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Caryn Crotty Eldridge

83 Lionel Road North Brentford, London, tw8 9qz

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Craig Olson of Hallandale Beach, FL, has been appointed director of Caribbean franchise operations for Avis Budget Group. Paul Toussaint of Rochester, NH, was named chief of police for Rochester. Erin Haye was appointed York County Community College's director of development and special assistant to the president. Michael St. Onge has been promoted to senior vice president-investment officer for the Bank of New Hampshire. Erin Whitten Hamlen was inducted into the Adirondack Hockey Hall of Fame. Ali Jurta was profiled in an article as part of an alumni series in The New Hampshire in the Feb. 20 issue. In recent news shares with the alumni office: Chris Karl has been named CEO of VertaMedia. The Association of University Technology Managers has announced Mark Sedam, UNH’s associate vice provost for innovation and new ventures and managing director of UNHinnovation, as one of five new directors to its board. Matthew Wood has been named vice president of academic affairs at New England College. And, sadly, Thomas McKrell passed away on June 9. He majored in mechanical engineering with minors in electrical engineering and materials science and went on to receive his master’s and doctorate from UConn. He joined MIT’s department of nuclear science and engineering in 2006, where, his obituary states, he “continues to be known by colleagues and students as a true experimentalist with a passion for scientific discovery through direct observation in the lab and for design and construction of experimental facilities.” Our condolences to Tom’s beloved wife Elizabeth Sarah Finn and children Grace and John, his parents, siblings, extended family and friends. Save the Date for our upcoming reunion, June 1–3. There will be something for everyone to enjoy. Families are welcome! Find reunion highlights and join the class Facebook page via http://unhconnect. ◆

Members of the Class of 1997 arranged their own mini-reunion at Homecoming and Family Weekend in September. From left: Enjoying the afternoon in Portsmouth, NH, are Felipe Venegas, Jimmy Mullevey, Christie Bass, Colleen Hathaway and Bobby Graham; Sigma Alpha Epsilon brothers from the Class of 1997: Bobby Graham, Jimmy Mullevey, Felipe Venegas and Wes McCullough; “Yellow Banana Girls” Kim Bechtold Baena, Kasey McGimsey, Betsy Stewart Melevsky, Megan Watts Mullevey and Mallory Ray Parkington enjoying the football game; Tailgating before the Homecoming Game are Pete Roper, Sarah Graves Melvin, Kari Spain Conklin, Shannon Boyle Roper, Mellissa Moore, Betsey Stewart Melevsky, Jimmy Mullevey, Kacey McGimsey, Andrea Aspell Mast, Felipe Venegas, Brian Conklin, Bobby Graham, Megan Watts Mullevey, Kim Bechtold Baena, Mallory Ray Parkington, Dougan Sherwood and Katie Beaudet Molloy.

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1995 |

Tammy Ross

22 St. Ann’s Ave. Peabody, MA 01960

Greetings! I hope this update finds everyone well. I recently heard from Amy Eddy Chiaramitaro, who currently lives in Rye, NH, with her family. She is pleased to announce that her son Frank ‘21 entered UNH this fall as a business and finance major. In other news, Jeff McRae of Bennington, VT, is teaching creative writing and literature at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA. An avid drummer, Jeff is a member of Rob Fisch’s Intentional Jazz Ensemble. Nathan Webster, a current UNH English professor, recently published “Can’t Give This War Away: Three Iraqi Summers of Change and Conflict,” a book documenting his experiences as a freelance photojournalist embedded alongside U.S. soldiers of the 82nd Airborne and 25th Infantry in Iraq between 2007 and 2009. Meanwhile, MaryAn Twible has been named a financial advisor at York Investment Partners in York, ME. Sarah Cavanaugh has been promoted to senior vice president of corporate affairs and administration at Celldex Therapeutic in Hampton, NJ. Congratulations to Nathan, MaryAn and Sarah on these achievements! I do have some sad news to report. Victor A. Love, 60, of Portsmouth, NH, who received his associate’s degree at the Thompson School of Applied Science, died May 9. Victor was a management analyst at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Graduate School alumnus Michael A. Morgan, 67, of Brentwood, NH, died June 18. Michael was a longtime educator and school administrator in several cities and towns throughout New Hampshire. We send our deepest sympathies to the families of Victor and Michael. ◆

1996 | Amber Chandler ’98G recently published her second book, The Flexible SEL Classroom: Practical Ways to Build Social Emotional Learning in Grades 4–8. —1998



Michael Walsh

607 Atwood Drive Downington, PA 19533

Unfortunately, I don’t have much news to share. I have created a Facebook Page called UNH Class of 1996. Please visit and like the page in an effort to share and send any news. Ryan Parker was featured in a May article on his Clark Terry tribute, with funds from the tribute album going to support the Cocheco Valley Humane Society (CVHS) and UNH jazz students via Terry’s scholarship fund. Christopher Volpe, who received his master’s degree with our class, was selected for a 2017 Emerging Artist Award from Boston’s Saint Botolph Club Foundation for outstanding painting. Sarah Proctor, who also received a master’s from UNH in 2016, was featured in a Foster’s Daily Democrat article on her efforts to help save dogs from the Dominican Republic as part of Project Samana, a veterinary education program that works in the poorest regions of Latin American and the Caribbean. Sarah is the CVHS veterinarian as well as veterinary technology program director and clinical assistant professor at the Thompson School of Applied Science. ◆

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1997 |

Bobby Graham Facebook: Bobby Graham Instagram: bobby.graham

Graduates of the Class of 1997 descended upon Durham and Portsmouth for Homecoming and our 20th Reunion–Sept. 23. They came near and far: New Hampshire; Boston Metro; New York City; Upstate New York; Bucks County, PA; Washington DC; Austin, TX; Asheville, NC; and Las Vegas, NV, to name a few. A fun weekend was had on campus, at the football game, tailgating and of course in downtown Durham. Please mark your calendar now for every other year (odd years) for the Class of 1997 Reunion at Homecoming; 2019 will be the next planned year. We missed those of you who could not make it, and we better see you there in 2019! Please reach out to us on Facebook and Instagram! ◆

1998 |

Emily Rines

23 Tarratine Dr. Brunswick, ME 04011

Amber Chandler, who received her master’s degree in English literature from UNH Graduate School, has published her second book, “The Flexible SEL Classroom: Practical Ways to Build Social Emotional Learning in Grades 4–8.” Amber has taught ELA at Frontier Middle School in Hamburg, NY, for more than 15 years and was previously an English teacher at Portsmouth High School. Amber is a National Board-Certified ELA teacher, adjunct professor and frequent educational writer.◆

