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Photographer Tim Kemple ’03 takes aim at adventure.


New School for Future Leaders 28| Zoned Out 32| Prime Time Math 36| Remembering Domenic

“I believe that UNH prepares graduates for their careers tremendously well, so I give.”

Cara Hayward ’08 is an example of the young alumni who are active and enthusiastic in both their engagement with and their financial support of UNH. Cara was looking for a school with a great business program—and a synchronized skating team. She found both at UNH. Now an investment banker in Manhattan, Cara mentors UNH students. She tells them to take advantage of the University’s many resources and to stay connected, that their relationship with UNH is a lifelong experience, and that it’s important to give back so future generations have the same opportunities.

If you believe, please make a gift to The UNH Fund.


Where education is more than a matter of degree


“IN GOOD COMPANY,” a juried exhibition of arts and fine crafts by 49 members of the UNH faculty and staff, will be on display at the University Museum in Dimond Library through Dec. 13. (See page 8.) PUMPED (on the cover): James Pearson, climbing The Weather Man in Mallorca rope-free, shakes off the “pump” in his arm—a climbing term for the grip-weakening buildup of lactic acid in overtaxed muscles—to avoid the long drop into the water below. Photographer Tim Kemple ’03, suspended from another cliff, got the shot.

Contents 4 | Letters 5 | View from T-Hall “Is College Worth It?” 6 | Campus Currents LunaCats, Farm-to-Fork dining, two very different gifts from alums—and more. 14 | Inquiring Minds New seaweed, beyond sibling rivalry, city sprawl. 2 • Uni ve rs it y o f Ne w Ha m p s h i r e Ma g a z i n e • S p r i ng 2013

39 | Book Reviews Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley ’85 and Catherine by April Lindner ’84. 40 | Alumni News 42 | Class Notes With profiles of Fred Jervis ’44, ’49G, Fred Puksta ’81, Kerri Haskins ’93, and Muji Karim ’07. 61 | In Memoriam 64 | On Ben’s Farm


16 | Going to Extremes Tim Kemple ’03 doesn’t just photograph extreme outdoor adventurers—he is one. By Todd Balf ’83

28 | Pride and Prejudice An excerpt from the new book Snob Zones goes inside the struggling fishing village of Milbridge, Maine. By Lisa Prevost ’84

32 | Prime Time Mathematician Yitang Zhang made headlines around the world with his recent discovery—and the dramatic story behind it. By Virginia Stuart ’75, ’80G

36 | Remembering Domenic It all started at the MUB. She stumbled, he caught her— and so began a lifelong friendship. By Jackie MacMullan ’82 S pr i ng 2013 • Uni versity o f New Hamps h i r e Maga zine • 3

Letters to the Editor Volume 16, #1, Fall 2013 ◆


Spring Issue Kudos

I have received the Spring 2013 issue and have enjoyed it immensely—as always. The articles have so much info about everything that is happening at UNH, and I have a large file of the past magazines that I simply have to save for future reference. You guys really know how to do it!!! Margaret (Peg) Tower Whittemore ’46 Sudbury, Mass. I always enjoy the UNH alumni magazine. Thanks so much for sending it. I enjoy reading about my classmates and also the new young people. Marion Stearns ’45 Livermore, Calif.

Class Notes Editor Elaine Isherwood ’79 ◆

Editorial Office

Art History

I enjoyed the Spring 2013 issue of UNH Magazine, but wish to note one small correction. On page 41, you say that the UNH Wildcat is “the university’s first commissioned work of art.” [However, it’s] the first large commissioned work that stayed on campus. Some years ago [in the mid-1970s], J. Robert “Bob” Sandberg, then director of development, and I, then special programs manager in the development office, commissioned associate professor Sigmund Abeles to do an etching for the members of the President’s Council. These were people who had given generously to the university’s previous Continued on Page 12

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On the Cover Front: Courtesy of Tim Kemple ’03 Back: Lisa Nugent

“Six Views of Astronaut” by emeritus associate professor of art Sigmund Abeles (1970–1987), etching on copperplate. 4 • Uni ve rs it y o f Ne w Ha m p s h i r e Ma g a z i n e • Fa l l 2013

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I read UNH Magazine, and both my husband and I thoroughly enjoy it! There are always very interesting articles, and the photos are also amazing! Lots of good history

is sprinkled in and very much appreciated. The story topics are great, too. A sure prizewinner of a magazine! Diane and Jim Howard ’80 Windham, N.H.

Kristin Waterfield Duisberg Associate Editors Suki Casanave ’86G and Virginia Stuart ’75, ’80G Designer Valerie Lester

The View from T-Hall

Is College Worth It? By President Mark W. Huddleston


nter the words “Is college worth it?” into a Google search and you will find no shortage of articles, books, and data-rich analyses about the fundamental question so many parents and students are asking these days. Looking at the numbers, it isn’t surprising. The cost of attending America’s colleges and universities has outpaced the cost of living for each of the past 20 years. Student loan debt in the United States now tops $1 trillion—more than all credit card debt combined. That is especially sobering here in New Hampshire, where students who finance their education with loans graduate with the nation’s highest debt load, averaging more than $32,000 apiece. Factor in a steady decline in the high-school-age population, increased national competition for enrollments, and new online options that promise faster, lower-cost ways to earn a degree, and it adds up to some serious challenges for higher education. For us, it raises an even more pointed question: Is a four-year, residential, public university like UNH worth it? UNH alumni think so. In fact, when they look closely at how we are evolving so we can continue to deliver outstanding value in the changing higher-education landscape, our alums rally in support. Last year, they helped us reach an all-time record in private fundraising of nearly $36 million. Marcy Carsey ’66, an Emmy-winning television producer, most certainly thinks so. As this issue of UNH Magazine goes to press, we have just announced her astounding gift of $20 million, the second largest gift in our history, to establish a graduate school for public policy. You can read more about Marcy’s gift in Campus Currents. I believe it is truly transformational, and a cause for celebration at a critical time. Now is also a good time for us to celebrate the various ways in which a UNH education delivers intangible value. Some of those ways are easy to quantify: Our graduation rate is in the top 10 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities. And because of our work to cut costs, operate more efficiently, and do even more to support the state’s economy, the Legislature voted in June to restore most of the state support we lost in the previous budget cycle—a step that allowed us to freeze the cost of in-state tuition this year and next.

Other “value-added” aspects of a UNH education are harder to measure. But let’s say that you are a UNH business student, interested in a career that enables you to achieve financial success while also helping to solve the world’s most pressing poverty-related challenges. If you were on our Durham campus in September, you could have seen and heard—and met—Muhammad Yunus, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and pioneer of the microfinance movement. You also could have competed in the New Hampshire Social Business Innovation Challenge, which featured dozens of student and community teams in a competition that promotes market-based approaches to solving social problems. Or suppose you are a student studying political science, history, or nonfiction writing. You could have sat down with Robert A. Caro, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, after hearing his lecture “Fifty Years Ago: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and November 22, 1963.” Thousands of UNH students enjoyed their return to campus this fall with our annual University Day, which features some 200 student organizations. There, among other things, they could learn about ROTC and careers in the military, sign up for the UNH Cycling Club, or find out about UNH Women in Science, a club that supports women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Of course, if you are a UNH alum, you may be reading this upon your return from Homecoming, where you had the chance to renew your connections with classmates and faculty, meet other UNH families, and explore some of the innovative research we are creating. While cheering on our Wildcat football team, you also might have chatted about your careers, found connections in common, and renewed friendships that could lead to new opportunities. It is impossible to put a dollar value on the personal connections and experiences that UNH students create on our campuses in Durham, Manchester, and Concord. But these connections are lifelong, and they are deeply cherished. We know, too, that they are uniquely UNH, and that they are enduringly powerful, helping to shape the principles our graduates take with them out into the world. ~ Fal l 2013 • Uni versity o f New Hamps h i r e Maga zine • 5

Campus Currents

Moving (Moon) Mountains LunaCats launch winning effort at Kennedy Space Center.


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“Last year, we blew a lot of fuses and burned some wires,” says two-time team captain Caleigh MacPherson ’12, ’14G, who worked on the “lunabot” for her senior project and now builds satellites for NASA at UNH’s Space Science Center as a master’s candidate in mechanical engineering. “The parts that moved the arms up and down were really slow. This year, we fixed all that—it was really zippy. One of the NASA judges said we made it look easy.” MacPherson’s interdisciplinary team of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science majors included seven undergraduates and an alum. She attributes the team’s success to cooperation, experience, and better electrical engineering. “We knew what not to do, what would blow up, and when,” MacPherson says. “We did a complete overhaul and made M.O.O.S.E. as simple as possible.” Along with tickets to watch a satellite launch at the space center, the team earned $1,000 toward next year’s robot. Says MacPherson: “We’re aiming for first place.” —Katharine Webster


an a team of UNH students put their M.O.O.S.E. on the moon? That was the challenge facing the LunaCats in a recent NASA competition to design a spacemining robot. Their Magically Optimized Outer Space Excavator, or M.O.O.S.E, blasted past teams from bigger engineering schools to claim first place in “Efficient Use of Communications Power” and third place among 50 teams in the main event, the mining competition held at the Kennedy Space Center. M.O.O.S.E. scored highly for its simple design, lightweight construction, and efficient use of bandwidth. This year’s competition was the third time the LunaCats set out to dig their way to victory in the “LunArena.” Each robot had two 10-minute tries to dig up and move at least 10 kilograms of simulated regolith—the mix of dust, grit, and sharp glassy rock that covers the moon. Although UNH didn’t place at all during the team’s first year of competition, the students snagged a respectable ninth place on their second try in 2012. And this year, M.O.O.S.E. moved 36.6 and 47.6 kilos in two trials, using only four moving parts and an onboard netbook.


CAT POWER: Members of UNH’s LunaCats team pose with their robot on a simulated lunar surface at a NASA competition where they placed 3rd out of 50 teams. Above from left are Jonathan Wilson ’12, Anthony Edmonds ’14, Jon Shepard ’14, and team captain Caleigh MacPherson ’12, ’14G. Not pictured are James Clifford ’13, Drew Garvey ’13, Tim Gerade ’13, Nick Grauel ’13, and Antoine Procyk ’13. May-Win Thein, associate professor of mechanical engineering, serves as the team’s adviser.

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Field Work New farm-to-fork course keeps UNH produce local.

News Briefs



f the salads at the UNH Dairy Bar seem incredibly fresh, there’s a good reason. Those tender baby greens and colorful radishes of different hues may have been harvested within the hour. Even well after the end of the growing season. Thanks to a new sustainable agriculture course and two nearby “high tunnel” greenhouses, the Dairy Bar can make good on its promise to provide locally grown food year round—while students learn to apply new technology to an age-old approach to food production. “The trend has been toward larger and fewer farms, with increased mechanization and decreased contact between grower and consumer,” says Andrew Ogden, a lecturer in sustainable agriculture and food systems. But that trend may be changing, he notes, especially in New England, where smaller farms are on the rise. Designed to give students the skills they need to meet the challenges of modern small-scale farming, Ogden’s Food Production Field Experience class spans two semesters. The students plant crops in raised beds inside the high tunnels, using compost produced from dining-hall food waste. They learn about irrigation and keep pests at bay. Harvest and delivery continues long past the traditional fall months,

TIGHT TEAMWORK: Yankee ingenuity and a whole lot of smarts helped propel the UNH Precision Racing team to a bestever 26th place finish in the annual international Society of Automotive Engineering Formula race car competition in May. UNH’s team of 14 mechanical and computer engineering undergraduates, who had devoted a full year to designing and building the race car, tested their mettle in a field of 120 teams from universities around the world, speeding to a sixthplace finish for fuel efficiency and a 10th-place tie for design. ON ICE: An Inuit activist and her daughter, two Canadian

thanks to the tunnels, a season-extending innovation pioneered—and still being studied—at UNH. Ogden hopes someday to provide produce for the UNH dining halls. Students also learn how manage a farm, with a special focus on marketing. Growers who meet consumers face to face—on the farm or at the farmers market—can use social media and community events to build personal relationships, notes Ogden. “Successful growers are selling their products, but also themselves,” he says. The results are tangible. When “farm-to-fork” students walk into the Dairy Bar, they can see customers enjoying greens grown and harvested just down the road. They also see what they hope will be an increasingly important part of the future of farming, a future that looks an awful lot like the past— fresh, local, and sustainable. —Larry Clow ’12G

Coast Guard officers, a climate scientist, and two polar bears will share the UNH stage in February 2014 in “Sila,” by Chantal Bilodeau. The play, which includes puppetry and spoken poetry, won the first Woodward International Playwriting Prize awarded by UNH’s Cultural Stages project, which encourages greater understanding of world cultures. NEW ROLE: Senior vice provost for academic affairs Lisa MacFarlane was named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs by President Mark Huddleston effective July 1. An accomplished scholar and leader who came to UNH as a professor

of English in 1987, MacFarlane served most recently as director of the University Honors Program and of the American Studies program. Previously she held the Walt Whitman Chair at Utrecht University and directed the UNH Cambridge Summer Program. MacFarlane replaces John Aber, University Professor of environmental sciences, who returned to the faculty in June after four years in the provost’s office. HONOR: Joanne Burke has been named the first Thomas W. Haas Professor in Sustainable Food

Systems. The professorship was established last spring with a $1 million gift to the UNH Sustainability Institute from a fund established at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation by Durham philanthropist Tom Haas. A clinical associate professor of nutrition, Burke is an expert on community nutrition and dietetics education with an emphasis on food systems. Her primary responsibility as Haas Professor will be to advance the mission of Food Solutions New England, a regional food systems learning-action network.

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Watercolor Iris Afternoon is by Peter Welch, UNH Health Services

Good Company Art show lets faculty and staff artists shine.


n arts exhibition that showcases the talents of UNH faculty and staff, from traditional watercolor and oil paintings to pottery and woodwork, will be on view at the University Museum in Dimond Library until Dec. 13. “In the Company of Artists” features 49 artists representing 25 departments. The first faculty and staff arts exhibition was held in the same location in 2008. 8 • Uni ve rs it y o f Ne w Ha m p s h i r e Ma g a z i n e • Fa l l 2013

Take Two: Creating Leaders Gift from producer Marcy Carsey ’66 will create more than a school.


arcy Peterson Carsey ’66, who co-founded the independent production company behind the “The Cosby Show,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” and many other successful sitcoms, has made a $20 million gift to UNH—the second largest in the university’s history. The gift will support the creation of the Carsey School for Public Policy, where an interdisciplinary approach will help cultivate a new generation of leaders with a commitment to service. Sociologists and environmental scientists, health care experts and economists, demographers and foresters—they’ll all find a home in the new graduate school. The goal, says Carsey, is to develop public policy practitioners “who can translate rigorous research into effective policies and practices, helping to solve some of the complex issues facing our world.” The school will educate and invigorate future leaders, says Carsey, whose $7.5 million gift in 2002 established UNH’s Carsey Institute, which conducts research on vulnerable children, youth, and families. Investing in initiatives like these reflects the spirit of a public university, notes Carsey, whose latest gift to UNH follows the largest fundraising year in the university’s history.


LETTERS: On Sept. 18, UNH hosted a special screening of a documentary film, “Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy,” based on a book by history professor Ellen Fitzpatrick. The film, featuring archive footage and letter readings by an all-star cast, will debut on TLC later this fall to mark the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.


STARTING TO CLICK: Thompson School students learn to knit baby caps in Human Relations 201, under the guidance of Mary DeTurk (center) and other UNH staff volunteers. The class, taught by community leadership instructor Kate Hanson ’76G, has partnered with the New Hampshire Children’s Trust to raise awareness of shaken baby syndrome. The purple caps will be delivered to new parents this fall along with information about normal infant crying as part of a national campaign called Click for Babies.


Solar Solution An earth-friendly system will help heat Kingsbury Hall.

SUNNY-SIDE UP: Campus energy manager Matt O’Keefe ’97 stands in front of the new solar panels on the roof of Kingsbury Hall.



t’s just the latest bright idea to come out of Kingsbury Hall—a rooftop passive-solar heating system that will save the university $10,000 to $15,000 a year. Installed last spring, the 2,600 square feet of paneling on the southfacing wall of the building’s mechanicalequipment penthouse will preheat fresh air that gets drawn into the laboratories in that wing, keeping the space warm and comfortable. Because of the continuous ventilation needed to maintain healthful air quality, these labs in the past have been among the university’s most notorious energy hogs. The translucent, perforated plastic panels are mounted on aluminum columns attached to the existing wall, which is covered by a dark, feltlike material that absorbs solar radiation. Air pulled by ventilation fans through the perforations is heated by the panels and the solar collector. The only moving part is a damper that prevents hot air from entering the building on warm days, making the system nearly maintenance-free. Paid for with a grant from the state’s Public Utilities Commission and money

from the university’s revolving energy efficiency fund, the $130,000 project drew on savings from an air-quality monitoring system installed in the labs in 2010. University energy manager Matt O’Keefe ’97 expects this system to pay for itself in 10 years or less. And already UNH’s rooftop lab is providing outreach and education—over the summer, a group of energy efficiency managers from New Hampshire’s state agencies headed to the roof to see the solar solution for themselves. If the siding performs as expected, O’Keefe hopes it will be used in other new construction and building renovations on campus. Not only is the solar material less expensive than conventional siding, but the panels can be tinted a variety of colors, helping with architecture and design dilemmas. “One of our biggest fears was that our campus architect would have some objection to the look and feel of this technology,” says O’Keefe, noting that the Kingsbury siding, while not visible from the ground, can be seen from a dorm across the street. But the project got “a glowing review.” —K.W.

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: A stately caribou posing in a grass clearing? Wild dogs lunging out of a brick wall? Brooklynbased artist Wendy Klemperer’s arresting wildlife sculptures are on display outside the Paul Creative Arts Center through 2015. Fashioned from welded rebar and scrap steel, Klemperer’s works of art capture the wild, raw quality of the animals they depict.

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Sports Shorts

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SCORE: The women’s lacrosse program scored big this spring with the arrival of head coach Sarah Albrecht. The collegiate all-star led Northwestern University to two national championships and has spent six years with the U.S. women’s national senior team. This summer, Albrecht helped the U.S. team earn gold at the International Women’s Lacrosse World Cup and was named to the world team for her efforts. The only UNH sports team ever to win a national title, women’s lacrosse never had an endowed scholarship fund— until this spring. A lacrosse alum from the 1990s, who wishes to remain anonymous, established the fund, which is open to others who would like to contribute to it. Now, Albrecht can use this recruiting tool to help build her team.

NAME CHANGER: During the school year, some 200 studentathletes pass daily through the doors of the athletic training room for services ranging from pre-practice taping to rehabilitative therapies. The dark uninviting space, located on

BIRTHDAY CREW: The UNH rowing program celebrated its 40th birthday this fall with an alumni row on the Oyster

Making Waves Julie A. Waltz ’71G loved open water, good boats— and a race to the finish.

O River, a tent at Homecoming, and a celebratory dinner in Portsmouth on Oct. 12. In past years, crew alumni have come together to compete at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, a two-day event that draws competitors from around the world— and UNH rowers from multiple decades. “These reunions are a fantastic way to connect with other UNH alumni from the rowing program,” says Eileen Dunn Laskoski ’04, who competed in the 2012 Head of the Charles race with alumnae spanning from 1981 to 2012. “We may come from different years and different decades, but we all bring similar experiences—and lots of funny stories.”

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ne of the few times Julie A. Waltz ’71G ever craved dry land more than open water came in 1978, when a storm off the coast of Puerto Rico sent whipping winds and crashing waves across the bow of her sailboat, tearing away both the mainsail and the jib. Somehow she and the friends she was sailing with managed to make it to shore, drenched and shaken. “I was never so glad to finally reach land,” she told her friend Margaret Waugh ’58 when she returned. But the experience didn’t keep her landlocked for long. Athletic and fiercely competitive, Waltz loved sailing and rowing more than anything. But she also treasured her time at UNH, where she earned a master’s degree in English literature. So Waltz, who died in 2010 at age 62, left behind a legacy that would help UNH students share the activities that gave her joy: a $50,000 donation to be divided equally between the sailing program and the women’s crew program. “Julie’s gift came at a very opportune time,” says head sailing coach Diana Weidenbacker. The sailing team, whose budget has been tied up in rebuilding and resupplying the boathouse that burned down in 2010, voted to use part of the money for new docks and new racing sails. “It allowed us to move in the direction we’ve been wanting to go for several years but couldn’t.”


GOOD OFFENSE: Former Quinnipiac University soccer standout Sam Lopes kicks off his first season as head coach of the UNH women’s soccer team this fall. Hailed as one of the bright, up-and-coming stars of collegiate coaching, Lopes comes to UNH with 11 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and professional level, including stints with Providence College, Southern Connecticut State University, the Boston Breakers, and the New England Mutiny.

the bottom floor of the Field House, was long known to students fondly—and sometimes not so fondly—as “the dungeon.” Athletes may have to find a new nickname for the room, however. Renovations completed last spring brought in not only new equipment and expanded space, but now, for the first time, windows to bring in outside light.

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The gift was one of a number of bequests Waltz made, many of them boating-related. She gave money in her native Maine to the crew team at Bates College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree; she also donated to the Beach Preservation Society in Duxbury, Mass., where she lived as an adult and was active in the Yacht Club and a rugged sailing group called the Frostbiters, who raced on winter mornings in the icy bay. “She was a devoted sailor,” says Waugh, who often sailed with Waltz, although she jokingly complains that Waltz had a tendency to commandeer whatever boat she was in—even when it was Waugh’s. The UNH crew team used part of the money to buy a new Olympic-class rowing shell and christened it the Julie A. Waltz. Bates, it turned out, bought the same boat—and gave it the same name. So when the teams squared off last spring, it was the Julie A. Waltz against the Julie A. Waltz—two boats in a neck-andneck race that was a fitting tribute to their shared namesake. The Bates team won by a mere 1.7 seconds. “It was so cool to see our teams honoring the same woman through the tradition of aggressive racing,” says UNH head women’s rowing coach Rachel Rawlinson ’99, ’04G. And Waltz’s bequest gave the rowers more than just a competitive advantage. “It’s an important lesson for the students that philanthropy is alive and well, that people take care of each other,” Rawlinson says. “They realized, ‘I’m part of a bigger picture.’” —Jennifer Latson ’12G


ulie A. Waltz’s gift was a surprise that college officials learned of only after her death, but planned giving has always played a large part in UNH’s growth and prosperity. The university owes its Durham campus to an 1890 bequest from a wealthy farmer, Benjamin Thompson, who left both the land and the money to develop it. Planned donations range in size and scope, and while most take the form of bequests, like Waltz’s and Thompson’s, in which the gift is written into the donor’s will, some people set up trusts or donate real estate earlier in their lives. Some donors leave their gifts

unrestricted, allowing UNH to apply the funds to areas of greatest need, but gifts can be earmarked for any purpose the donor chooses— from scholarships to program support. And while some bequests come as a surprise, many donors work with the UNH Office of Gift Planning to specify their wishes in advance. “Being notified helps us to be sure we’re best honoring the donor’s intentions,” says Theresa Soracco, director of gift planning. “The beauty of planned giving is that we can customize something to work with donors’ needs, and help them take advantage of tax incentives, all while making a legacy gift to UNH.”—J.L.

