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A Sustainable Future: UNH is helping to define the path forward. | 32 Uncommon Friendship: Two alums, one prof and the connections that changed their lives. | 28

On the Road to $275 Million: With less than a year remaining, CELEBRATE 150 is closing in on its goal. | 44



wherever you are Groundbreaking work happening at UNH touches every realm imaginable, including the roads we depend on, the sports we love, the security of our data and much more. Curious? Then get ready for a year of fun and fascinating gatherings across the country. Join UNH professors and distinguished graduates in lively conversation on topics that are central to our lives. Enjoy the company of fellow alumni, parents and friends who share a love for UNH and a desire to understand and shape the world we live in. It won’t be a party without you. WASHINGTON D.C. EXECUTIVE FORUM October 5 | 7:30–9:30 a.m. Honeywell Panelists: Carol Zierhoffer ’82, SVP, Global CIO, Bechtel Brig. Gen. Ronald M. Bouchard ’77, U.S. Army, Retired, Principal, Bouchard and Associates, LLC Maeve Dion, J.D., Asst. Prof. of Security Studies, UNH Rick Metzer ’70, CISSP, CISM, CISA, CBCP (Ret.), Principal Cyber Security Engineer, Man Tech International Jim Ramsay, Ph.D., M.A., CSP, Chair, Department of Business, Politics and Security Studies, UNH BOSTON EXECUTIVE FORUM Date to be announced | 6–8 p.m. Omni Parker House Speakers: Anne Finucane ’74, Vice Chairman, Bank of America Susan Mercandetti ’75, Editor–at–large, Random House Publishing Group N.H. LAKES REGION ALUMNI RECEPTION October 26 | 6–8 p.m. Chase House, Meredith Speaker: Jo Sias Daniel ’94, Ph.D., Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNH

NEW YORK EXECUTIVE FORUM November 2 | 6:30–8:30 p.m. New York Marriott, East Side, NYC Panelists: Chris Boulanger ’96, Co-Founder, Cervello Thomas Hazel ’95, Chief Technology Officer and Founder, Chaos Sumo, Inc Richa Kapri ’17, MSA, Project Manager, Global Cyber Risk, Willis Towers Watson Robert McGrath ’96, Ph.D., Director for Graduate Programs in Analytics and Data Science, UNH ATLANTA ALUMNI RECEPTION November 8 | 6–8 p.m. Buckhead Club Speaker: Michael McCann, J.D., Director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute, UNH Law N.H. SEACOAST ALUMNI EVENT 150 years of UNH Music, Theatre and Dance! Nov. 16 | 7–9 p.m. The Music Hall, Portsmouth Student performers from UNH FLORIDA SOUTHWEST COAST ALUMNI RECEPTION February 9 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plantation Golf and Country Club, Venice Speaker: Jim Ramsay, Ph.D., M.A., CSP, Chair, Department of Business, Politics and Security Studies, UNH SOUTHEAST FLORIDA ALUMNI RECEPTION February 11 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Quail Valley Golf Club, Vero Beach Speaker: Jim Ramsay, Ph.D., M.A., CSP, Chair, Department of Business, Politics and Security Studies, UNH

CELEBRATE 150: The Campaign for UNH

MANCHESTER ALUMNI RECEPTION March 8 | 6–8 p.m. ARMI, The Technology Center Speaker: Mike Decelle ’81, Dean of UNH Manchester DENVER ALUMNI RECEPTION March 20 | 6–8 p.m. Grand Hyatt Denver Speaker: Michael McCann, J.D., Director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute, UNH Law SAN FRANCISCO ALUMNI RECEPTION March 22 | 6:30–8:30 p.m. Hilton San Francisco Union Square Speaker: Elisa Steele ’88, CEO and President of Jive Software WASHINGTON D.C. ALUMNI RECEPTION April 12 | 6:30–8:30 p.m. W Hotel Ellen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., History Professor, UNH, New York Times bestselling author BOSTON ALUMNI RECEPTION May 8 | 6–8 p.m. Top of the Hub Speaker to be announced NEW YORK ALUMNI RECEPTION May 10 | 7–9 p.m. Hotel Eventi Speaker to be announced

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A Life Examined: Don Murray ’48 filled hundreds of day books with his notes on writing. p. 12


28 | Full Circle Kevin Yeung ’96 credits poli sci professor John Kayser with changing his life. Last year, he returned the favor…with some help from former roommate Michael Lim ’95.

32 | Bleeding Blue and Green To some, sustainability is the buzzword du jour. To UNH, it’s a way of life.

Departments 5 | Editor’s Letter 7 | Letters 8 | Current A prof’s papers come home ◆ presidential transition ◆ UNH helps Nike (almost) do it ◆ cheer takes a title ◆ and much more

48 | Class Notes Bert Myer ’67, Katie Meinelt ’03, ’04G

77 | In Memoriam Peter Horne ’58, ’67G Douglas MacGregor ’62 Sue Bruns ’78, ’95G

80 | Parting Shot

44 | Something to Celebrate With less than a year remaining, the university’s largest comprehensive campaign, CELEBRATE 150, is on track to exceed its $275 million goal— and significantly change the Wildcat experience.

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

Contributing and Staff Writers Larry Clow ’12G Judi Currie Nancy Eckerson ’86 Karen Hammond ’64 Beth Potier Erika Mantz Robbin Ray ’82 Jody Record ’95 Contributing and Staff Photographers Alyssa Almeida Duncan Photography Jeremy Gasowski Scott Ripley Bill Truslow

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Last fall, staff writer Jody Record ’95 sat down with Michael Lim ’95 and Kevin Yeung ’96 during a whirlwind visit to campus. The former roommates talked about how they came to UNH, what their time here was like, and where their UNH education had led them. Yeung is an investment banker turned angel investor. Lim is a brain surgeon. As they were leaving, Yeung happened to mention his friend and former professor John Kayser and that Lim had performed neurosurgery on him the year before. It was one of those moments that writers wait for, when you learn what the real story you should be telling is. The old saying may be “it’s not brain surgery,” but in this case, it actually was.

Publication Board of Directors Mark W. Huddleston President, University of New Hampshire Debbie Dutton Vice President, Advancement Susan Entz ’08G Associate Vice President, Alumni Association Robert McGrath ’96 President, UNH Alumni Association


A Sustainable Future: The stakes are rising. And UNH is leading the way. | 32 Uncommon Friendship: Two alums, one prof, and the connections that changed their lives. | 28 On the Road to $275 Million: With less than a year remaining, CELEBRATE 150 is closing in on its goal. | 44

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The Magazine of the University of New Hampshire | Fall 2017

cover by Loren Marple ’13; photo (back) by Jeremy Gasowski

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Writer Larry Clow ’12G likes to over-report. Most of the fun of being a writer is in the research, he says, and delving into UNH’s sustainability efforts yielded a bounty of opportunities for gathering material. “Every interview led to another—sometimes two. Before I realized it, I’d talked with almost 20 people. And given the breadth and depth of sustainability initiatives at UNH, I could’ve spoken with 20 more,” he says. Clow lives on the New England coast and is probably at this moment drinking tea, birdwatching or interviewing someone.

EARLY BIRD Graduate student Erica Holm ’16 is one of several UNHers involved in a Hamel Center summer research project to evaluate bird communities in shrubbery that grows along power lines. An early morning in July found her and a feathered friend in Rochester, N.H.


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SEPTEMBER 22–24, 2017


#UNHHomecoming We’re rolling out the blue carpet for Homecoming & Family Weekend. There will be activities and big Homecoming fun for alumni, students and parents — including tailgating, football, a family picnic, college events, a student– organized parade and more…in other words, something for everyone!

See the schedule of events and register to attend at unh.edu/homecoming 4 UNH MAGAZINE Fall 2017 ◆

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hen I started working at UNH in October 2008, there were two high-profile topics I recall as taking up many staff writers’ time. One was the installment of a then brand-new President Mark Huddleston, who made history by livestreaming his inauguration—an idea at the time so novel it made the PR Newswire screen in New York’s Times Square. The other was the imminent launch of the university’s EcoLine project, a partnership with Rochester-based company Waste Management to capture landfill gas that would be piped to Durham to fuel the university’s cogeneration plant and power campus. Almost a decade later, these two subjects are once again at the fore as we share the news of President Huddleston’s plans for retirement and take a deep dive into the university’s commitment to sustainability. In a future issue, we’ll look at the many milestones of President Huddleston’s tenure—when he steps down in June 2018, it will be as the longest-serving president in UNH history. For now, however, his commitment to reinforcing and expanding the university’s role as a leader in sustainable practices seems like a fitting place to start. That 2008 inauguration set the tone: The idea behind a virtual installment, livestreamed from the MUB to homes and businesses around the world, was to allow guests to “attend” the festivities without having to travel to Durham. Nine months after that, some 20,000 guests were on hand for the university’s first sustainable commencement, powered by the official launch of the EcoLine, which today provides 85 percent of the university’s overall power (the remaining 15 percent comes from a local hydroelectric source). At the time, President Huddleston deemed it “fitting” that UNH’s largest annual celebration embrace sustainability, as it was at the core of the academic and administrative practices and philosophies that drive the university all year round. Many of those practices and philosophies—and the programs through which they are manifest—are on display in this issue’s sustainability feature, pages 32 to 43. It’s a daunting task to capture the full breadth of sustainability at UNH, and this issue’s feature is by no means exhaustive. Rather, we hope it can serve as a launching point for a much longer conversation about this important topic, which has such critical implications for life not just at this university but well beyond.

Kristin Waterfield Duisberg Editor-in-chief

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A FOUR-STAR DAY Gen. Lori Robinson ’81 was all smiles at UNH’s 146th commencement on May 20. The four-star general delivered the commencement address to members of the Class of 2017 and their families and reminisced about her own time at UNH.


A Few More UNH Memories


aving read the excellent spring edition of UNH Magazine I decided it was time to reach out through you to my friends from the 1950s. I was the editor-in-chief of the 1959 Granite. My first thoughts from this issue were memories of the excellent Granite staff, including several students from other countries who shared their experiences through pictures and prose. It is good to know this aspect of UNH is alive and well! The Dimond Library mural is excellent! I still utilize my art courses by painting, mostly 11x14” scenes of sea, mountains and sky. I have been able to sell them, with all proceeds going to support kids whose parents choose to live in the National Forest in Ocala, Florida. My other love is singing. Now living in The Villages in Florida, I am with a glee club called “Brothers in Song” and also sing in my church choir. Finally, a hearty congratulations to the UNH women’s basketball team on their championship season. (As a UConn graduate school alum, I have to wonder if they’ve been learning from UConn, too?) After UNH, I went on to three years in the Army, with post headquarters in Fort Lee, Virginia. I’m proud to this day of my service. Rod Story ’59, The Villages, Fla.

I was looking at the most recent issue of your magazine and thought you might be interested in a few pictures. The first is of the class cane that belonged to my father, Allen “Sonny” Lamond ’43. He was a student from 1939 to 1943, served as president of his class and played for the university’s first undefeated football team (and one of its only!) in 1942. He played varsity all four years; the second photo is of him in his letterman sweater junior year with

three stripes (indicating three years of varsity status) on the arm. After UNH, Dad went on to fight in World War II, earning a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his service. Just one of your many impressive alumni. Brian Lamond, Franklin, NH

What wonderful memories the story about alumni memories provoked. How I met my husband, Dave Perkins, Sr. (He lost his Phi Kappa Theta pledge pin during a spaghetti supper at my sorority, Phi Mu, where I was already a sister, and asked me to help get it back.) The hockey playoff loss to RPI that wasn’t supposed to happen. The ’78 blizzard and resulting snow piles on the football field, which had to be cleared in May before graduation because they hadn’t melted. Janet Briggs and the equine studies program. Living in married student housing. Prof. Frank Repka, who taught me that all animals, humans included, have complex nutritional needs that have to be met through diet and exercise. There are too many other memories to list here. Our time at UNH was so special. Dave graduated with an associate’s degree in forestry from the Thompson School in 1974 and a bachelor’s in forestry in ’76. I earned a B.S. in animal science and an MBA from the Whittemore School. We grew and developed into responsible adults. Pat Wilson-Perkins ’74, ’78G via email

While this may seem trivial to most, I want to correct something Arthur Miller said in the spring issue story, “150 Years of UNH Memories.” The last song DJ Rick Bean played at the MUB Pub on Sunday nights was not “The Long

and Winding Road,” but The Beatles’ “The End” with the line, “The love you take is equal to the love you make.” And a shout out to all the friends I shared my pitchers of beer with when I won Rick’s trivia contests. Jeff Palmer ’75, via email

I remember when students “streaked” in the dining room of the New England Center, although it must have been after I graduated. The men were prosecuted (violations? misdemeanors?) but they couldn’t prosecute the women since all that was visible were secondary sexual characteristics. You go girl! Sure beat the last panty raid. That event I was involved in. Don Gordon ’70, via email

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ust a quick shout out to Kimberly Swick Slover for her article about Tito Jackson! I had no idea of the amazing work Tito has been doing since his UNH days, although it's no surprise as he was a such an effective and inspring leader at UNH. Thank you for a great article. Kathleen Eldredge Stoker ’95, ’96G via email

I read with dismay your recent profile of Tito Jackson in the latest issue of UNH Magazine. Mr. Jackson says he wants to make Boston a sanctuary city. When he advocates for openly defying federal law, he attracts people who are not here legally to come to Boston, particularly those who have been convicted of crimes and/or who have been deported previously. Activist politicians like Mr. Jackson have been running governments of cities in Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago and Oakland for decades. By any standard of measure, they have done a lousy job. The residents of Boston will not benefit from Mr. Jackson’s possible election. Jeffrey Brunel ’70, via email

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Win(d)- Win Proposition Nike’s “Breaking2” running project tapped UNH’s Flow Physics Facility


unning 26.2 miles in less than two hours: it’s long been the moonshot of distance running, a feat at the very limits of athletic achievement. When a much-publicized attempt led by sportswear giant Nike went off in May, it was with three elite runners lined up on a Formula One racetrack in Monza, Italy. But the road they took ran through UNH’s Flow Physics Facility in Durham, the largest wind tunnel of its kind in



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the world, and tapped the expertise of several university faculty members and students. Nike’s so-called Breaking2 team knew that maximizing aerodynamics would be an essential ingredient to shaving almost three minutes off the existing world marathon record of 2:02:57. And while Nike’s runners missed the two-hour mark, they came tantalizingly close, with lead runner


from left: Liam Grenier ’17, Chase Klewicki ’17 and mechanical engineering professor Joe Klewicki.

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runners as they ran on treadmills in the wind tunnel, measuring their exertion as they ran in various formations aimed at minimizing air resistance. The arrowtype formation the runners ended up using for the May 6 record attempt came out of these studies. UNH students were deeply involved in this work, particularly Chase Klewicki ’17—Joe’s son—and Liam Grenier ’17, who prepared a 150-page report detailing their analysis of the drag balance data as well as computer simulations. Elsewhere in the project, students in UNH’s two-year-old analytics and data science program worked on verifying and trying to improve environmental data produced by winningAlgorithms regarding temperature conditions and wind coverage at the Italian race site. UNH students also designed and built the drag balance that the Nike runners tested their mettle against in the wind tunnel. Indeed, professor Klewicki notes, “many of the features of this tunnel were designed by UNH students. Having facilities like this allows our students to do interesting and unusual projects.” ² — Beth Potier, with additional reporting by Nancy Eckerson ’86


Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya finishing in 2:00:25. “A significant chunk of that reduction was probably attributable to what they learned through the wind tunnel testing,” says Joe Klewicki, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Flow Physics Facility. The Breaking2 team found its way to UNH via the Portsmouth-based data science and artificial intelligence startup winningAlgorithms, which Nike tapped to study how drafting and aerodynamics might impact running speed. Not only was UNH’s wind tunnel less than a marathon’s distance from winningAlgorithm’s Route 1 headquarters, the tunnel’s large size made it ideal for understanding human-scale aerodynamics. Nike brought its Breaking2 scientists to UNH in the fall of 2016. The team used the wind tunnel for two types of experiments, testing various aerodynamic formations in both. For the first, high-level collegiate runners stood on the drag balance—a section of floor attached to force transducers that measured the horizontal force they experienced when subjected to “winds” of about 10 to 15 miles per hour from the facility’s twin 400-horsepower fans. For the second, sports physiologists collected a range of biodata on the



SAFEST CAMPUS UNH has been named the safest college in the country by Alarms. org, the website of the National Council for Home Safety and Security. The national trade association used statistics from the FBI and the National Center for Education to compose a study of the top-100 safest four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. based on both on- and offcampus crime rates. According to the study, UNH had the fewest incidents of local and on-campus crimes, drug-related charges and crimes against women. UNH was the only New Hampshire school to make the list.

“Mark will leave a powerful legacy that will benefit our state’s citizens, employers and economy far into the future. UNH has great momentum right now and the trustees are committed to making sure that continues.”

—Tim Riley former chair of the University System of New Hampshire board of trustees

The Right Time to Transition UNH President Mark Huddleston announces 2018 retirement


n May, UNH President Mark W. Huddleston announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2017–18 academic year. When he steps down on June 30, 2018, it will be as the longest-serving president in the university’s 151-year history. “UNH is a remarkable institution, and serving as president has been the highlight of my professional life,” Huddleston says. “Everyone at UNH has worked hard to ensure the state’s flagship public research university is well-positioned for the future. Next year is the right time to transition leadership.” Huddleston was installed as the university’s 19th president in a first-ever virtual

Not long after Huddleston announced his retirement, the University System of New Hampshire board of trustees named the members of the search committee that will be working in the coming months to help select his successor. USNH trustee and incoming chairman John Small ’76 will serve as the search committee chair, working with the following UNH and USNHaffiliated committee members:

inaugural—live-streamed from the Memorial Union Building to include remote “guests”— in September 2008. During his tenure, UNH welcomed the largest first-year classes in the university’s history; launched numerous new academic and research programs including the UNH School of Law, the Carsey School of Public Policy, the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, and programs in data analytics, homeland security, and sustainability; made much-needed investments in UNH’s infrastructure including expanding the Manchester campus, transforming Hamilton Smith Hall, building the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, expanding Hamel Recreation Center

Kass Ardinger, USNH trustee Jamie Burnett ’95, USNH trustee Heidi Bostic, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor of French Kevan Carpenter ’94, director of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Technical Service Center Pat Closson ’95, incoming president of the UNH Alumni Association board of directors Rick Cote, professor and chair of molecular, cellular and biomedical sciences in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture



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Ted Dey ’84, search committee vice chair and USNH trustee Lucy Hodder, director of health law and policy programs at UNH School of Law and the College of Health and Human Services Institute for Health Policy and Practice Charlie French ’08G, community and economic development team leader for UNH Cooperative Extension Dan Innis, chair of the UNH faculty senate and professor of hospitality management and marketing in the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics


and modernizing Wildcat Stadium; and envisioned and created UNHInnovation to capitalize on the university’s intellectual property. “Mark’s record of accomplishment is remarkable,” says Tim Riley, former chair of the University System of New Hampshire board of trustees. “Mark will leave a powerful legacy that will benefit our state’s citizens, employers and economy far into the future. UNH has great momentum right now and the trustees are committed to making sure that continues.” Far from resting on his laurels, Huddleston says he “looks forward to continuing to work at an unslackened pace in the coming academic year.” His retirement will coincide with

Todd Leach, USNH chancellor Brian McCabe ’91, incoming chair of the UNH Foundation board of directors Melinda Negron-Gonzales, program coordinator for the politics and society program at UNH Manchester Jamie Nolan, UNH associate vice president for community, equity and diversity Tim Riley ’76, former chairman of the USNH board of trustees Carley Rotenberg ’18, UNH student body president

the completion of the university’s largest-ever fundraising campaign, CELEBRATE 150, which is on track to raise in excess of $275 million and has, among its other successes, allowed UNH to launch the Granite Guarantee, a new program that ensures that Pell-eligible New Hampshire students starting at UNH this fall will pay no tuition. In addition to completing the CELEBRATE 150 campaign, Huddleston says he will focus on solidifying the new Career and Professional Success initiative, improving Spaulding Hall for the biological sciences and laying the groundwork for modernized facilities for the visual and performing arts. ² —Erika Mantz

Chris Sand ’09, ’11G, senior business services assistant at the UNH Facilities Business Service Center Nate Stafford ’15G, external affairs officer for the UNH Graduate Student Senate Palligarnai Vasudevan, senior vice provost for academic affairs and professor of chemical engineering for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Stan Waddell, UNH chief information officer

GREEN-LISTED The Princeton Review named UNH to its list of the top 50 colleges for sustainability on the 2016 Green College Honor Roll. From a total pool of more than 2,000 schools and a list of 361 "green colleges," the annual survey highlighted 50 institutions particularly distinguished for their sustainability practices, strong foundation in sustainability education and healthy quality of life for students on campus. UNH also clocked in at #21 on the Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools” list, up from #36 last year.