1999 |

Jamie Russo Zahoruiko 6 Atlanta St Haverhill, MA 01831

Moira Goegel and her husband Daniel Campos welcomed their daughter into the world on July 7. Her name is Caitriona Isabel Campos. They reside in San Diego, CA. In September, a group of alumni went to Nantucket to celebrate their 40th birthdays together. They included Molly Macdonald Brown, Alissa Krauss Demian, Janna Fryer, Jeff Kiess and Faith Raimondi ’00. ◆

2001 |

Elizabeth Merrill Sanborn

2082 Pequawket Trail Hiram, ME 04041

Sara Colson was hired by the Business and Industry Association (BIA), New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce, as their new director of workforce development. She oversees a program called Workforce Accelerator 2025, which aims to ensure that 65 percent of adults in NH earn a post-secondary degree by 2025. This initiative was created by BIA and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation due to the demand for employees to possess the necessary skills to perform 21st-century jobs. Please send your news! ◆

Alumni Profile By Kristin Waterfield Duisberg

² Mental Health Rosenfield ultimately became one of what Curtis would come to call his Stimulati: “thought igniters” and healers who helped him find meaning in his illness and new mindsets that made his life more fulfilling. “For much of my life, I let my stories, specifically the ones around my illness and my sense of self, create my reality,” Curtis says. “When I finally got clear after practicing the lessons of the Stimulati, I could see what I was creating and chose to create a new story.” After UNH, Curtis’ story included a stint on Wall Street working as a trader on the American Stock Exchange, and a career in healthcare-focused digital media (among other companies, Curtis spent seven years at a then-new WebMD). It’s also involved some literal storytelling. Since 2012, he’s been an executive at Remedy Health Media, an internet company dedicated to helping patients thrive in the face of illness that sees some 20 million visitors each month. Now the company’s president, he travels the country as a public speaker, sharing his own health journey. Earlier this year he published The Stimulati Experience about the same. “The most important thing I talk about is having a flexible mind,” he says. “That’s something I learned from professor Rosenfield.” Rosenfield passed away in 2011, but Curtis returned to Durham recently to share some of his UNH Stimulati’s wisdom with the next generation of Wildcats. In a Horton Hall classroom on an unseasonably warm September afternoon, he led several groups of students through the same meditation exercises Rosenfield taught him and his classmates two decades earlier, after which he had students pair up, stare into each other’s eyes—and scream as loud as they could. “It was awesomely awkward,” he says with a laugh. “But I overheard one girl say, ‘This is just what I needed today.’ And that makes it all worthwhile.” ²

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t was 1995, the summer after his freshman year at UNH, when Jim Curtis ’99 woke up with numbness in his left foot. In the shower, he realized he couldn’t feel either the heat of the water on his foot or the sensation of the water itself, but after a few cursory attempts at rousing the sluggish limb, he quickly pushed his incipient worry aside: he’d been riding his bicycle on the beach the night before and fallen headfirst into the sand; possibly he’d pinched a nerve in his neck. It wasn’t until a month later, when the numbness reached his thigh and he started having migraines, that he mentioned his symptoms to his mother, an emergency room nurse; and it wasn’t until a hastily arranged MRI revealed lesions on his spinal cord that Curtis confronted the gravity of his situation. “That was the point at which my story changed from frat guy-athlete to something else,” he says. Curtis had come to UNH as a swimming recruit, a nationally ranked freestyle sprinter. Within months of his first symptoms, he was experiencing debilitating pain and was rapidly losing the use of his right leg. In search of treatment, he took a leave of absence, and while none of the medical professionals he and his family consulted—neurologists at top hospitals from the Mayo Clinic to Johns Hopkins—could offer a diagnosis, they eventually succeeded in getting Curtis’ progressive symptoms well enough controlled that he could resume his college education. He returned to UNH fitted with a PICC line—a catheter that ran from a vein in his arm to the top of his heart, delivering powerful medications to his bloodstream—and got around campus by motorcycle. He also tried to remember what he’d learned from communications professor Larry Rosenfield, one of the few people with whom he’d shared the extent of his health issues. “Before I left, he told me everything was going to work out okay, and he said it in a way that had a profound impact on me,” Curtis recalls. “He taught me to meditate and introduced me to the idea of mindfulness: focusing on just being present.”


2005 | Several members of the Class of ’99 and ’00 recently gathered to celebrate their birthdays as a group. Pictured are Molly Macdonald Brown ’99, Alissa Krauss Demian ’99, Janna Fryer ’99, Jeff Kiess ’99 and Faith Raimondi ’00.

2002 |

Abby Severance Gillis

19 Chase Street Woburn, MA 01801

This past spring was an auspicious season for fellow classmates’ careers. Ally Piper has been appointed marketing director of Agway of Cape Cod, MA, overseeing marketing and planning the company’s dog festival, Paw Palooza, which takes place over the summer. Michael O’Meara is now a programming and IT director at ConcordTV. Abhishek Malhotra’s TMT Law Practice has merged with DPSA Legal to form Arthe Law, a Delhi-based practice. Co-author of a series of water and environmental manuals, James Collins has joined Tighe & Bond as a principal engineer. Collins brings a wide variety of expertise from 13 years of experience in water treatment. In addition to making career moves, our classmates are serving others in various ways. Darren Haydar, diagnosed with MS, raised funds for MS research through an Aug. 15 golf tournament. Proceeds from the event supported the MS Society of Canada’s Hamilton-Halton Chapter. Wendy Perron, Manchester School District’s director of English-learner instruction, was recognized by UNH’s education department with the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award in May. Congrats to all on your accomplishments. ◆

2003 |

Former hockey standout Paul Thompson ’11

was featured in a Lawrence EagleTribune article this spring on his NHL season with the Florida Panthers. —2011



Shannon Goff Welsh

77 Hooksett Rd. Auburn, NH 03032

Graduate School alumna Jill Silos-Rooney has her curation work showcased in the Museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts “Love for Sale: The Commercialization of the Counterculture” exhibit. Jill, an associate professor of history at Massachusetts Bay Community College, was the museum’s guest curator for 2017. The show continues through the end of this year. The Country Gazette of Bellingham, MA, featured a story on Lauryn Hancock Blakesley and Katie “Kate” Litwinowich Meinelt and their plan to run the Boston Marathon to raise funds for cancer research. In May, Graduate School alumnus Trevor Courtney accepted the position of headmaster at Hawthorne Academy in Antrim, NH, in May. ◆