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Letters to the Editor Continued from Page 4

capital campaign, and we wanted to ensure that they were thanked adequately before the next campaign. As I recall, Abeles said he’d do the etching only if he could choose his subject and that he would not do anything featuring a campus building. The result was “Six Views of Astronaut” [the university’s stud stallion] (see page 4). Jean McCord ’72G Tacoma, Wash.

Philosophy Matters

I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the article on Nick Smith’s philosophy classes in the Spring ’13 issue. I keep thinking about the idea of the digital brain and the concept of integrating technology into our bodies. I’d love to sit in on a class where students discuss whether we truly exist if only a digital version of us remains. Ruth Clogston ’80G Reading, Mass.

I would have loved to have taken a class with Nick Smith. He seems to have his priorities in the right order. If my husband, Bob, had worked until 65 instead of retiring at 57, we would have had more money, but less time to fulfill our dream to travel—so for us, we made the right decision. Just like the prof said, “Then you die.” That has happened to so many people we’ve been close to that I guess we learned our lesson quickly. Patricia Gourley Sullwold ’75 Burnsville, Minn.

Peace Corps Memories

Open for Business

Congratulations on the Spring 2013 issue of UNH Magazine—excellent! I enjoyed it from cover to cover, especially the article “Open for Business,” about the new Paul College. Rod Grondin ’62 Rochester, N.H.

“GRYFFINDOR!” Rachel Swett ’16, as Ron Weasley, gets her turn under the Sorting Hat, wielded by parent Kris McCosh. CORRECTION: A caption in the Spring 2013 issue misidentified a student in the “Hogwarts Comes to Holloway” story (page 6). The corrected caption appears above. Our apologies for the error. 12 • Uni ve rs it y o f Ne w Ha m p s h i r e Ma g a z i n e • Fa l l 2013


What a wonderful collection of stories (Spring 2013). I graduated from UNH in 1998, my husband [Chad Turmelle ’99, ’07G] in 1999. In the fall of 1999, we shipped out to the South Pacific islandnation of Vanuatu, where we served for two years in the Sanma Province. We toiled, worried, and worked so hard. But, what we gave pales in comparison to what was given to us. It was indescribably amazing. Thanks, UNH, for connecting us to our Peace Corps path. Amy Manzelli ’98 Pembroke, N.H.

Thank you so much for your support! 37TH ANNUAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION-LIBERTY MUTUAL SCHOLARSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT We awarded the J. Gregg Sanborn ’66, ’77G Golf Scholarships to 10 worthy students this year. Pictured with UNH Alumni Association former executive director Sanborn (second from left) and scholarship committee chair and UNH associate professor of health management and policy Bob McGrath ’96 (far right) are Carolyn Przekaza ’15, Gennifer Davidson ’15, Kelsey MacDonald ’16, Nyomi Guzman ’14, William McKernan ’15, Alyssa Calef ’15, Kathryn Thomson ’14, Vivian Pham ’14, and Taylor Hodgdon ’14. Not pictured: Peter Wilkinson ’15.




Liberty Mutual Cheryl Mix

A&B Vending Ed Dooley Albany International Co. Susan Siegel Central Paper Products Co. Matt Kfoury ’89 CGL Electronic Security, Inc. Michael McGuirk Conway Office Solutions Jeff Feenstra ’84 Jackson Lewis, LLC Thomas Closson ’90 Lonza Biologics, Inc. Johanna Erickson Measured Progress Rick Stevenson ’74 Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs Jesse Laflamme RBC Wealth Management Ted Dey ’84 Seating Concepts, Inc. Bill Overton Vogel Vending & ATM Franz Eberth ’83 The UNH Dairy Bar Rick MacDonald Westminster Financial Tom Lopardo

Dover Chevrolet Ron Cole High Flying Flag Company Pam Anderson

GOLD Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of NNE Dave Peabody Goss International Rich Nicols Torben Rasmussen University Conferences & Catering Dorrie McClintock

SILVER The Harbor Group, Inc. Tim Riley ’76

GOLF CART Fidelity Investments Joe Murray

REFRESHMENT CART EnviroVantage Scott Knightly ’86 Selectwood Peter Robart ’73 SleepNet Corporation Tom Moulton ’77

PUTTING CONTEST Paul Bamford ’75

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the seaweed report it to their local department of marine resources, although she cautions that it’s easy to confuse it with a native seaweed known as sea cauliflower (Leathesia marina). The sea potato is an epiphyte, which means it grows on top of other seaweeds. That could give it a competitive advantage, helping it push aside the native species. And its tendency to attach to oyster shells and float off with them has earned it another nickname: the oyster thief. But it’s too soon to know why the sea potato is here and whether it will turn out to be an invasive species. So sightings of brown, puffy seaweed on the beach are no cause for alarm. The sea potato—for the moment at least—is simply a curiosity. —Hillary Rosner

Bad Blood

Not all bullies are on the playground. ullying—on playgrounds, in locker think anything of it.” When she reviewed rooms, online—has garnered Monitoring a new species of seaweed. her specimens later with her adviser, plant national attention in recent years, and indsay Green ’14G wasn’t expecting biologist Christopher Neefus ’82G, he numerous books, movies, and programs to find anything unusual on the sea recognized the seaweed as a type of sea have been developed to address this perfloor that day. It was a routine diving expe- potato—a species he knew wasn’t nor- vasive childhood affliction. But the focus dition for her and her colleague Hannah mally found in Maine. “We set out on a has been almost exclusively on bullying Traggis ’95, ’14G. A doctoral candidate quest to identify it,” Green says. by peers. Now UNH researchers are in plant biology, Green studies seaweed The team developed genetic markers training a lens on a different type of bully: aquaculture—specifically, cultivation of to identify the mystery seaweed, and they one who shares the dinner table, and even local varieties of nori, which is used to found an exact match with samples of DNA, with the victim. wrap sushi. In the summer, she collects Colpomenia peregrina, a Pacific Ocean In a recent study published in the jourblades of wild seaweed to get spores for species found in Nova Scotia since the nal Pediatrics, Corinna Jenkins Tucker, her project. 1960s. Although Green’s discovery, associate professor of family studies, and But on a July day in 2011, Green saw which she and her colleagues reported three collaborators from the UNH Crimes something interesting in the water off the in the journal Botanica Marina, was the Against Children Research Center found coast of Kittery, Maine. It was a seaweed first documented occurrence of the sea- that sibling aggression was associated resembling a big brown beach ball. “I weed in the Gulf of Maine, the brown with the same detrimental effects—anxicollected it because I thought it was really sea potato has since spread rapidly, at ety, depression, anger—as other types cool,” she recalls. “I pressed it out on a least as far south as Cape Cod. Green of bullying. The researchers looked at specimen sheet, filed it away, and didn’t recommends that beachgoers who spot children and adolescents as well as at a

Ocean Interloper

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variety of types of aggression, including physical assault (with or without an object or injury), property aggression (such as breaking or forcibly taking something), and psychological aggression (mainly verbal abuse). Across all these categories, the researchers found that even a single instance of bullying was linked to mental distress. The problem also appears to be fairly widespread: In the study, more than 30 percent of children and adolescents reported experiencing sibling aggression at least once in the previous year. “Typically, aggression that happens between siblings is seen as just rivalry, normal behavior,” Tucker says. “We have different norms when it comes to aggression in the sibling relationship.” Some parents tolerate sibling aggression, she says, because they believe “it’s good training for conflict resolution in other relationships.” Tucker and her collaborators—sociologists David Finkelhor ’78G, Heather Turner, and Anne Shattuck ’07G, ’15G—suggest that anti-bullying programs should be expanded to include sibling aggression. “We will continue to look at this,” says Tucker. One crucial question on her research agenda: What preventive action can parents take? —H.R.

Beyond the Footprint

Cities are spreading out—and up. cross the planet, urban areas have ballooned during the last couple of decades. Today, up to 80 percent of global energy consumption occurs in cities, which now house the bulk of the world’s growing population. Steve Frolking ’80, ’83G, ’93G, a research professor of biogeochemical modeling, has developed a new way to monitor the growth of “megacities” around the world—and discovered some surprising differences in the form that growth is taking in different countries. In India, Frolking found, cities have sprawled outward over the past decade, stretching and spreading as they take up more land. In global capitals like London and Tokyo, meanwhile, growth has taken a vertical path, with high-rise buildings creeping toward the sky. And in China, massive urban expansion is moving both upward and outward. “There was a profound difference between the trends of cities in China and India,” says Frolking. The project—the first to monitor upward as well as outward growth of cities—relied on global satellite data from a tool called a “scatterometer,” which bounces microwaves off objects on the ground. Although the instrument was designed to measure wind speed over the ocean, Frolking had been using it to study changes in the tropical forest canopy in heavily deforested areas like Brazil and Indonesia. “You can think of it as a satellite flying around with a radar gun,” he says. “So as a landscape goes from bare ground to trees, more of the waves bounce back.” Puzzled by data that seemed to indicate that areas in China were being reforested, he shared his results at a


meeting in Indonesia. Frolking and a colleague soon realized those “forests” were actually cities—microwaves bouncing off not rainforest trees but buildings and sidewalks. Suddenly, a whole new application for the radar data had emerged. Frolking spent a year and a half analyzing the urban signals documented from 1999 to 2009, enlisting help from Tom Milliman ’87G, a UNH physicist, as well as researchers from Yale and Boston University. The results reveal “previously undocumented recent and rapid changes in urban areas worldwide that reflect pronounced shifts in the form and structure of cities,” they wrote in a paper published last spring. Although he generally studies natural phenomena, Frolking says the urban project has made him notice things he wouldn’t have noticed before. For instance, while reading a magazine recently, he was struck by the similarity between a map of Walmart construction in China and a map of “backscatter”—the bounced-back microwaves the UNH researchers have seen as indicating urban structures—that Milliman had made. “It makes sense, because the big signal in China is from residential buildings,” Frolking says. “And if you have residential buildings, you need to furnish them with stuff. And Walmart has stuff.” Although the satellite that collected the radar information is no longer working, Frolking hopes to continue the research with new data from an Indian satellite. Looking ahead, he thinks his findings can ultimately feed into climate models, enabling scientists to more accurately predict how cities will affect and be affected by global warming. —H.R.

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A l e x Honnol d cl imb s Le v i at ha n in De v il’ s Bay, Ne w f oundl a nd.


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to Extremes Photographer Tim Kemple ’03 hangs over waterfalls and dangles from cliffs— in search of the perfect shot. By Todd Balf ’83 Fal l 2013 • Uni versity o f New Hamps h i r e Magaz ine • 17

“I’ve been in a lot of crazy locations in order to capture moments on film, but being suspended over the waterfall was likely the craziest.”


hen it comes to the work of Tim Kemple ’03, it’s two pictures that are worth a thousand words. First, there’s Kemple’s buzzed-about photo of a kayaker launching off the face of a 60-foot waterfall in a remote Mexican jungle, a slash of red against a foaming wall of white. Then there’s the photo of him getting the shot. Kemple is dangling above the gorge, suspended on a slackline strung between rocks. He, too, is 60 feet off the thrashing water line, but without any thermoplastic armor or any viable Plan B. If he goes, he goes. Both photos appear in a National Geographic blog. “WOW!!! What great pics,” reads the story’s first online comment. “But glad I didn’t know what you were up to!” It’s signed, “Mom.” Without a doubt, knowing less rather than more is not a bad way to go if you’re family or a friend of Kemple’s. In the last year, he has been in the aforementioned jungle for a kayaking “huckfest,” rambled through Iceland exploring ancient mosscovered lava fields and glacial ice caves, and flown in a helicopter for days on end just above the storm-raked peaks of the Alaska Range (including 20,328-foot Mt. McKinley, known to climbers as Denali, the highest peak in North America). For much of the latter exercise, his small, wiry body was more out of the helicopter than in—which was so much fun, even at minus 50 Celsius, Kemple says he’s thinking he’d like to do the same above all of the world’s tallest mountains. “I was looking straight down the North Face of Denali thinking, ‘Oh my God, am I really here right now? I’m definitely going to remember this.’ ” At the hardly ripe age of 32, Kemple has already accumulated his share of epic memories. A microbiology major who grew up in Derry, N.H., he’s a former professional rock climber who has put up acclaimed routes throughout New England and around the world. As a student at UNH, he won several intercollegiate com-

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Kemple doesn’t like to “cover” athlete adventurers so much as commune with them. In advance of a mountain biking photo shoot, he pedaled for hours on the canyon trails near Salt Lake City, knowing he didn’t have the sport “dialed in.”

petitions (often beating the Dartmouth aces who would have otherwise swept the contests) and was part of a class of young sport climbers that helped usher in a “new era” of bold routes at North Conway and Rumney, the traditional meccas in the North Country. “He’s great,” says Alison Osius, an editor at Rock & Ice magazine who traveled to the same crags as a Middlebury student. She says Kemple is known for his New England authenticity and integrity, a dry sense of humor, and a stunning resume that includes “all kinds of climbing, from hard rock in New Hampshire to alpine rock in Patagonia.” In 1999, on a summer road trip to Utah, he brought along his new camera— a present to himself purchased with high school graduation money—to chronicle the cross-country adventure. It spawned a complementary avocation. “My first published shots were actually for the student newspaper, The New Hampshire,” Kemple says. He received encouraging feedback after submitting images to climbing magazines, and after graduation he continued to climb and make submissions. “I took the conventional route, pitching magazines, trying to get assignments,” he says. He got his share, and as the demand for his work grew, Kemple eventually decided he needed to quit pro climbing to completely dedicate himself to photography. “I don’t want to say I regret the decision because I don’t,” he says, “but I do miss it. I miss pushing myself in a purely physical way.”

Kemple is in his small studio office in Salt Lake City when we talk, his home base when he’s not traveling (which is rare) and the place he edits images and video before he sets out again. With his thin, scruffy beard and his black-framed eyeglasses he looks Brooklyn hipsterish. “Right now I’m working on my personal reel,” he says. “It’s what you show to ad agencies and brands so you can do more cool stuff.” With his background in the adventure world, Kemple was a natural for cuttingedge outdoor clients whose brands are linked to the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. He says he doesn’t like to “cover” athlete adventurers so much as commune with them. A case in point: in advance of a recent mountain bike assignment, he pedaled for hours on the canyon trails near his home in Salt Lake City, knowing he didn’t have the sport “dialed in” and worried that he wouldn’t be able to do justice to the culture. “I need to know the community I’m working with so I can portray it as authentically as possible,” he says. “Every project, I want to rise to the occasion and bring my special sauce, whatever that is, so I can create something they hadn’t seen before.” Kemple says he’ll never be the guy who has his camera bag carried for him. “It’s important to me that I carry my weight and then some. Rather than drag down an expedition, I want to make it better and the athletes’ lives more fun.” The mad men and women Kemple follows into the mountains like and respect the fact that he is one of them. In Mexico,

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Tyler Bradt was returning to kayaking after breaking his back on a disastrous waterfall jump. By trip’s end Kemple was doing portraiture of the eight-inch surgical scar on his back. “My whole thing is taking shots that will inspire them, too,” he says. In the case of Bradt, who holds the world record for the biggest waterfall run in a kayak, the scar picture was a soulful measure of what he’d overcome. “There are photographs that are beautiful, and you look at them once and never come back,” says Kemple. “If you knew Tyler, the picture is worth more than one look because it captures him on so many levels. Scars say a lot.” As a former hard-core athlete, Kemple knows the “crux moments” that inspire. He also knows they sometimes mean taking as much risk or more as the folks he’s snapping. Earlier this year, in Thorsmork, Iceland (a place named after the Norse god Thor), he chased the right balance of sun and shadows into an otherworldly looking glacial ice cave. He could hear the creaking, ice-fracturing sounds and vividly imagined the whole, water-eroded cave crashing down on top of him. “I thought to myself, ‘At least when they find me, they can say my last photograph was a good one.’” He snapped only a few frames before racing out to safety. In the case of the waterfall shot, Kemple knew exactly what he was looking for. He needed to be closer than anyone had ever been, but not so close that the spray kicked up and tainted the image.

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“We’re no longer viewing ‘the never seen before’ but instead ‘the never seen before this way.’ ”

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The rope he clung to was pulled taut by a pulley system and spanned some 100 feet across Tomata Falls. “We’ve subsequently tried this in other places, but nowhere has it worked so well as there. It was perfect,” Kemple says. “The flow of the river was high enough for the kayakers to run, but it wasn’t so high that the spray from the waterfall was billowing up into the camera lens. You could actually see the guys go all the way down the falls.” Still, the setup, at least from a personal safety perspective, was not ideal.

Kemple’s anchor wasn’t optimal, and there was a tiny little voice inside his head that reminded him of this. “I’ve been in a lot of crazy locations in order to capture moments on film, but being suspended over the waterfall was likely the craziest,” he admits. He was so uncertain of the end of the line tied off to a boulder that he went out the first time with a helmet and life vest on. “You don’t know if this thing is going to hold,” he says. “And then we put two people on the line and you’re like, ‘Geez, this is really stupid.’ ”

Kemple says the sensation of hanging above the abyss with avalanching whitewater rushing toward him was unlike anything he’d ever felt before. “I kept looking up because if you stared straight ahead continuously, you’d get this vertigo. Everything around you is moving, but you’re just kind of sitting still. Your equilibrium expects you to be moving too.” Another equilibrium-jarring moment occurred when he was shooting the acclaimed British rock climber James Pearson. It was nearing sunset, and Pearson

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BARRY HARTMAN JUMPS A SNOWMOBILE TRAIL AT SNOWBIRD RESORT, SNOWBIRD, UTAH. 24 • Un i ve rs it y o f Ne w Ha m p s hi r e Ma g a z i n e • Fa l l 2013

As a former hard-core athlete, Kemple knows the “crux moments” that inspire. He also knows they sometimes mean taking as much risk or more as the folks he’s snapping.

was scaling the sheer vertical limestone sea cliffs of Mallorca, rope-free, in a sport called deep-water soloing. Kemple was roped up in the unseen foreground, his assistant operating a remote flash while clipped in farther down the line. Pearson is captured losing his grip and falling 50 feet into the dark water below. The climbing chalk coming off his outstretched hands looks like contrails. Pearson’s shirtless back is to the camera, making it appear that Kemple is shooting from another elaborately suspended vantage point out in the Mediterranean. In fact, he had rappelled 10 feet down the face and leaned precipitously out. “It was James’ idea to fall 50 feet into water,” says Kemple. “I said, ‘Are you sure?’ ” When I asked Kemple if it’s hard to find help given the dangerous places he goes—not to mention his preference for shooting on days “when it’s raining, snowing, windy, or about to storm”—he says, no, just the opposite. He gets a steady stream of emails from amateur photographers hoping to join him on whatever adventure he’s planning next. That interest is only liable to grow with the avalanche of recognition coming Kemple’s way. He has been featured in National Geographic and Outside, and is a frequent contributor to high-profile outdoor companies like The North Face and Eastern Mountain Sports. The rockstar collective that he helped found—the Camp 4 Collective (named for the famous climbing site at Yosemite)—is made up of four of the best young adventure photographers in the outdoor world, each of whom produce both film and still images. For Kemple, working with like-minded photographers keeps him motivated, each pushing the other to explore using tech-

nique, craft, and their own extraordinary “personal hardiness.” As he told National Geographic, “We are no longer viewing ‘the never seen before’ but instead ‘the never seen before this way.’” Creativity, he says, is increasingly more important than documentation. To that end, Kemple’s recent shoot at Denali is part of a new category of personal work where he spends a week or so with a subject, “capturing their energy or the place’s energy” while challenging himself to shoot the before-seen from a fresh perspective. His aerial shooting brought a new look at the same awe-inspiring landscape captured a half-century earlier by one of his role models, the pioneering photographer and mapmaker Bradford Washburn. “My friends and colleagues who are pure artists tend to do things just because it feels right,” he says, explaining the challenges that more calculating, leftbrain adventurers face. “I’m a little envious of that because I’m more of a thinker. I do a lot of planning, so when I’m scrambling around on top of cliffs or in an avalancheprone area trying to get one shot, I am usually asking myself, ‘Is it really worth it?’ I guess my answer is, ‘Yeah, it is.’ ” For Kemple, anything is possible in the future, including a longer-term project. He’s not yet sure what form that might take, but the idea of deeper immersion and an enduring legacy adventure is one he looks forward to. More often now, he stays longer when he travels, attempting to genuinely answer the question he inevitably hears when he returns: What is the exotic place you’ve just been to like? “Some of the most successful photographers from a business and art perspective have been really good at staying focused on telling the longer-term story of a place,”

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“When I’m scrambling around on top of cliffs or in an avalanche-prone area trying to get one shot, I am usually asking myself, ‘Is it really worth it?’ I guess my answer is, ‘Yeah, it is.’ ”

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Todd Balf ’83 just published the Kindle Single Farthest North, about America’s first Arctic hero, the 19th-century explorer and author Elisha Kent Kane. His recent magazine work is compiled at the narrative nonfiction website Fal l 2013 • Uni versity o f New Hamps h i r e Magaz ine • 27


Kemple says, mentioning as an example James Balog’s decade-long “Chasing Ice” project, which documents the impact of climate change on the world’s glaciers. “I’m trying to get my mind around that. I think there’s a part of me that loves the instant gratification of what I do—maybe it’s a generational thing—but I have recently thought a lot about this. It’s not that the idea of having to work hard doesn’t appeal to me, it’s just maybe I haven’t found the right thing to talk about yet.” All told, Kemple travels 300 days a year for far-flung shoots. He is still connected to New Hampshire by his parents, who live in Derry, and by his phone number, which retains the 603 area code. And even while traveling across six continents and 30 countries, he is connected to the feelings he first felt as a photographer when he and high school friends road-tripped through the mountains in the summer, hiking and climbing and photographing. Kemple didn’t get back to New Hampshire this year, but oftentimes his dad, who spurred his love of climbing, finds him. He leaves a key in an arranged spot outside his home in case his dad rolls through. “He climbs more than me,” says Kemple. In fact, when we talked last July, Kemple was looking at his father’s pictures, a steady stream of iPhone images coming from his parents’ tandem bicycle tour of the French countryside. Kemple chuckled at their enthusiasm, adding that in a few weeks, he planned to join his dad near Chamonix for some classic climbs in the Alps. Kemple’s mom will pass, he says. She isn’t a climber, and, although she’s proud, she probably already knows more about what her husband and son are up to than she wants to. ~

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE A bid for affordable housing upsets the social order in northern Maine.