Outgoing USNH board chair Tim Riley notes that the presidential selection process is one of the most important responsibilities the board of trustees discharges, and that the inclusion of representatives from all three UNH campuses is by design. “We are truly grateful to these individuals for their active participation in the process to select the next leader of UNH,” he says. Small adds that the group will follow an aggressive schedule but won’t trade speed for quality in the search for “someone who has a vision for UNH and a passion for higher learning, advanced research and service to the state.” ² —Jody Record ’95 Fall 2017




IP LAW LIBRARY TURNS 20 The University of New Hampshire School of Law’s intellectual property library—the only academic IP law library in the Western Hemisphere—is turning 20 this year. Featuring resources spanning hundreds of years, the library has been designated a World Intellectual Property Organization Depository and a Patent Trademark Resource Center by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The library’s collection features research-level IP materials collected over more than three decades, including approximately 13,000 print volumes highlighting intellectual property, commerce and technology. Ninety percent of the physical collection is unavailable in any electronic or digital format.



Preserving Don Murray’s Legacy


hat longtime journalism professor Don Murray ’48 regarded writing as a job is nowhere more evident than in his daybooks: hundreds of spiral-bound notebooks, some covering a period as brief as six weeks, crammed with the business of a writing life—writing schedules and word counts, essays and poems for inspiration, drafts of Murray’s own columns and others’ work, annotated with Murray’s tiny, crabbed script. For more than 20 years, those daybooks sat in file boxes—some 126 of them—alongside Murray’s journals, letters and other memorabilia at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a nonprofit school for journalism in St. Petersburg, Florida. Now, more than a decade after the writer’s death, they’re back at the Milne Special Collections and Archives at Dimond Library, their return made possible in part by former students who recognized the importance of possessing the literary effects of the man some have called the country’s most influential writing teacher. Murray was a legendary figure in Durham: a high school dropout who earned an English degree from UNH, began writing for newspapers immediately upon graduation and won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing at the age of 29—the youngest writer to receive that particular prize. The author of 13 books, including nine focused on the craft of writing, he was known for his generous mentorship as much as his

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prolificity, and head archivist Bill Ross jumped at the opportunity to reclaim the records that capture at least some of the workings of his writer’s mind. “We were sad to see everything go to Poynter,” Ross says, “and when they reached out to say they were phasing out their library and did we want to have it back, we said absolutely.” Credited with founding the journalism program at UNH, Murray is perhaps best known for his Boston Globe column, “Now and Then,” which chronicled life with his beloved wife Minnie Mae and daughters Hannah, Anne and Lee. (Lee died at the age of 20, a heartbreak covered in Murray’s last published book, The Lively Shadow: Living With The Death of a Child). At UNH, he championed an approach to composition teaching that emphasized process and changed the way it was taught at every educational level. His own process is documented extensively in the records, which arrived in five massive boxes in May. A group of Murray’s former students raised the funds to ship the boxes back to New Hampshire. Now, Ross is hoping to get some additional funding to have the collection fully catalogued. Comprising thousands of documents, it’s unlikely to become digitized, but Ross hopes to develop some sort of finding aid to help researchers navigate the contents of the boxes. Mike Michaud ’92, ’07G, an associate professor of English at Rhode Island College who is researching an upcoming book on writing, is among those who say having hands-on access to Murray’s records is invaluable. “When I came up here, I was not expecting much,” he says, noting that while he’d done some preliminary legwork at Poynter, he wasn’t given direct access to the archives and only received a fraction of the materials that were available. “The book I’m writing just became a lot richer because of this material.” ² —Judi Currie, adapted with permission from Seacoast Online


Tackling Student Hunger Health Services, the Cornucopia Food Pantry or other campus departments. Once in Dining Services’ system, these students can enter the dining halls the same way their classmates do, with a card swipe or a finger scan, preserving their privacy while filling their stomachs. UNH Student Life and Dining Services established Swipe it Forward with 500 meals, donated by students, which were subsequently supplemented with a $4,000 grant from the Parents Association and $4,200 in private funding. The program is not designed to address long-term food shortages but rather to get students through a challenging stretch—“to sort out a more sustainable way of ‘being’ on campus,” explains dean of students Ted Kirkpatrick, who sits on the task force with Davidson, associate vice president of business affairs David May, clinical assistant professor of nutrition Joanne Burke and Kimberly Babbitt ’84, associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. May says the message of the program is a simple one: “We want students to know that if they are struggling, they can get help.” ² —Jody Record ’95

New Hampshire’s strawberry season traditionally lasts only four to six weeks. But last year, researchers with UNH’s New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station were picking strawberries in Durham into November. Working as part of the multi-state TunnelBerries project, the UNH researchers harvested strawberries grown in low tunnels for 19 consecutive weeks, from mid-July through the week of Thanksgiving. Now in its second year, the TunnelBerries research project is being conducted at the UNH Woodman Horticultural Research Farm. UNH’s work is focused on improving berry quality and the role so-called day-neutral varieties, developed to produce fruit into the fall, may play in extending the length of the Northeast’s fleeting strawberry season.



t’s among the most iconic of campus images, the stuff of every prospective college guidebook: groups of students in the dining hall, visiting and relaxing at tables laden with trays of food. And yet some 25 percent of UNH students—both undergrad and graduate— have at least for a time gone hungry. That’s what Alana Davidson ’17 learned when she conducted a survey for a research project as part of her nutrition major the summer before her junior year. “There are UNH students who are eating only one meal a day,” Davidson says. “Food is the first thing that gets cut if they can’t afford to pay rent or tuition.” Last December, UNH Dining launched a new program to provide free meals to students in need, thanks in large part to Davidson, whose survey spurred the formation of a campus food insecurity task force and then a program to address the issue. Swipe it Forward provides up to 40 free meals in any UNH dining hall for students who apply directly or are referred to Dining Services by the Counseling Center,


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Students paid their respects at The Moving Wall, a mobile, half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., which made a stop at UNH in the spring. The wall was set up on the Great Lawn in front of DeMerritt Hall, visible from Main Street, from May 4-8. Campus and community visitors came around the clock to see the wall and honor the more than 58,000 servicemen and women killed in Vietnam whose names are engraved upon it.





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The UNH ROTC Hall of Fame’s first inductee, Jere Chase ’36, was a standout athlete and a longtime university administrator.

Harl Pease Jr. ’38 earned a posthumous Medal of Honor from President Franklin D. Roosevelt for his service during World War II. He was inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame in 1998.

STEP TO THE FRONT Twenty years in, the UNH ROTC Hall of Fame celebrates service and scholarship

John Dailey ’62 not only helped establish the UNH ROTC Hall of Fame, he was also an inductee, in 2001. He was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame the same year.

No surprise to find the name of Lori Robinson ’81 on the ROTC Hall of Fame list; the 2017 commencement speaker is the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Armed Forces. 16



rig. Gen. John N. Dailey ’62 proposed the idea of establishing a UNH Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Hall of Fame back in 1997 in part to solve a problem: Attendance at the group’s annual Veterans Day ceremony had been falling off and the event needed some new energy. It also proved fortuitous timing to honor one of the university’s—and the UNH Army ROTC’s— best known alumni, Jere Chase ’36, who died in October of that year at the age of 82. Chase had held multiple positions at the university—he was an executive vice president and served twice as interim president. Both the Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Building and several university awards were named for him; his athletic exploits as a member of the men’s alpine ski team had already earned him a spot in one UNH Hall of Fame. Naming Chase the first inductee to the ROTC Hall of Fame seemed like a fitting way to set the tone for what two decades later has become Fall 2017

a long line of distinguished alumni who have brought honor to UNH through their participation in the ROTC and their service to the military, to New Hampshire, or to the university itself. This November, the UNH ROTC Hall of Fame celebrates its 20th anniversary. During the last two decades, the program has grown from a small outdoor ceremony to a formal event in the Granite State Room of the Memorial Union Building. Among the 66 ROTC alumni to be inducted over the past 19 years are Gen. Lori Robinson ’81, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the Armed Forces, former New Hampshire governor Stephen Merrill ’69 and UNH’s first Medal of Honor recipient, Harl Pease Jr. ’38. With an average interval between graduation and Hall of Fame recognition of just under 51 years, the recipients are a mix of living and posthumous honorees; recent inductees have included two young alumni who were killed in action in Afghanistan shortly after graduating


Stephen Merrill ’69 was inducted to the Hall of Fame the same year as Robinson, 2009. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate, Merrill served as New Hampshire’s 77th governor, holding office from 1993– 1997.


Senior Army intelligence command officer Mary Legere ’82 received her ROTC Hall of Fame induction in 2012. She delivered the university’s commencement address the following year.

from UNH, Benjamin Keating ’04 and Scott Milley ’09. Following a 30-year career in the Army that included two tours of duty in Vietnam, Dailey himself was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001. The program has also grown to include the awarding of scholarships to current ROTC cadets. Shortly after the Hall of Fame was established, Stratham, N.H., residents Walter and Mary Smyk began attending the event. While neither attended UNH, Walter had been an Air Force pilot in the Korean War and appreciated the university’s recognition of its alumni in the service. The Smyks enjoyed the event so much that in 2003 the couple established the Mary and Walter Smyk ROTC Scholarship Fund to provide awards totaling $12,000 to a number of student cadets each year. Over the years, as sources of ROTC scholarship support have dwindled, the Smyks’ support has been critical for deserving cadets who are struggling to pay for college.

Sadly, 2017 will mark the first year that neither Walter nor Mary Smyk will be in attendance at the ceremony. Walter Smyk died 10 years ago, in August 2007, and Mary Smyk passed away on May 18. The Smyks’ presence will live on, however, as Mary’s will included a gift to the university to fund the couple’s ROTC scholarships in perpetuity—and to increase the annual award amount to $20,000. “Walter and Mary were the epitome of what constituted the American Patriot to me,” Dailey says. “They were revered and respected by the community they lived in and by the UNH ROTC cadets they supported. I will miss them and hold them in high esteem forever.” ² —Kristin Waterfield Duisberg

The most recent UNH ROTC Hall of Fame class included Colleen Ryan ’82, who served as the first female commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the largest air base wing in the Air Force.

The 20th anniversary Veterans Day ROTC Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Friday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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FOUR GRADS, FOUR FULBRIGHTS Four recent graduates of UNH will be abroad this fall studying, teaching and conducting research through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, one of the most prestigious scholarships in the country. Each year, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards grants to exceptional American students to study in more than 140 countries. UNH’s 2017-18 recipients include Graham Ayres '16, 
Onni Irish '16G (pictured above), 
Laurianne Posch '16 and
 Garrett Thompson '16. During the past five years, 20 UNH students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright scholarships.




chemist with a strong track record in collaborative excellence and smart energy assumed the role of dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) on July 10. Wayne Jones Jr. joined UNH from Binghamton University, State University of New York, where he served as professor and chair in the department of chemistry and was founding director of the Center for Learning and Teaching. “Dean Jones brings a wide range of experience and expertise to help lead the college as it strives to highlight student success, enhance and

expand graduate education and increase both applied and fundamental research,” says UNH Provost Nancy Targett. Jones had been at Binghamton since 1993. In addition to running the Center for Learning and Teaching from 1996-2008, he established the Go Green Institute in 2009 to encourage middle school students to pursue careers in science and engineering and served as interim dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences in 2012–13. CEPS’s new dean says he is honored to join the UNH community. “Interdisciplinary scholarship and high-quality


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teaching will play pivotal roles in addressing the challenges facing our world,” he says. “I’m excited to join this vibrant intellectual community and look forward to working with faculty, students, alumni and a range of research and industrial partners.” ² —Erika Mantz



n May, six undergraduate students received awards totaling $19,500—just for participating in idea and innovation activities around UNH’s Durham campus. Peter Abdu ’17, Abby Kourafas ’18, Brady Camplin ’18, Venus Chau ’19, Quiqui Chen ’18 and Jayson Folsom ’20 were all participants in the inaugural session of the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center’s Ideas and Innovation— or i2—Passport Program, designed to encourage UNH undergraduates from all colleges to engage and participate in activities and events in the area of ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship. The six students were among some 312 who registered to participate, earning “visa stamp credits” on their i2 “passports” throughout the spring semester for activities such as attending ECenter-organized bootcamps and seminars, visiting the Makerspace, participating in the UNH Holloway Competition and attending Entrepreneurship Club meetings. First-prize winner Abdu, an electrical engineering major who received $8,000 for earning the most visa stamp credits, says the program Fall 2017

inspired him to branch out in his last year at UNH. “I participated in a number of things, none of which I would have participated in without the i2 program,” he says. The program was funded by a $50,000 gift from Harry Patten ’58, with awards going toward tuition and/or student loan debt. Says ECenter director Ian Grant, “With this gift from Mr. Patten, we were able to provide every UNH undergraduate student with access to a wide variety of programs in the areas of ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship while tackling the number-one pain point for students today: student debt.” The successful initiative will have an even broader reach in its second session, which begins this fall. The program will run through the academic year, with a total of $25,000 in award money available to winning participants to put toward student loans and tuition. ² —Kristin Waterfield Duisberg


Strength in Numbers How UNH’s Institute on Disability became the go-to source for statistics about people with disabilities for instance, the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) used these data to demonstrate the impact of a noninclusive employment policy in Oregon. The state settled a lawsuit with the USDOJ, in part due to Houtenville’s findings; Oregon is now working on adopting policy reforms to ensure that people with disabilities are employed in competitive jobs. Employment, with its inextricable links to wealth, poverty and wellness, provides a powerful lens through which to view the lives of people with disabilities, who work at about half the rate those without disabilities do, Houtenville says. For the past 40 years, that rate has been on a frustrating slide, and Houtenville



his past May, 4,736,000 people who have disabilities in the U.S. had jobs. That’s 3.2 percent more people with disabilities who worked than in May 2016, but still less than a third of all working-age people with disabilities. And Andrew Houtenville ’97G has counted each of them. Not literally, of course, but Houtenville—director of research at UNH’s Institute on Disability (IOD) and an associate professor of economics at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics—leads several national projects that collect data for organizations that can make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. “We basically go out and get every possible statistic available from the myriad government agencies that generate them,” says Houtenville. “Our goal is to improve the lives of and opportunities afforded to people with disabilities, to support independent living and equal opportunity in employment, in healthcare—really, in all aspects of life.” In doing so, Houtenville and his team have created a one-stop shop for policymakers, advocates and researchers. The two major research projects he leads, both funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, have made the IOD a national leader in disability statistics. Houtenville and his team release the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and host a major conference in Washington D.C. to help policymakers and advocates use the information to advance the field and the lives of those with disabilities. In 2015,

and the IOD have had a loud voice in the academic debate and policy solutions to that decline. Bucking the number-obsessed stereotype of statisticians, Houtenville calls himself a scholar-advocate. “Some people would shrink at that statement, but I use my scholarship to advocate by choosing what hypothesis I want to test, by investigating what I think is important,” he says. “Of course, I cannot and do not choose the answers.” ² —Beth Potier Fall 2017





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FULL HOUSE Wildcat Stadium delivered on its promise to be a facility for everyone as the host site for UNH’s 146th commencement exercises on May 20. The sun was out, the temps were mild and there was seating aplenty for 20,000 visitors—family members, friends and the university’s 3,500 newest alumni. While it was the first commencement for the new stadium, it may have been a throwback experience for some audience members seated in the Field House bleachers. As recently as 2007, the Field House served as the site for commencement, before moving to Memorial Field through 2016.

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n April, the UNH cheerleading team jumped, tumbled and stunted its way to a first-ever national title at the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) championship in Daytona, Florida. A revamped squad, working with firstyear coaches Scott Rigoli and Brad Burlamachi, edged out Sam Houston State University to claim the title in the AllGirl Division I category. Burlmachi predicted that no one would see the brandnew UNH team coming as he and Rigoli developed a routine





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that emphasized athletic prowess and a high level of difficulty. Seeded second after the first day of competition, the 26-athlete squad performed a fast-paced, high-flying routine on “the big stage”—an open-air band shell—that clicked at all the right moments. Right after nailing a difficult pyramid stunt, Karissa Young ’18 recalls, “I just saw Scott and Brad freak out, and after that, I knew we hit.” Before returning home to chilly Durham, the team celebrated its big win with a photo shoot on Daytona Beach. UNH cheer’s previous best performance at the NCA championship was a second-place finish in 2011; in 2002, the team earned a title competing in the Universal Cheerleading Association National Championship. ±

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1. Mimi Borkan; 2. Caitlin Bucksbaum; 3.Mitchell Dutton; 4. Riley Ellis; 5. Amy LeBel; 6. Alyson Messina; 7. Elinor Purrier; 8. Chris Wingate


t was another record-setting performance for UNH’s student-athletes—this time in the classroom. Boasting a grade point average for the year of 3.31, UNH won the 2016–17 America East Walter Harrison Academic Cup, a measure of student-athlete academic success among colleges that compete in the America East Athletic Conference. The 3.31 GPA represents a new high-water mark for the 22-year-old award, which the Wildcats claimed for the third consecutive year and the fifth time overall. UNH shared first-place honors with the University of Hartford, topping its own previous Academic Cup-best GPA of 3.23 from both 2015–16 and 2014–15 in the process. In addition to the schoolwide title, four UNH teams took home sport-specific highest GPA awards: men’s indoor track and field (the team’s third consecutive title), men’s outdoor track and field, men’s cross country and women’s lacrosse. The Wildcats’ notable outstanding academic achievements in 2016–17 included three America East ScholarAthlete of the Year awards—two for running standout Elinor Purrier ’18, who received both the women’s cross country and women’s indoor track and field accolades, and one for soccer midfielder Chris Wingate ’16, who claimed the men’s soccer award. In addition, six newly graduated ’Cats were named America East Presidential Scholar-Athletes for completing their undergraduate degrees with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher, including Mimi Borkan and Caitlin Bucksbaum of women’s soccer, Mitchell Dutton of men’s cross country and track and field, Riley Ellis of men’s soccer, Amy LeBel of women’s lacrosse and Alyson Messina of women’s cross country and track and field. ±









Book Shelf


The boy who loved too much Jennifer Latson ’13G Simon and Schuster, June 2017



li D’Angelo thinks everyone he meets is his friend. Ginny Moon struggles to connect with anyone and worries obsessively about her baby doll. In a pair of remarkable new books, recent UNH MFA graduates Jennifer Latson and Benjamin Ludwig effectively tackle the opposite sides of a single coin as they examine two very different adolescents whose towering interpersonal challenges arise from neurological dysfunction. Latson’s The Boy Who Loved Too Much is a nonfiction account of 12-year-old Eli D’Angelo, who suffers from Williams Syndrome: a genetic disorder that obliterates social inhibitions, leaving him unconditionally loving and trusting—and tremendously vulnerable. Latson follows Eli and his mother, Gayle, from his ebullient preteen days into puberty, where the divide between Eli’s driving need to connect and his emotional underdevelopment becomes a vast liability. Based on three years of immersive reporting, Latson serves up Eli’s gifts and struggles (and those of Gayle, who wrestles with how much to shield her son from the world) with immense compassion, coupling his personal story with an examination of the genetic basis of behavior that adds new depth to our understanding not only of this rare syndrome but also of what it means to be human.