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Megan Stevener

Congratulations to my college roommate Carrie Mahon Mittelmark and husband Mark ’04 on the birth of their second child, daughter Audrey Rose, on Aug. 3. Audrey joins big brother Dylan. The Mittelmarks reside in Greenland, NH. On the same day, my dear friends Caitlyn Galletta Kirk and Jon welcomed son Nathaniel Paul, who joins big brothers Drew and Tommy. Caitlyn and Jon work for Vertex Pharmaceuticals and live in Hingham, MA. My dear friend Jessica Peabody Logrippo and husband Jason welcomed their first child, son William Michael, on Aug. 19. The family lives in Lynnfield, MA. After teaching in Boston and NYC, Kristin Fichera has returned to the Seacoast and opened The Treehouse School of Portsmouth, NH. Sadly, Amy Elizabeth Partin Tyack passed away on May 6 after a battle with cancer. Amy was a mother, a schoolteacher, a caregiver for the elderly, an office manager and an editor at Ebsco in Ipswich, MA. Our condolences to Amy’s family. ◆

2006 |

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A new invention, the Redundant Disk Array Using Heterogeneous Disks, invented by Andras Krisztian Fekete and UNH assistant professor Elizabeth Varki, has had its patent published by the World Intellectual Property Organization. Amanda Canning Murphy and Walter Murphy ’07 were married at Flag Hill Winery in Lee, NH, on July 15, with many UNH alumni in attendance. John Ward, who graduated from UNH School of Law, has twice been named a New Hampshire “super lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine. The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has named Alyssa “Aly” Strainer Kirchner its director of membership/ owners’ concierge. Sadly, we’ve learned that Tyler B. King passed away on July 2. His family shares via his obituary that he succumbed to an accidental overdose, writing that they hope “his story gives courage to others struggling with addiction and strength to the loved ones supporting them. Tyler will be best remembered for his quick wit, irresistible charm, empathy and acceptance of others. He had so much love and joy to give, and he gave it generously to those around him. He paid it forward.” Tyler is survived by his parents, brother, stepsiblings, many other cherished relatives and friends and his dog, Georgia. “People battling addiction need the love and open hearts of those around them,” his family writes. “We hope others honor his memory by being generous with their love and joy the same way Tyler was.” ◆

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Michael Antosh

Michael Giurleo is the first-ever director of e-commerce at Spring Air International. Spring Air is one of the largest bedding companies in the world, with operations

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in 43 countries. Michael is working to set the company’s e-commerce and marketing goals. Jeanne Czipri was recently named the head volleyball coach at Central College in Iowa. Central College is a three-time NCAA Division III champion in volleyball. Between UNH and this position, Jeanne received a master’s degree from Aurora University in Illinois, coached the Aurora Central Catholic High School volleyball team and coached for the last three seasons at Dominican University in Illinois— including two trips to the NCAA tournament. Sadly, Shane Jeffrey Smith passed away suddenly earlier this year. Shane was from Portsmouth and was such a big sports fan that he named his cat Brady, after Tom. He spent his life working to help others obtain sobriety and leaves behind a network of close family and friends. Please email me your news! ◆

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Alexandra Covucci

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Hey Class of 2008! I hope you’re doing well as we roll into the colder months of the year and closer to our 10-year reunion, set for June 1–3! I can’t believe it’s already been almost a decade since we waved goodbye to the campus, but alas, here we are. I’m still currently in the Boston area for the time being, but once my partner finishes grad school at MGH, we’ll be off again. Let’s update you on your classmates! Trevor and Laura Woodbury Knott met on their first day of Freshman Camp in 2004, where they formed an instant connection. They married on June 4, 2016, on Peaks Island, ME, surrounded by the 20 UNH alumni present, including her parents, Mark ’76 and Karen Wilich Woodbury ’77, who met and married while at UNH and celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary the day after Trevor and Laura’s wedding. Congratulations to the happy couple! Another congratulations goes out to Sam McGowen, who married Catherine Freni McGowen ’07. The wedding took place on Dec. 30, 2016, at the Marriott Harbor Beach, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Congrats to the two happy couples. Please send updates of what you’ve been up to since graduation. We’d love to keep up with you and share your stories with other grads. Stay happy, stay adventurous, stay hungry. ◆

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Caitlin LeMay

24 Wisteria St., Unit 1 Salem, MA 01970

Congratulations to Melanie Gray Williams and Chris Williams ’09 on their marriage! Melanie and Chris met at UNH and married on Oct. 15, 2016, in Manchester, NH. In news from the alumni office: Merrimack College has announced Megan “Meg” Shea is the new coach of its field hockey program. “Throughout my collegiate coaching journey, I have been fortunate to work under and alongside some of the best Division 1 coaches in the country,” she said, adding she is “eager to bring each of these experiences together for my first head coaching position.” Meg finished her playing career at UNH ranking seventh all-time in goals scored and sixth in points

scored. She coached at UNH for two years following graduation. At the national level, Meg is a member of the coaching staff for USA Field Hockey’s High-Performance Developmental Team. In other sports news, Scotland’s Fife Flyers announced in June that the team has signed Peter LeBlanc for the 2017–2018 season. Peter joins Fife from the ECHL, where he skated with the Cincinnati Cyclones and Manchester Monarchs. “I am looking to come in and provide offense, both creating and finishing plays in order to do my part being on a winning team,” Pete said in an article in Scotland’s Fife Today about his signing. The summer issue of the award-winning Ploughshares Literary Journal features a work by Andrew Mitchell entitled “Midnight Drives.” Justin Wood was accepted into R.H. White Construction’s mentoring program in June. His role is assistant project manager, Utility Construction Division, at the Auburn, MA, company. Kevin Shields was sworn in as one of the newest members of the Manchester Police Department in Manchester, NH. Kevin previously served with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC. Emily Chibaro was recently named an inside sales representative by ProEx in Portsmouth, NH. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty has welcomed Kathleen Kent Proft to its Portsmouth, NH, office. ◆

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Charlie Smith ’10 Five years out of college I was still working the same engineering job for Woodard & Curran in Bangor, ME, and was studying to take the professional engineer exam. Currently I am working for a small engineering firm, Madison Engineering in Bozeman, MT, while living in my tiny house.