An unexpectedly contentious zoning meeting in affluent Darien, Conn., provided the spark that became Snob Zones, by Lisa Prevost ’84. Struck by the rancor generated by a proposal for affordable housing in the Manhattan suburb, Prevost, a real estate writer for The New York Times, decided to delve deeper into attitudes toward zoning across a range of New England communities, from wealthy enclaves to workingclass towns. From the Connecticut Gold Coast to Down East Maine, she explores the corrosive effects of overpriced housing, exclusionary zoning, and aging populations in a series of narratives that raise thought-provoking questions about what it means to be a community in post-recession America, a place where “opportunity for all” has come up hard against “I was here first.”

By Lisa Prevost ’84

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In the chapter about Milbridge, Me., Latino immigrants take the jobs that even locals living below the poverty line reject. A struggling fishing village, Milbridge seems like the last place where a bid for a low-income apartment building would meet resistance. But resistance—and then some—is what Prevost finds when “outsiders” propose a six-unit building that locals fear will irrevocably alter the face of their town.


he people behind M aine’s “The Way Life Should Be” campaign obviously never set foot inside one of the state’s sea-cucumber factories. Preparing the slimy brown cucumbers for human consumption is a revolting process that requires slashing open the creatures and scraping out the meat. Confronted with bin after bin of the tubular blobs, workers in the factories spend their days slashing and scraping as fast as they can. Mainers certainly aren’t known for shying away from hard and unpleasant work. But even the hardy have their limits. When a sea-cucumber factory opened in a small Down East coastal town in the late 1990s, the locals kept their distance. Located in Milbridge (pop. 1,300), a village so far northeast of the lower Maine border it’s closer to Canada, Cherry Point Products had previously processed sea urchins. But as that fishery declined, the owners, Lawrence and Drusilla Ray, invested in the equipment necessary for processing the

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It turned out that even the good people of Milbridge could have been overwhelmed and have responded valiantly,” the mayor wrote. “Now we need breathing room. Our city is maxed-out financially, physically and emotionally.” The letter offended local Somalis, who accused the mayor of bigotry. The mayor’s defenders accused the Somalis of trying to take over their city. When a white supremacist group showed up, anti-hate activists shouted them down. The national media captured it all. In contrast, the media had come to Milbridge to showcase the remarkable absence of shouting and demonstrating. In 2006, a Washington Post reporter juxtaposed “the placid coexistence” of immigrants and locals in Milbridge against the divisive immigration debate in Washington. Perhaps in an area of Maine this removed, the reporter mused, “people don’t get excited about anything.”

The Rays tapped into the migrant network. They set up a trailer park for them to live in and only charged for utilities. In the course of three years, the Rays were employing dozens of migrant workers. The jobs that repelled locals had the opposite effect on migrants—many viewed the work as a good reason to stay put. They settled into Milbridge with their families and enrolled their children in the public schools. If locals found the influx unsettling, they mostly kept it to themselves. “Things were maybe a bit touchy with local people at first,” Drusilla Ray told Down East magazine in 2008. “Now [the Hispanics] have become accepted.” It was as though the town’s tranquil setting had set the tone for smooth cultural relations. The elementary school hired a teacher to help the new students improve their English. The downtown BaySide supermarket rearranged its shelves to make room for Goya products. At community potlucks, baked beans rested easily alongside burritos. And perhaps most surprisingly, on Main Street, in front of a small white house, a sign went up reading Mano en Mano (Hand in Hand). Founded by a social worker and a nurse practitioner, the organization provided a space where Hispanic newcomers could find help with everything from learning English to filling out paperwork to math assignments. The picture looked all the more serene when compared to the nearby city of Lewiston, which had absorbed hundreds of Somalian refugees, beginning in 2001. A city of 36,000, Lewiston’s initially warm reception had quickly iced over as the number of refugees topped a thousand. That was when Lewiston mayor Laurier T. Raymond Jr. wrote an open letter to the Somalis of Lewiston asking that they discourage others from following. “We

Silence does not necessarily equal acceptance, however. And soon enough, it was obvious that one had been confused with the other. Within a couple of years of the Post article, Milbridge had divided in two. On one side were those who were supportive of their immigrant neighbors and on the other those who’d decided they were a financial burden. A petition circulated. Neighbors made ugly remarks in public. And Mano en Mano, crying discrimination, sued the town in federal court. It turned out that even the good people of Milbridge could get excited about some things. And one of those things was affordable housing. Six modest apartments, to be exact.

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ou might say it was Christine Roberts who upset the cultural equilibrium. A farmworker-housing specialist for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Roberts was new to Maine in 2007. She’d transferred to Bangor from Florida, a state notorious for its use and abuse of Hispanic migrant workers. Maine was different—its farmworker population is much smaller and more fluid than Florida’s. And Maine employers have a far better reputation for their treatment of farmworkers. But substandard and insufficient housing for these workers is a chronic problem, and Roberts aimed to deal with it. On one of her first Down East tours of worker camps, Roberts had visited some decent employer-provided housing. But she had also seen some trailer camps that barely met the definition of shelter. One camp owned by a grower stuck in her mind. Fiberglass insulation hung from the ceilings of the trailers, and electrical


previously shunned cucumbers for Asian markets. Figuring into their calculation was the rural area’s desperate need for jobs—but they failed to consider the “ick” factor. As Drusilla once explained it, the work “was dirty. It was cold. It was wet. It was repetitive. It was smelly. It was—how many adjectives are there? It was everything that was not appealing.” When the locals failed to line up for the work, the Rays turned to an alternative labor force, one known for taking on tasks that native Mainers have come to avoid. They recruited Hispanic migrant workers, the laborers who travel by the thousands to Maine every summer to help with the harvest of the state’s star indigenous crop, wild blueberries. Maine is the world’s largest producer of the tiny, tart fruit, most of which is harvested in sprawling Washington County, where Milbridge is located, on the thousands of acres of flat, sandy plains known as “barrens.”

get excited about some things. And one of those things was affordable housing. wiring stuck out from the walls. In the overcrowded bedrooms, tenants had strung ropes and hung them with curtains of clothes for privacy. It was winter when she visited, and the frigid air followed her inside the trailers through broken doors and ill-fitting windows. Migrant workers looking to settle in Washington County— which, as of the 2010 census, had around 450 Latino residents—face the same housing-affordability problem as the locals. Competition from summer people and retirees has sent land values soaring: home prices in the Down East region climbed by nearly 60 percent between 2000 and 2006. Although values have dropped considerably since the housing crash, as of 2009, an estimated 45 percent of households in Washington County were still unable to afford the median-priced home. Rental options are limited, unless you’re looking for a summer cottage. Most towns have fewer than a hundred year-round rentals each (Milbridge has closer to 120), and monthly costs are notoriously burdensome. An astonishing 70 percent of Milbridge households can’t afford a basic two-bedroom apartment without spending more than 30 percent of their gross income. Financial insecurity has a long history in Milbridge—and in Washington County as a whole. Life there has been hard for so long that endurance is less admired than it is expected. “Local people are hard laborers. There are no soft jobs here,” says Lena McKenney, a Milbridge native. She is a case in point. She says her work life began at the age of 15 in one of the sardine factories in town. (The last sardine factory in Milbridge closed in 2000; the last in Maine shuttered in 2010.) She hauled traps by hand during her lobster-fishing days but had to stop because of back problems. At the age of 47, she embarked on a new career with a degree from cosmetology school. Now in her sixties and still bothered by back problems, McKenney continues to run a hair salon out of her house. The scant 33,000 people who live within Washington County’s 3,255 square miles largely derive their living from the bounty of natural resources: the sea, the barrens, the timber, the rivers. But some of the most sustaining industries from the past—shipbuilding, sardine canning, commercial fishing—are gone or in decline. (Lobsters remain one of the more reliable fisheries.) Full-time employment is harder to come by—most people piece together seasonal jobs, like clamming, digging bait worms, and wreath-making. Hard work doesn’t always add up to a living, however. Some 20 percent of county residents live in poverty, the highest percentage of any county in the state. Roberts saw subsidized housing for settled farmworkers as a way to relieve some financial pressure, improve the stock of decent rentals, and help stabilize a workforce that supports some of Maine’s oldest indigenous industries. Anyone who derived substantial income from agriculture or aquaculture would be eligible, whether from Maine or Mexico. No one had ever built this type of housing in Maine before. The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides grant money to finance construction—Roberts just needed to find a nonprofit willing to apply for it. She asked around at various state and local agencies—who might be an appropriate

sponsor? All pointed her in the same direction: Mano en Mano, Milbridge’s tiny social service organization for Latinos. Mano was not a housing developer. Nor had it ever aspired to be. Hispanic residents knew to go to Mano for help with homework, or filling out paperwork, or finding a doctor. Mano sent teachers out to the raker camps to work with migrant students and invited in the Milbridge community for multicultural potluck socials. Rooted in literacy classes and language exchanges that once took place at the town library, Mano sought to build bridges, not homes. Nevertheless, Mano’s board of directors agreed to hear Roberts’s pitch. She didn’t try to sugarcoat what the development process entailed—the hurdles were high, and community opposition was guaranteed. As generally welcoming as Milbridge had been to Hispanic newcomers, Roberts warned, proposals for farmworker housing often brought out the worst in people, eliciting anti-immigrant sentiments that escalated the usual panic about the “element” affordable housing brings in. The development plan was modest: six apartments in a single two-story building. But the backlash began almost the instant Mano made its plans public in 2008. A petition arrived in Milbridge town manager Lewis Pinkham’s office signed by 48 residents. They wanted to stop the “low-income complex” planned for property on Wyman Road, at the edge of the village center. Their stated reasons included concern that the values of nearby properties would suffer and that low-income residents would burden town resources. And then there was this: “We know the lobster industry is threatened with the added cost of fuel and all it brings. We wish to protect any jobs they may need in the future, not to be given out to minorities that may move into these units.” The project proved to be the catalyst for people who were angry about a lot of things to get vocal about one thing. At an information session about the project, a crowd of opponents objected loudly, saying they feared an inflow of drugs and crime. Within days after that meeting, in April 2009, town officials were discussing a moratorium on multifamily housing development. The moratorium was potentially fatal to Mano’s project—a prolonged delay could potentially cost them their federal grant. And contrary to the claims of town officials, Mano’s board didn’t believe that the holdup was grounded in concerns about land-use regulations or traffic. In July 2009, Mano filed a federal lawsuit alleging discrimination under the Fair Housing Act and the equal protection clause of the Constitution. The once welcoming town of Milbridge now stood accused of enacting a multifamily housing moratorium “out of fear that Hispanics and Latinos would move into the development or to appease citizens who had similar fears.” Nobody anticipated the full-on firestorm that lay ahead. ~


Adapted from Snob Zones: Fear, Prejudice, and Real Estate by Lisa Prevost ’84 (Beacon Press 2013). Excerpted with permission by Beacon Press. Fal l 2013 • Uni ve rs ity o f Ne w Hamps h i r e Mag azine • 31

Prime Time A UNH mathematician’s discovery—and the dramatic story behind it—creates an overnight sensation. By Virginia Stuart ’75, ’80G



he equation is simple. The math behind it is deep. And when news leaked out about Yitang Zhang’s solution to an age-old problem, the reaction was swift. The unassuming mathematician, who spends pretty much every free waking moment—and many sleeping ones as well—pondering intractable math problems, became famous overnight. 


hang’s proof, which is related to the gaps between pairs of consecutive prime numbers, is perhaps something only another mathematician can fully appreciate. But the story of his perseverance in the face of adversity was so dramatic that he became that rarity, a mathematician whose story breaks out into the mainstream press and social media. One article, in Wired Magazine online, garnered nearly 1,400 comments on Reddit, ranging from mathematical shoptalk to debates about the value of pure math to jokes about Subway “sandwich artists” with Ph.D.s. Zhang has defied conventional wisdom in a number of ways. Previously unknown to many other scholars in his field, he’s never held a tenure-track job. (He’s been an instructor with a renewable contract at UNH since 1999.) And at 57, he’s helped refute mathematician G.H. Hardy’s famous assertion that math, “more than any other art or science, is a young man’s game.” There’s more. Although he dwells on a higher mathematical plane—and has a noticeable accent—Zhang (pronounced Jong) is a beloved calculus instructor. At the start of each semester, he writes his name on the board and says, “My name is Yitang Zhang, but in China, you would call me Zhang Yitang.” Then he erases his name and says, “Just call me Tom.” Students writing on rave about his humor, his enthusiasm, his straightforward approach, and his concern for students. He explains math with more math, they say. And you get used to the accent. For Zhang, the path to mathematical celebrity started in China, where, as a teenager, he was exiled to the countryside during Mao’s Cultural Revolution and forced to perform hard labor along with his parents, his sister, and other educated urban Chinese. Unable to attend school, he taught himself as much as he could from any book he could get his hands on. As the Cultural Revolution came to an end, he enrolled at Peking University in 1978 and earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, a top student in a class of illustrious mathematicians. Having always wanted to move to the United States, Zhang applied to Purdue. He completed his doctorate there in 1991 but couldn’t get a university job after graduation. He worked for some time as an accountant for a company in Kentucky that owned several Subway sandwich shops. In a pinch, he would help out behind the counter, a fact that has been exaggerated in the press and has inspired online banter about a mathematical genius making sandwiches for a living. After about seven years, Zhang was offered a position at UNH, thanks to the efforts of a couple of professors, including Kenneth Appel, then chair of the department and a renowned mathematician in his own right. At UNH, Zhang became a familiar sight in the corridors of Kingsbury Hall—and the stairways, where he would fre34 • Uni ve rs it y o f Ne w Ha m p s h i r e Ma g a z i n e • Fa l l 2013

One article about the discovery garnered 1,400 comments, ranging from mathematical shoptalk to debates about the value of pure math to jokes about Subway “sandwich artists” with Ph.D.s. quently take breaks for exercise—at all hours of the day and night. Colleagues knew he was working on “big problems,” but didn’t always know which ones. “I’d sometimes ask ‘How’s it going?’” says math professor Kevin Short. “But when you’re working on hard problems, most of the time you’re stuck—so you don’t want to ask too often.”


t’s been easier to live a life of single-minded devotion to centuries-old problems in the United States, Zhang believes, than it would have been in China, where the pull of familial and societal obligations is much stronger. “Not being in a political situation, you can choose your way to live here,” he explains. “If you like to be quiet, keep just to yourself, that’s OK. Although you have to be responsible for your choice, you have many choices. This is why I love to be in this country.” In 2009, Zhang turned his focus to a problem many mathematicians—including Zhang—believe will likely never be solved with present-day mathematical tools. For two millennia, mathematicians have believed, but been unable to prove, the Twin Prime Conjecture, which states that there are infinitely many pairs of prime numbers with a difference (a gap) of 2, such as 3 and 5 or 11 and 13 or 17 and 19. Like individual prime numbers (a prime is a number greater than 1 that is divisible only by itself and 1), these “twin primes” come frequently at the start of the number line but become sparser and sparser farther along. The largest pair of twins discovered so far is 3,756,801,695,685 x 2 666,669 -1 and 3,756,801,695,685 x 2 666,669 +1. Zhang believed the way to make progress on the conjecture was through modifications to a mathematical tool called a “sieve,” which uses calculations to “strain out” the nonprimes in a group of numbers. His goal—also believed by many to be unachievable—was to set aside the unattainable limit of 2 and prove that there are infinitely many prime pairs that differ by less than any numerical limit at all. Wherever he went—riding the bus from Dover to Durham, walking in the woods, climbing the stairs—the problem of limiting, or “bounding,” the gaps dogged him. For him, this topic was a friendly dog, a welcome companion. Some small advances even came to him in his dreams. Still, for three years he didn’t get very far.

In July 2012, when Zhang was on vacation visiting a friend in Colorado, he went outside one afternoon, hoping to catch sight of some deer. No deer appeared, but his mind wandered back to the problem of bounding the gaps, and in a flash of insight, he thought of a way to modify the sieve. Ironically, and for reasons that few among us can fathom, his technique succeeds in part by making the sieve less effective at straining out closely spaced primes. He knew instantly that it would work. Months went by before Zhang chose to tell anyone other than his wife, Helen, that he thought he had a solution to the problem of bounding the gaps. His proof—showing that there are infinitely many pairs of primes with a gap of no more than 70 million—has been called a “weak” form of the Twin Prime Conjecture, and yet it is considered a huge advance. The response of the mathematical establishment was swifter and more powerful than Zhang—who had had an inkling that he might someday become famous in a mathematical sort of way—could have imagined. He submitted a draft of an article on his proof to the journal Annals of Mathematics on April 17. (That same day, Kevin Short went to the hospital to tell Ken Appel, who was gravely ill, the good news that the colleague he’d worked hard to hire and retain had made a major breakthrough. Appel died two days later.) Although word on acceptance of an article by the prestigious journal typically takes a year or two, Zhang heard from the editors just three weeks later, on May 9. The next day, he started receiving emails from a famous Harvard mathematician, Shing-Tung Yau, inviting him to come and speak about his theorem. Zhang spoke at Harvard on May 13, the journal Nature announced the discovery online on the 14th, and a torrent of requests for interviews and invitations to speak began to pour in. One lengthy article—complete with an animated mathematical sieve—about Zhang and his proof, was so popular that the Simons Foundation website, where it first appeared, crashed. Many comments online have expressed admiration for Zhang’s

Wherever he went—riding the bus from Dover to Durham, walking in the woods, climbing the stairs— the problem of “bounding the gaps” dogged him.

pursuit of knowledge for knowledge’s sake. “I may not need so much being famous,” he says. “Maybe I will make more money. I don’t care so much about these things.” In mathematical circles, the new advance presented an opportunity for further progress. Zhang had chosen 70 million as an arbitrary “bound” for the gap, expecting that other mathematicians would be able to take his modified sieve and narrow the gap further. They took up the challenge almost immediately, en masse and online. The project, called Polymath8, was launched by a renowned mathematician at UCLA named Terence Tao (two of his claims to fame: he won the Fields Medal, which has been dubbed the Nobel of mathematics, and he scored a 760 on the math SAT—at the age of 8). Dozens of mathematicians have worked on the project, thousands have visited its website, and so far, the gap has been reduced to 5,414.


espite his continual mathematical mulling, Zhang does manage to squeeze in time for reading. He reads Shakespeare in Chinese and enjoys tackling popular classics like O. Henry stories and Jane Eyre in English. He also loves teaching—and his students seem to love him, too. One young woman he ran into on the bus congratulated him with a big hug. The soft-spoken Zhang will tell a new acquaintance that he’s shy, as he glances away. In front of 100 students or more, however, another side to his personality emerges, and many have commented on how funny he is in class. Some of his teaching techniques are both humorous and instructive. When the whole class is stumped by a difficult problem, he might say, “Suppose I forgot everything—and explain this problem to me.” Trying to tell a genius how to do math is entertaining for students, and their attempts to do so reveal exactly what they do or don’t understand at that moment. As for the math behind his discovery, Zhang describes it as a kind of analysis, which is “deep, much deeper than calculus.” Indeed, his proof, based on a strategy that Terence Tao describes as “audacious,” has been a challenge even for other mathematicians to understand. Tao says that although the degree to which Zhang was “unknown” to the community of mathematicians has been exaggerated—he had published before—his position as an outsider may have helped him in this case because he ignored the prevailing opinion that the sieve wouldn’t be powerful enough to achieve these results. “I would not be surprised if variants of Zhang’s ideas will soon be used to attack other problems in number theory that had previously been considered beyond the reach of current technology,” says Tao. The requests for talks keep coming, and Zhang is taking off the fall semester to travel and speak about his discovery. Recently returned from China, he’ll be speaking at Princeton and Berkeley this fall, and many other places in between. But he’s not taking a break from research. He’s started work on another intractable problem—he won’t reveal which one—and proceeding in his usual manner. Using a computer sparingly for “some numerical parts,” he writes a lot by hand. But the most important part of math research, he says, is this: “Mainly keep thinking.” ~ Fal l 2013 • Uni ve rs ity o f Ne w Hamps h i r e Mag azine • 35

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Book Reviews Of Note

Hank Finds an Egg A wordless picture book speaks volumes.

Fallen Forests: Emotion, Embodiment, and Ethics in American Women’s Environmental Writing, 1781– 1924 by Karen L. Kilcup ’77G, The University of Georgia Press, 2013.