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ORIGINAL GINNY MOON Benjamin Ludwig ’97, ’16G Park Row Books, May 2017


he title character of Ludwig’s The Original Ginny Moon might be fictional, but her first-person account of struggling as a teenager with autism to comprehend love, loss and the idea of a “forever home” with adoptive parents is strikingly authentic. Inspired in part by his own experience of adopting a teenager with autism, Ludwig creates a vivid portrait of Ginny’s obsessive anxiety and her singlemindedness and confusion as she attempts to reunite with the birth mother from whose unsafe house she was removed, and the “baby doll” she was forced to leave behind. By turns funny and frustrating, harrowing and triumphant, Ludwig’s story taps into a human truth similar to Latson’s: regardless of where you stand on the developmental spectrum, it is a fundamental need to connect and to belong.

Fish Can’t Climb Trees Helyn Connerr ’66, ’69G Watkins Publishing, July 2016


ith the classic Albert Einstein quote, “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid,” as her launching point, scientist Connerr proposes that there are as many mental styles as there are individuals, and illustrates how each of us thinks, learns and communicates in our own unique way.

Geology is a Piece of Cake Katie Coppens ’01 Tumblehome Press, May 2017

Granite, Fire and Fog: The Natural and Cultural History of Acadia Tom Wessels ’73 UPNE, May 2017 A professor of ecology and the founding director of the master’s-level conservation biology program at Antioch University of New England, Wessels invites readers to investigate the remarkable natural history and unique cultural story of Maine’s Mount Desert Island. His sixth book focused on U.S. landscapes, Wessel’s ode to Acadia includes accounts of the nature, terrain and human interactions and offers a guided tour of one of his favorite hikes.

Coppens serves up a tasty introduction to rocks, minerals, fossils, geological processes, plate tectonics and more to elementary school-aged readers with an engaging question-andanswer format and recipes that illustrate science

MY FATHER BEFORE ME Chris Forhan ’87G, Scribner, May 2017

The Stimulati Experience

A family history, an investigation into a death and an unflinching account of growing up Irish Catholic in the 1960s and 70s. In his first memoir, award-winning poet Forham serves up a multi-generational portrait of an American family, weaving together the lives of his ancestors, his parents and his own coming of age to examine the ways in which he is and is not his father’s son, some 40 years after the elder Forhan’s suicide.

Jim Curtis ’99 Rodale Books, Aug. 2017


concepts—think angel cake versus fruitcake to understand the Mohs hardness scale, or the gooey center of a molten chocolate cake to represent the flow and hardening of magma into igneous rock. The results are not only scientifically spot-on, they’re also delicious.

or more than 20 years, Curtis has battled a mysterious chronic illness that defied diagnosis and traditional medical therapies. In The Stimulati Experience, he outlines his journey to find answers elsewhere and provides his own ninestep program to overcome pain, setback and struggle to achieve better health, freedom, joy, strength and purpose.

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RED ALERT An invasive seaweed species is altering the ocean habitat in the Gulf of Maine AWARD WINNER English professor David Rivard’s 2016 book, Standoff, received the 2017 PEN/New England Award for poetry at Boston’s Kennedy Library April 2. The PEN/New England awards recognize books by New England writers judged as best in their genre. "I feel so deeply honored by this recognition from PEN/New England, touched really, especially when I think of the astonishing community and tradition it represents,” says Rivard. “Last year was, as always, a banner year for books by poets from this region, among them some by my dearest friends in this life—I can’t imagine having written the poems in Standoff without their examples and affection in mind.” Rivard, who teaches poetry writing to undergraduate students as well as students in the university’s MFA program, is the author of five other books of poetry.


and Ocean Mapping. “In some areas, what was once a forest of tall blades of kelp with a high canopy height is now composed of bushy invasive seaweed species.” Studies have found that kelp forests are one of the most productive systems in the ocean, boasting high biodiversity and ecological function. Large, New England-native species like sugar kelp and oarweed offer protection and harbor a source of food for juvenile species of fish including pollock, cod and flounder; juvenile and adult lobsters; and crabs, seals and birds. Dijkstra says that while the changing seascape has dramatically altered and increased the diversity and number of small creatures at the base of the marine food web, it’s unknown if these changes in the ecosystem will propagate through the entire chain. “Even though there may be more creatures at the base, it’s not clear what their effects will be on fish or other crabs in the habitat and how much protection the new landscape will provide,” she says. Dijkstra and her team are currently conducting studies that look at the effects of invasive seaweed species and why they are increasing in the Gulf of Maine. Researchers speculate that a number of events that relate to historical fishing practices, both commercial and recreational, combined with the warming waters in the Gulf of Maine may be negatively impacting the growth of kelp. ± —Robbin Ray ’82


alk along a beach in New England, and chances are you’ll encounter piles of fine red seaweed washed up in drifts at the waterline. While it may look harmless enough, the fiber-like weed, Dasysiphonia japonica, is a harbinger of sweeping changes in the marine environment occurring beneath the water. UNH researchers studying 30 years of seaweed populations have found that the southwestern Gulf of Maine’s once-predominant and towering kelp seaweed beds are declining, and more invasive, shrub-like species have taken their place, altering the look of the ocean floor and the base of the marine food chain. In a study recently published in the Journal of Ecology, researchers compared photos of sections of the seafloor collected over 30 years at several subtidal sites in the southwestern Gulf of Maine. They also collected individual seaweed species to determine their complexity and the biodiversity of meso-invertebrates—smaller ocean species that fish and shellfish, such as crabs, feed on— associated with each seaweed species. The data show that the seaweed community, as well as the number and types of small creatures, has changed significantly. Dasysiphonia japonica now covers up to 90 percent of some areas, altering the visual landscape, and the newly created habitat structure supports two to three times more small creatures at the base of the food chain. “We were very surprised by what we saw,” says lead author Jennifer Dijkstra, a research assistant professor in UNH’s Center for Coastal



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Get Puzzled

Professional puzzlemaker Brendan Emmett Quigley ’96 creates custom puzzles for UNH Magazine that include clues from one or more of the issue’s feature stories. You’ll find clues related to this issue’s puzzle throughout the sustainability feature on pages 32–43.

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Gifts Fast cars, fancy suits and a friendship that gave one professor a new lease on life


rom time to time at the beginning of the semester, political science professor

John Kayser tells his students that if he were to wake up to find a Porsche in his driveway, everyone would automatically get an A. He’s joking, of course, but once a student decided to joke back.


It was December 1992.The student was Kevin Yeung ’96 and he showed up at Kayser’s house one evening while Kayser was resting after minor knee surgery. Yeung carried a box of candy for Kayser’s wife and a wrapped package for his former professor. Inside: a toy Porsche. “I remember my words: ‘Thanks, but grades are already in, the car is too small, and you received the A you earned, anyway,’” says Kayser, who in 2019 will have been teaching at UNH for 50 years. “We had become friends, and after he graduated, we stayed in touch.” That miniature car would not be the last gift Yeung gave him. A few years ago, Yeung invited Kayser to visit him in Hong Kong, where Yeung had grown up Fall 2017



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Proceeds from the Wildcat Classic helped Alumni Relations award the J. Gregg Sanborn Scholarship to seven worthy students this year. Pictured from left to right: Andrew Ciesielski ’18, Paige Brousseau ’17, Emily Romar ’19, J. Gregg Sanborn ’66, ’77G, Isabelle Beagen ’18, Kathryn Aiken ’18. Not pictured: Paige Gibson ’19, Krysta Gingue ’18.



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while trying to assess his options that Kayser remembered and returned to live in 1998. Kayser’s trip included cusYeung’s college roommate. tom-made clothing—a suit, shirts, even a pair of shoes. Last “I emailed Kevin and said, ‘Didn’t he become a brain suryear, Yeung hosted Kayser in British Columbia; the former geon?’ and the next day I heard from Mike,” Kayser says. investment banker had moved to Vancouver in 2015. In Lim performed the surgery in June 2016—having refused between, there were trips to New York City. to miss even a day of teaching to the condition, Kayser But in the spring of 2016, Yeung gave Kayser something wanted to wait until after the semester ended to have the that was truly life-changing: He connected him with his procedure—and had his patient up and walking the following former college roommate and good friend, Dr. Michael Lim day. Less than 48 hours after surgery, Kayser returned home ’95, a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, to New Hampshire and was back teaching in the fall. Maryland. That June, Lim cut into Kayser’s skull and, after a “Microvascular decompression is one of my favorite surthree-hour procedure, relieved him of a debilitating condition geries to do—I perform it three to four times a week,” says that had plagued him for years. Lim. “Ninety percent of patients respond to treatment, and In other words: the best gift ever. over a lifetime, there’s a 70 percent cure rate.” “I knew Kevin was close to John Kayser. He emailed me TN is the most common cause of facial pain, Lim says, and told me John had trigeminal neuralgia and asked if I thought I could help him,” says Lim, who is also an associate noting that of the estimated 15,000 people diagnosed each year, half undergo surgery. And many of those—like professor of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins. “I said, ‘Well, Kayser—are cured. So when Yeung reached out, Lim was he’s lucky because I just happen to specialize in that.’” happy to help. Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a condition that causes Lim and Yeung became fast friends early on at UNH. sudden stabbing or shock-like facial pain that can last from They shared a room and more pizza than they ever thought mere seconds to several minutes, multiple times a day. In anyone could eat. They offered each other support; Lim most cases, the condition is the result of an artery pressing was majoring in biochemistry and Yeung, political science. against the trigeminal nerve, the large cranial nerve that is responsible for sensation in the face as well as critical motor Lim went on to med school while Yeung, who had been accepted to Columbia Law School, moved to New York functions such as biting and chewing. Over time, that presCity; he thought he wanted to be an attorney. Instead he sure wears away the nerve covering, and even the least ended up as an investment banker in Hong Kong who bit of physical contact can trigger excruciating pain. While also was drawn to social issues. In 2011, he co-founded not life-threatening, TN can radically impact an individual’s Feeding Hong Kong, the area’s first food bank, and in 2013 quality of life. he was named fundraising chairman for UNICEF Hong Kong. “Trigeminal neuralgia is so painful it can drop you to your Together with Lim and Ivan Ng, he cofounded FindDoc, a knees,” Lim says. “It’s been described in history for a website and app that allows people in Hong Kong to find long time—it was written about in Moby Dick. It can be information about medical professionals online. incapacitating.” Today, Yeung, 43, describes himself as retired, although The day after Lim received Yeung’s email, he contacted he remains an angel investor. He credits Kayser with Kayser and told him about one of his areas of expertise: encouraging him to “consider all the angles; explore more microvascular decompression surgery, a highly successful than one set of data and take this information and really treatment for trigeminal neuralgia that involves removing a think” before reaching a conclusion. small piece of skull to access the nerve and then placing a “Professor Kayser taught me the importance of being sponge between it and the offending blood vessel. brave; the value of being independent,” Yeung says. “Part “I was lucky I had an in,” Kayser says of getting on Lim’s of the reason I stayed in touch with him is because much busy schedule. “I’d been suffering from this for 40 years. of what he shared with me The pain ran from my lip to my 25 years ago in Durham, New eye. It was paralyzing. The first Hampshire, I have used successtime it happened, it was for one fully in a career that has taken solid week. After that, it was on me around the world. For me to and off.” have found success, I needed For most of that time, Kayser people who saw potential in me had been able to manage his and would give me chances to condition with medication, but prove myself. Prof K did that.” in 2015 it stopped working. It’s hard to say who’s the Consultations with surgeons bigger winner here. ”He’s given had introduced him to two me so much,“ one says of the possible treatments: rhizotomy, other. And then there is Lim. which involves burning the And the Porsche. It still sits near nerve, and gamma knife radioKayser’s desk, a reminder of the surgery, which directs a dose from left: Kevin Yeung ’96, political science past, of the beginning. ª of radiation to the nerve. It was professor John Kayser and Michael Lim ’95.

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ake a walk through campus and it’s easy to get lost in UNH’s natural beauty. Tree-lined sidewalks border burbling streams and wander over gently rolling hills and past jutting rocks. In the silence of a winter snowfall or the glow of a blazing summer sunset, the campus is inviting. In that invitation is a question, a challenge to be sustainable: How do we want to leave the world? “One of the features we have going for us is the natural beauty of the university,” says Heidi Bostic, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “It uplifts us and reminds us of the fragility of life and the importance of being good stewards.” Because that question is built into the landscape itself, the idea and practice of sustainability rests in everything UNH does. For faculty, staff and students, sustainability isn’t a passing fad or window dressing. It’s an ongoing practice so central to the university’s identity that, without it, UNH simply wouldn’t be UNH.

DEEP ROOTS It’s impossible to talk about sustainability at UNH without talking about the Hubbard family. Oliver Hubbard ’21 and his brothers, Austin ’25 and Leslie ’27, parlayed their UNH education into a massively successful poultry business. In later years, their focus turned to philanthropy, and Oliver’s particularly to sustainability. A series of gifts from the eldest Hubbard in the 1990s resulted in the endowment that launched the Sustainability Institute and established the Climate Change Research Center, among many other programs. Peter Lamb ’76 was part of the team of UNH staff members who facilitated Oliver Hubbard’s gifts. At the time, “we were trying to think about how to connect some of the natural resource-based sustainability principles that were coming out of

COLSA, but also how to live what we teach—how the whole campus could really embrace these principles,” Lamb says. Oliver Hubbard helped make that possible. With the gift, UNH became the first university with an endowed sustainability program. “The Hubbards were out in front of the horizon. Rather than waiting for something to be put in place and support it, they were and are the kind of people who continue to help UNH evolve and remain on the cutting edge. That’s the way they ran their business, and it’s part of their legacy here,” Lamb says. CONNECTING THE DOTS That core commitment to sustainability is part of the university’s infrastructure. It’s everywhere, from student organizations to large initiatives like the Responsible Governance Fall 2017



and Sustainable Citizenship Project (RGSCP), and from small projects like capturing unused mechanical energy in university facilities to massive undertakings such as the goal of making Wildcat Stadium a zero-waste facility. The Sustainability Institute sits at the center of a web of connections across campus. The institute doesn’t oversee every project, course or program that involves sustainability—there are so many that it would be impossible— but it does convene, cultivate and champion conversations about sustainability on campus, throughout New Hampshire and around the world. Those conversations happen informally and formally, in laboratories and dorms and regular meetings of the institute’s various task forces. The task forces approach sustainability from myriad angles, looking at transportation policy, energy, campus aesthetics, the ecosystem, zero-waste initiatives and sustainable investing. “The challenge is to make sure we’re connecting the dots between the disparate conversations and helping create and enhance the alignment between different task forces, which are often quite related,” says sustainability project director Jenn Andrews. Membership on the task forces is inclusive, with faculty, staff and students all playing a role. In Cameron Wake’s global environmental change

class, Wake asks his students to brainstorm ideas about how UNH can continue to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. “I get about 12 to 15 of these ideas and then filter them back to the energy task force, so we have students out there thinking about the problem and generating ideas,” he says. “Collaboration is challenging and takes time and effort, but it’s exactly that collaboration we need to drive these cross-campus efforts and make them successful.” IN THE CLASSROOM AND OUT IN THE WORLD The campus also provides fertile ground for sustainability-minded students to pursue their passions. Student groups like the Student Environmental Action Coalition and others offer opportunities to take direct action with events like the annual Trash 2 Treasure yard sale. Trash 2 Treasure is one of UNH’s enduring sustainability success stories. Started seven years ago by Alex Freid ’13, the sale collects common dorm items discarded at the end of every school year—couches, lamps, microwaves, etc.—organizes them, and offers them for sale when students return for the new academic year. The sale has diverted close to 150 tons of reusable material from landfills, Freid says. And it also formed the basis

for the Post-Landfill Action Network, Freid’s national nonprofit that works with more than 100 campuses to develop zero-waste initiatives. Students are involved in the classroom, too. A recent survey by the Sustainability Institute found that 31 percent of students considered sustainability as a factor when enrolling at UNH. Of the total respondents, 54 percent said sustainability is personally important to them and to their likely career path, while 59 percent indicated they would take courses in sustainability or choose sustainability-related degrees. Academic programs like the sustainability dual major, the sustainable agriculture and food systems program and the ecogastronomy dual major help students chart a path for their own sustainable future. “Food cuts across agriculture—it includes growing, producing and distributing food; food preparation, selling and serving; and nutrition and health — along with the greater influence of political and social systems on food,” says Dan Winans, director of the ecogastronomy dual major. “The major is an opportunity for students to go further and broaden their understanding of the food system.” SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS Research efforts by faculty across campus are part of that infrastructure. The emphasis on, and enthusiasm

A BRIEF HISTORY OF SUSTAINABLE LIVING AT UNH Sustainable living was a thing at UNH as far back as the 1930s, when a group of students built cabins in woodlands owned by forestry professor Karl Woodward, where they heated and cooked with woodstoves and lived rent-free. In 1974, the Thompson School and the UNH student housing office launched a joint project that



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took that same concept a step further, creating a completely self-sustainable student farm. Called Highland House, the off-campus farm included a nursery, Christmas tree farm and orchard; students raised beef and grew vegetables, cut cordwood, made maple syrup and did all their own cooking and baking. Two years later,

UNH debuted a minidorm devoted to the environment, Woodruff House, to which its 50 resident students soon added solar panels, a solar hot-water heater and a southern-exposure greenhouse to generate heat. Woodruff residents also organized an energy-saving competition among the minidorms and were behind the first campus

“Sun Day,” in 1978— the same year 45 Thompson School students enrolled in the university’s new energy management program. The first of its kind in the nation, the program taught students to evaluate existing energy systems and calculate the cost savings of alternative conservation methods. 