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Kelly Moynihan ’14 I currently work as a dietitian for National Dairy Council (NDC) as part of the Sustainable Nutrition team. My job includes educating people on the value of dairy products and their role in a healthy diet, as well as working with thought-leaders to tell dairy’s sustainability story. One of the things that stands out to me is the great work UNH continues to do in terms of sustainability! The work I do today would not be the same without the experiences I had at UNH!

Paul Thompson was featured in an Eagle-Tribune article this spring on his NHL season with the Florida Panthers. Thompson, who had 57 career goals here at UNH, played in 21 Florida Panthers games during the 2016-17 season. Graduate School alumnus Christopher Pastore, an assistant professor in the history department at SUNY Albany, was featured in a SUNY Albany report on his recent piece entitled “Skiing Turns Through the Timber: Cutting a Trail Toward Multi-Use, Ecological Forestry,” which he authored for a special 2017 issue of the journal Northeastern Naturalist. UNH School of Law alumnus Joshua Weiss has joined Cavett, Abbott & Weiss in Chattanooga, Tenn., as a partner to expand the firm’s criminal defense and civil litigation practices. The firm was renamed in May to reflect his partnership. UNH Law alumna Corey E. Cooke, has been named senior advisor to the administrator for cyber and technology by the U.S. General Services Administration. Previously, she served in several positions in the U.S. House of Representatives ◆

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Elizabeth Burgess, who graduated summa cum laude with membership in Phi Beta Kappa, has received a 2017 Essex South District Medical Society Medical Student Scholarship. She is attending Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina. Jennifer Azarian was featured in a May article in the Eagle-Tribune on her “double life” as a buyer for clothing company Rue La La and—for half the year—as a New England Patriots cheerleader

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where she is able to pursue one of her life’s passions as a dancer. Chandler Rhoads has taken over as head coach of Madison County football program in Virginia. New Hampshire’s Union Leader and Sunday News recently featured an article about Mat Myers and his work with the Nashville Predators hockey team. Gabby Archambault was featured in Seacoast Media Group story this spring on her short film “Odette” to be produced by newly formed Grim Abbey Productions in the Seacoast area of NH. Jim Valias and brother Andy Valias ’14 are featured in a Concord Monitor story about coaching the CHaD East-West All-Star Football Game. ◆

2014 |

Hillary Flanagan

1001 Islington St Apt 65 Portsmouth NH 03801

After working as a staff writer for The Hippo Press, a freelance journalist for various New Hampshire publications and a news editor for Captivate, a digital media company in Lowell, MA, for the last three years, Allie Ginwala is moving to New York City to pursue an MFA in writing at Pratt Institute. Courtney Gray Tanner, who went on to receive her master’s degree in social work from UNH in 2015, has been named executive director of Hope on Haven Hill in Rochester, NH, a level 3.5 substance use treatment organization serving homeless pregnant and newly parenting mothers who are in recovery. ◆

2015 |

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Kellie Joyce has returned to UNH’s field hockey program as an assistant coach. The Daily News of Newburyport, MA, features nutritionist Elise Jordan Perry in its story on The Juicery. John B. Cook, who received his doctorate in education with the class of 2015, is the sixth president of Springfield Technical Community College. Morgan Faustino, who went on to

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receive his master’s from UNH in 2017, has been named community events manager of the Dover, NH, Chamber of Commerce. Trevor van Riemsdyk was signed to the Carolina Hurricanes in June. In other hockey news, Grayson Downing is featured in an article from British Columbia’s Kelowna Capital News. Jim Scott, founder of RAWZ Natural Pet Food, is the focus of an article on the Krempels Center of Portsmouth, NH. Brian Walker, who is currently studying at Berklee College of Music, was one of six students selected to share the stage with John Mayer in June. “It was pretty amazing,” Brian told The Portsmouth Herald, adding, “I’d love to have a career as a singer/songwriter and have some songs on the radio, but I would also be happy writing for other artists and producing.” ◆

2016 |

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Garrett Thompson has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to research the impact of para-medicine in the UK. Several media organizations have reported on the budding NFL careers of Dalton Crossan, Andrew Lauderdale and Jordan Powell. The Enterprise reported in May on the Baltimore Ravens signing of Casey DeAndrade being cut short by an old injury. The report noted he was exploring his options with other teams that have shown interest. Meaghan Long has joined the staff at physical therapy practice ProEx’s Somersworth, NH, location. Mary-Kathleen “Kassie” Eppig has joined the firm Ambit Enginerring in Portsmouth, NH, as an engineer-in-training. Tiffany Keenan has joined Calypso Communications in Portsmouth, NH, as a public relations coordinator, and fellow Paul College graduates Maria Laperle ’17 and Heather Murphy have joined regional accounting firm Nathan Wechsler and Company in Concord, NH. ◆

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In Memoriam

bright shall thy mem’ry be Beverly Swain Powell Woodward ’39 A devoted wife and mother, she was the former first lady of New Hampshire.


true daughter of New Hampshire, Beverly Swain Powell Woodward was born in East Concord, attended Concord High School and graduated with honors from UNH. With the election of her first husband, Wesley Powell, as New Hampshire’s governor from 19591963, she became first lady of the state. Beverly met Wesley Powell ‘38H in Washington D.C. while working for former N.H. Governor and U.S. senator Styles Bridges. They married in 1942. When Wesley enlisted in the Army Air Corps, Beverly followed him to training sites around the country, returning to Concord late in her first pregnancy when his orders took him to England. After the war, the Powells lived in Washington for two years before moving back to New Hampshire, where they purchased a home in Hampton Falls. Beverly threw her full support and considerable energy behind her husband as he built his law practice and ventured into politics. According to their son Peter, both of his parents wanted to stay in New Hampshire, but an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate in 1949 tempted Wesley to return to Washington, where his law degree might offer better employment opportunities. Beverly saved the day by presenting him with $2,000 she had tucked away in small but steady savings over the years. The money enabled them to stay in New Hampshire where their term as governor and first lady began 10 years later. Wesley Powell’s four years in office were sometimes marked by controversy, but Peter remembers his mother being respected by everyone, regardless of their political persuasion. Always by her husband’s side, “She was his important workmate and constant support, tireless and devoted,” he says. An English major at UNH, Beverly was a member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority and vice president of her class. Following graduation she wrote the class of 1939 alumni column for UNH Magazine and its predecessors for more than 70 years. She served on the board of the Alumni Association from 1956–1960 and as alumni trustee on the board of the University System from 1987-1991. UNH