Field Notes by Charles Butterfield ’54, Encircle Publications, 2013.


hat is the use of a book without pictures or conversation?” Alice asks in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Looking at the recent bounty of wordless picture books, you might instead wonder: What’s the use of a book without words? Rebecca Dudley ’85 offers a wonderfully imaginative answer in Hank Finds an Egg (Peter Pauper, 2013), a wordless picture book that tells a captivating story so clearly that even very young children will have little trouble understanding it. Hank Finds an Egg depicts the adventures of a furry woodland creature in a way that makes guessing his unspecified species part of the fun. The New York Times describes Hank as “a small, hand-sewn stuffed monkey.” Elizabeth Bird sees it differently on the School Library Journal website: “I think he’s a bear, though his tail is admittedly a bit long.” No one could mistake Hank for a dog. But part

of his charm lies in the lovably canine mannerisms he displays upon finding a white egg that has fallen from a hummingbird’s nest in a tree high above him. Hank tries a clever but unsuccessful strategy for returning the egg to its perch with a homemade ladder. Then he comes up with a tactic that enables the mother bird to hoist the egg and hatch her full brood, whom Hank treats in the last pages as potential friends. Drawing on her background as an architect, Dudley has created by hand all the flora and fauna, skies, and ponds that appear in the beautifully composed dioramas of a forested realm at once real and magical. Her pictures capture the enchantment of everyday sights and eloquently reaffirm what we instinctively know: Sometimes the beauty of nature transcends words. Hank Finds an Egg is also a quietly subversive entry in a field in which nurturing animals still tend to be overwhelming female. Dudley’s forest scenes may look timeless, but their theme couldn’t be more timely: Men and boys, too, find deep joy in caring for others. —Janice Harayda ’70

Catherine Like Heathcliff, Hence lost his Catherine to a man who could offer her a more stable life, but he remains so obsessed with her that ovelists have set retellings of he buys the Underground after Jim Eversole’s Wuthering Heights at a school in death, in case she returns. The story takes Maine, on the island of Guadeloupe, off when Catherine’s 17-year-old daughter, and in other places far from the Chelsea—whose father had told her that her Yorkshire moors of Emily Brontë’s classic tale of mother was dead—shows up at the club after doomed love. But April Lindner ’84 is almost finding a letter suggesting she may be alive. Hence’s certainly the first to move the action to a rock volatility makes for a fast-paced plot as Chelsea risks club in downtown Manhattan, where her stand-in her life trying to learn what happened to her mother. for Catherine Earnshaw once had a tumultuous An award-winning poet who updated another romance with a brooding young musician. Brontë classic in Jane, Lindner writes here from That premise—if it sounds improbable—makes the alternating perspectives of Chelsea and, via an perfect sense when you consider the surly, defiant old diary, her vanished mother. Lindner follows hero of Wuthering Heights. And in her young- the broad contours of Brontë’s plot, but for many adult novel Catherine (Poppy/Little, Brown, 2013), teenagers—and for the many adults who read young Lindner finds a natural counterpart for Brontë’s adult fiction—the true pleasure of this book may Heathcliff in Hence, the former frontman for a band lie in its sympathetic portrayal of punk. Catherine called Riptide. Hence fell in love with Catherine shows why, at a certain stage of life, it’s normal to Eversole when she and her family lived above the rebel. And that may comfort not just teens but parUnderground, a storied punk-rock club owned by ents who, decades later, still cringe at the memory of her father, Jim. their own youthful excesses. ~ —J.H.

This modern Wuthering Heights has a punk rock beat.


Navigating Through Teen Challenges by Mary Murphy Gryczka ’65, Mill City Press, 2013. Web Extra For more books by alumni and faculty members, see unhmagazine.

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ristin Waterfield Duisberg has joined Alumni Communications as editor of UNH Magazine. She has spent the past five years in University Communications and Marketing, where she was a regular contributor to the magazine. Before coming to UNH, Duisberg was director of communications for the Massachusetts General Hospital Physicians Organization. She has taught college-level creative writing and is a published novelist. Interim editor Suki Casanave ’86G and the Alumni Communications team kept the magazine on course following the recent retirement of longtime editor Meg Torbert. Casanave has returned to her previous position as associate editor after having produced an outstanding Spring issue. (See letters on page 4 for more Spring issue kudos.)


Congratulations to UNH Connect “Grand Opening” prize winners William Fitzmaurice ’71, Nancy Kolligan ’83, and Gary Tirone ’01. Fitzmaurice and Tirone each won an iPad Mini and Kolligan won the deluxe Homecoming Weekend package at the Three Chimneys Inn, just for registering with the university’s new online alumni community. The contest may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to join! Log on now and start connecting.

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In the Spotlight


H. Irene Peters ’66, ’73G, ’78G celebrates the creation of the John and H. Irene Peters Professorship in Education with, from left, Michael Middleton, associate professor of education; Ken Fuld, dean of the College of Liberal Arts; and President Mark Huddleston.

Family Ties “Make sure the boys go to college,” he said. And she did.


ohn Peters had only one request when he woke, struggling for breath, in the middle of the night: Make sure the boys go to college. It was Oct. 7, 1962, and his wife, Irene, was by his side when he died of a heart attack at the age of 48. His words stayed with her, an inspiration, in the years to come. Douglas and Brian, 14 and 8 at the time, would indeed go on to college, both at UNH. But first, another Peters blazed the trail for them—Irene herself, who enrolled almost immediately after her husband’s death, a college freshman at the age of 39. In July, Brian ’77, his wife Ann-Frances Peters Perry ’78, and their son, Matthew, established the John and H. Irene Peters Professorship in Education to honor Brian’s father and to celebrate his mother’s 90th birthday. The endowed professorship supports the teaching, research, service, and other activities of a distinguished faculty member awarded the title. Michael Middleton, associate professor of education, is the first to hold the honor. “UNH is much more than the common thread of my family’s story,” says Brian, an attorney in Philadelphia. Douglas ’71 is an attorney in Detroit. “Rather, UNH is the very foundation upon and around which my family’s life was reconstructed and built, and which today sustains our immediate and extended family in the lives we are very privileged to lead.” Brian was in third grade when his father died. Douglas was a high school freshman. A part-time registered operating room nurse, Irene began attending evening classes to pursue her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Several years later, Douglas joined Irene at UNH. She

went on to earn a master’s degree in education, again at night, while working full time with the New Hampshire Department of Education. She received her third UNH degree, a certificate of advanced graduate study, a year after Brian completed his undergraduate studies. During his mother’s early years as an undergraduate, Brian would often accompany her to campus, spending time in the Dimond Library, Murkland, or Hamilton Smith while she was in class. “I was intrigued by Dimond Library,” he says. Peters knew he wanted to attend UNH, but his high school grades and SAT scores did not necessarily support his application. Fortunately, the director of admissions at the time, Gene Savage, met with Peters and told him he “showed promise,” noting his extra-curricular activities. “I was accepted at UNH a month later. It was, and remains, one of the happiest days of my life,” he says. Peters recalls the way classics professor Richard Derosiers taught him how to think critically. From English professors Andy Merton ’67 and Don Murray ’48, Peters says he learned how to cherish and respect words. And from political science professors Susan White, Robert Dishman, and Robert Craig, he learned how to apply theory to facts and facts to theory. “My father’s dying wish started a lifecycle of desiring, embracing, and truly loving learning and education,” Peters says. And his mother’s return to school as a young widow yielded much more than an education. “She became emblematic of life and learning, and is her sons’ and grandson’s lodestar.” —Lori Wright ’06G Fal l 2013 • Uni versity o f New Hamps h i r e Magaz ine • 41

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I was rummaging through the cellar at our home and came across class letters both my parents, Fred and Ruth Walker, had written. One was in The New Hampshire Alumnus and the other was in the Alumni Companion. Both periodicals were put out in the form of a newspaper. Now we have a wonderful magazine to showcase the news and class letters. How far we’ve come! I received news of the passing of Doris Hosmer Steele in January 2013. Doris’ two daughters describe their mother as “a woman ahead of her time.” Following her graduation at UNH, Doris taught home economics, became a home demonstration agent for the Vermont Agricultural Extension, and went on to receive her Ph.D. in nutrition from Ohio State University in 1971. Doris became a faculty member and administrator at the University of Vermont. I looked to find Doris in my parents’ Granite yearbook and noticed she was a sorority sister of my mother’s at Theta Upsilon. Doris was a member of the Glee Club and YWCA; she also played field hockey. We send condolences to Doris’ family. In mid-June, I received an email from Pat Huff, daughter of classmate Peg Ekdahl Topper telling me of Peg’s passing. In Pat’s words, “Peg had a great life!” Peg entered UNH as a member of the Class of 1935 but received her degree a year earlier. While at UNH, Peg majored in zoology. She did graduate work in psychology at Northwestern, Columbia and Ohio State universities, and then taught clinical psychology at OSU. Learning of Peg’s passing struck a couple of special memories for me. Peg sent Christmas cards each year with enclosed Christmas letters that were the first of their kind for my family. Peg, too, was a sorority sister of my mother’s, and they spent a summer on the Isles of Shoals studying marine biology.They were known as “Barnacles,” and they treasured that experience. We extend our sympathies to Peg’s family. And so, we all march forward, making the best of each day we have been given. The best to

you all! Please send notes to me, Ginny Walker Dichard ’35K, at my home of5 Prospect St., Dover, NH 03820. I would love to hear from you!


I am writing this from my summer home at Long Beach Island in New Jersey. Lucky me to be at the beach all summer. I attended the June alumni reunion luncheon as the only member of the Class of 1940, and I also received the beautiful rose representing the earliest class present. How about more members attending next year? I’m sorry to report the passing of Carleton Brown of Perryville, MD, on Jan. 31, 2013. He was a good friend of my twin brother, Harold, who passed away this past December. Carleton graduated from the BU School of Social Work and came to Maryland in 1946 to serve as a casework supervisor at the Prisoners Aid Association of Maryland. He was also involved in the Perry Point Veterans Hospital. He was an elder in the Presbyterian church and also served as president of the Henry Hollingsworth Chapter Sons of the American Revolution. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Avis, and a son and a daughter. Alice Carlton Colman Miksch died May 5 in Warner, NH. She graduated from Rochester (NH) high school and was a member of Theta Upsilon sorority at UNH. She settled in Florham Park, NJ, and retired to Freedom, NH. She was an active member of her church, and devoted to her family and cat. She is survived by two daughters and a sister. John H. McCarthy passed away Sept. 15, 2012, in Indianapolis. He worked as a patent attorney with Shell Oil for 40 years retiring in 1986. He is survived by his wife, Helen; stepdaughter, Janet: and a niece. Milton Kaplan passed away April 1, 2013. He was a psychiatric social worker and tireless volunteer for many causes, devoting his professional life and retirement years to the developmentally disabled. He served for many years on the board of directors at New Visions and NYSARC. He and his wife, Sylvia, loved taking trips together in his favorite cars, his father’s 1930 Jordan and his 1949 Dodge. He is survived by his son, daughter and grandchildren. I’d love to hear from classmates and hope you will consider coming to an alumni event in your area. —Dan Sweet, 275 Piscassic Rd., Newfields, NH 03856;

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Dear Classmates: I’m sorry to write of the passing of four of our classmates. Beatrice Bishop Clark passed away on Sept. 10, 2012, in Unity, NH. Bea worked professionally as a chemist, taught chemistry and physics, and then worked as a bookkeeper. She was an active church member and served on many town organizations, committees and boards in Plainfield, NH, receiving the Governor’s Award for Volunteerism in 1990. Bea was predeceased by her husband William. Winston T. Leavitt Sr. died on Feb. 8, 2013, in Candia, NH. He served as a first lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Regiment in World War II. Then he worked as an engineering manager for New England Telephone and AT&T for his entire career. Winston enjoyed golf, tennis, and gardening, and was an active church member. He was predeceased by his wife Jeanette Peno ’43, and is survived by four sons, seven grandchildren, and two greatgrandchildren. William “Mickey” Moore passed away on Feb. 19, 2013, in Peabody, MA. Mickey served in the Army in World War II and the Korean War and the Army Reserves, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He went on to work as an engineer for General Electric, the Department of Defense and the Office of Naval Research. Mickey was an avid traveler, skier, hiker, camper, boater, and handy-man, and he enjoyed spending summers on Ossipee Lake in Freedom, NH. He is survived by his wife Ruth Payne ’39, two sons, three grandsons, and two great-grandsons. Leila Lister Maynard died March 21, 2013, in Concord, NH. Leila was the first female valedictorian of Suffolk Law School, graduating in 1943, and in 1944 became the 25th woman to be admitted to the N.H. Bar. She was an active church member and school volunteer, and served on many town boards and committees in Bow, NH. She was predeceased by her husband William ’39 and her daughter Betsey, and is survived by three daughters, one son, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. I’m enjoying the summer at Merrymeeting Lake where we’ve had our cottage for more than 50 years. Please send me your news! —Eleanor Gould Bryant,60 Middle Rd., Apt. 221C, Dover, NH 03820, (603) 742-2430


I greet you on a perfect summer day in New Hampshire—blue sky, warm sun, gentle breeze. The day has been gladdened by a visit from classmate Marion Stevenson Frost, who is in good health and spirits. Since we both live in Concord, we keep in touch with one another relative to UNH hockey, in particular. Sadly I must report the loss of Jessie Hepler Gould on April 3, 2013. You will recall that Jessie was married to classmate Wilbur Gould who died six years ago. Jessie grew up in


Insight Blindness, says Fred Jervis ’44, ’49G, led him to his profession—and helped him excel.


hen Fred Jervis ’44, ’49G studied frustration and coping skills in blind teenagers as part of his doctoral research in clinical psychology at Columbia University, he had a vested interest in the subject. Fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, barely more than a teenager himself, he had crossed into German territory and set off an anti-tank mine. His injuries left him permanently blinded. His recovery spanned two years at four hospitals, where he underwent numerous surgeries, including several abortive efforts to restore his sight, and a lengthy rehabilitation process. But he didn’t so much adjust to his vision loss as forge through it, pursuing two advanced degrees and a career as the head of the UNH counseling center, a professor of psychology, and then the head of a nonprofit organization called the Center for Constructive Change. Jervis, now 90, never considered blindness a limitation, even when the admissions committee at Columbia at first refused to consider his application because of it. His score on the entrance exams persuaded the committee to reconsider, albeit provisionally—he was given a year to prove he could handle the work. But he never questioned his own ability; he earned his doctorate in 10 years and quickly established a practice. “I’ve always wanted to help people, and this seemed like the way to do a lot of that,” he says. He never “adjusts” to things, explains his wife, Janis. “He pushes them aside as if they’re not obstacles, and then he looks beyond them for something bigger. I’ve never known anyone as good at looking ahead, rather than looking behind.” But Jervis was troubled by the results of his research, which found

that blind teenagers tended to become deeply frustrated when they couldn’t accomplish what they set out to do and turned that frustration inward. He wanted to help others—not just the blind, but anyone facing challenges—find ways to solve their problems effectively. This interest led him to develop a system of problem-solving that became the cornerstone of his work at the Center for Constructive Change, which he and his wife founded in Durham in 1971. Jervis’ approach was to start at the end, with a concrete concept of the ideal solution. He called his approach “backplanning”—working backward from the solution, step by step. Over the years, he used this approach as a consultant in fields from hotel management to public education to engineering to sports. With clients from the Panama Canal Commission to legendary UNH hockey coach Charlie Holt, Jervis’ expertise in a given field didn’t matter; he was a clear and effective thinker. Walter Green, a former CEO who first sought Jervis’ help more than 30 years ago, says Jervis once told him that blindness had both led him to his profession and been an asset in it. Because Jervis couldn’t physically see, he developed a knack for asking incisive questions. The techniques he developed as a result, Green says, are revolutionary and profound. Dennis Harrington ’90G, the principal of Moharimet Elementary School in Madbury, N.H., attributes his school’s successes—everything from its curriculum to its landscaping—to Jervis’ influence. Harrington has been “backplanning” since he enrolled in a seminar Jervis taught in 1978. Jervis later adopted Moharimet as a pro bono client. The payoff was in the school’s achievements, he says. “It’s amazing what a nice feeling you can get from helping someone accomplish what they want to accomplish.” —Jennifer Latson ’12G Fal l 2013 • Uni versity o f New Hampsh i r e Maga zine • 43


Durham where her father was a professor in the College of Agriculture. She worked during World War II on first-generation computers determining artillery trajectories. She was the recipient of the Distinguished Service award from the Ohio Canners and Food Processors Association, and served many years as the executive secretary for Mid-America Food Processors Association. She is survived by her three children. Dorothy McCloskey Elstrom returned to her native California after graduation. She was a founder and contributor for many years to San Diego Magazine. She served as publicity director for the San Diego YWCA and editor of the Fletcher Hills Times. After moving to Carlsbad, she was an assistant in the Carlsbad Public Library. Dottie died Feb. 25, 2013, and is survived by her husband and four children. Virginia Lambert Smith died March 22, 2013. She was the widow of our last class president, Malcolm Smith, who died in 2006. I well recall Ginny’s artistic abilities, and still have the drawing she did in 1940 of my chow dog. In later years, Ginny and Mal moved to Laconia where they were active in church activities, the Loon Pond Owners Association, and the UNH Lakes Region Alumni chapter. She is survived by a son and a daughter. Walter “Bud” Prescott died Nov. 29, 2012, in Daytona Beach, FL. He lived most of his life in Dover, and was employed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the Internal Revenue Service. He and his late wife enjoyed spending time at their summer camp, traveling around the world, and flying their own plane. He was a proud member of the Naval Reserve Seabees. In retirement, he spent his years in Florida. He is survived by three children. I have just this minute received word that Mary Ann Wheeler Franklin died in July. You will recall the piece about her in the last alumni magazine. I shall give you her very interesting background in my next letter. Meanwhile, have a bonny summer and keep in touch. Be of good cheer. —Mary Louise Hancock, 33 Washington St., Concord, NH 03301;


On Friday, June 14, President Mark Huddleston greeted 11 members of the Class of ’43 for our 70th Reunion at the Whittemore Center. Attending were Carol Korzeniewski, Priscilla Tillson Lockwood, Forest Parsons, Royal Holmes, Dot Kimball Kraft, Ernest Blaisdell, George Kelley, Eugene Wright, Ethel Koehler Jewett, Pat Gibson Baker, and Pauline Little Waldron. We had a wonderful celebration together. Gene Wright wrote, “Thank you for the terrific reunion. I will treasure the memories always.” Special thanks to Pat Gibson Baker for all her help in planning the event. It was very special. We look forward next to our 75th! —Dorothy Kimball Kraft, 2 Lilac Ln., Wolfeboro, NH 03894;


Save the date for your 70th Reunion June 13–15, 2014, in Durham. Look for information in the mail or stay

informed online at And send your news to


Suzanne Sickmon Roberts died in Belmont, NH, on June 14. She received her bachelor’s in English with our class and a master’s in botany in ’48. Suzanne and husband, Leslie ’44, who predeceased her bought the Badger Homestead in Belmont where they farmed and also raised five children. Suzanne was the assistant principal at Belmont High for 27 years until 1993 and was very active in civic affairs. She leaves three sons, two daughters, 14 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren.


Please send news.

—Jeanne Steacie Harriman, 14 Old Mill Dr., P.O. Box 670, Wolfeboro, NH 03894


John Ollom died July 30. John earned a master’s from West Virginia University and his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University in 1952. John was professor of physics at Drew Univeristy in Madison, NJ, from 1956 to 1988 and also worked at Bell Labs. He leaves his wife, Carolyn, and four children. Howard W. Brown died March 13. Howard served in Army Intelligence during World War II and was stationed in England. Howard was always interested in automobiles. Following his discharge from the Army, he opened a Packard dealership in his hometown of Sanford, ME, and then spent 30 years with General Motors. In retirement, he restored antique Packards and received several awards. Howard is survived by his wife, Beatrice Clark ’45, daughter Linda Anne Brown ’69, and his brother, Wendell.


Reunion weekend on June 14–16, 2013, celebrated the classes of ’43, ’53, ’58, and ’68. As the sole class of 1948 attendees, Ruth Erb and I vowed to increase our numbers for the 70th Reunion in 2018. Jovial members of adjacent classes shared the Grand March under T-Hall arches to the Granite State Luncheon at the MUB. President Mark Huddleston applauded fund raising achievements of all alumni–especially the record-setting 50th Reunion Class of 1963. We were encouraged to explore the new Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, a most impressive state-of-the-art facility that enables UNH to expand business programs from 1,700 to 2,500 students. One special T-Hall tour included a climb to the tip-top bell tower where signatures of World War II veterans are encrypted on the ancient clockworks encasement. Among the scores of names were Harold Jordan and Stuart Eynon, Class of ’49 (note: do call if your name is there!). Of course, numerous socials and dinners brought opportunities for meaningful reminiscing among longtime friends. Concluding on a proud note: At the April Great Works luncheon celebration of scholars and benefactors at Holloway Commons, Gregory Clauson ’15, a civil engineering major from Manchester, NH, became the 2013 scholarship

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recipient of the Class of 1948 endowed funds. We applaud his ambition and wish him success in his chosen life’s work. There is an “In Memoriam” for Winslow Caughey in this issue. —Betty MacAskill Shea, P.O. Box 1975, Exeter, NH 03833;


Fall and football games at UNH are never forgotten. Bill Devine ’50 is a fellow resident with Don Lamson ’48 at Pine Rock Manor. He very often mentions UNH football games, and when he does, we immediately, together do the “New, New, New Hampshire, New, New, New Hampshire” cheer. Bill is Shane Devine’s cousin. I was saddened to read in the spring 2013 issue that Ken Place ’47 had died. Jeanne Smart Place and Ken moved from their home in retirement in Charlestown, NH, to Berlin, CT, where they worked and raised three daughters. One daughter, and her family live nearby. Jeanne is an avid bridge player. During their retirement years, we occasionally skied together. Jeanne, in her bright pink ski pants, was called the “Pink Panther,” and I, with stretch dark blue ski pants and bright yellow high and ancient ski boots, was “Bird Legs.” We were not considered “racing material.” Many ’49ers are golfers and know that Phil Mickelson won the British Open on July 21 in his 20th attempt. But did you watch Matt Kuchar, grandson of “Jay” Matthews and “Mo” Kuchar play in his second British Open, and come in just five strokes behind the champion! Sadly, I have many obit notices. Here are the latest two I received. Edna Harvey Woodward was born in Epping and, after marrying William Woodward ’43, lived at Woodward farm in Durham. She worked for UNH for 30 years. Edna and Bill had three children, Margaret Redhouse ’71, Jean Sawtell ’72, and Harvey Woodward ’72, and now there are eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Donald Young of Onondaga Hill near Syracuse, NY, died in February 2013. He worked for Agway for 40 years. Don and his wife of 64 years, Annette, have five children, 13 grandchildren to whom he was a beloved “Papa,” and seven great-grandchildren. Ed Hujsak suggested that you watch daily for an emotional uplift. On July 19th, I read on “Daily Poem” Ed’s poem “Year of the Daisy,” which described everlasting love through the petals plucked from a daisy. When asked how he became a poet, Ed said, “Well, it’s not rocket science.” —Joan Boodey Lamson, 51 Lamson Ln., New London, NH 03257; (603) 526-6648


We were a unique class back in 1946. Many of our freshmen were returning veterans after serving in World War II. This is why there are many 90 year old celebrations to happily report. Stephen Dudley of Salisbury, MA, is happily married 64 years and has now turned ninety years old. Walter Stiles reports that he is keeping busy at 90 and feeling good. Trenholm Jordan leaves Jekyll Island, GA, every summer for Portland, NY, and recently celebrated his 68th wedding anniversary. I am