In 2013, UNH established the NH Social Innovation Challenge, engaging aspiring and practicing student and community social entrepreneurs in designing novel, sustainable, businessoriented solutions to some of society’s most pressing social and environmental challenges

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resting on our laurels. In fact, I see for, sustainability is found across a more aggressive attitude toward disciplines. From Wake’s research on sustainability,” says Clay Mitchell, a climate change and other projects at lecturer with the department of natural the Institute on Earth, Oceans, and resources and the environment and a Space, the Shoals Marine Lab and member of the Sustainability Institute’s other UNH colleges to new sustainabilenergy task force. ity-focused courses in the humanities The commitment to sustainability and social sciences, each project, initiais so deep that, at times, it can seem tive and group builds on itself. overwhelming. Relax for a moment “We just did a round of funding small and take a walk, though, and you’ll see grants for designing and redesigning how vital it is.  courses to incorporate sustainability,” says Stephen Trzaskoma, professor of classics and director of RGSCP. “There were so many great proposals from different disciplines, and I was struck by how many came The particularly universi ty’s Wild cat Tran from the humanities, sit syste and often from m is the largest p ulikely blic tran unexpected places. I think we’re sit provi der in st ate; the to see more and more faculty finding entire tr ansit f le ways to connect their work to the broader questions that overlap with issues of sustainability.” Those collaborations extend into the wider community. UNH Cooperative Extension, New Hampshire Sea Grant, Climate Solutions New England and other organizations work with communities in New Hampshire and beyond to develop sustainable responses to climate change, food systems, social justice and hundreds of other issues. The efforts show no signs of slowing Three of the university’s most recent construction down. “I think we’re considered one projects have LEED certification: 2013’s Peter of the leaders in sustainability across T. Paul College of Business and Economics the country, but I don’t see any of us and the 2010 renovation of James Hall l


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YES, SUSTAINABILITY MEANS RECYCLING AND RENEWABLE ENERGY. BUT IT’S ALSO CAMPUS CULTURE, INCLUSIVITY, INTERDISCIPLINARITY— AND MUCH MORE SUSTA I NA B I L I TY R U N S LI K E A CUR REN T T HRO UG H U N H , continually shaping our approach to education, research and practice. It is one of the university’s core values, helping to define UNH’s culture and informing our behavior, and is a guiding principle in everything we do. As a land, sea and space grant university, we use a community-based approach to learning and a systems approach to solving problems. This is evident in our longstanding dedication to the meaningful creation of knowledge and our shared investment in our accomplishments. The 1992 Earth Summit was an unprecedented global gathering of heads of state and representatives from more than 170 governments, including the United States, that reoriented international development to include principles of environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic vitality to meet the needs of present and future generations. As recently as 2000, the term sustainability was understood to mean “meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” Today, UNH and others in the field view sustainability as a collective commitment to human dignity for all people and ecological integrity in all places. Its foundation is an intergenerational, ethical obligation that regards social justice, collaboration and inclusive prosperity as essential to fulfill diverse human potential and preserve the health of the planet upon which we all depend. There’s a growing understanding that sustainability is much more than environmentalism, rooted as



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it is in leveraging economics, culture, resources and technology to plan for an uncertain future. The challenges we face are daunting—climate change, ecosystem degradation, food insecurity, destabilized governments, racial and economic inequality and more. At UNH, we believe that if we harness the power of our community to answer the call of these extraordinary times, our impact will be significant and proportional to the transformation needed. To do so, we must recast challenges as opportunities to find common cause and work collectively toward a vibrant future. 


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In 2008, UNH became the first university in the nation to offer a dual major in ecogastronomy



Former UNH provost J O HN ABE R is a world-renowned expert in natural resources and the environment who today concentrates most of his research in the area of sustainable ecosystem management. He co-authored The Sustainable Learning Community with Tom Kelly and pioneered the aerobic composting technique in use at UNH’s first-in-the-nation Organic Dairy Research Farm, which generates heat energy for use on the farm. UNH’s commitment to LEED-certified construction and renovation is led by DO UG B ENCKS, university architect and director of campus planning. In nearly three decades at UNH, Bencks has spearheaded projects that marry original campus architecture with the design and construction of modern buildings. ELI ZA B ET H BURAKOWS KI ’07G , ’ 1 3 G works in climate change and citizen science. A research assistant professor in UNH’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, Burakowski uses climate models, observations and remote sensing to understand how changes in landcover influence surface temperature and fluxes of energy and water landscapes interact with surface climate.

The university’s composting facility makes use of food waste from the UNH dining halls, diverting in excess of 25,000 pounds per month of material that would otherwise go directly into the Durham waste stream

JOA NNE BUR KE is the Thomas W. Haas Professor in Sustainable Food Systems, providing leadership for the university’s efforts to advance sustainable agriculture, food choices, nutrition, and economic and social well-being on campus and beyond. She’s also a clinical professor in nutrition in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture and director of the UNH dietetic internship program. As associate vice president of energy and campus development, former UNHer PAUL CH A M B ER L IN spearheaded the university’s EcoLine project and efforts to bring the cogeneration plant online, which today provides 85 percent of the Durham campus’ energy needs. History professor KUR K DO RS E Y has written two books on environmental diplomacy issues and edited a third. He’s the author of Whales and Nations: Environmental Diplomacy on the High Seas and The Dawn of Conservation Diplomacy: U.S.-Canadian Wildlife Protection Treaties in the Progressive Era. He edited City, Country, Empire: Landscapes in Environmental History with fellow UNH historian Jeffry Diefendorf. Starting with his virtual inauguration in 2008, UNH President MAR K HUD DL E STO N has led by example in ensuring that

sustainability remains a leading priority for UNH. Huddleston also elevated the profile of the university’s efforts early in his tenure by moving the Sustainability Institute into the provost’s office and appointing Tom Kelly as UNH’s first chief sustainability officer. Through his work in social justice theatre, theatre and dance professor DAVID KAYE has helped expand many students’—and others’—understanding of sustainability beyond the sciences. “A sustainable future requires us to ask a fundamental question: What do we really need to live a good life?” he explains. TO M KE L LY founded UNH’s Sustainability Institute, then called the Office of Sustainability, in 1997. Today he’s the institute’s executive director and the university’s chief sustainability officer. He co-edited and authored the 2009 book The Sustainable Learning Community: One University’s Journey to the Future and is a founding convener of Food Solutions New England, a six-state network working to realize a shared vision for a sustainable regional food system. In his four decades as a professor of natural resources, WIL L IAM MAUTZ educated a full generation of UNH students about conservation practices and environmental issues. He worked closely with the UNH Foundation to help define and cultivate Oliver Hubbard’s sustainability-focused gifts and was involved in establishing the Sustainability Institute. A UNH Law professor and director of the school’s accreditation and academic integration program, MAR GAR E T MCC AB E is also a food and society faculty fellow with the Sustainability Institute. McCabe provides leadership to engage the UNH community in efforts to advance sustainable agriculture, food choices, nutrition and economic and social wellbeing. MIR IAM NE LS O N came to UNH from Tufts University in 2016 to become deputy chief sustainability officer and director of the Sustainability Institute. A leading researcher and author on nutrition and physical activity, Nelson helped shine a national spotlight on the connection between diet and sustainability by heading up the 2010 and 2015 national dietary guidelines advisory committees. J AMIE NO L AN, UNH vice president for community, equity and diversity, spearheads a critical aspect of sustainability at UNH: creating a more diverse and inclusive


hen Sarah Jacobson ’07, ’12G returned to UNH in 2009 for a graduate degree in nutrition, she knew she also wanted a more holistic view of food. “The ecogastronomy program really fit that idea,” she says. “It was multi-disciplinary and the focus is on food, but it allows you to look at agricultural science, political science and the social aspects of food as well.” Jacobson saw those areas intersect firsthand as a volunteer for Seacoast Eat Local at weekly farmers markets. The organization wanted to expand the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at local markets but needed help. Jacobson was eager to lend a hand, and bringing SNAP benefits to Granite State farmers markets became her capstone project. “It was an opportunity to look at the needs of the state and think about the capacity farmers markets have to not only help improve access to fresh and healthy food but also to potentially increase profits for farmers. It was exciting to connect all those dots,” she says. Connecting those dots reveals how deeply woven food and the issues surrounding it are to sustainability. At UNH, food and sustainability are inextricably linked, a bond that’s revealed through research, education, practice and everyday operations. “UNH has an amazingly rich set of offerings, and most of the focus is on sustainable components. We’re meeting our land grant mission by doing the kind of research and teaching that focuses on small, independent farms,” says professor John Aber, an ecogastronomy faculty member. Now in its 10th year, the ecogastronomy program has 120 alumni. The program features two key components: a studyabroad experience and a capstone project that’s linked to the community. The major allows students to “interact with the community and make change locally and more broadly,” says Dan Winans, who directs the major, which is closely linked to the sustainable agriculture and food systems program in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.



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Research efforts across campus also give faculty, staff and students the chance to explore a more sustainable food future. Innovative food solutions are being developed everywhere on campus, from the the aquaculture research program and the Organic Dairy Research Farm, operated by COLSA and the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, to Aber’s own lab, where he’s looking at ways the Organic Dairy can use composting to generate energy, and the high tunnels on campus, where vegetables used by dining services are grown. For Bill McNamara, executive director of hospitality, bringing sustainable operations to UNH’s food systems is simply “the right thing to do.” “It’s about taking care of our food systems and ensuring there’s food in the future and doing so with as little waste while feeding as many people as cost effectively as we can,” he says. University dining halls look toward sourcing ingredients as locally as possible and seek out partnerships with regional farms and producers. Dining Services is also part of the national Menus of Change program, which aims to reduce red meat and increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables on campus menus. The new Wildcat Stadium is on track to become a zerowaste facility. All these efforts create new opportunities for UNH to collaborate with organizations and municipalities across the state. The Sustainability Institute is part of Food Solutions New England’s “A Food Vision for New England” initiative, which lays out a plan for the region to produce 50 percent of the food it needs by 2060, as well as New Hampshire Farm to School, which brings produce grown by Granite State farmers into local elementary and high schools. “Sustainability is central to the culture of the region,” Aber says. “Managing the food system sustainably and responsibly is a cultural thing as much as an environmental thing. I’m just really excited about it.” 

community and promoting an atmosphere that is complex and intellectually and socially enriching for students, faculty and staff.


Campus Planning’s STE VE P E S C I plays a key role in UNH’s overall sustainability efforts by overseeing transportation planning and special projects, including Campus Connector, the Durham campus’ compressed-natural-gas-run shuttle system, and Wildcat Transit, UNH’s off-campus shuttle and the largest public transit system in New Hampshire. STE P HE N TRZAS KO MA is a professor of classics and director of The Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship project through UNH’s College of Liberal Arts, which runs a successful youth citizenship camp and funds sustainable citizen initiatives across the UNH campus. C AME R O N WAKE ’93G is the Josephine A. Lamprey Professor in Climate and Sustainability at the Sustainability Institute and director of Climate Solutions New England as well as the current faculty director of UNH’s sustainability dual major and a research associate professor in glaciology/environmental chemistry. Wake leads research programs to assess the impact of climate change in New England and to reconstruct climate change from ice cores recovered from glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau and in the Arctic. ALUMNI

RISING ABOVE MAIN STREET, Holloway Commons is one of the Durham campus’ most prominent landmarks—and the inspiration for one of sustainability-minded students’ most frequently asked questions: If the university is so sustainable, why doesn’t it put solar panels on HoCo’s southerly facing roof? The simple answer is that solar power is a less efficient source of renewable energy for the campus than the one currently in place: the cogeneration plant. Not only would a solar system be limited to providing only electricity, the peak months for generating solar power occur in summer—when most students are home and the campus’ electricity needs are the lowest. The landfill gas-powered cogen plant, by contrast, generates

both electric power and heat, and the steam that warms dorms and classrooms in winter is used to run campus air conditioning systems in the summer. So why not have both? Matt O’Keefe, UNH’s director of energy and utilities, explains that adding a solar energy source on top of the cogen plant would effectively decrease the energy output from the plant during peak solar hours—which ultimately makes the system less effective overall. That’s not to say that solar won’t be a factor in future building projects. “Our existing system is optimized for the current campus, but future large buildings will very likely create additional year-round energy demands,” O’Keefe says. “I think it’s safe to say five to 10 years from now you’ll see solar arrays incorporated into building plans.” 

R O BE RTA BAR BIE R I ’88 parlayed her majors in international affairs and environmental conservation into her current role setting and driving the global environmental sustainability strategy for Diageo PLC, the world’s largest premium alcoholic beverage company. For nearly a decade, E L IS ABE TH BL AIS DE L L ’99 was in charge of environmental stewardship for footwear company Timberland. Today she’s the vice president of products for Sustainable Apparel Coalition, considered the foremost global alliance for sustainable production for the apparel, footwear and home textile industry. PAUL BRADL E Y ’86 is the founder and president of ROC USA, a nonprofit social venture dedicated to making resident home ownership viable nationwide through the development of affordable manufactured home communities. Prior to founding ROC in 2008, Bradley was vice president for manufactured housing for the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund. DAN C L AP P ’00 is general manager and partner of ReVision Energy, a full-service renewable energy contracting company and northern New England’s leading solar design, installation and service provider. It was the end of his freshman year when ALEX F R E ID ’13 first noticed the campus dumpsters loaded with discarded furniture and dorm items




om Haines was in his basement, waiting for a technician to finish hooking up a natural gas line. “The technician is telling me, ’Oh, natural gas is great, it’s so fuel efficient and so cheap, this will be awesome,’” Haines, an associate professor of English, recalls. “But I’m from Pennsylvania, where fracking is big, and I know the reason why natural gas is so cheap.” The conversation got Haines thinking—how did the natural gas get to his home? What was happening at the other end of that gas line, and what did it say about our historical relationship with the Earth, our present industrial world and a sustainable future? He set out to research those and other questions for his upcoming book, Walking to the Sun. “One of the biggest characteristics of our industrial life is that we’re dislocated from everything. With the exception of filling up your gas tank, we don’t ever really see the sources of our fuel,” Haines says. That’s why the humanities are such a crucial component of sustainability. Often treated as a purely technical issue, sustainability is, at its core, about values, culture and history—fields of inquiry central to the humanities. “The whole concept of sustainability is a collective aspiration,” says Tom Kelly, UNH’s chief sustainability officer. “It’s about a set of values and rights and arrangements that allow and support diverse approaches to human flourishing.” Looking at sustainability through the lens of the humanities provides new angles on old problems. It’s an approach that, like Haines’ examination


of fuel sources, looks at sustainability from the ground up, probing not just why sustainability is important, but who participates, what communities need, how politics influence technology, the difference between surviving and thriving and hundreds of other questions. Pursuing answers to those questions is a fundamental part of the university’s mission, according to Heidi Bostic, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. And the effects ripple out from the faculty, staff and students engaged in research into the wider world. “The Grand Challenges for the Liberal Arts Initiative is rooted in a deep and broad notion of sustainability,” Bostic says. Problems like climate change, food sovereignty and global health are facets of sustainability, and solving them requires a broad look at history, culture and the arts. “Humanities provide a long view, instead of jumping at whatever solution is presenting itself to us that day, and seeing the deep roots of some of these issues,” Bostic adds. Digging into the roots of sustainability and the challenges related to it requires a commitment to diversity, inclusion and collaboration. For Bostic, the ways the humanities respond to the challenge of sustainability are similar to the ways ecosystems respond to change. “The more diverse we are, the more inclusive we are, the more resilient we are to challenges,” she says. “We can take consolation in the fact that complexity can help us if we embrace it. These problems we’re trying to tackle aren’t going to be solved in a day.” 

In 2006, UNH was the first campus in the U.S. to receive the USEPA ENERGY STAR rating for all residence halls

The Sustainable Learning Community, published in 2009 and edited by John Aber, Tom Kelly and Bruce Mallory, draws on the sustainability expertise of some 60 UNH faculty and staff members

left by students heading home for the summer. Struck by the waste, he cofounded Trash 2 Treasure to resell useable goods and keep them out of local landfills. Today, he’s the executive director of the Post-Landfill Action Network, a national nonprofit that helps other campuses implement similar salvage programs.

WHAT ABOUT SUSTAINABLE INVESTING? SUSTAINABILITY HAS BECOME AN IMPORTANT TOPIC FOR THE UNH FOUNDATION in recent years as a growing body of evidence suggests that sustainable investing can compete on par with an unconstrained portfolio in maximizing returns for the university. To that end, in 2015, the UNH Foundation Board of Directors established an endowment portfolio that takes into account the environmental, social and governance (ESG) characteristics of the funds that comprise it. Donors including Durham philanthropist Tom Haas and foundation board member Ned Dane ’88 have directed their philanthropy to this endowment option, which earned returns very similar to the broader pool for the most recent fiscal year. And just four months ago, the foundation’s investment and finance committee established a committee on investor responsibility that will inform and make suggestions to committee and ultimately the board on sustainable investment and related

The UNH Organic Dairy Research Farm, opened in 2005, is the first of its kind at a land grant university

advocacy opportunities that exist outside investments in the existing ESG endowment option. This new advisory committee includes a variety of alumni, faculty and staff with interest and experience in sustainability, as well as student representatives from the Paul College Atkins Investment Group and DivestUNH, one of UNH’s student environmental advocacy groups. “The committee on investor responsibility is a great development for UNH and the foundation,” says Elizabeth Hilpman ’81, who sits on the UNH Foundation board of directors. “There are so many schools where this isn’t even a real conversation yet, but we’re taking important steps toward making sustainability an everyday part of the investment process. We credit our students for keeping the focus on sustainability, and our board for being receptive to the idea and mindful that sustainability is part of the core mission, and a brand pillar at UNH.” 


As a student at UNH Manchester, AMELIA KE ANE ’16 created the sustainability club Our World, established the campus’ recycling program, and interned at NextGen Climate. She’s currently serving as state representative for Nashua Ward 4, where sustainability is at the heart of her platform. Philanthropic adviser P E TE R L AMB ’7 6 worked for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, served on the Association of U.S. Delegates to the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment and helped guide UNH’s Oliver Hubbard ’21 toward the visionary gift that established the Sustainability Institute. WE NDY LUL L ’79G spent 25 years at the helm of New Hampshire’s Seacoast Science Center, a nationally known all-ages marine science education facility in Rye. President from the center’s opening in 1992 to earlier this year, Lull is credited with bringing science education to some 25,000 school children each year and hailed as a “passionate and inspiring voice for environmental conservation and ocean education.” In 2011, RYAN MAC P HE RS O N ’9 6 was named the first chief sustainability officer for the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. AL L IS O N MAG IL L ’87 is the chair of Slow Food Seacoast, the local chapter of Slow Food USA and the international slow food movement, which works toward a healthier food system and slowing down the pace of life by focusing on the pleasures of good, clean, fairly sourced food. Dietician STAC E Y P URS LOW ’11 is the program coordinator for the NH Farm to School program, which engages farmers, distributors, food service directors, teachers, health educators and administrators to bring farm-fresh foods to school lunch programs around the state. J UL IE R O S E NBAC H ’97 is South Portland, Maine’s first sustainability coordinator, a post she’s held since 2015. A one-woman sustainability shop, she’s in charge of overseeing the implementation of the city’s climate action plan and leading efforts as diverse as a solar panel study at the South Portland landfill and educating residents about the city’s recently implemented landscape pesticide ban. AMY S E IF HATTAN ’93 is the vice president of sustainability for the global engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti in Portland, Maine. KE E GAN S MITH ’17, newly graduated from the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, is the field sustainability coordinator for Coca-Cola of Northern New England.



sk Cameron Wake to describe UNH’s response to reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) and one word comes to mind: aggressive. WildCAP, the university’s climate action plan, is “considerably more aggressive” than emissions reduction goals for both New England and the United States. Though President Donald Trump announced earlier this year that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, UNH continues to work toward reducing emissions and adapting to a changing climate. Wake, a climate change researcher and a member of the UNH Energy Task Force, says the GHGE reduction goals set out in WildCAP set UNH apart from other institutions. The plan? A 50 percent reduction in 2001 GHGE levels by 2020, an 80 percent reduction by 2050, and a path to carbon neutrality by 2100. It’s a tougher standard than that set by the Paris accord, which called for a 26 to 28 percent decrease in 2005 GHGE levels by 2025. UNH is not only setting lofty goals, it is meeting them. In FY17, the university achieved 51 percent GHGE reductions— meeting the 2020 goal three years early. Now, the energy task force is looking ahead to the next challenge: getting to 80 percent reduction by 2050. That will continue to require a systematic,

ground-up approach, from energy-use challenges in the dorms and reducing the number air travel miles faculty and staff use to UNH’s cogeneration power plant and the revolutionary EcoLine project, which converts gas from a landfill in Rochester into energy for campus. Under a new contract, energy that is imported to campus is now coming from small hydroelectric power suppliers in New Hampshire. These initiatives reduce GHGE —and bring down energy costs. The effects ripple outward. “It’s not just about greenhouse gas emissions, it’s not just about water, it’s not just about flooding or food, it’s about all those things and more. It’s about ecosystems and social and environmental justice as well,” Wake says. This fall, the Sustainability Institute will launch a new tool for managing campus carbon and nitrogen footprints. The new Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform (SIMAP) is another example of how a deep commitment to sustainability across operations, curriculum, research and engagement makes a broad impact throughout the world. It is based on one of UNH’s “big success stories,” Wake says, a carbon calculator tool developed here in 2001 and already used by thousands of universities and colleges. “We’ve found we can solve the problem and save money, that reducing our emissions is really good for our bottom line,” Wake says. “There’s an environmental ethic here that’s combined with good old Yankee frugalness, this idea that we shouldn’t be wasting things.” 