awarded her the Meritorious Service Award in 1954. “She loved the university for what it did for her and does for New Hampshire,” says Peter. A tireless volunteer, Beverly served as a Cub Scout den mother when her children were young, worked on local committees and helped establish the Hampton Falls Historical Society. She was a longtime member of the local Grange. Family meant everything to her. In addition to raising two sons, Peter and Samuel, and a daughter, Nancy Brighton, Beverly cared for both her mother and her mother-in-law in their final days. Throughout their 38 years of marriage, she helped Wesley endure chronic pain from a serious war injury and the final illness that took his life in 1981. In 1986 she married Lt. Col. Douglas R. Woodward, Ret. ’34, welcoming his sons Rev. Thomas D. Woodward and Robert H. Woodward into her family and caring for Doug before his death in 2007. Beverly’s sight began to fail in the years before her death on June 3, 2017, at age 98. When Peter consulted a file marked “obituary notes” that his mother had complied to help him when the time came, he found a special message she had left. In large print it read, “She believed each new day brought a challenge to do the best she could with it, and she did so.” ² Irving “Sheik” Karelis ’43 He was a talented athlete, a successful businessman and a man of deep faith.


n a spring day in 1943, Irving “Sheik” Karelis took the mound for the UNH baseball team and won a 13–1 victory over rival University of Maine in the first game of a double-header. Despite temperatures in the 90s, he insisted on pitching the second game as well, winning it 3–1. When it was over, Sheik had worked 18 innings, starting, finishing and winning back-to-back games, a UNH record that remains unbroken. It was just one of Sheik’s many baseball achievements during his years in Durham. He also pitched five shutouts, had a three-year varsity record of 20-3, went 8-1 as a senior and was named All-New England three times by The Boston Globe. His athletic ability had been obvious from his early teens. At age 15 he set a record in the Haverhill, Massachusetts, Junior League by striking out 25 of 27 batters. He was a star pitcher for Haverhill High School and the youngest player

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Faculty and Staff


Walter M. Collins, professor emeritus of animal and nutrition science Aug. 22, 2017, Simsbury, Conn.

Phyllis Betley Macek ’40 June 6, 2017, Manchester, N.H. Charlotte Williams Butterworth ’41 May 9, 2017, Newington, N.H.

Robert C. Gilmore, professor emeritus of history Aug. 13, 2017, Exeter, N.H.

Elwyn P. Dearborn ’42 Aug. 14, 2017, Portland, Maine

Francis R. Hall III, professor emeritus of Earth science Aug. 10, 2017, Dover, N.H.

Raymond E. Skinner ’42 Aug. 7, 2017, Pinehurst, N.C. Barbara Lewando Zulauf ’42 June 27, 2017, Wolfeboro, N.H.

A. Robb Jacoby, professor emeritus of mathematics March 3, 2017, Durham, N.H.

Grace Brown Burch ’43 Aug. 25, 2017, Palmyra, N.Y.

David L. Larson, professor emeritus of political science July 26, 2017, Durham, N.H.

Christine Morrill Chowning ’43 June 15, 2017, Lexington, Ky. Ellen Morton Davison ’43 Sept. 19, 2017, Bridgton, Maine

Arnold S. Linsky, prof emeritus of sociology June 27, 2017, Durham, N.H.

Priscilla Tillson LockwoodFielding ’43 Aug. 26, 2017, Middleboro, Mass.

Wanda S. Mitchell, former vice provost July 31, 2017, Richmond, S.C.

Myrl A. Smith ’43 Aug. 19, 2017, Sanford, Maine


Mary MacCleave Dexter ’45 Aug. 21, 2017, Wolcott, Vt.

Mary Holmes Hunter ’36 April 17, 2017, W. Claremont, N.H.

Ruth Wadleigh Oberg ’45 Sept. 5, 2017, Bridgton, Maine

Wilbur H. Miller ’36, ’38G June 17, 2017, Stamford, Conn. Angeline Janetos Banas ’39 April 1, 2017, Dover, N.H.

Normajane Copeland Wittner ’45 May 26, 2017, Hanover, N.H.

Beverly Swain PowellWoodward ’39 June 3, 2017, Hampton Falls, N.H.

Marie Currier ’46 June 23, 2017, Barrington, R.I. Patricia Costin Jones ’46 Sept. 17, 2017, Greensboro, N.C. Carolyn Chase Fellows ’46 Aug. 8, 2017, Peterborough, N.H.

Robert B. Fletcher ’46 July 31, 2017, Pelham, N.H.

Robert W. Fortnam USA Ret ’49 Aug. 1, 2017, Concord, N.H.

Barbara Dockum Bennett ’52 July 7, 2017, Keene, N.H.

Marguerite Kiene Santoni ’54 June 20, 2017, Granville, Ohio

Harriet Leslie MacAlaster ’46 June 10, 2017, Portland, Maine

Ann Paul Hatch ’49, ’58G Sept. 23, 2017, Ossipee, N.H.

E. Glen Caswell ’52 June 4, 2017, York, Maine

Marilyn Withers Thomas ’54 May 27, 2017, Watertown, N.Y.

Edna Glines Tuttle ’46 June 28, 2017, Wilton, N.H.

Lawrence F. Staples ’49, ’50G July 30, 2017, Des Moines, Iowa

Marcia Sullivan Coe ’52 June 30, 2017, Saratoga, Calif.

Edith A. Emery ’47 June 27, 2017, Woodsville, N.H.

Frances L. Swallow Ret ’49 Aug. 5, 2017, Fremont, N.H.

Theodore A. Flanders ’52 June 24, 2017, Windsor, Conn.

Cecilia Baverstock Battersby ’55 Jan. 19, 2017, Eastanollee, Ga.

Ellen Pinkham Folsom ’47 July 21, 2017, Brookfield, Wis.


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William J. McFadden ’55 Aug. 9, 2017, Neenah, Wis. J. Edward Roy ’55 July 6, 2017, Danvers, Mass.

Arlene Bailey George ’50 Aug. 15, 2017, Milford, N.H.

Jane Schmidt Hoffman ’52 June 22, 2017, Windsor, Conn.

Mildred Thomas Rice ’47 June 5, 2017, Falmouth, Maine

Robert B. Hatton Sr. ’50 July 5, 2017, Milford, Mass.

George V. Barmashi ’53 Sept. 24, 2017, Shelton, Conn.

Dorothy Stevens Thomas ’47 June 23, 2017, Moscow, Idaho

Emerson C. Heald ’50 Aug. 1, 2017, Bedford, N.H.