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sorry to report the passing of Charles Lord of Raymond, NH. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict. After graduate studies at Tufts, he began a lifetime of teaching throughout New Hampshire. Condolences to his wife of 66 years, Cynthia. From Honolulu, Sheldon Varney writes that he is “still kickin.” We fondly remember him as our ski team captain. Courtney Allen enjoys his life in Iowa, especially since he is in his third year of playing golf every month of the year. Roger Van De Meulebroecke and his wife of Gainesville, VA, are celebrating their 50th anniversary by going to Norway and Belgium to trace family roots. Keep us posted! Roger Woods, our treasurer, expresses his appreciation to those who have included donations with their class dues. This allows us to make additional contributions to our class scholarship fund. For those of you who may be visiting Florida in February or March, keep in mind that our Southwest Florida alumni chapter is quite active in the Venice area. The next annual luncheon/meeting is scheduled for February 8. It is always wellattended and quite successful. Let us hear about your children and grandchildren. Sharing your experiences with us is most welcome. —Anne Marie Flanagan Long, 2601 Newcomb Ct., Sun City, FL 33573;


Jan Anderson received a nice note from the president of the UNH Foundation after sending another check from all of you for our class endowed scholarship fund, which finances awards to students who are in need

and qualify. And we usually get a nice thank you from the students! So our dollars are marching on and not sitting in a checking account—keep the goods coming! Barb Milbury Waldron still lives in Ashford, CT, and happily retired after 32 years of teaching elementary students .Bill Haubrich and Jane ’52 still are in Naples, FL, in the winter but in New Hampshire in the summer. Bill has seen Paul Wyman, who is fine, but other classmates are just disappearing! Dick Stevens is still active in Kingston, while Sam Adler has been in The Villages in Florida for 10 years, calling it Disney for adults! Ellie Brocklebank Beaudette, Stow, MA, sends “hi” to the lunch bunch. Sally Lambert Quirk has been retired for 20 years and still in New Smyrna, FL. Linwood Paine runs into UNHers in Walpole or Charlestown—but lives across the river in Bellows Falls, VT. Had a note from Norman Holden’s daughter who says her father is very healthy in assisted living in Franklin, VA. He is 91, a proud alumnus who still speaks of UNH frequently! Jack ’50 and Pat Coombes Worthen’s daughter, Cynthia Vascak ’99G, is now dean of Arts and Sciences at Plymouth State University. She received her Ph.D. from UNH.John Duffett is a public service retiree living in Sarasota, FL. Dick Hogan,Dearborn, MI, speaks of great-grandchildren (as many have in their notes!) but Nancy Vogel Harlow beats you all: she and Stew have 24 grandchildren to start with! Faithful dues payers but no new news:Bob Ordway, Loudon,NH: Effie Anthony, Nashua, NH; Dick Norton, Spencerport, NY; Ginny Dockham Sipe,Merrimack, NH; Karl

Leeman,Cape Girardeau,MO; Marilyn Holland Hale, Easton, MD; Mary Anne Hearn Moosher,Vero Beach, FL; Bill Vernon,Carlisle, PA; Phyllis MacKown, Concord,NH; Tom Caron, Derry,NH; Roger Dumont, Rochester, NH. As of now(July) I have no deaths to report but please check the back of the magazine and say your thanks for the people who have passed in and out of our lives, and who have enriched our memories. —Anne Schultz Cotter, P.O. Box 33, Intervale, NH 03854;


Hi, mates: Wow—it has been super hot and so humid in Delaware this summer. But, I hear that New England has had unusually hot weather, too! My heart goes out to the loved ones of the following mates who died this year. John Waldo Maynard died February 19, James Faskianos died March 8, Esther McKeage Richardson died March 15, and Mose Michael Ananian died May 24. As your class secretary and part-time treasurer, I want to thank you for the great response to the news, dues returns and the lovely “thank yous.” I appreciate it so much! My pleasure! The summer of 2012, Robert Chamberlain and wife Mary took two river cruises in France. In England, they traced his ancestors back to 1033 and found relative Lord Chamberlain in 1066. Jay and Pauline Gorey still enjoy living on the East Coast and attribute their 63 years of marriage to their “love on the UNH campus.” It was great chatting with you, Jay. Jack Pasqual (retired, three children, and seven

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grands), lost his wife of 54 years seven years ago. Jack says, “Don’t run into many UNHers in San Antonio.” Robert Louttit states, “still taking classes @ UNC and enjoy music and theatre of Asheville, NC.” Vincent Luti is still biking in Italy and southeast Massachusetts. Ramona Lunt returned from a month in Rajasthan, India. “Second time seeing the Taj Mahal. “Bim” and Tuni Allen state, “We were fortunate to visit our families in Colorado and California. We are still doing volunteer work and church responsibilities.” Janice Brown Woodman writes “Still going strong after two bouts of cancer. I’m busy with church work; driving for FISH; exercise, and weight lifting. I have four wonderful children and five grands!” I had a personal letter from Dory Scharff Spain, and she sends “greetings and blessings.” She loves Lake Tahoe. William Bartlett is still selling real estate, and he enjoys UNH hockey. Stan Sakowski wrote, “Margie and I enjoy the good life in sunny Arizona. Our children and grands are well and happy in California.” More news to come. May God bless you all and our troops! —Ruth Goldthwait Maynard, 723 Bent Ln., Newark, DE 19711; (302) 731-5563;


If you weren’t at the 60th Reunion in June, you missed a superb weekend! And, according to Jere Lundholm, we broke records. Fifty-eight attended, a record for a 60th, and we set another one in giving for a 60th to the tune of about $900,000. Several talks and tours were available, notably a guided look at the new Paul College of Business and Economics. The alumni staff couldn’t have been more helpful, and the university catering was excellent; a far cry from our freshmen dining in Commons. The Rev. Marshall Hunt led us in a memorial service at Dimond Library (more than 240 classmates have died); on Saturday evening, we ate together at Cole Hall (near the Field House) and on Sunday, we brunched on the Lundholm lawn overlooking the Oyster River, a perfect way to end the gettogether. Know that you were missed. Pat Berry Barker waxed ecstatic about the reunion, specifically mentioning the field trip to the horticultural farms, the food, lectures, and the T-Hall tour when she became one of the few who have climbed to the bell tower to see the clock works and the marvelous view. At the reunion, Charlie Eager said he had just visited Bill Borden and that Bill stays close to home in Keene, NH. Ginny Ross DeAngelis in Cape Elizabeth, ME, couldn’t come to reunion because her husband had shoulder surgery. Betty Blewett Stevens has moved to Newport News, VA, from Columbus, OH. This from Neal “Pete” Herrick: “I once was lost but now am found. I retired from the University of Michigan and am living with my wife, Yuanyuan Zhang, in Boydton, VA. I am still writing. My After Patrick Henry won the IP award for the best “freedom fighter” book of 2009. My We The People was issued by The History Publishing Company in September. To all my classmates who are inter-


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Now you can shop the Alumni Marketplace online for a great selection of UNH merchandise. ~ (800) 891-1195 ested in history/political science, you are invited to go to my website ( and comment on the blogs and/or write your own.” Arthur Rose died May 24. Art enlisted in the Navy at the outbreak of WWII and served four years. At UNH, where he was a Theta Chi and worked on The Granite and The New Hampshire, he met his future bride, Myra Stowe, a member of the faculty. They were married in Washington D.C. and then moved to Belmont, NC. Art worked at Interstate Securities Corporation (which became Wachovia Securities) for the next 50 years. He was active in church and civic affairs and dedicated to his family to whom we send our sincere condolences. —Ann Merrow Burghardt, 411 Wentworth Hill Rd., Center Sandwich, NH 03227;


Save the date for your 60th Reunion June 13–15, 2014, and stay tuned for more information. Charles Butterfield’s most recent book of poems was published by Encircle Publications as Field Notes (see p. 39). As a finalist in the company’s annual chapbook contest, the book drew praise from Maxine Kumin, winner of the Pulitizer Prize and former poet laureate of New Hampshire and the United States: “The author of this collection has spent 50 years raising, training, and living with dogs, and the results are irresistible to all who have or admire them.” The book is available from the publisher and Charles is also the author of Another Light and a biography in progress. He lives in Hinsdale, NH.

Shantih (peace) to Alotta Lentell Whitney of West Barnstable, MA, who died Feb. 8, 2013. After graduation, Alotta worked for the Boston Bruins and the Heritage Museum of Sandwich, MA. With her late husband Ted, she owned Salt Marsh Farm, beloved by five great-grandchildren for its beehives and honey. Shantih also to Ann Jones Chase of Exeter, NH, who died July 2 at a hospice in Massachusetts. Ann was a teacher, homemaker, and volunteer at the university’s marine docent program and the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. —Daniel Ford, 433 Bay Rd., Durham, NH 03824;


Thank you all for the notes with your dues. Now plan to come to our 60th Reunion in 2015! Lorna Duncanson Kimball, Chan and Ann Sanborn, Bill and Marge Johnston and I have started discussing the next event! Kent Keith lives in Grand Junction, CO, and saw a lot of Theta Chis while attending Homecoming. It was his first time back since 1955. Chris Winslow had successful spinal surgery and is retired after a 37-year career with Greater Boston Bankers Association. Kay Bardis Palmbaum is happily settled in Sacramento, CA, where she and husband Paul enjoy an active senior community. Barbara Nadeau D’Errico says life is good at Briny Breezes, FL. John Rodda and wife Bev have enjoyed hiking on Mount Desert Island, ME. They live in Rocky River, OH. Penny and Lenny Willey enjoy living in southern New Hampshire, attending football games at UNH, and seeing

many classmates: Art Valicenti, Monty Childs, Norris Browne, Marshall Litchfield, and Dick Shepardson. Jan Regan Keany and Huck ’53 enjoy New England and live in Wenham, MA. Robert Reis has moved to Albuquerque, NM, and enjoys traveling. Doug Jones is in his ninth year in emeritus status at Ohio State University and is teaching a graduate seminar.Jerry Kelly of Morrisville, NY, does volunteer work with the hospital, Rotary and American Legion. Sylvia Dowst met up with Jan Flanigan Rand recently in Bridgton, ME. Sylvia lives in Strafford, NH, and Jan in Marblehead, MA. John Everson, R. Donald Biron, Anne Horner Melvin, Robert Potter, Lawrence Leistinger, Robert Morency, all write they are happily retired. Verne Richardson is still in the auto repair business in Moultonboro, NH. Stan Plummer and wife Barbara moved to Arizona and travel during the summer. Lynne Dickinson Grimshaw and husband Roger enjoy Sarasota, FL, and Sapphire, NC.They recently visited the Cayman Islands and swam with the stingrays. Bette Fagan Mahaney attended a grandson’s wedding in Sarasota, FL. She is living in Cherry Hill, NJ. David Scully turned 80 and writes he hopes to return for our 60th Reunion. Richard LaCasse reports he and wife Connie live in Pace, FL, and all is well. Joan Ryan Cannock lost her husband, George, in November 2012. Our sympathy to Joan and her family. Keep in touch classmates, and smile a lot. —Evelyn Suutari Baker, 8 Roydon Rd., Marblehead, MA 01945;

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It was good to hear from Marion Mulholland Bolyard. She and husband Dudley have retired in Centennial, CO. His career in the oil industry meant moves to Texas, Wyoming, and then on to Denver. Their three daughters and three grandchildren are all in Colorado, as well. Dudley still looks for oil and gas independently. Sadly, Marion reported the death of Ruth Granston Higgins, who will be remembered by many classmates, despite having transferred to Duke. She married a man with an “oil” career and spent many years in Oklahoma. They enjoyed Ruth’s family home on the Maine coast, returning many summers, especially after retiring in CO. Word was received of the February death of Margaret O’Connor Drouin, a long-time resident of Derry, NH. She worked for 20 years in the Londonderry superintendent of schools office, and is survived by a son, daughter, and three grandchildren. In May, Kenneth Smith, a graduate of the Thompson School passed away. Ken was a farm equipment dealer in his home town of Brentwood, NH, and enjoyed restoring vintage farm machinery. He is survived by his wife, four children, and 10 grandchildren. Word was recently received reporting the May death of classmate James R. “Jim” Miller. After graduating in 1948 from Kimball Union, Jim served four years in the Army, most of that time in the Korean conflict. On the UNH campus, he was a member of ATO and played lacrosse and hockey. After graduation, Jim began a 30-year career with Travelers Insurance in Hartford, CT. Upon retirement, he and wife Joanne returned to his hometown of Canaan, NH. She, as well as two children and two grandchildren, survive him. I know there’s news to be shared out there! Please send your news. —Joan Zing Holroyd, 5 Timber Ln., Apt. 213, Exeter, NH 03833;


Ronald Courtney lives in California and is still working in his own retail business. “Thank God for the San Francisco Giants and the 49ers,” he says. He is still happily married to Betty Crowe and has nine grandchildren with five of them in college starting in September. Leah Mancini lives in Salt Lake City, UT, is doing fine, and working part-time as an occupational therapist in two rehab centers. Between work, grandkids, and volunteering she keeps very busy. Anne Gassaway Deware says “all is well” and is preparing for a trip to Spain in September to walk the Camino de Santiago. C. Russell Shillaber, from Strafford, NH, is still practicing law four days a week. Even his three grandchildren have “left the nest.”Paul Aliopoulios lives in Freeport, ME. He and Janet continue to enjoy year-round living in Maine after retiring in 2000 and 2001, respectively. Paul continues to play in the cul de sac quartet and the Pine Tree Winds. Janet, a docent at the Portland Museum of Art, continues to paint and study. Several Theta U’s still try to hold minireunions.The latest was in Kennebunkport, ME, in June with Carly Rushmore Hellen, Nancy Jillson Glowacki, Cindy Cameron Clement, and Ann

Garside Perkins in attendance for lobster rolls. Our president, Fritz Armstrong, says thanks to his class officers, class fund-raisers, and UNH friends of 50-plus years, who made possible his 2012 Alumni Meritorious Service Award last November. —Ann Garside Perkins, P.O. Box 105, Kennebunkport, ME 04046;


Our 55th class reunion, held in Durham on June 15, was attended by 34 class members. The day started with scones and coffee at the Alumni Center, followed by a visit to the new Peter T. Paul business school building located across from Stoke Hall. James “Tink” Twaddle then led the group in a memorial service at the library. We have lost 50 classmates since our 50th Reunion. Later in the afternoon, about 65 class members and partners met at Mary Ann Stone and David Chase’s home on Durham Point for a cocktail party, followed by a UNH-sponsored cookout. The Chases were generous hosts, providing hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. According to those who attended, it was a wonderful setting, wonderful food and drinks, and, most of all, wonderful friends reunited. Gifts (both received and deferred) of $67,557 were contributed to the university in honor of our 55th year. (More information in Class Notes online.) I was sorry to miss this milestone event. In January 2013, I accepted an invitation to present a scientific paper at a space climate conference held in Oulu, Finland; the dates coincided with the reunion weekend. After the conference, my husband and I drove along the shore route of Norway from Kirkenes (on the Russian border) to Bergen. We did this with no advance planning and had our share of (mis) adventures. I am sorry to report the passing of two of our classmates: Eugene Sullivan Jr. passed away in Laconia on June 6. Gene received a degree in accounting. He worked as assistant city auditor for Concord, a program administrator for both Raytheon Corporation and Sanders Associates, and finally finance director of the N.H. Public Utilities Commission. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elissa, two sons and a daughter. Alphonse Langlois, a professor emeritus of Duke University, passed away onJuly 2. There is an “In Memoriam” on p. 61. —Peggy Ann Shea, 100 Tennyson Ave., Nashua, NH 03062;


Please send news.

—Carole Vitagliano Carlson, 15 Thatcher Rd., Gloucester, MA 01930;


Although I am writing this letter from New Hampshire, by the time you receive the fall UNH Magazine, we will have moved to the address listed below to be closer to our children and grandchildren in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Doug Blampied, president of the Southwest Florida alumni chapter, reported that UNH football coach Sean McDonnell ’78 was guest

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speaker at their annual meeting. Sally Crowley Conlon of Pinehurst, NC, got together with Diane Emery DallaMura and Janice Edwards Desjardins in Venice, FL. Allwynne Fine took a trip to Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho. She has kept busy producing plays for the Community Players of Concord, NH. For fun in the spring, summer, and fall months, Dale Hardy of Lee, NH, flies helicopters and tows gliders with the Civil Air Patrol. David Hoeh and his wife of Belmont, VT, met their daughter at Mount Katahdin and witnessed the completion of her almost five-month hike of the Appalachian Trail. They went on a three-week tour of China in March 2013. Rudy Matalucci of Albuquerque, NM, continues his annual backpacking adventures down the Grand Canyon and elsewhere with his son and grandson. Mary Zoukis Papastavros and husband Ted vacationed in Hawaii and London. During their stay in Florida, Sam and Sally Anthony Paul attended the UNH Southwest Florida alumni chapter’s annual meeting and met alums from the class including Doug Blampied, Peter and Barbara Benson Davis, Fritz Armstrong, and Jim Yakovakis ’57. Good news from Gail Silva of Aiea, HI, saying she is now in cancer remission. Martha Taylor toured Iceland in 2012 and Ireland in September 2013. I offer my apologies to Joyce Nylen Timson of Princeton, WV. In our previous letter, I mistakenly wrote that she lived in VA. Joe Upton’s grandson graduated from UNH in June. Charles Wibel opened the first of what will be a small chain of NH shops plus an online store called Granite State Goodies. Shop No. 1 is in Wolfeboro at 25 N. Main Street. —Estelle “Stella” Belanger Landry, 315 Chickory Trail., Mullica Hill, NJ 08062; (603) 494-2161;


Col. Jim Soule, U.S. Army, Ret., and his wife, Marianne, are enjoying their retirement years as volunteer ambassadors at the Napa Valley Visitor’s Center during the winter months and docent lighthouse keepers at the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in New Harbor, ME, during the summer and fall. —Pat Gagne Coolidge, 80 River Rd., Rollinsford, NH 03869;


Bill Doran of Wilmington, NC, thanks his UNH classmates and friends for their comfort and support on the death of his wife Cathy Frawley Doran ’64 last December. Vic Battaglioli of Colchester, CT, enjoys his latest 1-year-old granddaughter. His Bacon Academy Class L basketball team played for the state championship at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Carol Wetherbee Bense of Mirror Lake, NH, is busy working on “Glamour in Mud Season” a Wolfeboro, NH, event that they are hoping to grow into an annual event: Win Dodge attended wife Julie Foster Dodge’s class of 1963 50th Reunion and met with several ’62 classmates. Asuma “Kathy” Melkis Briedis of Maplewood, NJ, plays violin with the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, and serves as a



Form and Function Industrial designer-craftsman Fred Puksta ’81 makes hard work beautiful.


rowing up in Claremont, N.H., Fred Puksta ’81 and his brother Steve ’81 spent most of their summer days in the river next to their family home, looking for stones to add to the wall they were building. Although the whole family pitched in, it was the brothers who led the way, wading into the water, dragging out rocks, and piling them up into a wall that, after 15 years of intense work, measured 175 feet long, 10 feet high, and 10 feet deep. The final product was not only functional but beautiful—a living sculpture that foretold the aesthetic of Puksta’s ultimate life work. As an industrial designer and member of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters, Puksta today is a decorated designer-craftsman who creates furniture and cabinets that are, as much as anything else, works of art. As a UNH student, however, Puksta saw himself more as a future Olympian. His freshman year, he signed up for the crew team, once again joining forces with his brother Steve. As team captain and president, respectively, Fred and Steve pushed each other to their limits in much the same way they had when building their Claremont rock wall. “There wasn’t a student out there who didn’t know how hard the crew team worked,” Fred says. Whether it was 6 a.m. runs across campus and up and down the stairs of Stoke Hall, weekly bake sales in the MUB, or the annual work-a-thons that raised money for the club, the efforts of the crew team—and the Pukstas—were synonymous with demanding, rewarding, physical work. A business major, Puksta also found himself drawn to woodworking and furniture-building, interests that were grounded in his childhood. Although there wasn’t an official woodworking major, he took as many courses with art professor Daniel Valenza as he could. “I practically completed a minor in woodworking,” he says. It was Valenza who inspired Puksta to look at furniture as “functional

sculpture” rather than utilitarian objects. After graduating from UNH, he worked as a carpenter and cabinetmaker while training for the U.S. National/Olympic rowing team and eventually studied with renowned New York artist and sculptor Wendell Castle, who nurtured his interest in synthesizing art with practical works. Puksta was invited to serve as an artisan in Castle’s studio after earning a degree in design, and eventually returned to New Hampshire to open his own studio. Puksta embraces industrial design and artistic work with equal enthusiasm. When plans for the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium in Concord were announced in the late 1980s, he proposed an 8-foot-tall sculptural clock as one of the building’s public art projects—a piece that would serve both as a memorial to McAuliffe and as a useful object. His proposal was deemed too expensive, but he felt compelled to build the clock and told the planetarium director he would raise the money for the project himself. For the next two years, Puksta applied for grants and sought private and corporate funding for the clock. It was an effort that recalled his years organizing bake sales and work-a-thons for the UNH crew team, as well as all those summers he spent building a wall, one stone at a time. The clock was completed and installed in the planetarium in 1994. The piece is representative of Puksta’s career as a furniture maker—a marriage of hard work, persistence, innovative design, and unique artistic flourishes. His Keene home is filled with examples of his work, from the saber-leg dining room table that he designed for Crate & Barrel to the custom-made kitchen cabinets he created for his current employer, Crown Point Cabinetry. Indeed, Puksta’s true mark as a designer and craftsman may be his ability to make the difficult look not only effortless, but beautiful. —Larry Clow ’12G Fal l 2013 • Uni ve rs ity o f Ne w Hamps h i r e Mag azine • 49




docent at the Montclair (NJ) art museum. She also tutors students from Newark, NJ. Bob Caufieldof Reistertown, MD, returned from the Atlantis in the Bahamas to see 10 inches of snow blanketing Maryland. At our 50th Reunion, he greatly enjoyed establishing contact with several UNH friends he hadn’t seen in 50 years. George Chalmers and Rosie returned to Scotland in June for two months. He wants to hear from Bruce Marden. Dick Chartrain of Lakeland, FL, and wife Joy Anderson Chartrain ’64 enjoyed our 50th Reunion so much that Joy volunteered to help her class’s 50th Reunion. Steve Dorr of Bedford, NH, and wife Lucille went to Hawaii in April and are planning a 3,000 mile road trip through the upper Midwest this fall. Ken McKinnon of Alton Bay, NH, attended the Red Sox vs Rays baseball game in Port Charlotte, FL, with Michelle Fortin, Jean Anne and Jim ’63 Twombly and Cliff and Sally Dorr. Ralph and Carol Marro Marine of Mt. Airy, MD, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 15. She is sorry for missing our 50th Reunion, but she had heart surgery that week. She is now doing very well. Maynard “Bud” and Mona Plamondon of Albuquerque, NM, enjoy spending time on Duck Pond in Freedom, NH, visiting with UNH and Lebanon High School classmates. Allan Weinstein of New York published his book on executive coaching. It came out in April. —Judy Dawkins Kennedy, 34 Timber Ridge Rd., Alton Bay, NH 03810; (603) 875-5979;