ZEROWASTE FACILITY Wildcat Stadium, which opened in 2016 and seats 11,000plus people, is the university’s first zerowaste facility The national Trash 2 Treasure program, which recycles dorm furnishings that would otherwise end up in landfill, started at UNH in 2010

AND R E A TO ML INS O N ’91, S ARAH VAN HO R N ’12 and J O SH WE IRS MA ’04 all have ties to New Hampshire Community Seafood, a harvest co-op that enables local fishermen to work together to better protect marine resources and to fish more selectively. Van Horn and Weirsma founded the collaborative in 2010, and Tomlinson serves as general manager.


STARTING SOMEWHERE FOR KAT HRY N B EN N E T T ’ 1 8 , a student in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, an interest in sustainability began at a young age. “I have always been passionate about protecting wildlife and our natural world,” the Medway, Massachusetts, resident says, explaining how she would spend summers camping with her family during her childhood. At UNH, she became more involved in sustainability out of a desire to share that love of nature with others, but an introductory-level sustainability course quickly led her to the realization that sustainability is not simply respect for the natural world. “It also involves making sustainable economic and social decisions,” Bennett says. “This realization has only helped to fuel my passion and inspire me to continue my work to help educate and inspire people to help make our world a better and greener place.” Last year, Bennett worked with Allison Leach at the Sustainability Institute to calculate UNH’s nitrogen footprint—the term used to describe the amount of reactive nitrogen that is released into the environment as a result of the university’s resource consumption—for fiscal year 2016. She then looked at various scenarios for decreasing the footprint that included becoming a zero-waste campus; achieving the university’s 2050 goal of an 80-percent carbon footprint reduction; and increasing sustainability purchases of local food, organic food or N-efficient (nitrogen-efficient) food, which uses best-management practices to minimize nitrogen outputs from food production. Bennett’s results, which she shared at the university's annual Undergraduate Research Conference in April, indicated that each scenario would result in a reduction of the campus footprint to different degrees. Perhaps most surprisingly, she concluded that becoming a zero-waste campus would only decrease the university’s nitrogen footprint by 2 percent—in large part because UNH already does an excellent job of minimizing food waste and composting a large amount of food from the dining halls. The rising senior says one of the most important things to remember about sustainability and protecting the planet is that while these issues can seem daunting and impossible to solve, there is no action that is too small to make an impact. “Each of us can make a difference just by changing our daily choices to become more sustainable, and if we work together and share this knowledge, there is no limit to what we can accomplish,” she says. “Every solution has to start somewhere, and an easy way to start is to just get involved!” 

DONORS NE D DANE ’88, senior vice president at OppenheimerFunds and head of the firm’s private client group, was the first investor in the UNH endowment’s ESG sleeve—a sustainabilitysensitive investment portfolio comprising funds with certain environmental, social and governance characteristics. Dane also sits on the UNH Foundation investment and finance committee’s committee on investor responsibility. Durham philanthropist TO M HAAS has supported UNH for more than a decade with generous gifts to SeagrassNet, an initiative to monitor the status of sea grass worldwide, and programs at the UNH Museum of Art, the Carsey School of Public Policy and UNH Manchester. In 2013, he established the Thomas W. Haas Professorship in Sustainable Food Systems to support the university’s work with Food Solutions New England on achieving a healthy, prosperous, just and sustainable food network. The eldest of three brothers collectively known as UNH’s greatest benefactors, chicken-farmer-turned-businessman O L IVER HUBBAR D ’21 gave more than $10 million over his lifetime to establish the Sustainability Institute, the first program of its kind to teach sustainable living. Credited alongside brothers Austin ’25 and Leslie ’27 with developing superior poultry breeding stock in the years following the Great Depression, Oliver Hubbard lived a life based on sustainable principles decades before the term was even coined. J O S E P HINE L AMP R E Y helped her family business, Lamprey Brothers Energy, become New England’s first Energy Star retail partner, educating customers about efficient heating and cooling systems to help reduce fossil fuel consumption, lower energy bills and soften the industry’s impact on the environment. She’s supported a number of UNH initiatives focused on climate change and innovation and funded the Sustainability Institute’s first endowed professorship, the Josephine A. Lamprey Professorship in Climate and Sustainability. P HIL ME L D R UM ’79 is the president of FOODMatch, Inc., the largest importer of olives from Greece in the U.S., which works with international farmers to grow and distribute responsibly sourced, all-natural and authentic Mediterranean products. Reflecting his and his company’s deep interest in sustainability, Meldrum has been a significant donor to the Sustainability Institute. 


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ELEBRATE 150: The Campaign for UNH is looking to finish strong as it heads into the second and final year of its public phase. At the campaign launch celebration last September, UNH President Mark W. Huddleston announced that since July 2011, more than 35,000 donors had contributed $225 million toward the



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UNH’s landmark comprehensive campaign is setting a bold course for the future

$275 million goal. In all, 21,622 donors participated during the first public year of CELEBRATE 150, helping bring the total raised to $269 million. “In the past year, thousands of UNH graduates, parents and friends have contributed $47 million toward the campaign during the most

On the Road to $275 Million

A S OF JUNE 30, 2017, UNH has raised $269.3 million through CELEBRATE 150: The Campaign for UNH—98 percent of the campaign’s $275 million goal. successful fundraising year ever,” says Huddleston. “This success gives me confidence that we will surpass our goal during the final year of the campaign—and that a total of $300 million or more could be within our sights.”

98% OF THE $275M GOAL

CELEBRATE 150: The Campaign for UNH focuses on five priority areas that support scholarship, teaching and research at the university. All gifts to UNH count toward the goal of this comprehensive campaign, which ends on June 30, 2018.

and Beyond

// JULY 1, 2011 – JUNE 30, 2017



$103.2M $6.7M






$37.9M C A P I TA L P R O JE C T S


$39.9M C A P I TA L P U R P O S E S

A Year of Celebration In the months following the campus launch of the campaign, more than 1,100 Wildcats gathered at regional launch celebrations across the country to celebrate UNH’s 150th anniversary, hear from accomplished student speakers and connect with the UNH communities in their cities. The great majority also made a campaign gift when they registered.


This success gives me confidence that we will surpass our goal during the final year of the campaign—and that a total of $300 million or more could be within our sights.” —UNH President Mark W. Huddleston

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Granite Guarantee PHIL ANTHROPY THANKS TO $103.2 MILLION in campaign gifts supporting scholarships and student aid, UNH has been able to take a significant step toward realizing the first focus of CELEBRATE 150—ensuring that any qualified student can come to—and graduate from—UNH without incurring crippling debt. The Granite Guarantee is a new financial aid program for New Hampshire students eligible for Pell grants. It provides grant aid that does not need to be paid back to bridge the gap between the cost of UNH in-state tuition and a student’s Pell grant. In short,

THE GRANITE SOCIETY: ANNUAL GIVING LEADERS The Granite Society recognizes annual gifts to UNH of $1,000 or more. While every single gift makes a difference, this year’s 2,291 Granite Society members had big ideas in mind when they supported UNH with leadership gifts, the impact of which are felt across the university. Granite Society members enjoy exclusive opportunities to engage with UNH, such as online and on-campus lectures with UNH experts. unh.edu/give/gs

it is a guarantee that New Hampshire students with significant financial need can attend UNH tuition-free. Starting in the fall, more than 400 students will receive Granite Guarantee funding at least equal to tuition ($14,770 at the Durham campus and $14,420 at the Manchester campus). Many students are receiving funds in excess of tuition; the average Granite Guarantee recipient is receiving $16,000 in scholarship and grant aid. Aid amounts beyond the cost of tuition are applied to other expenses, such as textbooks and room and board.

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ignificant gifts have both fueled campaign success and allowed the university to expand or create programs and complete capital projects that are central to the UNH experience. Individual philanthropy has enabled the completion of Wildcat Stadium, established a new fund to help UNH students study abroad, created an entrepreneurship center and related programs on campus, and bolstered central and college-based resources for promoting career and professional success, including the ongoing renovation of Hood House. These are but a few examples of the visionary and inspiring generosity that has been the hallmark of CELEBRATE 150: The Campaign for UNH.


he vast majority of campaign donors contribute through annual gifts of $5 to $500. The impact of those gifts is as far-reaching and varied as the students, faculty and staff who call this place home. They make meaningful opportunities possible across UNH’s three campuses—from scholarships to sustainability programs, athletics to study abroad experiences, and everything in between.

During the past fiscal year, 21,691 donors hailing from every state and 18 countries supported UNH with gifts totaling more than $47.6 million. 20,554 of those donors made currentuse gifts totaling $5.7 million, and more than a third of those who also gave in 2015-16 increased their giving last year. Thank you to all who supported UNH this year—you make every day a great day to be a Wildcat!

The Class of 1977 set a high bar for the inaugural 40th reunion with an impressive $11.5 million reunion class gift. The gift includes an $8 million bequest pledge from Jude Blake ’77 to support Paul College students, Northeast Passage and the Shoals Marine Laboratory.

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$1,240,307 REUNION


REUNION GIVING OF AND FOR UNH THE RE U N I O N CL AS S E S that convened on campus in June to reminisce and reconnect also rallied to support UNH, often via

funds established during an earlier reunion year, such as the Class of 1957 Endowed Scholarship Fund, the Class of 1957 Fund for the Center for International Education and the Class of 1962 Student Enrichment Fund. On the occasion of their 50th reunion, members of the Class of 1967

Dollars Raised // Total giving to UNH: $47,683,332 Annual gifts: $5,746,393 Average annual gift: $280 Donors who gave less than $500: 85% Donors who gave less than $100: 45%

Gift Designations // Areas supported by annual gifts: 828 Top designations (number of donors): Scholarships • Athletics • Northeast Passage College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Paul College of Business and Economics

established their own scholarship fund to support undergraduate and graduate students participating in unpaid internships. Says Dick Knight ’67, “I think the milestone of 50 years since I graduated is about as big a milestone as you can find [and] this ties in perfectly with upping the ante.”



[ 21, 691 T O TA L D O N O R S ]














’92 / / 25




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’77 / / 40



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Nancy Bryant on behalf of Lonnie (Eleanor) Gould Bryant, 56A Blossomcrest Road, Lexington, MA 02421; bryantnab@yahoo.com; (781) 863-5537

I’m sorry to report on the loss of these classmates. I just received late notice of the passing of Frank Joseph Leary, who died on Aug. 31, 2005, in Framingham, MA. Eileen M. Foss Kimball passed away on Jan. 18 in Dover, NH. Eileen worked as a dietician at Mt. Vernon Hospital in New York and as a bookkeeper for Kimball and Sons Garage in Dover. After retiring, she volunteered for many years at the Dover Rehabilitation Center. The alumni office received notice that Jeannette Gagnon Goodrum died on Feb. 24 in Grass Valley, CA. During her senior year at UNH, a course in flying was offered. The only woman in the program, she was the first student to solo. Following graduation, she taught classes and was the assistant dean at St. Johnsbury. The following year, she was assistant dean at American University, where she was accepted to the newly formed Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs). In 2009, Jeannette and other WASPs attended a ceremony in Washington, DC, and were presented with the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of their military service. She was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, loved to travel and never lost her love of flying. Jeannette is survived by her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As always, please send me your news. ◆

From the University Archives: A detail from the 1943 Agricultural Systems Technology Club booklet. —1943

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Mary Louise Hancock

33 Washington St. Concord, NH 03301 mlhdeerisland@gmail.com

Greetings from Concord, NH, where the Legislature is still struggling with the budget, which is never adequate to help the people who really it—including UNH. Someday, legislators may awaken to the simplicity and decency of helping our state’s poor, sick, old, neglected population, and certainly those youth who need help to attend college. We lost Costas “Charles” Basdekis, who graduated with a degree in chemistry, Nov. 7, 2016. After graduation, Charles worked on a Navy-sponsored wartime project. After WWII, he worked for Monsanto and played a leading role in the development of ABS plastics. As a result, he was given course requirements for a master’s degree at Columbia. Following those studies, he returned to Monsanto, working in acrylic fibers and soil conditions. In 1952, Charles transferred



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to Monsanto’s Springfield plastics division, where he worked until retirement in 1982. He is survived by his three sons and grandchildren. And we also lost Louise Eastman Niles Gauthier on Feb. 4. With a cum laude degree, Louise’s first teaching position was at Belmont High School. In 1943, she met and married Thomas R. Niles ’44, also a UNH graduate. Tom was in pilot training, so they moved to several air bases during that time. After WWII, they moved to the East Coast, where they raised two sons and a daughter. They moved through several states as Tom pursued his teaching career with Louise also teaching as well. In 1975, Louise accepted a civil service position at the Army Ordinance Depot at Fort Dix. She retired in 1984 and moved to Daytona Beach, FL, where for several years she enjoyed walking the world-famous beach, playing bridge with neighbors and reading. Things all changed when, in 1988, she attended her 50th Laconia High School Reunion and re-met a former classmate, John Gauthier, whom she later married. Louise is survived by her husband, children and nephew. Susan Malone wrote to the alumni office to let us know that Peter J. Graham passed away on April 17. He was a research chemist with DuPont and leaves his loving family. Marion Stevenson Frost and I continue to be well and happy here in Concord. We welcome all classmates! ◆

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Class Notes Editor

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Arline McClure Ladd Hendrick Langford passed away on March 20 in Hobe Sound, FL. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega. Her son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Karen Hendrick, write, “She was a classy, wonderful woman, wife, mom, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be greatly missed.” Arthur F. Libby of Denver, CO, lost his battle with cancer on Dec. 20, 2016. The first in his family to attend college, he graduated from UNH just in time to join the Army in WWII. A registered engineer, he was later employed highway departments in New Hampshire and California and retired from the Federal Highway Administration. He was active in the Catholic Church and served YMCA board. Dr. Edwin A. Meserve of Southborough, MA, and Sebastian, FL, passed away on Jan. 9. He was the devoted husband of Marilyn Moses Meserve for 68 years. He joined the Army Medical Administration Corps and later had a 30-year career as a general surgeon. Vinton R. Yeaton passed away on Jan. 25 in Dover, NH. He served in the Army in WWII and attended Boston University Law School. He was a member of the Great Bay Stamp Club, Exchange Club, Masonic Lodge, Boy Scouts, American Philatelic Society and St. John United Methodist Church. ◆

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The NorCal Alumni Chapter reconnected me with the University of New Hampshire. I felt a strong bond with these people with whom I had shared a campus, a unique experience and a special time in my life. We were from a broad background of age and career. It didn’t seem to matter— we somehow belonged to one another. —Pat Baker ’43

Sept 16 | DC Alumni Network Family Picnic 22 – 23 | Homecoming & Family Weekend, Durham 28 | NYC Alumni Network Welcome Event

Oct 5 | DC Alumni Network Executive Forum 23 | Rutman Lecture Series, Durham 26 | Alumni Lakes Region Network reception


Join Us!

Alumni events in your area are a great way to connect with your fellow Wildcats and share your affection for your alma mater. Not sure what’s in your area? We have a dozen alumni networks and Wildcat regions—contact the representative listed below for the network closest to you to find out more. Alumni Networks and Wildcat Regions Atlanta • Paul Houghton ’82 • Paul.Houghton@hotmail.com Boston • Shae Callahan ’11 • shaecallahan15@gmail.com Chicago • Jay DeWitt ’86 • granitest8@gmail.com Denver • Cory Montreuil ’13 • cory.montreuil@gmail.com Florida South West Coast • Andy Durrette ’64 • af_durette@hotmail.com Florida South East Coast • Heidi Reever ’84 • hreever@att.net Lakes Region NH • Brad Thompson ’68 • bjtddt@gmail.com Los Angeles • Matt Sanderson ’07 • sands84@gmail.com New York City • Greg Tassinari ’11 • greg.tassinari@gmail.com Northern California • Charles Knuth ’05 • charles.knuth@gmail.com Seacoast NH • Alyssa Clarke-Cartwright ’15 • aclarkecartwright@gmail.com Washington DC • Ally Priest ’13 • ally.priest23@gmail.com

2 | NYC Alumni Network Career Forum 2 | NYC Alumni Network Executive Forum 8 – 9 | Atlanta Wildcat Region Alumni Reception 16 | Portsmouth (NH) Music Hall student performance 29 | Florida South West Coast Alumni Network Fall Cruise

Dec 7 | NYC Alumni Network Holiday Reception 14 | Seacoast Alumni Network Holiday Reception

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“Thanks to this scholarship, I now have the ability to consider graduate school, and a career as a veterinarian, an option. I am now motivated to work harder and live up to the honor it carries.”