Cowan B. Battersby ’53, ’64G June 30, 2016, Edgewater, Fla.

Donald K. Adams ’48 May 29, 2017, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Mylo V. Johnson ’50 June 5, 2017, Berlin, N.H.

Nancy Ayers Deminie ’53 Aug. 15, 2017, Merrimac, Mass.

Robert W. Bilodeau ’48 June 8, 2016, Southern Pines, N.C.

Nicholas M. Skoby Sr. ’50 June 16, 2017, Burnham, Maine

Warren A. Pillsbury ’53 May 16, 2017, Derry, N.H.

Vesta Palmer Brumby ’48 Aug. 28, 2017, Tallahassee, Fla.

Ruth Farmer Hill ’50 July 22, 2017, Dover, N.H.

Elizabeth Nicely Sanford ’53 July 23, 2017, Medina, Ohio

Rebecca Colokathis ’48 June 7, 2017, Dover, N.H.

Theodore J. Capron ’51 July 10, 2017, North Walpole, N.H.

Nicholas G. Skaperdas ’53 Aug. 12, 2017, Manchester, N.H.

Lloyd S. Farwell ’48 June 24, 2017, Westlake Village, Calif.

Walter L. Fournier ’51 Aug. 27, 2017, Berlin, N.H.

Sylvia Blanchard Stoneham ’53 July 22, 2017, Amherst, Mass.

Charlotte F. Merrill ’51, ’54G Sept. 18, 2017, Londonderry, N.H.

Joan Clark Cary ’54 June 20, 2017, Radnor, Pa.

Stanley R. Putnam ’51 July 6, 2017, Webster, Mass.

John C. Hayes ’54 May 14, 2017, Tewksbury, Mass.

Sheldon L. Goodman ’51 Sept. 2, 2017, Naples, Fla.

Emlyann Ingraham Heselton ’54 June 9, 2017, Frankfort, N.Y.

Donald A. Gonya ’57 July 7, 2017, North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

George Banaian ’52, ’73, ’76G June 9, 2017, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Donald K. Jenkins Sr. ’54 Aug. 17, 2017, Burlington, Vt.

Hollis E. Harrington Jr, ’57 June 11, 2017, Nashua, N.H.

Jeanne Miville Benjamin ’52 June 5, 2017, Hampton, N.H.

Antonio W. Nadeau ’54 June 12, 2017, Berlin, N.H.

Lewis A. Kelley ’57 June 8, 2017, Rockford, Ill.

Phyllis Barr Prescott ’47 July 12, 2017, Durham, N.H.

Jean Garfield Knight ’48 Aug. 17, 2017, Westbrook, Maine Jean Hall McCulloch ’48 Sept. 25, 2016, Eaton Center, N.H. Harold Orel ’48 Aug. 1, 2017, Lawrence, Kan. Gilbert S. Paige ’48 Sept. 4, 2017, Concord, N.H. Bartram C. Branch ’49 July 25, 2017, Bedford, N.H.

ever to win a spot in the competitive Cape Cod League. A few days after his record-setting double-header, Sheik enlisted in the U.S. Navy, becoming an accomplished pitcher for Navy teams and playing with future big leaguers like Don Newcombe, Birdie Tebbetts and Joe Campanella. Signed by the Boston Red Sox at the war’s end, he played for their Class B farm team in Lynn, Massachusetts, before hanging up his glove in 1948. Two years later he opened Karelis Jewelers in Haverhill, which he owned for 40 years. A bachelor until he was 51, Sheik married Eleanor (Seligman) Karelis. Ellie predeceased him in 2011 after 40 years of marriage. They had no children, but Sheik was a loving stepfather to Wendy (Gorevitz) Boswell and Anita (Gorevitz) Ryan. “There aren’t many ‘Sheik Irvings’ in the world,” says his nephew Jeffrey Karelis ‘69, noting that his ebullient uncle usually found himself the center of attention, on or off the pitcher’s mound. “He always had the most magnetic personality. He loved an audience and his audience loved him back.” His jewelry store attracted other sports aficionados, he was a fixture at the Haverhill Country Club and he generously supported local Little League teams. Sheik was well known beyond UNH and Haverhill. Jeffrey recalls many times shopping in Boston when a salesperson looked at the name on his credit card and said, “Karelis. Are you from Haverhill?” When Jeffrey said yes, the inevitable question was, “Do you know the Sheik?”



Annette Strino Schroeder ’52 Sept. 2, 2017, Lee, N.H.

William C. Arms ’56 April 30, 2016, Silver Spring, Md. Howard B. Boardman ’56 June 25, 2017, Cherry Hill, N.J. Richard H. Field USNR Ret ’56 July 3, 2017, Falls Church, Va. Donald M. Page ’56 June 7, 2017, Sarasota, Fla. Frank W. Root ’56 July 29, 2017, Cambridge, N.Y. Richard W. Spaulding ’56 Aug. 2, 2017, Lexington, Mass. Edward J. Thompson Jr. ’56 May 14, 2017, Leesburg, Fla. Kenneth B. Wood ’56 Sept. 9, 2017, Rochester, N.H. Dister L. Deoss USA Ret ’57 July 18, 2017, Concord, N.H.

Sheik was inducted into the UNH Hall of Fame in 1987 but chose not to attend the induction ceremony because it fell on Yom Kippur. Speaking to a reporter from the Haverhill Gazette at the time, Sheik explained that if Jewish baseball greats like Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax chose not to play baseball on Yom Kippur, “who am I to deny my heritage?” His sacrifice was, he added, a token of respect to the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust. After his wife’s death, Sheik moved to the Hannah Dustin Healthcare Center in Haverhill, where he liked to sit near the front desk and oversee the comings and goings. For the last six years, says Jeffrey, Sheik was “the self-appointed, uncontested ‘mayor’ of all fellow residents, staff and visitors at Hannah Dustin.” He passed away on May 25, 2017, his spirit irrepressible to the end. ² Pamela Raiford ’86, ’95G A dedicated educator, she was a NH Social Studies Teacher of the Year


am Raiford’s days began at 4:30 a.m., and she often worked late into the night and on weekends. Dedicated to her career as a social studies teacher at Oyster River High School, she was always studying to stay on top of innovations in her field, says her husband, Guy Capecelatro III ‘89. Her popular “Power of One” project is just one of many fresh approaches Pam brought to learning. The project asks freshmen students to identify and educate themselves about an important cause and then find ways to increase awareness of that cause. Their research culminates in a formal, public presentation that not only educates parents and friends, it also shows them how they as individuals can

In Memoriam Dolores Drew Kunz ’57 Sept. 9, 2017, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Stephen F. Ekstrom ’61 Aug. 4, 2017, New London, N.H.