Our 50th Reunion in Durham was a very sweet time. At our banquet in Huddleston Hall, we once again listened to, and sang with, the Shaw Brothers and re-absorbed

New Hampshire (naturally) into our hearts. Our committee deserves another round of thanks (in alphabetical order): Sue Chapman Clark, Andrea Desmarais Coleman, Cheryl “Chew” Kuebler Dickson, Peter Garry, Diane Abramowitz Glenn, Flora Katsiaficas, Henry “Kim” Kellner, Nelson Kennedy, Richard Lamontagne, Susan Long, Sue Flanders Parr, Peter Randall, George Roberts, Stella Emanuel Scamman, Sherwin Smith, James “Jim” Twombley, Ken Wade, and Carroll Winch. And thanks to all of you (and Jim) without whose help we would not have found so many of our class members who had been listed as “lost.” In memoriam, we honored 109 we have lost forever; it was very difficult for me to read those names, even if I hadn’t known them “back when.” Now, perhaps you can help shed light on the few who remain on our “lost” list. If you can offer information, please contact UNH Alumni Records—or me; if information is incomplete, I will enjoy playing detective. Phone is best (see below.) Lost: Maureen E. Allard, Richard E. Bennett, Edward H. Breslin, Edward E. Carlson, Susan Perlo Coe, Yusef I. El-Mehrik, Richard F. Fisher, Robert B. Hill, John J. Hourigan, Irving O. Johnson, Claire Pulver Klose, Harald Kloster, Thomas A. Mann, Diane Dittmar McGowan, Ernesto Paredes, Linda Taylor Philip, Arthur E. Pryor, Jean Connelly Schneider, Dale W. Shosa, John M. Swanson, and H. Richard Varjabedian. —Alice Miller Batchelor, 37 Rydal Mount Dr., Falmouth, MA 02540; (508) 548-2221;


You all know this is yet another 50th Reunion alert! You should

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be watching out for our Golden Granite questionnaire. Do not dare set it aside or write “same old, same old, everyday stuff!” Not a good response. How about everyone write down at least one major thrill or astounding revelation or incredible, over-the-top experience! Ponder that! Bill and Suzanne Drake Thompson have been married lo, these 50 years. Music, mortarboard and Alpha Xi Delta all made her UNH years very special. Suzanne taught music for 35 years; Bill was with Sears for 40 years. They divide their time between Chesterfield, NH, and Annapolis, MD. They both fondly remember our Fred Kfoury who served as an usher at their wedding. I received a truly beautiful letter from Sherrill Weston Crowe. She and David Atherton ’65 married in ’65 and had two sons, both most successful working in companies they initially helped to start up. Sherrill has five grandsons. After David passed away from cancer, Sherrill married Dick Crowe. They have been married now for 22 years. I was amazed at all she has accomplished, from her writing and being published, to travelling in, out, and around the country. A fascinating read! But the beautiful part? How she feels her home is truly a sanctuary and a place of peace; full of music and color; set back from the road with a brook close by, in a place some people save all year to spend a week or two. Thank you for writing, Sherrill. You are truly blessed! So call your friends, buy a new dress, pretty ladies, and, all handsome men, shine up your dancin’ shoes! It’s c.o.m.i.n.g! June 13–15, 2014. —Polly Ashton Daniels, 3190 N. Hwy 89-A, Sedona, AZ 86336;


Mary Murphy Gryczka has published a book, Navigating Through Teen Challenges, which provides information, advice, and tips to handle many of the challenges in the teen years. It’s aimed at teens but contains lots of valuable information for parents and grandparents, too (see p.39). Mary is also a co-author of six textbooks. —Jacqueline Flynn Thompson, P.O. Box 302, Wilmot, NH 03287;


Good news! We had a reunionplanning meeting at the alumni center. Attending classmates included Gail Kingston, Lynda Brearey, Kitty McKay, Peter Zotto, and Gail Kelly. The major focus of the meeting was to create a strong committee base of about 20 members from our class. We tallied all the information from the survey, and we are depending on all of you to make this reunion GREAT. Those who mentioned they would help will be contacted. Please be thinking about some of the committee responsibilities and join with us on our 50th Reunion adventure. Some committees to think about are as follows: Reunion planning, Golden Granite, memorial service, class gift, entertainment/hospitality, class favor/mementos. We will be happy to help you share your time and talents. Our treasurer, Gail, noted that the there might have


MUSIC MEN: The Brandywine Singers were a folk group that formed at UNH in the early 1960s and toured nationally. Shown here, from left, are band members Rick Shaw ’64, David Craig ’66, Hal Brown, Fred Corbett, and Ron Shaw ’64. been some confusion on the last dues/survey notice. She asks that if you did not send your dues in, she will gladly accept all late arrivals. From our classmates: R. Allen Brandt during his 10-year retirement volunteered for the Portsmouth Music Hall and the archaeology department of Strawbery Banke. Both of his sons graduated from UNH. Elsa Hopkins Callahan volunteers with hospitals and schools and works with an organization that assists abused women. Not only does Elsa enjoy her children and six grandchildren, but she also has traveled throughout Europe, Australia, and

New Zealand. As she says, doing so is a nice way to spend “old age.” Attorney Ed David specialized in family law in a small town in western Maine for 35 years. Lois Whittemore Dowd will soon be retiring to her home in Florida. Lois’ new profession is “artist,” and she plans on creating a small business selling her artwork. Although she has fond memories of UNH, she will sadly not be at our “good class” 50th Reunion. From Alaska, Lester H Fortune Jr. and his wife retired in 1999. They are very active with family and many organizations. Mary Ball-Goldman is enjoying “growing old gracefully” in their seaside Victorian home. Robert McCarthy mentions that he is alive and well, and living in Troy, NY. Catherine “Kitty” McKay created her sixth one-woman show, “Dangerously High,” about bipolar disorder. She performs her show at libraries, churches, and college classes for people and their families who suffer with mental illness. Kitty just recently married Ed O’Leary ’65 in May 2013. After his wife died in 2009, Douglas Murphy married Ann in April 2012. Mark Perry is enjoying his twin daughters and four grandchildren. He is retired but continues as a consultant. Mark volunteers at church, sings in the choir, and sings in the Fairfax Choral Society in the Washington, DC, area. Richard Schade, appointed by the President of

Germany retired as Honorary Consul of Germany for Ohio, a diplomatic post. He was honored with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit for his service. Richard continues to teach NH high school students at the Advanced Studies Program at St. Paul’s School, a summer appointment he has had since 1981. Jerry Spring and his wife moved to Boulder, CO, where they enjoy biking, hiking, and play golf 12 months of the year. Jerry thinks Boulder is a great city with a great university. Jonathan Tetherly writes from their northern Nova Scotia summer home that the weather is changing in Cape Breton. Rainy and often chilly summers are replaced by Cape Cod weather. After 30-plus years as a speech pathologist in New York, Cheryl Bryar Watts is enjoying her fifth year of retirement. She volunteers at the art center, marine research facility, and local cat shelter. She writes that she loves Sarasota, FL. Sadly, David Craig passed away in March. David taught high school English and was an accomplished author and songwriter as well as a member of the Brandywine Singers pictured above. He leaves his children Tory ’89, Tamsin ’91, Jarrod ’93, and Duncan ’01. Reunion needs all of us, and whatever time or energy you may be able to share, it will be greatly appreciated. Ask questions, and continue to share your thoughts about


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what you think will make our reunion a smashing success. Most of all, keep in touch! —Lynda Brearey, 2 Roundabout Lane, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107;


Catch up time with many UNH friends and classmates. Barbara Brown Schultz and husband Bob ’64 divide their retirement time between Estero, FL, and Lyman, ME, on Swan Pond. We enjoyed our annual St. Augustine luncheon get together with Jessie Doe dormmate Diane Ledew Dingle and husband Paul ’65, who spend most of their retirement years enjoying their two grandchildren in the Boston area and at their camp on a Winthrop, ME, lake. Don Bourke ’67G recently retired from a lifetime with the Holland American cruise line in Miami, FL, where he enjoyed all the perks of the cruise line, sailing all over the world! On our fall drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway, we stopped for a visit with Chris Doucette ’66 and wife Antigone in western VA. Chris spent the last decade as a consultant in the DC area after retiring as a leiutenant colonel from a 20- year career in the U.S. Air Force. In February, my husband David ’66, ’67G and I flew from Orlando, FL, with family and friends to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, for the beautiful ocean front wedding of our daughter, Abigail, to Floris at the Fairmont Resort. Shout out to alums in Florida to join us at the Southwest Florida alumni chapter events! Information can be found on the UNH alumni website. Plans will soon be under way as we count down to our 50th...will keep you posted! —Diane Deering, 921 Deerwander Rd., Hollis Center, ME 04042;


Please send news.

—Angela M. Piper, 1349 S. Prairie Cir., Deltona, FL 32725;


A shout out to all of you 1969 graduates— we would love to hear from you! I just returned from Washington, DC, meeting with my Carfax partners, and it was incredible being back on the East Coast. As we get older, I sincerely ponder where the time went from UNH until now. Please write and letme know how all of you are doing. You can also log on to UNH Connect ( and post a class note there. —Jim DesRochers, 1433 S 19th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85009;


At this writing, Diane Wright Foley and John Foley still haven’t heard from their missing son James, who was kidnapped at gunpoint in Syria on Nov. 22, 2012, while working as a journalist for the international news site GlobalPost. As UNH Magazine reported in its Spring 2013 issue, the Foleys helped spread the word about Jim’s captivity on World Press Freedom Day, May 3. Diane and John have since taken part in a global moment of silence for their son on July 25 and in a prayer service on the same day at Our Lady

of the Holy Rosary Church in Rochester, NH, where they live. If you’d like to support the Foleys, you can sign a petition for Jim’s release at; leave a message on the Find James Foley Facebook page; or follow @ findjamesfoley on Twitter. We are sorry to report the death of Everett W. “Ev” Page III, who had multiple sclerosis. After UNH, Ev served with the U.S. Army in Germany and held jobs that made him well known in the Seacoast area, including that of chief executive officer for the Matthew Thornton Health Plan. Many of us in the Class of 1970 often saw Ev with Carmen A. Frattaroli, now a trial lawyer in Salem, MA, or other friends. I recently had a delightful spur-ofthe moment dinner in Montclair with Brad Cook and his wife, Kathy Dillon Cook ’71, who were revisiting the part of New Jersey where Brad grew up. Brad has been re-appointed to the New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission, which has jurisdiction over state elections. William Cray has received a Secretary’s Honor Award from USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack for leadership in the development and implementation of laboratory methods to protect the U.S. food supply. You can read about the award and see a photo of Bill at Congratulations, Bill! A group of us from many UNH classes previewed our new online alumni community, UNH Connect (unhconnect.unh. edu) when we gathered in Durham in April for the 2013 UNH Volunteer Leadership Conference. UNH Connect lets you post your news and photos directly to its website, so why not check it out if you’d like to know more about alumni activities? —Jan Harayda, 41 Watchung Plz. #99, Montclair, NJ 07042;


Marilyn “Bear” Bayrer Closson and husband Steve are so proud to announce the birth of their newgranddaughter, Lila Gagne Closson, born on June 27. Her mother is Sarah Closson Gagne ’96. Lila has a big sister, Elle, and a big brother, Luke, and they all live in Cape Elizabeth, ME, close to our son Andrew ’02, who has two little girls, Annabelle and Julia. We feel so blessed to have all five grandchildren living so close and we enjoy many fun times with them! Ellen Siegel Wolfe received her MAT at Wesleyan and some years later studied with poets Mark Strand and Derek Walcott. In 1995 she opened a clothing, jewelry, and contemporary arts gallery, Once in a Blue Moon, on Martha’s Vineyard, where she lives with her husband, Edward. She recently published a children’s book, Blue in Your Hair, Green On Your Chair, illustrated by Anne Le Guern. Please let me know what’s new with all of you! —Debbi Martin Fuller, 276 River St., Langdon, NH 03602; (603) 835-6753;


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of skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities. A 40-year veteran of long term care, Scott is the administrator of Oak Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pawtucket, RI. Send in your updates! —Paul Bergeron, 15 Stanstead Pl., Nashua, NH 03063;


Please send news. —Joyce Dube Stephens, 33 Spruce Ln., Dover, NH 03820;


Save the date for our 40th Reunion, June 13–15, 2014! You can find out more at UNH Connect ( and look for updates in the mail.Bruce Bjornstad has co-written a second geologic field guidebook for eastern Washington state, On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: The Northern Reaches, published by Keokee Books. Ed Ricker graduated from the Thompson School in ’74 and retired from UNH in the spring after 41 years in food service. He is proud of his UNH family including daughters Meghan ’01, ’03G (pictured on p. 58) , and daughter Christa ’08 and son Adam ’06 who are both pursuing their master’s degrees.Robert Mangold is the new director of the Pacific Northwest Research Station. The station, headquartered in Portland, OR, generates and communicates scientific knowledge that helps people make informed choices about natural resources and the environment. Robert has a Ph.D. in genetics from Oregon State University and previously served as a director of the agency’s Forest Health Protection program. Gary Sabbag has written a children’s book, Myrtle and Chuck, and also performed in the adapted play version of the same title for elementary school classes in Massachusetts. He has many years of restaurant management experience, and worked and lived in a number of national parks, managing the concession operations and facilities. He now works as a shift supervisor in UNH Dining Services. He says, “It’s one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. All in all I feel very blessed and content. And I am pursuing my happiness as a writer.” —Jean Marston-Dockstader, 51 Londonderry Rd., Windham, NH 03807;


Greetings! Linda Whitcomb wrote in for the first time with exciting news. Linda graduated from the University of Colorado in Denver with a master’s degree in public administration. Now employed as a financial specialist for Jefferson County, a small town just outside Denver, Linda has lived in the Denver area for 37 years and loves it! Ironically, Linda’s daughter received her doctorate before Linda graduated with her master’s degree. Her comment about this Linda Whitcomb ’75



Marathon Woman This summer, Kerri Haskins ’93 became the first New Hampshire woman to run 50 marathons in 50 states.


ight years ago, when Kerri Haskins ’93 stepped on a treadmill to see if she could run 2 miles, the former UNH track and field captain was shocked to discover the answer was no. “I’d had some health problems,” she says, “and I knew I had let my fitness slip, but I had no idea by how much.” Determined to get back in shape, Haskins signed up for the February 2006 Hyannis, Mass., half-marathon, and ran the 13.1-mile race in a blizzard. The same October, she ran her first full marathon, in Hartford, Conn. “It just felt good,” she explains, “knowing I could set a goal like that for myself and achieve it.” Seven years later, the Danville, N.H., resident is closing in on the 75-marathon mark—a goal she expects to achieve this fall. And in July, when she crossed the finish line at the Missoula Marathon in Montana, she became the first New Hampshire woman to fulfill an elite marathoner goal: to run a marathon in every U.S. state. A self-described tomboy, Haskins started running at the age of 8, and began competing in the New Hampshire Hershey Track and Field program at 9, after beating the local boys in playground races lost its thrill. As a 12-year-old, she set a Hershey state record for the 200-meter dash that still stands today. Her focus was on the sprint distances, and as she added volleyball and softball to her high school sports repertoire, she picked up javelin and long jump as well. By the time she graduated from UNH with a degree in business administration, however, she was pretty burned out on running, all but hanging up her sneakers—until that afternoon in 2005 when she stepped on the treadmill. Haskins says the seed for the “50 in 50” goal was planted in 2007, at the beginning of her third 26.2-miler. Spotting an older man in a T-shirt that identified him as a member of the “50 States Marathon Club,” she

asked him how many marathons he had run. The man turned out to be the club president, and his answer—“250, so far”—captured her imagination. “I kind of figured, ‘Why not?’” Haskins says with a laugh. Among the more memorable races she logged en route to the magic 50 were a Baton Rouge, La., race that she ran on four hours’ sleep; the Big Island, Hawaii, marathon, which began at 6 a.m.; a tiny race in Green River, Wyo., held at 8,000 feet—and this year’s Boston Marathon, her first. Haskins was just past mile 21 and Heartbreak Hill when the bombs went off and the news started filtering in. Along with hundreds of other runners, she continued on to mile 24, where she was required to stop. “I went through a lot of emotions,” she says. “Shocked, angry—it was just surreal.” The race didn’t count toward Haskins’ goal, and five days later, when she headed to Lovington, N.M., for her next marathon, she was anxious. “That’s the one time I wondered whether I wanted to continue my journey,” she admits. She did, of course, tapping into the same mental toughness that’s gotten her through 60 marathons and seven ultra-distance races, through hills, heat, high winds, and even a bout of flu. Beyond that first-marathon sense of accomplishment, she is at a loss to explain what drives her to run, but counts as her inspiration her fellow “Marathon Maniacs” and 50 State Marathon Clubbers. Although she shoehorns in her marathons on weekends and vacation days from her day job at Pfizer, Haskins laughingly brushes off any suggestion of a Type A personality—even if the 1,400-plus miles she’ll run this year suggest otherwise. “My family and friends were a little bewildered when I first started this, but now they think it’s pretty cool,” she says. “When they text or call me, the only thing they want to know is, ‘What state are you in today?’” —Kristin Waterfield Duisberg Fal l 2013 • Uni versity o f New Hampsh i r e Maga zine • 53


is, “That is fine with me (kids these days—ha).” Robert “Mark” Tilton passed away in April from a sudden heart attack. A native of Farmington, NH, Robert earned a BA in history and his commission as a United States Air Force second lieutenant. Rest in peace, Robert. John Brady, who stated that he actually majored in skiing at UNH, has been working as the assistant director of athletics in the physical education department at Dartmouth College. John directs the PE Snowsports program where students learn alpine, tele and adaptive skiing as well as snowboarding at the Dartmouth Skiway. In the summer, John manages the college sailing facility on Mascoma Lake. I encourage more of you to send me email with news about your life. It is so nice to be able to share news with our classmates. —Kim Lampson Reiff, 7540 S. E. 71st St., Mercer Island, WA 98040-5317;


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—Susan Ackles Alimi, 48 Fairview Dr., Fryeburg, ME 04037; (207) 935-4065;

A TISKET, A TASKET: For more than three decades, JoAnne Russo ’78 has been making baskets inspired by natural objects. She incorporates materials ranging from sweet grass to porcupine quills into the delicate, intricate baskets she creates in her studio in Saxtons River, Vt. Three of her early traditional baskets (including the one at left) are being shown through Dec. 8 as part of an exhibition, “A Measure of the Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets,” at the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. See more of Russo’s work at 54 • Un i ve rs it y o f Ne w Ha m p s hi r e Ma g a z i n e • Fa l l 2013

We are well into the Wildcat football season again and ready to begin the hockey season in full. I’m sure it brings back many memories of fall football and Snively Arena festivities for many of us. As we gracefully mature, it is a great time to tick off items on the personal bucket list! My Alexander Hall roommate and childhood best friend, Eric Young, and I were able to check off a “big one” on our lists in August. We chartered a sailboat with another friend and sailed for a week on Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island Sound, and Buzzards Bay. For those of you still living in the Northeast, you know there is nothing better than a summer day on the water in New England. We sailed to Block Island and Cuttyhunk and back, and got to watch the Rolex Farr 40 World Cup races up close by sailing outside the windward mark for a couple of days.It was an exciting week and a great way to catch up with friends. It all started with a Facebook mention of the desire to do more sailing—then a couple of emails, a sailing certification, and it was all booked. The greatest part was getting to reconnect with old friends. If you have been thinking of a trip to catch up on years past —do it! Then write about it and let us know what you are doing! —Gary Pheasant, 1099 Lanier Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30306;


Michael A .Wilkes, 62, of Wolfeboro, NH, passed away in February 2013 following a brief illness. He had lived in Wolfeboro most of his life. Michael graduated from UNH with an MBA. During the Vietnam era, Michael served in the U.S. Air Force. Michael was an avid drummer, and also a director and actor with the Village Players in Wolfeboro for many years. He had worked as a laboratory technician at hospitals in the Lakes Region before becoming laboratory director at




Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro. We send our condolences to Michael’s family. Nancy McLaughlin Michener of Durham passed away suddenly in February 2013. Nancy grew up in Massachusetts and came to New Hampshire to attend UNH. She remained in the area working for the Rockingham County Community Action Program and the Education Talent Search Program at UNH. Nancy was very devoted to helping her high school students be successful in their college careers, and many students and parents sent Nancy their appreciation for all her efforts. Nancy loved sports and was an avid skier (water and snow), ice skater, and boating aficionado. Most of all, Nancy loved her family and being a mom always came first. There are fond memories of Nancy teaching her children boating and sharing her passion of traveling with them. Her husband of 31 years, Dean, and their two daughters will miss her dearly. Our thoughts are with her family. I have become a grandmother to a beautiful baby girl who is the exact image of her father, my oldest son. My youngest son is a senior at UNH this year and continues to love it. Those years have gone by quickly. For an update on artist JoAnne Russo, see photo, p. 54. Please send your news!