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Class Notes Editor

UNH Magazine, 15 Strafford Ave Durham, NH 03824 classnotes.editor@unh.edu

Frank H. Cram of Highstown, NJ, passed away on Nov. 13, 2014. He was a retired architect and served in the Army in the Philippines and Japan during WWII. He received his advanced degree from Columbia and was a major contributor to the development of the “Floating T” dry dock. Carolyn Cleasby Probert died in England on March 15. Martha Ricker Phillips of Marshfield, MA, and Conway, NH, passed away on Dec. 30, 2016. Survivors include her children Mary Graham, John Phillips ’74, ’79G and Robert Phillips ’75. Martha also received her master’s degree in education from UNH and taught home economics at Kennett High School in for more than 30 years. She enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing and cooking and was an expert at bird identification and behaviors. Harlan Davis Whitehead of Clinton, TN, passed away on March 20. He received his degree in chemical engineering and was a member of the band, ice hockey team, lacrosse team, Lambda Chi Alpha and Alpha Chi Sigma while at UNH. He joined the Army in 1944 and married his lifelong companion, Betty Cardin in 1946. He was a member of the Jaycees and Lions Club and enjoyed coaching little league and volunteering with the Boy Scouts. ◆

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Class Notes Editor

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Francis Walter Abbott the last surviving native WWII veteran of Peterborough, NH, passed away on March 22. He worked at the Nutting Farm for 20 years and New Hampshire Ball Bearings for nearly 25 years. He was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Board of Adjustments, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Divine Mercy Parish. Raymond Saidel of Manchester, NH, passed away on Feb. 13. He joined the Army during WWII and became a machine gunner in the First Armored Regiment at the age of 18. He was awarded six bronze battle stars and the Croix de



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Guerre from the French Army. Following his honorable discharge, he studied art, opened a charter flight operation and designed and built sports cars, but “above everything else, his happiest hours were those spent with his wife Simone, his five children and his seven grandchildren." Joseph P. Woodward of Laconia, NH, passed away on Feb. 8. He served in the Army in the Philippines from 1943 to 1946 and later owned and operated Woodward Electric with his wife Pat for 43 years. He enjoyed summering on Lake Winnipesaukee in a cottage he had built. Dr. Robert F. Dillon of Colorado Springs, CO, passed away on Jan. 16. Although he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals, he matriculated as a forestry student before joining the Army in 1943 and serving as a medical corpsman at Valley Forge General Hospital. His career included serving as chief of pathology at Memorial Hospital in and clinical instructor at the University of Colorado Medical School. John E. Baker passed away on Dec. 4, 2016, in Somerville, OH. He had two careers: first in engineering until 1977 and then as a church pastorate and licensed minister in the Congregational Church. Carolyn Foley passed away on Nov. 16, 2016, in Dover, NH. The second policewoman in New Hampshire, she also served as director of parks and playgrounds for the city of Dover and taught fourth grade at Woodman Park School. She was a published writer, active in Girl Scouts and a communicant of the Parish of the Assumption. Estelle Dutton Wall passed away on Nov. 18, 2016. Estelle graduated from UNH at the age of 18 with a degree in engineering and went on to work for Pratt and Whitney. After she and her husband James were married in 1948, she had a distinguished career as a senior health-care systems analyst. She was a communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle Church and a much-loved mother, mother-in-law, aunt, grandmother and friend. ◆

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Class Notes Editor

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Sadly, we have learned of the passing of several classmates. Elsie Louise Deming of San Antonio, TX, passed away on March 11. While at UNH, she belonged to Theta Upsilon Sorority and the Outing Club. She majored in occupational therapy (OT) and later entered the military and was stationed at military hospitals before leading the OT departments in several locations. Olive Moody Robinson of Durham, NH, passed away on Feb. 20. She worked for many years at the UNH Bookstore and was a founding member of the Durham Martini Club. Charless H. Dyott of Lancaster, PA, passed away on Jan. 17. He served in the Army Air Force during WWII. He retired from Federal Express and was previously employed as a mechanical engineer in the airline industry. Marcia Provizer of Brookline, MA, passed away on Dec. 24, 2016. Marcia worked with the Brookline Recreation Department for 30 years and became a supervisor of programs serving youth and senior citizens. Following her retirement, she founded and ran the Golden Age Travel Club, bringing Bostonarea senior citizens on trips until her 80s. ◆

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Elizabeth M. Shea

P.O. Box 1975 Exeter, NH 03833

Keeping pace with the UNH marching band from Murkland Courtyard to Hamel Recreation Center for the Golden Wildcat Luncheon on June 3 was a challenge for Leonard S. Sawyer ’47, son Edward M. Sawyer ’91, Wanda Eynon—wife of Stuart ’49—and yours truly. Following were more than 230 spring reunion registrants with honored classes of ’57, ’62, ’67, ’77 and ’92. Sorry to miss Prof. Douglas Wheeler’s stellar presentation “From the Plow to the Stars: The Trajectory of UNH’s 150 Year History.” Dr. David Marshall Cleasby died on Jan. 2. After enlisting in the Army in 1943, he spent four months of continuous combat in the Italian Appenines with the 10th Mountain Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop. After UNH, he earned his doctorate in medicine from Tufts. He became an anesthesiologist at Mary Hitchcock and Laconia hospitals. Survivors include his wife, children and stepchildren, 23 grands and 13 greats. Richard F. Turcotte died on Jan. 22. After UNH, he received a master’s degree from NYU. During WWII, he served with the Coast Guard. An owner of Boucher’s Men’s Shop in Somersworth, NH, he enjoyed the retail business for 40 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, one son and two grandchildren. Margaret Preble O’Connor of Boston died on Jan. 28. Peg was the wife of the late Michael “Bobby” O’Connor and was the owner of a costume rental business on Newbury Street. After selling her business, she became the assistant to the president of The Hundred Club of Massachusetts, a charitable organization. A direct descendant of Edward Preble, who commanded the USS Constitution, she was an active supporter of the USS Constitution Museum. C. David Oliphant passed away on Jan. 31. Born in Montclair, NJ, the Great Depression drove his family to their New Hampshire farm in 1931. While earning his bachelor’s degree, he met and married Joan Wainwright, who died in 2010. After UNH, David received his master’s degree in liberal studies and became chairman of the English department of Rockville High School in Connecticut. He is survived by his three sons and their wives and by two grandchildren. Russell Clark Orton died on Feb. 12 in Laconia, NH. He received his degree in mechanical engineering from UNH and went on to receive a master’s in business administration from Harvard. He proudly served in Italy with the Army’s 351st Infantry Division. Russ worked for Scott & Williams and later for ACME Staple Company and then led New England Industrial Resource Development, helping inventors acquire patents, develop business plans and secure funding. Predeceased by his first wife, he is survived by his wife Mary Jewett Orton, four children, two stepchildren and seven grandchildren. Lionel A. “Butch” Marois of Berlin, NH, died March 11. Butch proudly served in the Navy during WWII. He worked as office manager of the Winchendon Beef Shop, then as inspector at L.S. Starrett Tool Company in Athol, MA, until retirement. He was a member of the Eugene M. Connor Post 193 American Legion for more than 50 years. Anne Kerr Packard died March 27 in Framingham, MA. Survivors

Great memories: Joan Boodey Lamson ’49 shared this photo of herself and her late husband, Don ’48, on a Feb. 1947 ski trip with the UNH Outing Club. Be sure to read her story about the trip in the class column! —1949

include her children, stepchildren and grandchildren. Homecoming is Sept. 22-24. Hope to see you at the football game! ◆

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Joan Boodey Lamson

51 Lamson Lane New London, NH 03257 unhjblamson@gmail.com

After reading the "old" UNH stories in the spring magazine, I can’t resist telling you one of the many that I recalled. I, a novice skier, was in the back of a white Outing Club van with about 11 mostly excellent NH-born skiers. We sat on two long built-in benches that faced each other with only a small window in the back door and skis on the roof. The road to Franconia Notch was very bumpy in those days, which made us sing all the louder. We arrived at the steep hill that led us to the UNH Jackson Cabin. We climbed in deep snow with heavy canvas backpacks filled with down sleeping bags and food. They were so heavy that when we reached the cabin, Betty Shearer Warner and I fell backwards into the snow, like turtles. We pleaded for help to get up, amid much laughter. The outhouse was uphill from the cabin. If the cabin door was open, you could slide down and go right in. The cabin was one floor with an attic where guys slept on the right, gals on the left. The next morning, Betty and I were hung from the rafters in our sleeping bags and had to giggle and squeal our way out. The main course for breakfast was oatmeal, which quickly woke us up, as Phyllis Karpinski Martin had accidently (?) seasoned it well with garlic salt! After skiing at Intervale—and numerous wipe-outs—I slept in the van, despite noise and bumps, and then for 13 hours back in Durham, missing my Monday classes but having great memories. Our ’49er scholarship this past year was greatly appreciated by Lily Mitchell ’20 of Hopkinton, NH. Her favorite class was global citizenship for Hamel Scholars. Lily writes, “Thanks to this scholarship, I now have the ability to consider graduate school, and a career as a veterinarian, an option. I am now motivated to work harder and live up to the honor it carries. P.S. I met my best friend through a Hamel function." Sadly, we have learned of the passing

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Social Venture Innovation Challenge

What’s Your Idea? CALLING ALL UNH ALUMNI! HERE’S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: 1. COMPETE Register at unh.edu/ svic. Deadline for submissions (written summary and video) is Monday, November 13.

2. JUDGE OR MENTOR Last year we had more than 50 judges from around the U.S. and the world.

3. CONTRIBUTE Support the SVIC through your business. Promote the opportunity through your personal and professional networks.

4. ATTEND Register to attend the final round on Tuesday, December 5.

unh.edu/svic For additional information, contact Fiona Wilson at fiona.wilson@unh.edu LEAD ORGANIZER: UNH Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise

of several classmates. Marshall “Brownie” Loren Brown passed away on March 3 in Noblesville, IN. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII, received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in English literature and languages and was elected to Phi Kappa Phi. After UNH, he received his master’s degree in English literature and language from Harvard in 1951 and was an English teacher and textbook author. Ernest J. Barry passed away Jan. 17. He was a WWII veteran and lifelong educator, serving for almost 30 years at Lake Forest Academy. “Ernie was always happy and was never short on stories to tell, wisdom and lessons to pass down to his family,” his obituary reads. Robert Sargent died Jan. 15. He was a Navy Air Corps pilot in WWII and graduated from UNH as a civil engineer. His work included the Coast and Geodetic survey and then the General Services Administration on the reconstruction of the White House. Virginia “Ginny” Oline Lemme died peacefully on Jan. 10. She was on the ice skating team at UNH and is remembered for sharing her love of drawing, reading, piano playing and singing with her children. Maudetta Amey Taylor passed away Jan. 8. After UNH, she married and worked as a second-grade teacher. She was “particularly attached to her woodlands, owning land in three states,” loved maple sugaring and was a part-owner of Vermont’s historic Amey Sugarhouse. Helen “Goose” Dahl passed away on Jan. 6. She worked in the insurance industry for many years and is remembered as “well-traveled and fun-loving.” Leonard C. Edwards passed away on Dec. 15, 2016. A veteran of WWII, he spent his career with Raytheon

From the University Archives: a Phi Kappa Phi national honor fraternity pin similar to the one Marshall “Brownie” Loren Brown earned as an English major at UNH. Brownie, who passed away earlier this year, went on to earn a master’s degree from Harvard and became an English teacher and textbook author. —1949



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Company developing radar systems. Leonard enjoyed sailing and gardening and built a cottage on Lake Winnipesaukee that his children and grandchildren still enjoy to this day. Albert Prince passed away Nov. 25, 2016. He was a paratrooper during WWII and received his master’s degree from UNH. Joseph F. Laurier Gaulin of Ft. Myers, FL, passed away Nov. 13, 2016. He served in the Navy during WWII, graduated cum laude from UNH and founded National Fence and Granite Company in Concord, NH. He went on to become an FBI special agent. The classes of 1947, ’48 and ’49 celebrated reunions together on the ’48 year until our 50th, when we each met on our actual 50th year. The 70th for the middle class of ’48 will be next June. Since all three classes are sadly smaller, why don’t we plan to celebrate together next June and triple our fun? ◆

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Jack Smith

38 Drake Lane Scarborough, Maine 04076 jsmit26@aol.com

Thanks to all who responded to my “2017 Dues and News Letter” that was sent out in February. Due to space limitation, some of your notes will appear in the next issue. Alumni from many classes returned to UNH on Reunion Weekend. A highlight was the Golden Wildcat Luncheon in the newly renovated Hamel Center, where the 50th Reunion Class of 1967 was welcomed to the Golden Wildcat Club. It was nice to be joined by Class of 1950 classmates Dick Brouillard, Midge Dow and Barbara Newall at the event. Carl Conrad, MD, is

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still very active and works part-time as a representative of the FAA as a medical examiner. He reports the passing of his Celia ’49, earlier this year. Robert Perham became a history teacher and coach after graduating from UNH. He retired after 33 years and now resides at the Edgewood Center in Portsmouth, NH. Ferris Saad is the oldest playing member at the Portsmouth Country Club, a member since 1958. He claims that each birthday makes it easier to shoot his age—now 91. Much easier at 100, Ferris. Bud Hollingsworth and wife Dotty are still living on Cape Cod but manage to get to Florida for a month each year. Bud says he hobbles around with a cane after two knee replacements and a hip replacement, which has put an end to his golf game. He is looking forward to attending a football game at the new Wildcat Stadium this fall. Chester Titus, PhD, notes that his life has changed with the passing of his wife last December. He still has great memories of life at UNH, first as a student and later as director of housing. He retired from the University of Virginia, where he was associate dean of students and an associate professor. Ed Tarbell, a lifelong resident of that beautiful town of New Castle, NH, noted that he enjoyed watching the BU/UNH hockey game from one of the skyboxes at the Whitt last fall. I was there also and remember who won. Enough said. Roger Van de Meuleboecke and his wife Ann spent last New Year on a skiing trip to Snowshoe, WVA, with family and, in March, to Snowmass, CO, with the Pentagon Ski Club. Where do these folks get their energy? Ed Taylor celebrated his 90th birthday at Fenway Park watching his favorite team. Wonder what team that would be … That is a long way to go from Bethlehem, PA, to see a ballgame. Reuben Cole has been married for 67 years to Marjorie Fletcher Cole ’48. They have a grandson at the UNH College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and another that will be attending in the fall—a great Wildcat family. And from Ed Baker, he is still living in Florida and doing some traveling—last year to Portugal. He is healthy and continues to enjoy travel, cultural activities and a busy social life. And finally, a note from Norma Perkins Slanetz that her husband Bill passed shortly after their 66th wedding anniversary. Bill had been very active in the city of Keene, NH, for years and will be missed by many. Our sincere condolences to the Slanetz family and to the families of our classmates listed in the “In Memoriam” pages of this magazine. ◆

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Anne Schultz Cotter

PO Box 33 Intervale, NH 03854 anne.cotter.nh@gmail.com

I apologize for the lack of a full letter for our class! I did connect with our class president and will have his news and more class notes for you in the winter issue of the magazine. Stay tuned, and please send your news! ◆

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Ruthie Maynard

723 Bent Lane Newark, DE 19711 DMayn32445@aol.com

Hi Dear Mates: It’s been hotter than a flicker’s nest here in June, and being a New Englander, I don’t like this hot

weather. However, according to NE family members, it’s hot up there too! I have been fortunate to receive a few notes from some of you, so we can have another class letter. Sadly, we have lost more of our beloved classmates: Norman J. Berry died on Dec. 6, 2016, in Sterling, CO. He received his Bachelor of Science degree at UNH and his master’s at Univeristy of Sterling in geology. Stanley J. Karpinski of Claremont, NH, died on Dec. 15, 2016. Stan was in the Army and Army Reserve and worked as a pharmaceutical salesman for more than 25 years, traveling all over New England. Priscilla McIntosh Wren of Nashua and Rye, NH, died on Dec. 28, 2016. Priscilla received her bachelor’s in economics and her graduate degree in education at UNH. She was a fifth-grade teacher and an elementary principal. Nancy Dearborn Knipe "passed from this life" on Feb. 21. She taught third and sixth grades and was particularly devoted to Northfield Mount Hermon School. Sidney R. Noyes passed away on March 9 in Canterbury, NH. Sid’s career was with the Army and the Army National guard, retiring as a sergeant major. Francis John Simpson died on March 9. He received his business degree at UNH, and his fine career was in marketing and sales. Guy Webster Mann passed away March 10. After UNH, he received an advanced degree from Syracuse University, taught at the high school and college level and enjoyed the many teachers he worked with. Charlie Daunt and I wonder if you all remember that our class and five other classes donated money to UNH for a brass plate with our Class of ’52 engraved on it? It is near the flagpole at T Hall, where there is a stone wall. It is very appropriate in its setting. Now, we have $2,500 left in our class treasury. Charlie and I want to know if you all would like to donate that money to our 50th Reunion gift to the International Research Fund or keep it on our treasury? Please let us know! Ed Douglas has had quite a change in his life. He has had two heart attacks and can no longer drive. However, Ed still works out in the gym. Great, Ed! David Pearson will be 90 this year. He is a retired U. S. Air Force Reserve major with a total of 23 years of active and reserve time. He received a doctorate in counseling/ psychology, teaching at two universities in Washington. He now lives on his farm in Ellensburg. Jim Kelly spent a month on the island of Maui to celebrate his 90th birthday in May. He would like to extend "my greetings to my fellow Wildcats on the undefeated-untied 1950 Yankee Conference Football Team!" Whoopee! Jim still plays nine holes of golf at a country club. Neato, Jim! Have no more notes. Please write or call me. May God Bless you all and our military personnel! ◆

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Who remembers that ’52 was among a group of classes that donated money for an engraved brass plate near the flagpole at T Hall? —1952

Ann Merrow Burghardt

411 Wentworth Hill Road Center Sandwich, NH 03227 alces1@myfairpoint.net

Now hear this! Our 65th reunion, which I’ve mentioned, has expanded to include the classes of ’54, ’55 and ’56, those we knew when we were seniors, with consensus that the reunion be June 7 – 9, 2019. This should be lots of fun and bring old friends together. Planning has started with emphasis on event locations with easy, comfortable access. So take your pills, stay strong and plan to bring your effervescent selves to Durham in

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two years! The WWII exploits of Charles Illsley, then a combat infantryman, which included helping liberate concentration camps, were the subject of a full-page story in a May issue of the Grand Lake, CO, Sky-Hi News. In April, Charles was in Zurich, Switzerland, where he participated in a concert event featuring excerpts from a film featuring interviews with him and several survivors of Nazi concentration camps. The horrors of the Holocaust still haunt Charles, “who is both angered by and contemptuous of those who deny its existence.” The hard part: Evelyn Bardis Sutton of Salinas, CA, died May 1. A history major and an Alpha Xi Delta sister, she taught second grade in Carmel, CA, and had lived for the past 43 years in Salinas, moving there when her family bought Clow Seed Co, now Sutton Ag Enterprises. Richard H. Kimball of Canton, NY, died May 17. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in geology and then Air Force duty, he earned a master’s in library science at Simmons College and later a master’s in political science at Auburn. Active in the USAF Reserve, he worked with the Air Force Academy and ROTC Liaison Program, retiring in 1981 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. As a librarian, he held positions at Skidmore College and the State University of New York at Albany and was executive director of the North Country Reference & Research Council in Canton. H. Clifford Lundblad of Framingham, MA, died Dec. 20, 2016. A civil engineering major, he was also a Theta Chi. He worked for Polaroid for most of his professional life. A boat owner, he and wife Molly enjoyed many sailing holidays along the East Coast and the Bahamas. Brunswick, ME, resident David Leland died Dec. 9, 2016. Dave served in the Army until retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1972 and then founded Leland Woodcrafters in Harpswell, ME, with son Bruce. His wife Janet Ball Leland survives him. Robert Christy, a longtime resident of Manchester, NH, died March 5. After Army active duty, Bob graduated from Boston University Law School in 1959; he was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, Circuit Court of Appeals, District Court for NH and NH Supreme Court. One of the founders of the Granite State Hockey League, he was also a former director for Pop Warner Football, former coach and director in the Manchester Regional Youth Hockey Program and, for 21 years, chairman of the Manchester Board of Health. John “Jack” Armstrong, English literature major and ATO brother, died Jan. 18. A resident of Holderness, NH, he ran the family real-estate business, NH Colonials, for many years. An Air Force rescue helicopter pilot after graduation, Jack served in Germany and the U.S., during which time he competed in ski races representing the Air Force and was a member of the first U.S. Olympic Biathlon Team. After 10 years, which included flying cover for presidential flights in and out of Washington, DC, he became an experimental test pilot for Kaman Aircraft and, as a hobby, built and flew a single-seat gyrocopter, which, by his own admission, was one of the craziest things he ever did. New Castle, NH, resident Simeon “Sam” Peter Jarvis died Feb. 5 after a long career in the family restaurant business. He was on the boards of Portsmouth Regional Hospital, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Portsmouth Savings Bank and the Portsmouth Music Hall. ◆

George “Jeep” Munsey loved the reference to his senior year football team in the last issue of the magazine. We thought he’d enjoy seeing his photo (top), and that of his co-captain Joe Regis (bottom), from a September 1953 issue of The New Hampshire, this time around. —1954



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Ruth Nash Clarck

21 Melody Terrace Dover, NH 03820 clark603@yahoo.com

I hope you enjoyed catching up on news of our classmates in the April UNH Magazine! Roger Saunders wrote that he and Addie had a pretty quiet winter, with some nice visits with their kids. The main event was that he now has a new hip! The new technology is amazing, and he was back to his Y workouts in six weeks. No skiing, of course, but good for next winter. A year ago he installed a solar PV array, which is producing all the electricity they use over the course of the year! They were going back to Maine for the summer, looking forward to family visits, some good sailing and attending reunion festivities in June. I received word that Naomi Hussey Grossman died in Bethlehem, PA, in February, following a brief illness. She was a member of Alpha Chi, as well as many other campus organizations, and after graduating from UNH, she worked as an occupational therapist in New York City and later settled in Allentown, where she met her husband Samuel. She earned a master’s in counseling/special education and then dedicated her 50-plus year career to serving children with special needs, founding the Vitalistic Therapeutic Center & Charter School of the Lehigh Valley. It was a joy to have known Naomi! Lib Zeitler Strang has lived all her adult life in Jerico, VT, with her husband Sam. They have three grown children: two sons and a daughter. Libby has raised thoroughbreds all her life and had several head of cattle for many years. Recently, she had a hip replacement but was back in the saddle in eight weeks! Dick Schmigle had a career in engineering—structural testing of military and space products: B-51 Bomber, Apollo Moon Landing Program and the Space Shuttle Program. He retired in 1992 as the test lab manager from Boeing in Tulsa, OK, where he and his wife Lyn currently reside. She is a retired RN, and in May they celebrated 61 years of blissfully happy marriage. They are active with volunteer work at three service organizations and have two sons. One is a computer science man, with a side business working a Young Rembrandts children’s art teaching franchise; the other is a horticulturist with his own business. They have four grandkids, each with their own careers, and are looking forward to having great-grandkids! I recently received word that William K. Dustin died in Meredith, NH, in November. At UNH, Bill was a member of TKE and the Outing Club, among other activities on campus. He served three years in the Air Force, flying for the Military Air Transport Service and later worked for Delta Airlines. He and his wife Anne lived in Hampton, where they raised five children, and later moved to Laconia. George “Jeep” Munsey writes, “I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed your ’54 report in the latest UNH Magazine. Special to me was your reference to five of my teammates on the ’53 football team of which I was co-captain with Joe Regis. Paul Amico was with me visiting my father in a nursing home two days after our last football game and two days before my Dad died at age 42. Joyce and I have five children, 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Joyce died in 2014 of complications from dementia. With the ups and downs, which everyone experiences, life still has