Richard W. Martin ’68 July 27, 2017, Guildhall, Vt.

Shirley Asper Likly ’57 Aug. 28, 2017, Wilton, Conn.

Edward J. Hanrahan ’62 Aug. 1, 2017, Wells, Maine

Walter A. Bodwell Jr. ’69 Aug. 19, 2017, Gray, Maine

Arthur J. Moody ’57 Aug. 16, 2017, Hampton, N.H.

Douglas L. Osborne ’62, ’73G Sept. 11, 2017, Boscawen, N.H.

Marcia A. Makris ’69, ’71G, ’96G June 3, 2017, Portsmouth, N.H.

Eva L. Nesmith Brown ’57 July 8, 2017, Westford, Mass.

Barbara E. Sullivan ’62 July 8, 2017, Wells, Maine

Sharon Pedrick Warner ’69 June 30, 2017, Gloucester, Mass.

Wallace P. Rhodes ’57 July 17, 2017, Belmont, N.H.

Ernest H. Bridge Jr. ’63 June 13, 2017, Newport, Mass.

Gary B. Bisson ’59 May 25, 2017, Winchester, Va.

J. Robert A. Landry ’63 Aug. 18, 2017, Roanoke, Va.

Carole Vitagliano Carlson ’59 June 12, 2017, Gloucester, Mass.

Paul J. Marro ’63 June 20, 2017, Louisville, Ky.

Robert J. Crowley ’59 Dec. 28, 2016, Plymouth, N.H.

Patricia Rich Ek ’64 July 9, 2017, Lee, N.H.

Nancy Osborne Fortuna ’59 June 14, 2017, Berlin, N.H.

Thomas L. Knowlton ’64 Aug. 4, 2017, Lenoir City, Tenn.

Harold E. Jefferson ’59 June 24, 2017, Glenmoore, Pa.

John D. Phinney ’64 June 14, 2017, Gorham, Maine

Linda Chickering Marx ’59 May 28, 2017, Cambridge, Mass.

Martha Oldenbrook St. Laurent ’64 May 26, 2017, Carmel, Calif.

David G. Runnells ’59 July 16, 2017, Boscawen, N.H.

1960s Douglas H. Dartnell ’60 Sept. 10, 2017, Concord, N.H. James F. Houle ’60 May 2, 2016, Rochester, N.Y. John F. Ridge ’60 Aug. 21, 2017, South Portland, Maine Roger C. Roy Sr, ’60 July 26, 2017, Hudson, Ohio

Marcia Bickford Stearns ’64 June 17, 2017, Lawrence Township, N.J. Irving W. Quimby Jr. ’65 July 24, 2017, Brighton, Mass. Linda Kavanaugh Smith ’65 July 16, 2017, Long Beach, Calif. Anne M. Tullson-Johnsen ’65 Sept. 6, 2017, Danvers, Mass. Foster T. Jones ’66 Aug. 26, 2017, Alton, N.H. Mary Ann Osgood Coppola ’67 Aug. 25, 2017, Chelmsford, Mass.

1970s Nancy Alward Roberts ’70 May 18, 2017, Naples, Fla.

Arthur J. Marcoux ’73 Aug. 20, 2017, South Portland, Maine

Rosemary Hampp DeFilippo ’78JD Feb. 5, 2017, Bethany, Conn.

Philip H. Plowman ’73 Sept. 17, 2017, Simpsonville, S.C.

Richard B. Welch ’79 July 27, 2017, Newburyport, Mass.

Angela French Bertram ’89, ’93G June 27, 2017, Barrington, N.H.



Peter G. Robart ’73 May 21, 2017, Hampton Falls, N.H. Kemis-Lee Clay Rodgers ’73 June 15, 2017, Hampton, N.H. Clifford B. Stearns ’73 Sept. 14, 2017, Conowingo, Md. Kathleen Taranto Yudd ’73 July 22, 2017, West Orange, N.J.

Shirley Apostal Chadwick ’71 Aug. 25, 2017, Concord, N.H.

Richard C. Hurd ’74 Aug. 9, 2017, Auburn, Maine

James K. Mitchell ’71 June 7, 2017, New Durham, N.H.

Robert L. Jesse ’74 Sept. 2, 2017, Richmond, Va.

Michael F. Slovack ’71 June 29, 2017, Nottingham, N.H.

Daniel R. Riendeau ’74 Aug. 26, 2017, Gardner, Mass.

Marron P. Stearns ’71 July 13, 2017, Portland, Maine

Joseph C. Tringali ’74 July 8, 2017 Hampstead, N.H.

Stephen K. Weissbecker ’71 July 3, 2017, Hopkinton, Mass.

Virginia Vineyard Dunn ’75 May 12, 2017, Plymouth, N.H.

Peter J. Churchill ’72 June 16, 2017, Witchita Falls, TX

Gary R. Dardia ’76 June 19, 2017, Kennebunkport, Maine

Cynthia D. Conklin ’72 Aug. 20, 2017, Sharon, Conn. Thomas A. Linell ’72 July 8, 2017, Lebanon, N.H. Edith L. Adams ’73 Mar. 20, 2016, Stratham, N.H. Sara Zuretti Bryan ’73 July 25, 2017, Evans, Ga. Gary J. Fagan ’73 June 11, 2017, Marblehead, Mass.

impact the world. Their wide-ranging topics have included the importance of eliminating plastic bags, the plight of Rwandan refugees and the post-war mental health of veterans. The project is just one of the creative approaches Pam took to education that won her the 2013 New Hampshire Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award. Several years ago, Pam took leave from Oyster River to teach at UNH, a gig she returned to periodically. Although she had originally planned to earn a PhD and become a professor of history, high school teaching kept drawing her back. UNH Presidential Professor of History Janet Polasky wrote glowing recommendations for Pam to doctoral programs at prestigious universities, calling her the best student she had ever taught. But Pam had found her niche in high school teaching and ultimately decided not to pursue a doctorate. “She would have been a brilliant professor of history,” says Polasky, “but it is as a high school teacher that she changed hundreds of lives. I can tell when an Oyster River student comes into my class who has had Pam as a teacher. Her gentle guidance and enthusiasm, but above all her deep-seated humanity, comes through in her students.” When Pam died of ovarian cancer on April 13, “The world lost a great one,” says associate professor of education Joseph Onosko. “I hope Pam’s spirit will continue to reverberate through the many people who knew, loved and learned from her.” Oyster River social studies teacher and cross country coach Scott McGrath ’09, ’11G would count himself among those touched by Pam’s legacy. He interned with Pam and now teaches in the classroom that was once hers. “It’s an honor to be teaching in the space where I once learned

Edward A. Swiedler ’76 Mar. 10, 2017, Weston, Mass. Janet Dewing Johnson ’76 July 2, 2017, Dover, N.H. David A Rock II ’77 Dec. 30, 2016, Laconia, N.H. William W. White ’77 Aug. 16, 2017, Placida, Fla. Raymond A. Buskey ’78 June 11, 2017, Lebanon, N.H.