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Save the date for your 25th Reunion June 13–15, 2014, and look for more information at Elizabeth “Liz” Carlisle Bartow is Head of the Upper School at the Barstow School in Kansas City, MO. She was formerly director of admissions. She has four children, and they all enjoy visits to New England each summer. She visited with Elaine Isherwood in Portsmouth recently, and they were remembering some great times living at Scott Hall and playing french horn at Paul Creative Arts. Tell us what’s happening in your world! —Chris Engel, 268 Washington Ave., Chatham, NJ 07928;


Terrence L. Williams has been named president and chief operating officer of The Keene Sentinel and He joins the company after almost 19 years as president and publisher of Telegraph Publishing Co., the publisher of The (Nashua, NH) Telegraph. A native of Springfield, VT, Terrence lives in Londonderry, NH, with his wife, Julie, a teacher in the middle-school gifted-children program there. Received news from Ryan J. Thomson, who writes that he is a music performer/ author/educator and runs the Captain Fiddle music business in Lee, NH. He was recently honored for his ability to overcome his disability of dystonia. Ryan was invited to a weekend medical symposium in New York City where he was one of three professional musicians who had overcome dystonia. Coincidentally, he notes, he taught a one-time undergraduate course, “Psychology of Music,” while he was a graduate student at UNH. Jack Robinson retired

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SWANZEY CELEBRATION: Mary Bagley Goodwin ’84, Diane Lambert Money ’84, Gay Schnyer Bonilla ’84, Dave Clough ’84, Debbie Scattergood Clough ’84, and Lisa Smith Severance marked Bonilla’s 50th birthday, Wildcat-style.

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this year as school superintendent for the Governor Wentworth School District in Wolfeboro, NH. He started as the assistant in 1992 and was named superintendent in 1998. He started his career in education in the Exeter, NH, school district in 1969. As I write this, both our boys, Christopher ’14 and Samuel ’16 are looking forward to returning to UNH for the fall semester.

news broadcasts each Wednesday at 5:50 p.m. to discuss stories on the page, which are focused on getting families outdoors to explore New Hampshire. She and her husband, Tom Cowie, have a daughter, Eliza, who is at St. Lawrence University and will be ski racing for the Saints. Paula lives in Center Harbor, NH, and can be reached at

—Anne M. Getchell, P.O. Box 2211, Conway, NH 03818-2211;

—Ilene H. Segal, DVM, 245 Warren Dr., Norfolk, MA 02056;


Robert Mercure was appointed to the board of directors for the Canadian Tourism Commission. Robert has more than 30 years of hospitality experience and is currently the general manager of the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. —Caroline McKee Anderson, 8626 Fauntlee Crest SW, Seattle, WA 98136;


Andrew Egan is the dean of science faculty at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada, and has been awarded his second Fulright scholarship to conduct research and teaching in Nepal .He was formerly the director of the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute at Highlands University —Julie Lake Butterfield, 44 Earle Dr., Lee, NH 03824;


Happy fall to all! After years of writing about conservation, resources and recreation for the New Hampshire Union Leader, Paula Tracy Cowie now writes an outdoors page for WMUR: escape-outside. She also appears during the


I heard from Robin Peters Schell of Amesbury, MA, that she rode in her first PanMass Challenge from Wellesley to Bourne on Aug.3. She rode alongside her friend Diane Legg, a stage 4, lung cancer survivor of eight years and counting, on Team LUNGStrong. Robin wants to thank everyone for their support—including many UNH alums—who helped her personally raise $5,000 (the 63-person team collectively raised $173,000 for the fight against cancer). This summer Robin and husband Todd connected with Tom Schmottlach ’85, who was visiting from Carmel, CA, where he is a middle school math and science teacher and married to Namrata,whom he met five years ago while teaching in Nepal. “We met for dinner in Portsmouth and ran into Brian Simpson ’85 at the Dolphin Striker. . .a spontaneous Sigma Nu reunion!” she said. Robin and Todd get to Durham on a semi-regular basis for UNH Wildcat hockey games and to visit son Tucker, UNH Class of 2016. Mary Bagley Goodwin, Diane Lambert Money, Gay Schnyer Bonilla, Dave Clough, Debbie Scattergood Clough, Lisa Smith Severance [attended ’79/’80 before transferring to Westbrook College]

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got together in Swanzey, NH, to celebrate Gay’s 50th birthday and Gay and Steve’s 25th wedding anniversary. While there, they caught up on their lives since college and shared fond UNH memories. Mary is in Dover, NH, with her husband, Bill, son, and daughter. Diane is in South Berwick, ME, with her husband, Tom, and daughter. Gay lives in San Diego, CA, with her husband, Steve, and two sons. Debbie and Dave live in Acton, MA, with their son and daughter. Lisa lives in Milford, NH, with her husband, Bob, and two sons. April Lindner has written a young adult novel, Catherine, that is a modern retelling of Wuthering Heights (reviewed on p. 39). Thanks for all the news. Until next time, remember, don’t be bashful—WRITE! —Susan L.S. Choquette, 15 Silver Birch Ln., Haverhill, MA 01832;


Rebecca Dudley has written a charming children’s book, Hank Finds an Egg (reviewed on p. 39 of this issue). Please send your updates or log on to UNH Connect ( write a class note online. —Julie Colligan Spak, 116 Longfields Way, Downingtown, PA 19335;


Happy fall to all—it’s another autumn season in the beautiful Northeast. I hope this finds you finding time to share it with your families, and possibly returning to campus for a football game or other activity. As I visit campuses as a parent now, it always brings me back to the many things I loved about UNH. In keeping you updated on achievements of our classmates, congratulations to Jeffrey Pearl on his appointment as senior vice president of sales of Mega Corporation of Pleasanton, CA. Congratulations as well to Kevin Cuff on his recent appointment to executive director at Professional Risk Managers International Association (PRMIA). And a note from Drew Conroy, professor of applied animal science at the Thompson School: “I invite alumni and friends to join with me as I host an extraordinary UNH safari trip to Tanzania, Africa, in March of 2014. I traveled to Tanzania in 2013, with Thompson School colleague, Bill Scott, who just retired after more than 40 years of teaching at UNH. We visited areas where I did my Ph.D. fieldwork in the late 1990s.



Visiting game parks, game control areas, and Maasai grazing and agricultural areas, Bill had great fun, while I was scoping out the possibilities for continuing my research with the Maasai people and their challenges with agriculture and pastoralism. For more information, visit www. My son Ross Conroy started his first semester at UNH as a freshman in political science and international affairs, and is thoroughly enjoying Hubbard Hall and all the great food at UNH.” —Stephanie Creane King, 92 Channing Rd., Belmont, MA 02478;


Greetings, everyone. Lynn Gervais Smith lives in Tyngsboro, MA, with husband Phil and their three daughters. Lynn works at Biolase Dental Consultants as a regional sales representative. Andrea Ladany lives in Wilmington, DE, with her twin daughters, who just started high school. Andrea is the assistant vice president of human resources at M & T Bank, and also has a health and wellness business with Isagenix. In the past decade, Andrea has competed in many marathons and triathalons, and has placed with many of the top runners. Debbie Greason Acone and her husband, Scott, live in Groton, MA, and have two teenage girls. Debbie works for the Army Corps of Engineers. She has been in touch with Mike Gemmell, from our Christensen days. Mike and his wife live in Georgia with their two children. Debbie and I also saw Craig Peacock at Homecoming last year. Craig is a district manager for Revlon and was nice to share some makeup samples with us that day! Tracey Irzyk Gendron and her husband, Gardner, live in Bedford, NH, with their two teenage sons. Gardner is the national director of commercial operations for Thrombogenics, a biotech company. Tracey is a cardiovascular specialist with Daiichi Sankyo, a pharmaceutical company. Tracey also mentioned that Anne Pappas Connors is married to Chris Connors ’88 and they are living in Windham, NH, with their two children. Anne is a second-grade teacher. Amy Just Kullberg lives in Westford, MA, with her husband, son, and daughter. Thank you all so much for sending along your news! —Tina Napolitano Savoia, 5 Samuel Path, Natick, MA 01760;

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Please send news. —Beth D. Simpson-Robie, P.O. Box 434, Kennebunk, ME 04043;

Bruce Twyon retired in January 2013 with the rank of lieutenant from the New Hampshire State Police after 22 years of service. After several years in uniformed patrol, he was promoted to detective in the narcotics unit where he worked in an undercover capacity, and where he later served as sergeant. A past president of the N.H. Troopers’ Association, he was the commander of the Executive

BY GEORGE: Earlier this year, Dan Jaffurs ’89 established the George Walker Jaffurs Scholarship Fund in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture in honor of two special men named George: his own father, George Jaffurs, and George Walker, the father of the UNH professor who served as his undergraduate research mentor. Jaffurs, who dropped out of high school to play guitar and served a stint in the Air Force, was a nontraditional student at UNH, where his love of science—particularly biochemistry—was kindled by zoology professor Chuck Walker. He earned an M.D. and a doctorate after graduating from UNH and today is a craniofacial plastic surgeon in southern California specializing in cleft lip and palate repairs. The new fund will support nontraditional students, who Jaffurs hopes will find the kind of inspiration he did at UNH. “UNH always felt like home to me,” he says. Protection Unit for Governor John Lynch, attending secret service training and executive protection schools. After his retirement, he obtained a luxury motor yacht charter business in St. John, Virgin Islands( Bruce advises that UNH alumni qualify for the “friends and family” discount should they find themselves in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Kelly Elliott Giaquinto is an occupational therapist in the Medford, MA, public schools, where she has worked since 1997. She also works at Minuteman Arc Early Intervention. Kelly lives with her pianist husband, Jim, and their two children in Bedford, MA, along with their dog and chickens. Jay Kumar is working as a senior managing editor at HCPro, a publisher of healthcare training and education products. He lives in Beverly, MA, with his wife, Deb, and daughters Hannah, 11, and Lily, 9. Jay writes that while he’s not running marathons anymore, he’s still running races of various distances and also writes a column about running for the Salem News. Scott Miller was recently named vice president of finance at Mimi’s Café, a French-inspired casual dining restaurant with 145 locations in 24 states. He earned an MBA at Indiana University. Finally, please note that our 25th Reunion will take place in Durham June 13–15, 2014. —David L. Gray, 131 Holmes Ave., Darien, CT 06820;


Peter Halsey Sherwood wrote a novel, The Pale of Memory,a suspense story set in mid -90s Manhattan. After UNH,

Peter studied at London’s Royal Academy of Music and worked as a theatrical agent before becoming the dining editor of Next magazine in New York City. He has been published in Foodista’s Best of Food Blogs Cookbook and has written for Interior Design, New York, and Woman’s Day magazines. —Amy French, 2709 44th Ave., SW, Seattle, WA 98116;


Laurie Ann Arruda married Michael Taranovich on Sept. 30, 2012, in Hampstead, NH. Laurie Ann works in the health care industry and is self employed as a speaker and author of the book Rethink Leadership. The couple lives in Loudon, NH. Please send news. —Christina Ayers Quinlan, 2316 Beauport Dr., Naperville, IL 60564;


Stephanie Wheeler is the new principal of Salisbury and Webster (NH) elementary schools. She taught math at the middle school level for 10 years and in 2010 she received the Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching. Most recently she was the assistant principal at two elementary schools in Manchester (NH). —Missy Langbein, 744 Johns Rd., Blue Bell, PA 19422;


John Akred and Erin Maneri were married Nov. 30, 2012, in Carmel Valley, CA. John received a master’s in computer science from DePaul University, and works as a

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ter Peterson ’08, and Jessica DeVito Cunningham. In professional news, Clark Danderson is an assistant professor of biology at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D at the University of Illinois.

senior manager in data and platforms for Accenture Technology Labs. —Caryn Crotty Eldridge, 13 Harvard Rd., London, W4 4EA, UK;


Karin Polak Soweid wrote in from Beirut, Lebanon: “I am completing my doctoral dissertation titled ‘Gender equity in the workplace: Experience of the Arab female’ in fulfillment of a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology. This qualitative study explores the experiences of working mothers in Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon as it relates to gender equity and work-family balance. I’m expecting my second child in November 2013.” Thanks for the update, Karin, and best wishes on all your projects! —Mike Opal, 26 Rockwood Heights Rd., Manchester, MA 01944;


Tara Mardigan is a nutritionist at the Lown Cardiovascular Center in Brookline, MA. After UNH, Tara completed her dietetic internship at Yale-New HavenHospital and then earned a master’s of science in nutrition and a master’s in public health at Tufts. Tara is also the team nutritionist for the Boston Red Sox. Read more about Tara on her website at www. Thanks to Erica Auciello Murphy for her many excellent years of service as class secretary. Erica is finding her life very busy and would like to pass the baton to a classmate who would be interested in writing this column. If that is you, please email alumni.editor@unh. edu. We’d love to hear from you!


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—Michael Walsh, 607 Atwood Dr., Downingtown, PA 19335;


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Greetings, Class of 1998. It’s not often I get to include my own news so I’m excited to share that we welcomed a baby boy into our family in May. Samuel William joins his big sister Amelia, who just turned four and is madly in love with her new baby brother. Brian Blackburn attended Suffolk University Law School and graduated magna cum laude in 2001. He spent six years as an associate in the Boston office of Ropes & Gray. In 2007, he joined Fidelity Investments as a senior legal counsel and was recently promoted to vice president and associate general counsel. He primarily works with the Fidelity funds and their boards of trustees. Congratulations to Sheila Moeschen whose book, Acts of Conspicuous Compassion: Performance Culture and American Charity Practices, was published in June by University of Michigan Press. Julie Zawacki-Lucci passed on the sad news that her college friend and

—Abby Severance Gillis, 19 Chase St., Woburn, MA, 01801;

2003 GREAT (WALL) RUN: Meghan Ricker ’01, ’03G celebrates with her dad, Ed Ricker ’74, after finishing the Great Wall Marathon in Beijing in May. Ed retired from UNH this spring after 41 years in food service. roommate Jeannine Lennihan Firestone passed away on April 25, 2013, after a courageous battle with colon cancer. Jeannine played rugby at UNH and was a microbiology major who went on to work very successfully in the biotech industry in Boston. She married Brant Firestone, and is survived by her son Graham. Jeannine’s family and friends are in our thoughts. —Emily Rines, 23 Tarratine Dr., Brunswick, ME 04011;


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—Jaimie Russo Zahoruiko, P.O. Box 287, Haverhill, MA 01831;


Jason Calichman, an assistant vice principal at Swampscott (MA) middle school and a former Swampscott High baseball player, was named head coach of the baseball team this spring . —Becky Roman Hardie, 3715 N. 4th St., Harrisburg, PA 17110;


Meghan Ricker taught at Dover (NH) Middle School and was the head director at Camp Foss YMCA for Girls in Strafford County. She now teaches English at the International School in Guangzhau,China. In May, she ran the Great Wall Marathon (see photo above). —Elizabeth Merrill Tewksbury, P.O. Box 621, Cornish, ME 04020;


Congratulations are extended to Danielle Morin Leboeuf and her husband Jason, who welcomed their first child, a daughter, Stella Rose, on May 7, 2013. Another new parent, Neil Richardson, and his wife, Kristen, welcomed a son, Owen Timothy on Dec. 21, 2012. Jenna McLean married Josh Cecot on May 25 in a beautiful oceanside ceremony in York, ME. Fellow UNH alumni and sister of the bride, Tracy McLean ’07, served as a bridesmaid while George Peterson ’05 served as a groomsman. Along with me, other Wildcats in attendance were
Lauren Sullivan Peterson ’05, Tucker Peterson ’06, Rebekah Por-

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—Shannan Goff Welsh, 77 Hooksett Rd., Auburn, NH 03032;


JoEllen Edson enjoys her career as a pediatric oncology nurse at Boston Children’s Hospital. She also enjoys freelance photography and has a growing photography business: Everlasting Image and Design ( Eileen Dunn eloped with Craig Laskoski on May 25, 2013, at Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH. Eileen is an events manager at UNH. The couple lives in Portsmouth. Julia Keller married Shane Mayhew ’03 on June 23, 2012, in Lexington, MA. Julie is pursuing a master’s in higher ed administration at Boston University, where she also works as a senior assistant director of marketing and communications for admissions. Shane is the school operations manager at the Milestones Day School in Waltham. They live in Newton, MA. Save the date for a 10th Reunion at Homecoming October 2014! —Victoria Macgowan Reed, 5 Twilight Dr., Scarborough, ME 04074;


Congratulations to my good friend Jennifer Grieco on her marriage to Ian McDonald on July 20, 2013! Jen and Ian were wed at Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel in Boston, MA. A reception followed at the Seaport Hotel. Jen and Ian honeymooned in Hawaii and live in Cambridge, MA. Jen is a fifth-grade teacher in Newton, MA, and Ian works with Northeast Bank in Boston. Jocelyn Hartmann and Michael McMahon were married June 1, 2013, at the lakeside chapel on Sandy Island on Lake Winnipesaukee. A honeymoon in San Diego followed. The couple live in New York City where they are both employed with Silicon Valley Bank. Congratulations to Abby Czekanski and Brian Conklin, who were wed Sept. 1, 2012. Chris Rumph and wife Caitlin Murray Rumph ’04 welcomed their second daughter, Evie May, on April 22. —Megan Stevener, 58 Douglas Drive, Candia, NH 03034;


Greetings, 2006-ers. I hope you all enjoyed your summer. Congratulations to those of you who have celebrated a marriage this year. Brenna Malone ’07 and Nick Palmieri married May 4, 2013, in Newport, RI. Josh O’Neill was married on July 21, 2013, to Stephanie Maksian at the Granite Rose in Hampstead, NH, near his hometown of Derry. UNH alums Laura Jones ’08 and Becca Cyr were in attendance.



Stepping Up Former football star Mujahid “Muji” Karim ’07 provides hope and guidance to other amputees.


s Muji Karim ’07 remembers it, UNH football coach Sean McDonnell ’78 was the first person to tell it to him straight after the accident: The weeks and months ahead would be incredibly difficult. Burns had claimed both legs and most of his left hand, and he had broken both arms. Then McDonnell reminded Karim of his own motto. After a tough practice back at UNH, Karim would often say, “Nobody likes it easy.” In August 2011, Karim and his brother, Husain ’08, were driving in Boston after a night out with friends when their car veered off Storrow Drive, struck a tree, and erupted in flames. Both men suffered head injuries and severe burns over much of their bodies. Both would spend weeks in intensive care. The fact that they were burly former football players likely helped them that night. The brothers had played together at UNH in 2006, when the team earned a 9–4 record and a spot in the second round of the NCAA playoffs. After the accident, friends and former teammates rallied to support them, and McDonnell made regular Friday visits to the Boston hospitals where they were treated. Muji had to learn to walk again with no fully functional limb. There were days of depression, but he impressed his therapists with his competitor’s tenacity and a determination to get well enough to support his young daughter. Early on, a burn survivor who visited his hospital room gave him a new perspective on recovery: Others had done it. He could, too. Karim was discharged from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, Mass., six months after the accident. He walked out of the hospital arm in arm with his brother, their mother and other family members following. Behind them, nurses and therapists wearing UNH

football T-shirts cheered and waved and wiped away tears. Karim moved into an apartment complex in Quincy, Mass., where he lived on his own. He practiced walking in the long hallways. He mastered the curbs outside his door and, eventually, lost his crutch. With the help of a longtime friend who became his girlfriend after the crash, he learned to drive with new legs. Husain, whose badly injured right hand has required nine reconstructive surgeries, is full of admiration for his brother. “I can’t even explain how proud I am of what he’s been able to do,” says Husain. “He refuses to be held back by anything.” Still, after the most intense phase of recovery had passed, Muji was struggling to figure out what was next for him. Then, on April 15, two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon. The news coverage felt personal. Even before the bombing, Karim had begun visiting the hospital occasionally to meet with new trauma survivors; after the bombing, he volunteered to meet with patients more regularly. There was the man who had been badly burned when he fell on a blowtorch at work and a teenager who, like him, had lost both legs in a car accident. And there were the bombing victims—the newlyweds who had each lost a limb and Celeste Corcoran, a hairdresser who lost both legs in the explosion. He has tried to give them perspective. And they, in turn, give him the understanding that, after all he’s been through, he has done something meaningful. “It’s healing for both sides,” he says. When Karim first met Corcoran at Spaulding last spring, he slipped off his right prosthetic to show where his own leg, ending just below the knee, fit into the manufactured one. He then lifted his left pant leg so she could see the computerized joint, where doctors had amputated through the knee on that side. “That’s me,” Corcoran said, leaning over the arm of Continued next page Fal l 2013 • Uni versity o f New Hampsh i r e Maga zine • 59


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married Michael Ramsey at the Flag Hill Winery in Lee, NH. Heather is a faculty assistant with Harvard Business School, and Michael is a software engineer with Enterasys Secure Networks. They live together in Arlington, MA. Karen Martel married Jeffrey Davis at New Rye Congregational Church. Karen is an environmental scientist at The Smart Associates, Environmental Consultants in Concord and Jeffrey is a physical therapist at Progressive Therapy Services in Bow and Apple Therapy Services in Manchester. They live in Pembroke. Ricky Santos has returned to UNH football as the wide receivers coach. Ricky had an exceptional playing career as UNH’s quarterback, and after graduating, he played professionally in Canada and with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs. —Michael Patrick Antosh, 3476 Post Rd., Wakefield, RI 02879;


Continuing EduCation Josh is an emergency management specialist for the Department of Public Safety for the city of Providence, RI. Congrats to Michelle Boutet who recently became a registered dietitian. Michelle received her degree in communications from UNH and furthered her education at Simmons College through their Didactic Program in Dietetics. Patricia Grobecker is a clinical instructor in nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Patricia received her master of science in clinical nurse leadership from UNH. Vermont Governor Shumlin announced the appointment of Philip Kolling who will serve as executive director of SerVermont— coordinating and promoting community service across the state. I have career news as well, having recently accepted a promotion with my current company as marketing manager for a project with URS Corporation in Boston. Congratulations to everyone on their happy and exciting news. I look forward to hearing news from more of you for the winter issue. Enjoy your fall. —Becca Cyr,


Timothy Northrup has earned his professional engineer license. He works for North Woods Engineering in Saranac Lake, NY. Tim has experience as a project engineer, designer, and permitting specialist, working on projects that include the Olympic Regional Development Authority’s conference center in Lake Placid and the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. Heather MacNeill

Congratulations to Stephanie Jillson and William Carey Creed, who were married Nov. 16, 2012, in Atkinson, NH. In early July, Meghan Tremarche celebrated her five-year anniversary with the U.S. government. She lives in Washington, DC, where she serves as an international trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Cailin Mateleska is getting her master’s in art therapy at Lesley University, and she recently started working in collaboration with Artsbridge, a Boston-based nonprofit organization that uses art and dialogue to develop constructive partnerships between American, Israeli, and Palestinian youth. I’d love to hear from you and know what you’ve been up to! Please send updates, photos, stories, little blurbs, or whatever your heart desires. —Alexandra Covucci,


Benjamin Tupper is going to be starting school again for his doctoral degree in education at the University of Michigan. He has just returned from South Africa where he worked as a South African National Parks volunteer coordinator and was a large carnivore researcher. Great work, Benjamin! Please continue sending your updates, we enjoy hearing from you. —Caitlin LeMay, 18-22 Essex St., Apt 17 Haverhill, MA 01832;


Kelly Barry joined Vanasse Hangen Brustlin’s team in North Ferrisburgh, VT, as a civil engineer. She is also working on her master ’s degree at UNH. —Kristina Looney, 117 Central St., Apt #2, Auburn, MA 01524;


Hello, Class of 2012! I hope this issue finds you busy and well. Kelly Donahue is a marketing coordinator for the New England Patriots. Oriel Health Care has appointed Nathan Oriol as the assistant administrator of Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center in West Boylston, MA. Send your news! —Bria Oneglia, 436 Winchester Rd., Winsted, CT 06098;


Lynsey Keenan Burke of Peterborough, NH, has been accepted into the Peace Corps. She is training as an agriculture and forestry extension volunteer in Paraguay. Lynsey joins the 74 N.H. residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 1,628 N.H. residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961. To post your note online log on to UNH Connect ( and share news with your classmates.