Alumni Profile

King of the Court Bert Myer’s love of croquet has taken him around the world.


game. Through the 1990s, he put his marketing skills to use for the USCA as the creator, editor and principal photographer behind Croquet Annual, a lavishly illustrated coffee-table style magazine that showcased the athletics and art behind croquet, as well as the sport’s social side. He also edited the organization’s bi-monthly newsletter. Last year, he was inducted into the USCA Hall of Fame, a fitting capstone to his long and distinguished career. Myer is modest about his own skills on the court. “I’m a good player, but I’m not one of the best,” he says. But he loves the boundless opportunities the game presents. He’s played on courts around the world, from Arizona all the way to New Zealand, where games go on for so long it’s not uncommon to pause the action and take a lunch break. In the late 1980s, he traveled the country with his croquet partner Dave Hull, and the pair won the New England regional doubles championship three years in a row. Around the same time, Myer built a regulation-sized court at his home in Hampstead—complete with a courtside phone so he could talk to his marketing clients between matches. “Dave used to come up to my house and bring a friend of his, and we’d play all day and into the night—we wouldn’t even stop for cocktails,” he says. Myer and his wife moved from Hampstead to Stratham four years ago, and now he plays on a lilac-lined backyard court in Rye with the members of the Strawbery Banke Croquet Club. He hits the court in his croquet whites most mornings around 9 a.m., eager to set up shots and solve the puzzles each new game presents. “Every game is different,” he says. “I’ve played thousands of games, and none of them are the same.” It’s another way that Myer’s life is like the game he loves—wholly, colorfully unique. ²

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ert Myer ’67 fell in love with croquet in 1958 at an annual Labor Day backyard croquet tournament in Marblehead, Massachusetts. The game looks deceptively simple—use a wooden mallet to whack a ball through a series of metal hoops, better known as wickets. But even though he was 14, Myer saw the endless possibilities inherent in the game. Almost six decades later, croquet still captures his imagination. “What makes this game fascinating and keeps me at it is the strategy,” Myer says. “It’s a difficult game to learn, and to play well.” Croquet games come in many varieties; Myer’s game of choice is American six-wicket croquet, in which players must knock their ball through a series of tall, narrow, cast-iron wickets in a circuitous path around the court. Myer’s own life has followed a similar path. At UNH, he majored in English with a minor in creative writing. That set him up for a distinguished career in marketing, first with Polaroid and later with his own business. But it’s croquet that’s guided the course of his life, ever since that fateful summer day in 1958. “Since my wife, Ann (Ward) Myer ’67 and I discovered this game, it’s been our lives,” he says. The Myers turned to American six-wicket croquet in the early 1980s. Myer had learned about a long-standing yearly match between Harvard and Yale. He and Ann drove to Cambridge to check it out and were surprised to see the contest—more formal and more complex than a typical backyard game—get coverage on three Boston TV stations. “It was a whole new dimension to the game. I said, ‘We’ve got to get into this,’” he recalls. He did, wholeheartedly. Myer joined the U.S. Croquet Association (USCA) in 1982 and became deeply involved in the organization, serving on committees, hosting demonstrations and serving as an unofficial ambassador for the


been good. I am lucky and thankful that I can keep enjoying it.” In the last issue, I mentioned news of Don Kelliher’s wife Joan, which was incorrect. Recently a letter from her stated that Don had a stroke four years ago and has had complications caused by Alzheimer’s. She cared for him at home for three years, but he is now in assisted living and “wheelchair-bound.” His daily health is pretty good. She reads him many of the class notes and says his memory includes many happy years at UNH and the reunions they attended. I appreciate the fact that Joan wrote so I could correct the record and am glad that she is well. Earl C. Boudette, a resident of Charlestown, NH, passed away in January. After graduation from UNH, he served with the Army in Germany. He entered the teaching profession and attended graduate school in Innsbruck, Austria, later teaching in Vermont, receiving a Fulbright Scholarship in 1962 and retiring in 1993. Betty Duffett Horton and her husband Ed have two granddaughters, Adrian and Elena, who ran in the Boston Marathon for the successful Team Joslin to raise funds for the Joslin Diabetes Center—a great project! They finished together in just under four hours as their family proudly watched at the finish line! Gail Shawcross Colella died in December 2016 in Chelmsford, MA. After graduation, she taught home economics in the Peabody Public Schools. She was married to Bill Colella, and they had recently celebrated 59 years of marriage. While at UNH, Gail was a member of Alpha Chi Omega, Outing Club and other campus organizations. Marilyn Needham Darling writes that life is busy with exercise classes, volunteering in the local food pantry and serving as a church deacon, and as of her note, she was soon to leave for the UK to visit her middle daughter, Alison Darling Pierce ’83. Dan Ford has edited “The Greater America: An Epic Journey Through A Vibrant New Country,” which was published in April. Dan married Sally Paine and, as a dutiful husband, read dozens of books by her grandfather, Ralph D. Paine of Durham, NH. This was his favorite, consisting of articles he wrote on a 15,000-mile trek through the American West in 1905-06 that included the North Dakota prairie, Los Angeles and the gold mines of Nevada. Digital and print editions are available via Amazon, online bookstores and at www.danfordbooks. com. Virginia Voigt died in February. At UNH she majored in social studies and was a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, a national honorary sociological fraternity for the promotion of human welfare. She married after graduation and eventually moved to and Portland, OR. She had three daughters, was active in her community and worked as an administrative assistant to the Portland Boys & Girls’ Aid Society. Arthur Petrou died in Haverhill, MA, in January. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering at UNH and a master’s from Northeastern and was a professor of engineering at UMASS Lowell for 30 years. During WWII he served in the Merchant Marines and Army Air Corps in the South Pacific. Capt. Bruce Robertson-Dick writes that he remembered football jocks Jim Keogh, Paul Amico and Bill Colella from four years of playing lacrosse at UNH. He says he is in robust health, thanks in part to those past sports days and current gym efforts, which allow him to “wax fondly of the Class of ’54!” Bruce

The 1954 Granite included a tribute to the UNH Outing Club, the oldest and largest student organization on campus. With activities that kick off during orientation, continue through Winter Carnival and encompass camping, rock climbing, square dancing, swimming trips and more, the Granite notes, “To its many members, Outing Club is not merely another club, it is a way of living and working with others in the spirit of good fellowship.” —1954



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Barmby wrote that for a few years after graduation he worked in horticulture in New Hampshire, then did a short stint at NH Fish & Game. He was called to the University of Florida to become its new greenhouse specialist at first growing the “old-fashioned way.” He later helped develop an industry that shipped plants worldwide. He has been retired for the past 26 years and visits Durham every April, remembering Prof. “Skogie” Skoglund, an AGR mentor and neighbor who kept the brothers on their toes, and his wife Clara, who made curtains for the AGR living room and supplied the brothers with home-baked pies and cookies! William E. “Nick” Houston passed away in February in Boscawen, NH. At UNH, he was a member of AGR and earned a master’s degree, then joined the Air Force and became a pilot trained in air-sea rescue. Following that, he moved to Honduras, where he flew helicopters for the Chiquita Banana Company and later taught at a high school in British Columbia. His last career move was to teach math, science, aviation and building construction at Concord High School until his retirement. A varied career! Kathryn Kennett Rider died in September 2016 in Wernersville, PA. At UNH, she was involved in interhouse athletics, the Memorial Union Campaign and numerous other activities. NOTICE from Class President Harriet Forkey: We are planning a joint reunion for the classes of ’53, ’54, ’55 and ’56. Save the date of June 7–9, 2019! Please send me your up-to-date information so we can contact all of you! ◆

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Marge and Bill Johnston

May – Nov.: 40502 Lenox Park Dr. Novi, MI 48377 Dec. – Apr.: 4940 Westchester Court #3703, Naples, Florida 34105 (248) 229-3226; margej34@gmail.com

Hi there, Class of 1955! In February, our Southwest Florida UNH alumni group gathered in Venice, FL. Our class was represented by Lorna Kimball, Chan Sanborn and wife Ann, Marge and Bill Johnston, Harry Beaudin and wife Carmen ’57, Lynn Grimshaw and her husband and John Everson and his wife. The group had the opportunity to see a spring training exhibition game with the Red Sox playing St. Louis and winning quite convincingly at Jet Blue Park. A group of us met for brunch in April. While we were together, we decided to call Art Valecenti to give him an injection of Florida sunshine, which he greatly appreciated. Chan shares a letter from Laura Martin at the Dimond Library. She wrote that some of our 1955 Class Endowment Funds are being used to update Room 421 with an LCD projector, instructor interface and wearable microphones. The library and students are very appreciative of our contributions. After many years as class treasurer, Dick “Shep” Shepardson has stepped down. Thanks so much, Shep, for all your time and dedication. Future responsibility for existing treasury matters will be assumed by Bill and Chan. Due to the number and length of the obituaries, we have summarized them and would be happy to email you the full write-ups: Maj. William “Bill” Markey died Nov. 24, 2016, in Newmarket, NH. Norman Dumont died Jan. 4 in Berlin, NH. Ann Meader Cooper died Jan. 21 in Grosse Pointe,

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MI. Don Mann Sr. died Jan. 31 in Concord, NH. Milton C. Parsons died Feb. 18 in Portland, ME. Robert C. Reis died March 25 in Albuquerque, NM. Neil Sherman passed away on Dec. 6, 2016, at the age 89. His son Kurt writes to the alumni office that following Navy service, ”Dad and his wife Phyllis raised a family whilst matriculated at UNH. He worked many jobs as a student to make ends meet. His fourth child was born on the day of his graduation in 1955 ... To the end of his life, dad proudly kept a UNH lamp on his bed nightstand as well as a UNH baseball cap that hung for many years in his workshop. He was a good ‘field rep’ for UNH anytime the topic of universities arose.” UNH home football games are Aug. 31, Sept. 23 and 30, Oct. 21 and Nov. 11. The Wildcats play Holy Cross in an away game on Sept. 16. Tom Tracy and wife Marilyn ’58 and Norris Browne are planning an alumni weekend for ’55ers Sept. 22 and 23 when UNH will be playing URI. Last but not least, plans are in process for a possible reunion of the classes of '53-'56. Please save the date for June 7-9, 2019, with more details later. We close with an excerpt from columnist Eugenia Brett: “Remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away!” We would love see to you at the next fun-filled reunion! ◆

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Joan Holroyd

5 Timber Lane, Unit 213 Exeter, NH 03833 joanholroyd@gmail.com

Spring has sprung at last, and somehow the blooms and blossoms seem more spectacular this year! Sorry, I don’t have much news; the best solution for that is to report in! Know you’ll all be pleased that a joint gathering of three classes will take place June 7–9, 2019. Our own Anne Seidler Russell is active in planning this event with members of the other classes. Anne has recovered well—and quickly—from double knee surgery, faithfully following a prescribed exercise routine. Now, on with the unpleasant task of reporting the obituaries. About a year ago, we lost classmate Robert Butler. He went on to law school in DC after UNH. Following service in the Navy, he began working for the Social Security Administration. He and his wife Lucille moved from Maryland to retire in Prescott, AZ. David Thompson of Scarborough, ME, died in August 2016, and is survived by his wife Cynthia, children and grandchildren. He and his brother Bob operated Thompson’s Market in Hudson, NH, until the late ’70s, when he founded Liberty Millwork. Reported from Holyoke, MA, was an obituary for John T. England, who passed away in December 2016. John grew up in Hanover, NH. He was the middle son of a Dartmouth professor. John had several careers, received a master’s from Smith College in 1980 and was a psychoanalyst for 30 years in Vermont. He is survived by his wife Patricia, children and grandchildren. Pamela Wright Pimental of Billerica, MA, died Jan. 24. She retired as an underwriter for Utica Insurance Company. Pamela is survived by her husband Robert and daughters. Henry Malay of Bow, NH, passed away Jan. 28. He was born and raised in Nashua. Prior to UNH, he served in the Navy as a laboratory technician. After graduation, he was

employed by the VA Medical Center in Manchester for 34 years, eventually as director of laboratory services. Henry coached all sports for the Bow Athletic League and Concord sports programs. Surviving are four children and 13 grandchildren. On Feb. 8 we lost Norma Jean Baker Walsh, who was a cancer researcher at MIT and Children’s Hospital, Boston. Originally from Governor’s Island in Laconia, NH, her parents were owners of the Mt. Washington Steamship. After UNH, she attended the Mary Hitchcock School of Technology and was selected into Phi Beta Kappa. Norma Jean served on the board of numerous civic and charitable organizations. Lastly, Claire Nickerson Hall passed away March 15 at the same place she began her life, Martha’s Vineyard. Survivors include her three children. The Halls spent their working years in Wayne, PA, but Claire returned every summer to her beloved island, eventually retiring there, where she happily explored every island shore with her grandchildren, searching for birds, berries, wildflowers and shells. Claire published several books and articles on island history. Here’s to a glorious summer, ’mates! Please provide news for our next issue! ◆

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Three generations of UNH grads: F. Roger “Rog” Bies ’56 and his wife Shirley flank son Frank “Buzz” Bies ’80 and granddaughter Heather Bies ’17 at the wildcat statue near Memorial Field. The foursome snapped the photo following Heather’s May 20 graduation from the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.

Nancy Glowacki

117 Woodbridge Drive Hendersonville, NC 28739 (828) 606-5201 jonaglowacki@morrisbb.net


Thanks to retired Mary Lou “Parky” Parkhurst Lavallee for her outstanding class secretary service! The job has been passed on to me, and I am honored to accept. You classmates are the actual “writers,” and I am the conduit—so send or call in your news anytime. The three publication deadlines to receive material are early fall, winter and spring. The June reunion: About 46 ’57 grads and guests attended and enjoyed the fun of taking part in various activities all over campus thanks to the efforts of alumni office staff Emily George and Corena Dungey and team! A questionnaire was sent to all to seek feedback on the reunion as well as their reaction to some new ideas for our column to enhance our connection with the university. So far, we seem agreed that just seeing and talking with each other was THE pleasure! I also truly enjoyed our class march to lunch led by class president Fritz Armstrong, an inspiring speech by UNH President Mark Huddleston as well as a tour of the new Victory Club and Wildcat Stadium facility, which is a creative blend of beautifully appointed updated electronic and video capacity as well as meeting rooms, kitchen, open patios and excellent view seating. Provocative speakers and other “what’s new” tours were offered, and fortunately, the weather held! I especially enjoyed facilitating the “Remembering, Reflecting, and Affirming the Now” event for about 16

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of us. We reviewed the names of those persons from our past who had died and then focused on us to live this moment to the fullest extent possible in continued awe and gratitude! “I could have talked together all afternoon,” said one classmate. Our brochure of names and special text was a keeper! From the Alumni Office: Stephen H. Jesseman of New London, NH, died on Dec. 10, 2016. After earning his degree in civil engineering, he worked for the NHDOT and Sprague Energy and started Jesseman Associates. He also worked for Colby-Sawyer College for 30 years. Robert W. Goodrich of Randolph, VT, passed away on March 25. At UNH, he was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and earned a degree in chemical engineering. He liked to say he “minored in folk dancing.” It was while folk dancing that he met his future wife, Patricia Cain Goodrich ’58. His career included serving in the Army teaching computer literacy to NATO officers, teaching electrical engineering in Durham and working as a planning engineer for Northeast Utilities. Engage the UNH Website at www.unh.edu often to check the calendar and activities. Send in your news when it happens! Send ideas for this column, for the website, for how UNH can serve you. I look forward to hearing from you! Make it a wonderful summer. “Open your heart to feel the power of NOW and celebrate it; it’s all we’ll ever need”. ◆



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Peggy Ann Shea

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

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Harry Patten of our class has donated $50,000 to the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center to start two new programs promoting entrepreneurship: the Paid Student Internship at Start-Ups and i2 Passport programs. Harry is the owner, chairman and founder of National Land Partners, NLP Finance and NLP Homes. This gift will allow the inclusion of experiential learning for students’ understanding of ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship. For more information about these programs visit www.unh.edu/ecenter. I have received word of the passing of several of our classmates. Janet O’Connell Aston of Windham, CT, passed away on Dec. 31, 2016. Janet had a degree in romance languages. Roland E. Bonnette of Wenham, MA, passed away May 17, 2016. An electrical engineer, he founded his own company, Tek-Control, which he ran for 25 years. An avid runner, he competed three times in the Mount Washington Road Race. The Rev. Samuel B. Hamblett III of Derry, NH, passed on Feb. 11, He was ordained into the Christian ministry within the American Baptist Churches in February 1962 and was pastor at several churches in New Hampshire and New York. He continued to preach to the age of 80. After graduation from UNH, Kenneth E. Merchant, who passed away on Feb. 15, received a Master of Science degree in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and spent his

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entire career employed by Hamilton Standard Company. Dorothea Lewis Ruggles of Littleton, NH, who passed away Nov. 12, 2016, taught at the Bethlehem High School for several years before leaving to raise her family of four children. Lewis Franklin Travis of Port St. Lucie, FL, passed away Jan. 21. Lewis was an electrical engineer, earning a master’s degree at Northeastern University after graduation. He worked his entire career for Bell Labs and was a passionate outdoorsman. Finally, my husband and I participated in two NASA workshops on radiation effects on airline crews and passengers held in Colorado in November 2016 and Arizona in May 2017. The objective of these workshops was to summarize what is currently known about radiation at airline altitudes and what additional research would improve this knowledge. An international workshop, we learned that different countries have different regulations regarding radiation safety for aircrews. The results of these meetings are planned for publication in the future. ◆

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Diane Woods

Riverwoods, 7 Riverwoods Drive #D207, Exeter, NH 03833 dianewoods21@comcast.net

Jack Sanders was honored by the New Hampshire Bar Foundation with “Recognition of a lifetime of dedication to the pursuit of justice and fairness in the courts, particularly through the service in the judicial screening and discipline processes; he is a lawyer who truly exemplifies the dictum ’The law: it has honored us; may we honor it.’” Jack has been a lawyer for 55 years and is of counsel to Pierce Atwood, one of the largest law firms in New England. The alumni office has received notice of the passing of several classmates. David Richard Decker of Laconia, NH, died on Jan. 11. Following UNH, he attended Boston College School of Law and practiced law in Laconia until 1990, He later worked as a paralegal in Plymouth and was also active in local politics. Some of his proudest accomplishments included helping a neighbor become a U.S. citizen and guiding more than a dozen Boy Scouts to become Eagle Scouts. Michael Angelo Pizzuti of Potomac, MD, passed away on Feb. 8, at his home, surrounded by family. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics after serving in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was respected internationally for his knowledge of satellite communications. Billy Barnett Fowler of Bowie, MD, passed away surrounded by family on Jan. 9. At the age of 18 he entered the Air Force, serving during the Korean War. Following his service, he graduated from UNH with a degree in geology. He received his master’s degree at the Naval War College and worked for the Defense Mapping Agency. Benjamin Hopkins of Tiverton, RI, and North Palm Beach, FL, passed away on May 17, 2016. He was a classically trained pianist at the New England Conservatory and loved opera and creating gourmet cuisine with family and friends. He retired as head librarian from Mass College of Art in 1987. Our condolences go out to the families and friends of these classmates. ◆