Mark M. Pitman ’86 June 5, 2017, Chatham, N.H.

Ann P. Devine ’80 July 24, 2017, Dover, N.H.

Steven F. King ’90 Sept. 9, 2017, Nashua, N.H.

Gene M. Kelewae ’80 Aug. 12, 2017, North Berwick, Maine

Thomas J. McKrell ’93 June 9, 2017, Lynnfield, Mass.

Jason H. Edwards ’81 Sept. 17, 2017, Frostberg, Md.

Christina McHugh Michael ’94 June 8, 2017, Center Sandwich, N.H.

Beverly J. Aubert ’82 July 25, 2017, The Villages, Fla.

Yvonne M. Stahr ’98G July 12, 2017, Sanbornton, N.H.

Judith Swallow Crafts ’82 July 19, 2017, Wolfeboro, N.H.

Carol Zinno Lefoley ’99 June 3, 2017, Dover, N.H.

Mary Goodridge Kopp ’82 June 25, 2017, Marietta, Ga.


Edward B. McCaffery ’82 Sept. 24, 2017, Elgin, Ill.

Jonathan J. Ristau ’00 Aug. 1, 2017, North Hampton, N.H.

Elizabeth Dunn Minickiello ’83 July 14, 2017, Plymouth, N.H.

Matthew C. Sherman ’00 July 24, 2017, Wareham, Mass.

Barbara B. Day ’84JD Aug. 26, 2017, Saranac Lake, N.Y.

Tyler B. King ’06 July 2, 2017, Albany, N.Y.

Janet Graham Knight ’84 July 26, 2017, Franklin, N.H.


Sharlene Leclair Beaudry ’86 May 30, 2017, Walpole, N.H.

Andrew J. Postupack ’12 Aug. 19, 2017, Plainfield, N.H.

Jeannette Poukstas Grace ’86 July 17, 2017, Candia, N.H.

Stephen G. Baker ’14JD Sept. 3, 2017, Salt Lake City, Utah

Beth J. Harwood ’86 May 19, 2017, Charleston, S.C.

Dawn E. Houston-Fields ’18 Sept. 17, 2017, Greenland, N.H.

Pavel H. Lempert ’86 Aug. 1, 2017, Ithaca, N.Y.

from Pam,” he says. “I’m the teacher I am today because of her.” Another former intern, Dave Hawley ‘03G, remembers Pam’s sense of humor. He often carpooled with her, and while it might have been early morning on a snowy winter day, “We always laughed all the way to school,” he says. “She had an openness about her that was very engaging.” Perhaps her personality is best described by a student who admired her for being “so anti-mean,” adds Hawley. “That’s true. She did not have a mean bone in her body.” Pam and fellow teacher Brian Zottoli ’02G, ’14G were once among those attending Boot Camp for Teachers at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina. For four days they lived the life of a U.S. Marine, including firing weapons and “getting yelled at by drill instructors,” says Zottoli. Pam was all-in and interested in having a firsthand look at what military training entailed. “She had an open mind about everything,” he says. Pam loved being outdoors, says Guy, and during the 27 years they were together they often relaxed by hiking and playing Ultimate Frisbee. Despite her busy schedule, she always found time to spend with her family and friends. But her real legacy, say those she left behind, is the students she nurtured and loved and sent into the world knowing they could make a difference. ²

Winter 2018



Parting Shot

Practices in the predawn cold and endless hours spent erging in preparation for a race that lasts less than 20 minutes. Blisters and calf bites and the everpresent prospect of catching a dreaded “crab.” There’s a reason many people consider rowing to be a masochist’s sport, but the payoff can be sweet— just ask the UNH women’s crew team, whose varsity 4+ boat earned gold at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in October. Racing against the clock, the Wildcats turned in the fastest time among 36 teams competing in the women’s collegiate 4+ race —four rowers plus coxswain— completing the 5 kilometer course in 18:20, more than three seconds ahead of their closest challenger. It’s the latest in a string of victories for the women’s rowing program; the team’s varsity 8 boat finished second at the national American Collegiate Rowing Association championships in May, and the novice 4+ boat, comprising rowers in their first year of competition, came in first.



Winter 2018




A Will to Make Less Work for Students


S A FRESHMAN AT UNH, Bob Winot ’71, ’74G worked a 4 0 - hour week at the

General Electric plant in Somersworth.

After an eight-hour workday at his apprenticeship, he’d drive to campus for night classes, stay late to do homework, then finally head home to sleep. It was a routine he would repeat every day for three and a half years.“You really had to want it to put in that kind of effort, but I never wanted to quit,” recalls Winot, who grew up in a working-class family in Cavendish, Vermont. He graduated from UNH in 1971 with a degree in electrical engineering and earned an MBA from UNH three years later. Now retired from a successful career at IBM, Winot has pledged $2 million of his estate to create scholarships in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences that will cover the cost of tuition for as many as four students each year. The scholarships will be awarded to students from New Hampshire and Vermont who JESSICA MILLIGAN

demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. “I wanted this scholarship to be significant enough that a deserving kid wouldn’t have to work as hard as I did and would be able to get out of college debt-free,” Winot

Learn more about including UNH in your plan for the future. Visit or contact Theresa Curry, assistant vice president of gift planning and administration, at (603) 862-4895 or

explains. “This might mean they don’t have to work at a full-time job and can

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the traditional way.”



live on campus and go through college

The Benjamin Thompson Society at UNH recognizes the foresight and generosity of those, like Bob Winot ’71, ’74G who have planned support for the university through wills, trusts, life income funds and life insurance gifts. The society honors the memory of Benjamin Thompson, whose bequest established the university’s Durham campus in 1893.

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