Amanda Ramos graduated from the Mayo Clinic Medical School in Rochester, MN, and has been accepted at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She will pursue a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. Suphatra Paravichai Laviolette has joined the Microsoft Corporate Citizenship & Public Affairs team as the manager of digital marketing, driving and leading the digital strategy and storytelling for the division’s domestic and international efforts in corporate social responsibility. On a personal note, I graduated magna cum laude from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in the spring and also received the Outstanding Law Student Award, which the faculty gives out to a graduating student who has shown a combination of those qualities and abilities that are the ideals of the legal profession. Sadly, there is an “In Memoriam” for Bobby Cann in this issue. Our sincere condolences go out to all his friends and family. Save the date for a 5th Reunion at Homecoming October 2014. Stay in touch by logging in to UNH Connect ( —Jenelle DeVits, 187 Woodpoint Rd., Apt. 4, Brooklyn, NY 11211;

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her wheelchair to look more closely. “I’m below the knee and through the knee.” For Corcoran, who wavers between hopefulness and tears, Karim is a symbol of what’s possible after a terrible trauma: living without constant help from family, driving on your own, beginning to piece together a life that isn’t dominated by injury. He tells her to measure progress month to month, not day to day. It will get better, he promises. “It doesn’t get easy. But it gets easier.” —Chelsea Conaboy ’04 Ed.’s Note: A version of this story originally appeared in The Boston Globe.

In Memoriam

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Winslow Caughey ’48, ’49G

He was a scientist driven by curiosity.


inslow Caughey ’48, ’49G had a choice early in life, according to family lore. He could pursue chemistry. Or he could become an opera singer. Despite his strong baritone, Caughey chose science and lived a life shaped by the unflagging curiosity that had led him to such a diversity of talents. He died Feb. 25, at age 86, of pneumonia after years of lung trouble. In a career that spanned half a century, Caughey published more than 200 scientific papers, while pursuing hobbies that included boat building, raising cattle, and casually reciting lines from comic opera masters Gilbert and Sullivan. “He was incredibly curious, and he championed curiosity in all of us,” says Byron Caughey, his son and one of four children. Growing up in Antrim, N.H., Winslow was surrounded by music, often singing with family and friends around a piano. He began his studies in chemical engineering at UNH at age 15 but was recruited by the Navy to work on radar systems. He returned to finish his degree and earned a master’s in chemistry as well before going on to receive his doctorate in chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. There, he met Helen Hill, whom he long referred to—tongue firmly in cheek—as the “woman so privileged as to be my wife.” In 1956, the couple founded the Monadnock Research Institute in Antrim, where Caughey focused on synthesizing compounds called porphyrins, then suspected of being useful against cancer. The family followed academic appointments to south Florida

Dr. Kenneth I. Appel, professor emeritus of mathematics Mr. David A. Rohde, UNH Printing and Mailing Services Dr. John E. Donovan ’26 Mr. William S. Morse ’26 Mrs. Virginia Hixon Ayers ’34 Mrs. Lillian Holt Slosek ’34 Mrs. N. Marguerite Ekdahl Topper ’34 Mr. Edgar A. Davis Jr. ’36 Mrs. Mary Andrews Janosz ’39, ’43G Mrs. Rebecca Taylor Adams ’40

Mr. Milton M. Kaplan ’40 Mr. John H. McCarthy ’40 Mrs. Alice Colman Miksch ’40 Mr. Leon W. Bills Jr. ’41 Mrs. Beatrice Bishop Clark ’41 Mrs. Betty Crooks Morris ’41 Mrs. Jessie Hepler Gould ’42 Mrs. Virginia Lambert Smith ’42 Mr. John W. Garland ’43 Mr. Robert H. Gowen Jr.’43 Mr. Henry N. Langley ’43 Mrs. Elizabeth Haggas Zwicker ’43

and Arizona, returning for the summers to a cabin in Antrim. In 1973, Caughey was hired as chairman of biochemistry at Colorado State University. Caughey insisted on Sunday as a family day, often spent outdoors or building something—a sailboat or the television that would serve as the family’s set for 20 years. And he was a source of mischief, says daughter Joan Gorga of Antrim, leading his children and then grandchildren in friendly pranks, or routinely hiding his wife’s morning coffee. Later, in the more than four years after his wife was paralyzed by a back surgery gone wrong, he spent each day by her side. She died in 2011. Caughey had retired from Colorado State in 1995, and the couple moved to Montana, where Byron is an investigator at a National Institutes of Health laboratory studying a group of diseases that includes what is commonly known as mad cow. The elder Caughey began volunteering in the lab and suggested to the researchers that porphyrins might be effective against transmission of the diseases. The compounds worked. The professor, retired but not finished, shared authorship on a series of papers with his son. —Chelsea Conaboy ’04

Alphonse Langlois ’58

His discoveries helped shape the treatment of AIDS.


t Duke University, Alphonse Langlois ’58 was the meticulous microbiologist who did pioneering research on cancer and AIDS, but also liked to tell funny stories and give away the wooden racks and benches he built. At home, he was the dad who tinkered with recipes, brewed beer, and convinced his six children it was a privilege to be “allowed” to use the floorpolishing machine. Langlois liked things to be efficient, and he liked things to last. As a boy working in a bakery in Manchester, N.H., he suggested a change in process that let the owner produce more donuts in less time. As an undergrad at UNH, he built a barbecue grill and wading pool that his oldest daughter, Susan, found still standing nearly 20 years later—although the family’s apartment on

Mr. Walter E. Blackadar ’44 Mrs. Charlotte Sweet Bougourd ’44 Mrs. Geraldine Lovett Chaplick ’44 Ms. Bettina J. Dalton ’44, ’53G Mr. Paul R. Degross ’44, ’46 Mr. John A. Leahy Jr. ’44, ’71G The Hon. Richard O. Staff ’44 Mr. Merle D. Straw Jr. ’44 Mrs. Louise Temple Gaiero ’45 Mrs. Eleanor Huse Kemp ’45 Mrs. Suzanne Sickmon Roberts ’45, ’48G

Mrs. Carolyn Phillips Wood ’45 Mrs. Barbara Mackay Crouch ’46 Mrs. Louise Larrow Scott ’46 Mrs. Geraldine Gillon Binder ’47 Mr. Howard W. Brown ’47 Mr. George A. Cross ’47 Dr. Fred M. Hunt ’47 Mrs. Joan Eldridge Arnold ’48 Mrs. Shirley Meardon Bryant ’48 Brig. Gen. Robert A. Cheney, Ret. ’48 Mr. Donald E. Clough ’48

Mrs. Beverly Frazee Lowry ’48, ’57G Dr. Henry J. Nawoj ’48 Mr. Donald P. Donovan ’49 Mr. Robert O. Durgin ’49 Mrs. Margaret Bishop Nixon ’49 Mr. Joseph M. Duffy ’50 Mrs. Annette S. Fain ’50 Mr. Benjamin A. Macey ’50 Mr. Leonard A. Stolzberg ’50 Mr. Harvey R. Dolliver ’51 Mrs. Drusilla Nelson Dworshak ’51 Mrs. Dona Adams Mate ’51

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College Road was gone. After the family bought a house in Durham, N.C., Langlois ran ropes from the trash can lids up to the deck so that everyone could drop the trash in without going downstairs. “Everything he did was about making, creating, discovering,” says his son Allen. Langlois, 84, died July 2, but the influence of his research continues. He developed a cell culture that allowed a specific cancer-causing virus to be grown in a lab rather than in animals, according to his colleague Kent Weinhold, director of the Center for AIDS Research at Duke. Langlois also was part of a team that screened many compounds, looking for one that could fight HIV. “Out of that research was born AZT,” Weinhold says. Langlois grew up speaking French, and working in the Manchester shoe and textile mills. His Canadian immigrant family called him Bob to try to avoid discrimination. “It was easier to keep your head down with an American-sounding name than to walk around as Alphonse,” says his youngest son, David, who cared for his father through several illnesses. Professorships and Ph.D.s weren’t on the radar when Langlois and his sister—who conducted science experiments together on the back porch of their tenement building—became the first in the family to finish high school. Moving to California in the days before interstate highways was an equally exotic idea, but that’s what Langlois and Marilyn Marsh did. Their “mixed marriage” of Catholic and Protestant, frowned on at first by their families, lasted 62 years, until his death. Marilyn was a nurse, and Langlois, who helped to care for wounded Korean War vets while stationed at Travis Air Force Base, considered becoming a doctor. After his military service, they returned to New Hampshire with two daughters, and Langlois enrolled at UNH on the GI Bill. From his youthful hard times, he carried a hearing loss in one ear (a result of noisy mill machinery) and a drive to do whatever was necessary. He worked his way through college by painting dorms and inventorying trees for Dutch elm disease research. Once he had his bachelor’s degree, he started studying for a master’s in biochemistry, but an offer from Duke lured the family

Mr. William F. Regan ’51 Mr. Frank H. Sehnert ’51 Mr. M. Michael Ananian ’52 Mr. John N. Bowes ’52 Mrs. Jean Coffin Friel ’52 Mr. Richard W. Hurd ’52 Mrs. Esther McKeage Richardson ’52 Mr. Fred H. Schmidt ’52 Mr. Robert T. Bolton ’53 Ms. Barbara N. Gilderdale ’53 Dr. William W. Lothrop ’53, ’54G Mr. Donald R. Mills ’53, ’55G Mr. Theodore G. Mueskes ’53

Ms. Mildred E. Radford ’53 Mr. Arthur M. Rose ’53 Mrs. Margaret Loughlin Splaine ’53G Ms. Ann B. Chase ’54 Mr. William A. Varkas ’54G Mrs. Barbara L. Durgin ’55 Dr. John B. Hoey ’56 Mr. James R. Miller II ’56 Mr. David Rosi ’56G Mr. Kenneth E. Smith ’56 Lt. Col. Alton L. Amidon, Ret. ’57 Mrs. Grace Hayden Blanchard ’57G, ’68G

south. By the time he finished his doctorate in microbiology at age 37 and became a Duke professor, he and Marilyn had six children. All of them knew it was their job to get an education and become as responsible as their parents. “He bootstrapped the whole family through sheer hard work,” Allen says. “He was a great dad, a great example, and a tough act to follow.” —Jane Harrigan

John A. Lindsay ’70, ’83G

He made a career of protecting the oceans he loved.


n their first date in 1966, John Lindsay ’70, ’83G and Betty Lausier went to the shore. Before that day, Betty had never seen the ocean. After, her life would be shaped by it. The ocean was Lindsay’s passion, born of boyhood days spent on Wells Beach in Maine and exploring nearby tide pools. He was a gregarious Irishman with an infectious smile, she says. “I couldn’t help but love it, too.” Lindsay, who died on Feb. 13 of mesothelioma, would build a career dedicated to studying and protecting ocean sites around the United States, the last stage focused on a small group of islands about 200 miles from mainland Alaska, where life revolves around the sea. “He really felt that he fulfilled his life’s dream,” Betty Lindsay says. The couple was married with two children, Christine and Cris-Jon, before he graduated from UNH. Early on, Lindsay was a taxonomist for the marine lab at Normandeau Associates in Portsmouth and then worked a stint in southern California. The family returned to Durham, where Lindsay started his own firm, often hiring young marine scientists from the university, and completed his master’s degree, focusing part of his studies on farming clams in New England. Lindsay spent much of his career spearheading environmental restoration projects for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

Mr. Armand A. Desruisseaux ’57 Mr. Dean A. Hutchinson ’57 Mrs. Sandra Brown Ryan ’57 Mr. John C. Fisher ’58 Mr. Alphonse J. Langlois ’58 Mr. Paul R. Moore Jr. ’58 Mr. George K. Plummer Jr. ’58 Mr. Charles E. Sandquist ’58 Mr. Eugene F. Sullivan Jr. ’58 Mr. Richard A. Bernard ’59 Mr. Richard F. Hechtl ’59G Mr. Joseph F. Quinn ’59 Mr. Roger H. Stone ’59

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Ms. Bernadette D. Benard ’60G Mr. Paul L. Bouchard ’60, ’62G Mrs. Lorette D. Dean ’60 Mr. Richard M. Kimball ’60 Mr. Thomas A. King ’60 Mr. Charles B. Knowles ’61 Mr. George H. Monast ’61, ’64G Mr. Bertrand C. Sprague ’61 Ms. Katharine Elliott Stansfield ’61 Mrs. Rovena Scribner Robinson ’62 Mr. Thomas A. Gray ’63 Mr. John D. Hauslein Jr. ’63 Ms. Jean E. Houle ’63

Mr. Robert A. Lamy ’63 Mr. David E. Trask ’63 Mr. Theodosios G. Boulogiane ’64G Dr. Earl S. Perrigo ’64 Mrs. Betty White Phinney ’64G Mrs. Beverley Steele Pollack ’64 Col. Vincent B. Roberts ’64 Capt. Ernest W. Rousseau ’64 Mr. Paul L. Siegler ’64 Mr. George A. Sousa ’64 Dr. Joseph A. Verdone ’64G Mr. Robert H. Wetmore ’64 Major John A. Wilhelm ’64

Administration, work that again moved the family to the West Coast. Among the years-long projects he helped to lead—some are ongoing—were the cleanup of mercury contamination in Texas’ Lavaca Bay and the hunt for radioactive waste dumped in Massachusetts Bay. Lindsay was a problem solver, adept at bringing disparate government, community, and commercial interests together to act on a plan, says Alyce Fritz, who worked with him at NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration in Seattle. A self-described crusty New Englander with a soft spot and a laugh that put people at ease, “he had a lot of enthusiasm and perseverance,” Fritz says. The last 12 years of Lindsay’s work were dedicated to the remote and rocky Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea, where NOAA has worked to clean up more than 100 properties contaminated during the U.S. government’s management of the fur seal harvest. The Lindsays embraced another mission there: documenting and preserving the history of the native people of the Pribilofs, their culture, and their connection to the land and sea. The couple compiled a genealogy and unearthed little-seen historical photos. Lindsay documented historical sites in partnership with the state of Alaska, sometimes helping to organize archaeological testing, says Joan Antonson, a state historian. A multimedia production facility he created to service the NOAA Pribilof office and the NOAA community produced 30 science-related films, including the award-winning documentary “People of the Seal,” which he edited and produced. As Lindsay grew sicker, the couple decided to move to Tennessee. Betty says her house there is nice, close to her daughter’s. But she misses the ocean. —C.C.

Robert “Bobby” Cann ’09

He was passionate about friends and family, his job— and cycling.


obby Cann ’09 biked through the snow. In any season, he would stop to help fellow cyclists with mechanical troubles. And he seized every chance he had to take in the countryside on two wheels or join community rides to raise awareness about bikes on the streets of Chicago. Cann was as passionate about cycling as he was about his friends and family, or his fledgling career as a writer and developer at the daily deals giant Groupon. On May 29, he was bik-

Ms. Margaret E. Bingham ’65 Mrs. Donna Wagenfeld Cann ’65 Mr. Kesari V. Dandh ’65G Dr. Kenneth M. Parzych ’65G Mr. Philip Beland Jr. ’66 Mrs. Linda Parnell Cilluffo ’66 Mr. David V. Craig ’66 Mrs. Joanne Rock Welch ’66 Ms. Ellen Fuller Forbes ’67G Mrs. Jane Illingworth MacIntyre ’68, ’70G Mrs. Linda C. Dagenai ’70 Mr. Timothy S. Gormley ’70G

Mrs. Shirley Mask McEnnis ’70, ’73G Mr. Everett W. Page ’70 Mrs. Nancy Doole Rollins ’70 Ms. Carol A. Collins ’71 Mr. Roger G. Daigle ’71 Ms. Virginia W. Jackson ’71G Ms. Deborah Bertrand McNally ’71 Sister Eleanor B. Mullaley ’71G Mrs. Ellen Warrington Savage ’71 Mr. John R. Stewart ’72 Col. Robert A. Costa ’73 Mrs. Karen J. Custer ’73 Ms. Andrea R. Derry ’73

ing home from work when he was struck by a car and killed; the operator was later charged with drunken driving. Cann was 26. Two days after his death, cyclists gathered to ride in his honor. Cann’s bike was a part of him, “like a wing sharply slanting from a swallow,” his girlfriend, Catherine Bullard, wrote on a special “deal” Groupon issued in June, collecting donations in his name to help build protected bike lanes. Cann grew up in Henniker, N.H., a social kid rooted in the outdoors, says his mother, Maria Cann. He became particularly interested in politics and journalism in the lead-up to the 2004 presidential election. When he was 17, Cann’s father died of cancer. In the months and years that followed, Cann became a father figure to his younger siblings, his sister, Mary, says. At UNH, he studied journalism with a special interest in Chinese studies. He spent spring 2008 in Beijing and worked as an intern at the Gloucester Daily Times in 2009. Lauren Hardies Rudowsky ’08 remembers meeting Cann in the third-floor lounge of Congreve Hall, newspapers spread out around him. She thought he was loud and obnoxious. She learned he also was kind and goofy. By summer 2009, a contingent of their UNH friends had moved to the Windy City and become one another’s “Chicago family.” Struggling to find a job during the collapse of newspapers, Cann worked at sporting goods store REI and began freelancing for Groupon. He learned to write computer code and was hired full time in 2010. It was a job he loved. By then, Cann was steeped in the biking culture of the city and had become a sort of cycling mentor to friends and co-workers. Phil Bird, who had worked with Cann at REI, began wearing a helmet after Cann badgered him, and Bird got hooked on all-season cycling at his friend’s urging. In 2010, Cann rode from New Hampshire to Chicago with little planning about where he would stop each night. That’s how he operated, Bird said. “He didn’t worry about getting there—it was just, ‘Let’s get going.’” —C.C.

Mr. Michael B. Mooney ’73G Ms. Catherine M. Murphy ’73 Mr. Peter A. Myers ’73 Mrs. Isabelle Barber Quimby ’73 Mr. Chadwick H. Ramsdell ’73 Mr. Kenneth W. Turgeon ’73G Mr. Wynne C. Walston ’73 Mrs. Olive Kootz Bickford ’75 Mrs. Barbara Cross Hunter ’75G Mr. Michael L. Kaiser ’75G Mrs. Patricia Pirrie Shively ’75 Col. Robert M. Tilton ’75 Mrs. Jennifer Hall LaPointe ’77, ’95G

Dr. Linda M. Jewell ’78G Mr. James M. Brighenti Jr. ’79 Ms. Judith L. McMahon ’79 Mrs. Susan Freitag Chase ’80, ’94G Mr. Michael M. Lyness ’80 Ms. Mary-Lee O’Brien ’81 Mr. Peter J. Feuerbach ’82 Mrs. Elsie F. Morse ’82G Mrs. Krista Drown Paynton ’84G Mr. Clair J. Stouffer ’84G Mrs. Nina M. Coppens ’85G Mr. Roger L. Blease ’86 Mr. Henry M. Powers III ’89

Ms. Dianne B. Sauve ’90 Mr. Philip B. Alterman ’93 Ms. Shelly L. Labounty ’96 Mrs. Jeannine Y. Firestone ’98 Ms. Karen E. Cancellieri ’02 Ms. Kimberly A. Roberts ’05 Mr. Eric R. Rush ’07 Mr. Robert G. Cann ’09 Mr. Zachary D. Hauser ’10 Mr. Donald A. Turner ’15

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S unb Bh ee and’s Fa r m O


Pod Squad

Children harvest milkweed to aid the war effort.


hen the order came, on Sept. 15, 1944, thousands of mow milkweed-heavy areas. Members of the Boy Scouts, 4-H, schoolchildren in New Hampshire and Vermont marched and Junior Red Cross pitched in, too, helping to record where into the fields, bags in hand, to do their patriotic duty: It was “Go they saw the plant growing in anticipation of the harvest. Smith, Day” for the milkweed pod collection program. The students meanwhile, monitored sites throughout both states, keeping an were harvesting for a cause. Their mission? Providing life jackets eye on the pods so he could give the word and activate the podfor U.S. troops fighting in World War II. collecting troops—most of whom were children, since labor was The need was urgent. Before the war, seed pods from the in short supply due to the war effort. kapok tree in Indonesia had provided filling for life jackets. But When Go Day came, the locals went to work, spurred by the once the Japanese captured the East Indies, the kapok supply rallying cry that appeared on wartime flyers: “Save A Life. Pick was cut off—and now the U.S. military needed 1.5 million Pods for Victory.” Harvesters filled mesh bushel bags with pods, pounds of filling to keep U.S. soldiers safely afloat. Milkweed, collecting 20 cents for each completed bag. The bags were then it turned out, was a good substitute. Covered by a thin coating delivered to a collection site—often the local school—and hung of wax, milkweed floss is six times more buoyant than cork. But to dry before being trucked to Michigan, where the floss was the trick was to collect it at precisely the right time: as soon as removed, separated from the seeds, and stuffed into life jackets. the pods were ripe, but before they split and scattered their On November 1, Smith declared the 1944 milkweed colleccontents on the wind. tion campaign complete. Vermont had contributed 1,246 bags The war office turned to the public for help. UNH horticul- of pods, and New Hampshire, 12,020. Nationally, more than ture professor William Smith, who had been given leave from 1.5 billion pods were collected to produce more than 1.2 million his university duties to oversee the program for New Hampshire life vests. Mission Milkweed Pod was complete. ~ and Vermont, asked farmers, gardeners, and road workers not to —Mylinda Woodward ’97

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