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Estelle “Stella” Belanger Landry

315 Chickory Trail Mullica Hill, NJ 08062 stella.landry@alumni.unh.edu

Congratulations are in order for Henry “Butch” Roy who has been named 2017 Citizen of the Year for the town of Hooksett, NH. He has served on numerous community and services organizations and made financial contributions to local and regional organizations. He continues to work part time in the firm of Roy and Bentas CPA. Henry said that in March he and Ted Sobozenski, along with Rod Blackburn ’62, met for lunch at Robie’s Country Store, one of NH’s sites for visiting political candidates. In early April, my husband and I, along with our daughter Martha and husband Patrick Duffey, both from the Class of 1993, attended UNH’s 150th anniversary celebration at the Merion Cricket Club outside of Philadelphia, PA. Photos of the event can be seen on the UNH Alumni Facebook page. On April 1, while still at his second home near Gainesville, FL, Peter Hollister had the opportunity to attend a meet with UNH gymnastics competing against six teams. He said that, in spite of some tough competition, UNH performed very well. He added that he was the only one among nearly 6,000 in attendance wearing his UNH Wildcat shirt. He also writes, “Three generations of Hollisters have now graduated from UNH. I began the chain in ’60; my son Jeffrey ’81 and daughter Karen Hollister Dyer ’85 are generation two, and Jeff’s daughter Stephanie ’17 commenced in May. I am one proud Dad/Granddad!” John Hussey, along with his wife and daughter, has purchased a home in Southampton, Long Island, after having lived in Huntingdon Valley, PA, for 38 years. He now hopes to locate other UNH alumni in the area. On a phone call with Sam Paul, he mentioned how he and Sally are so proud of their oldest grandson Nicholas Paul, who will be a member of UNH’s freshman class in the fall. He also said that while in Florida in April, they celebrated the 55th wedding anniversary of Doug Blampied and wife Nancy ’61, and they along with other UNHers tailgated at a Red Sox spring training baseball game. Class condolences are sent to the families of the following classmates. Mahlon “Mick” Lary, Portland, ME, passed away Dec. 6, 2016. Richard I. “Dick” Hammond, Jr., Clinton, MA, died on Dec. 28, 2016. Anne Learnard Reynolds, New Castle, NH, died on Jan. 24. David R. Perrault, Nashua, NH, passed away on Jan. 26. Anne Miller Twaddle, wife of James “Tink” Twaddle, of North Sandwich, NH, died on March 6. ◆

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The Hollister family also celebrated its third generation of Wildcat grads on May 20. Peter Hollister ’60, Karen Hollister Dyer ’85 and Jeffrey Hollister ’81 were on hand for the graduation of Jeff’s daughter Stephanie Hollister ’17. Though they didn’t make the photo, the Hollisters’ UNH family also includes Stephanie’s grandmother Linda Hollister ’59 and mother Melissa Sim Hollister ’84, who is Jeff’s wife. —1960

Pat Gagne Coolidge

P.O. Box 736 Rollinsford, NH 03869 pat.coolidge@alumni.unh.edu

Bill Tighe, John Kjellman and I attended the reunion luncheon June 3 held in the new Hamel Center next to the new pool. It was all quite impressive and much fun. Ron Garant writes, “My wife Jeanne and I are still in Arlington, VA, even though we had no intention of staying when we got here in 1961. Jeanne attended UNH but got her degree from George Mason University. I am retired and playing golf, but she is still very busy

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as a member of a DC art gallery and works out of her studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center as well as a substantial portion of our house that is her studio. I tell people that I work four days a year inasmuch as I am on the board of a small foreign-owned company, but other than that, it is all pleasure, travel and lots of golf. Our two sons, Craig and Jay, are married and live in the area.” Walt Wilson writes, “We have moved to Texas for the time being to be with our daughter who lost her husband to brain cancer. We enjoyed our years in the mountains of Colorado, but at our age, winter shoveling was getting to be a real chore. Because we will be here for an extended period, we had to register our car in Texas. As you can see, I wanted all Texans to learn about UNH. And I have had lots of people ask, ’What’s UNH stand for?’ It’s an honor to tell them about our great university.” ◆

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Judy Dawkins Kennedy

34 Timber Ridge Rd. Alton Bay, NH 03810 jak@alumni.unh.edu

Our 55th reunion was great fun with great friends. Friday: Carol Wetherbee Bense set up a super class memorabilia display, including a digital frame from Carol Flood Richardson of pictures of our graduation and class campus events from 1958 to current. Bill Doran also added photographs. John Anglin and Brandt Rostohar with wife Marlene were the early registrants with Judy Dawkins Kennedy and husband Nelson ’63, Ken McKinnon, Jean Anne Twombley and husband Jim ’63, Win Dodge, Bill Doran and Carol W Bense. Several of us had lunch at Holloway Commons near George Chalmers and wife Rosalie. Kathy Ball Ross and Lorinda Murray Mitchell joined us at the lobster bake. Saturday: Bill Doran led the class in the parade to lunch at the Hamel Recreation Center just in front of the beautiful new outdoor pool. Steve Taylor, Dick and Joy Anderson Chartrain, Charlene Winterer Billings, Ginny Theo-Steelman and husband Dave ’67, ’70G joined the rest of us at lunch. Our class picnic supper at the new Wildcat Stadium Victory Club was fun socializing with everyone. UNH President Mark Huddleston visited with us, and John Anglin, Carol Flood Richardson and President Huddleston found they live within two miles of each other in St. Augustine, FL. Sadly, the alumni office reports that Lawrence E. Berry passed away on Sept. 15, 2016. He was a member of ATO while at UNH. His daughter writes, “He regarded the school fondly and enjoyed reunions with his classmates.” ◆

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Alice Miller Batchelor

110 Dillingham Ave., #301 Falmouth, MA 02540; (508) 548-2221 a.m.batchelor@alumni.unh.edu

55 T H R E U N ION

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The good news: Our Falmouth house sold immediately—and at its asking price! The bad news: My husband Dick had a heart attack in March. However, he is doing “okay” now. We love our new senior condo home, which is only a mile from where we lived before. Our move was tedious, downsizing from 50-plus years in two homes, but moving in—sorting, stashing—is



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taking much longer. I can’t find anything, like my UNH printouts and directories. I’m sure many of you have been through this. There is talk of a 55th reunion in 2018; watch for further information. David Wheeler of Amissville, VA, wrote me that his wife Betty Jean “B.J.” Littlejohn, who was our classmate for three years, passed away on Dec. 3, 2016. She was a very special college friend to many of us, especially those in Outing Club or residing in Smith Hall. In May, I had the pleasure of an “old-times-sake” hug and chat with Cedric Stanley “Stan” Flower, who was in Falmouth for a conference of people doing housing authority work. He no longer does puppets, but he provided the email address benpup@charter.net. The alumni office forwarded to me a lovely write-up about the retirement last spring of Deborah Watson. Her career spanned half a century—and many, many changes—at UNH’s Dimond Library. Also via the alumni office, I’ve learned that our class lost Midge J. Burnham on Dec. 9, 2016, Thomas L. Haggerty on Jan. 20 and William Allan on Feb. 9. ◆

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Polly Ashton Daniels

3190 N. State Route 89A Sedona, AZ 86336 polly.daniels@alumni.unh.edu

The alumni magazine from your high school or college arrives, and … there’s no news of your classmates! I hate that! Well, this column will look as though I’ve news, but the reality is, I am just winging it. My appreciation, however, to the one or two who forced pen to paper! Fred and Carolyn Douglas Klein write of their delight in witnessing their oldest grandson’s graduation from UNH. Granddaughter Alison will begin her junior year there in the fall. Both Carolyn and Fred are retired, living in North Falmouth, MA, and through this communication send out warmest regards to their “old” classmates from ’63 and ’64. Good friend Michael Godzyk suffered a snowmobile accident this last winter in an attempt to scale a culvert … much like Evil Knievel perhaps? He is recovering slowly but nicely and will be all ready to enjoy outdoor adventure next winter. News of his accident almost made my heart stop! We have lost classmates Helen Woodman Harrington, Marylen Grigas, Edith Kilbury, Robert Hadley, Edward Blake, David Whitcher and David C. Church. I do not think of them as lost; they aren’t. They are simply in another place at this time. Our heartfelt condolences to their loved ones, made sad by their departure. Were I still in the UNH Alumni Office creating homecomings, special events and, yes, reunions, I would most assuredly be working on ours, yet two years away. No, no dates to tap into your smartphone’s calendar just yet, but you might think about what you’d like to see happen that weekend in June. Our president, Carrie Friedman, would welcome any and all thoughts! And that’s all the news! My philosophy professor once scribbled onto the back page of my blue book, “Well-written breeze.” (I thought that was GOOD … until I realized it wasn’t!) Send me some good stuff! ◆

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Jacqueline Flynn Thompson

PO Box 302, 197 Cross Hill Road Wilmot, NH 03287 thompson2004@tds.net

Kate Spindell Hays is a psychology practitioner in Toronto where she is art co-editor of American Psychologist, the flagship journal for the American Psychological Association. After reconnecting with Sam Cady, her co-director of Freshman Camp, at our 50th reunion, Kate recently interviewed Sam, an artist now living in Friendship, ME. She wrote an essay about Sam and his art that appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of American Psychologist. Susan Harding Colby of Locust Grove, VA, died peacefully in her home in February after a courageous batter with cancer. Sue graduated with honors as a government major and worked for the Department of Welfare in Dover, NH, as a social worker. She met her beloved George ’67 at UNH and married in 1966. She received her master’s degree from George Washington University, was recognized as the Beatrice Cornish Award recipient for excellence in special education and spent 10 years advocating for families with special needs children. Edward Cole of Topsfield, MA, also died in February. Edward had been a manufacturing sales rep for many years until 1984, when he opened his own company, Lightning Bolt and Fastener. Paul Couture of Dover, NH, passed away in January. At UNH, he studied mathematics, computer science and information technology. Prior to his career in federal service, he worked for 21 years as a certified security professional. He retired in 2004 and took great pride in renovating his home, one room at a time. Donna Burns Phillips died in November 2016 in Fort Myers, FL. Arthur Hamel of Methuen, MA, who died in January, received a master’s degree, becoming a chemistry teacher, basketball coach, Boy Scout leader and skilled woodworker. We send our sincere sympathy to the families of these deceased classmates. Please send news about your retirement and current activities. ◆

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Diane Deering

921 Deerwander Rd. Hollis Center, ME 04042 dndeering@yahoo.com

What a wonderful 50th reunion! A big thank you to our classmate volunteers, officers and the UNH staff—Corena, Emily and Katie—who met and worked together for two years planning the big weekend. Many of us enjoyed the climb up to the T Hall tower, the tours of the new football stadium, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and Dimond Library. The reunion-wide lobster bake under the huge tent in front of Smith Hall brought our first day to a festive and delicious close. On Saturday morning, we remembered our lost classmates at a beautiful memorial service in Murkland Hall. The Reverend Marilyn Needham Ayer greeted us; a cellist accompanied us as we sang the Beatles songs of our generation; and Andy Merton recited several of his poignant poems. The names of each departed classmate was then read as a bell sounded. We then gathered at T Hall for our 1967 class march, complete with brass band, to the Whitt, where we enjoyed special attention as we took our seats in

“As you can see, I wanted all Texans to learn about UNH. And I have had lots of people ask, ‘What’s UNH stand for?’ It’s an honor to tell them about our great university.” —1961 the new addition, the Hamel Recreation Center, for our special luncheon. We are pleased to announce that we successfully endowed our internship scholarship fund—$59,000—and we presented UNH President Mark Huddleston with a check for $17 million! Yes, that’s right! Congratulations, and thank you to all who contributed! A wine-tasting at Paul College preceded our class dinner Saturday night. We reminisced with classmates at our banquet at Stillings Hall, a new facility during our freshman year. Shaw Brothers songs played, and our classmate Peter Paul surprised us with complimentary wine from his California winery. Sunday we said our goodbyes at a continental breakfast in Jessie Doe, where most of us had spent our freshman year in this new totally frosh dorm! Memories flowed as we recounted our tales and recollections from past residents on floors one, two, three and four! Several even met future husbands in the JD lounge! Ping-pong anyone? From the alumni office, William “Bill” Shubelka writes that he would love to hear from classmates! He was a political science major and lived in both Hunter and Engelhardt Halls in the Quad. He now lives in Florida with his dog and cats. He writes, “I miss New Hampshire and the changing seasons!” Bill would love to hear from UNH friends and classmates via mail at 4751 Lake Shore Drive, Saint Cloud, FL 34772. Class of 1967, we know that many of you were unable to attend reunion because of family graduations, weddings, previous travel plans and distance. We hope to see you at a future sporting, theater or academic event on campus in the years to come. And, of course, save 2022 for our 55th! ◆

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Angela M. Piper

509 Weston Place DeBary, FL 32713 angelapiper28@gmail.com

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It’s hard to believe, but we are nearing our 50th class reunion in June! We hope to see many of you on our beautiful UNH campus. A note from Lee LePage: Upon graduation, he received his ROTC commission and was discharged with the rank of captain in June 1972. He then entered the graduate civil engineering program at

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UNH and completed his masters in March 1974. Following graduation, he accepted an environmental engineering position with Stone & Webster Engineering in Boston. He resided in Exeter, NH, and retired in 2013. He now splits his time between residences in Bridgton, ME, and Gorham, NH, spending his winters skiing at Wildcat, Cannon and Cranmore mountains. “Summers I spend playing with my vintage car and motorcycle collection and hiking,” he writes. Lee completed the 48 NH 4,000-footers this past summer, and this year he is planning hikes in Vermont and Maine and a cross-country trip in his motor coach. Foster’s Daily Democrat recently featured an article about Martha Barden and her dog Grover, who visits the Madbury Public Library to listen to children read. Martha is an evaluator and board member of Elder Pets, a service organization based out of UNH’s Thompson School. Sue Anne Bottomley was the inaugural speaker in a newly established author series called "Books & Bones” in Rochester, NH. She is the author of "Colorful Journey: An Artist’s Adventure Drawing Every Town in New Hampshire" and "Pep Talks for the Would-Be, Should-Be Artist." Sadly, the alumni office was notified of the passing of classmates Grover Morrill in October 2015 and Virginia Kenney in December 2016. Remember to mark your calendar for our 50th class reunion next year! Updates can be found on the website http://unhconnect. unh.edu/, where you can also volunteer to help plan our special reunion! Stay active and enjoy life. ◆

In 1970, mechanical engineering student Parker Wood ’71 and zoology doctoral candidate Anne Packer put “a whole year and everything [they] own[ed],” into building an experimental electric car— technically, a ”propane-fired internal combustion series electric car.” Though the car was unfinished, lacking even a windshield, they entered the Intercollegiate Clean Air Car Race from Massachusetts to California, towing the low-pollution vehicle to the outskirts of each destination stop along the route and driving it into the city checkpoints. Their efforts led to a 1971 engineering class to build a second-generation car—a predecessor, presumably, of today’s Formula SAE team. —1971



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Debbi Martin Fuller

276 River St. Langdon, NH 03602 debbifuller3@gmail.com

Dear 1971 Classmates: Ok, so I know we are all busy, busy, but you really need to take a minute or two to let me know what you are all up to! It’s very sad to mostly have sad news to report! I want to hear what you are involved in now, if you’ve had some mini-reunions with your UNH friends or been to some special places. Michael York is our state librarian. There was an article in the New Hampshire Union Leader about the state library, which was started 300 years ago with two books! Michael was a history major at UNH and has been a librarian since he was 26. He had worked at several colleges—including UNH —before he became deputy state librarian in 1999, and shortly thereafter, he was promoted to state librarian. Visit Michael at the library or online at Facebook.com/nhstatelibrary or twitter.com/nhsl. Ned Helms has been elected to the NH Endowment for Health. Ned is the former director of the NH Institute for Health Policy and Practice at UNH. He was previously a legislative assistant for health policy with the U.S. Senate, commissioner of the NH Department of Health and Human Services and chief administrative officer of BCBS of NH and is the founder

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of Helms and Company. Alfred “Ted” Poliquin died on March 7. After graduation, Ted worked for 32 years at Collins and Aikman Corporation, where he attained many patents in coatings technology. He also worked for Powerspan and the IRS before retiring in 2011. He studied classical piano and played organ and keys in bands with his brothers and friends. He was an avid fisherman and loved fishing up in Pittsburg, NH, with his sons. Ted wanted donations to be made in his name to the NHSPCA. Stephanie L. Gill died in January after a long and courageous battle with cystic fibrosis. She was married to John Gill and was president of the Assabet Valley Camera Club. She worked for Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard, MA, for 23 years and was office manager for Literacy Unlimited and a volunteer for the Hudson Food Pantry. Stephanie, who lived decades longer than most victims of this terrible genetic disease, wanted donations to be made in her name to the Hudson Food Pantry. Janet "Ginny" Pinsince Christie died in February. Originally from Dover, NH, she had a long career in social work in Massachusetts and Florida. She retired to Maine in 2000 and devoted her time to her passion: collecting rare books—especially early editions of Nancy Drew. She was also a member of Delta Zeta sorority—and one of my sisters there— and of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Augusta, ME. She also loved her ragdoll cat, Teddy. Donations in her name may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Anna Kristine Johnson died of cancer on March 19. After UNH, she completed her graduate degree in business administration at Russell Sage College in 1998. Her career was dedicated to raising money for education and research. She retired in 2015 as the director of planned giving and constituent relations at the University of Chicago’s Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. She also worked in development at Russell Sage and served on the parents’ committees at both Phillips Exeter and Princeton. Kristine was a gifted artist and an avid traveler. Her art was focused on Western landscapes, the Sioux, rodeos and Yellowstone wildlife. Donations may be sent to YMCA Camp Huckins. ◆

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Paul R. Bergeron


UNH men’s hockey coach Dick Umile has announced his retirement following the conclusion of the 2017– 2018 season. Dick has served as the Wildcats’ head coach for 27 seasons and is ranked ninth all time and fourth among active Division I head coaches in victories (586). His .611 winning percentage ranks 11th among active D-I coaches. During his tenure, the Wildcats have reached the NCAA tournament 18 times and appeared in the NCAA Final Four on four occasions, including national championship game appearances in 1999 and 2003. Kathryn Gokas Casey, who lives in Manchester, NH, shared that she retired in September of 2014, ending a 40-year career as a social worker. She worked for several organizations, including Head Start, Community Action, the state of NH and, for the last 25 years, the Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester

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Victory Lap Former Wildcat runner Katie Meinelt’s 11th Boston Marathon wasn’t her fastest— but it was her biggest win BY KRISTIN WATERFIELD DUISBERG

Prior to skipping the 2015 race because of her pregnancy, Meinelt had run 10 straight Boston Marathons, including a personal best of 3:29 in 2007. In 2014, she’d run as part of a charity team to benefit Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute—the very hospital she turned to less than two years later for her own cancer treatment. Even before she completed the 10-month marathon that was her course of chemo, surgery and radiation, she knew she would run Boston again, this time raising money for Dana-Farber on a level that was much more personal. And on April 17, when she crossed the Boylston Street finish line for the 121st Boston Marathon in a time of 4:24.24, she did it with members of “Team Katie” at her side: fellow Wildcat running alumnae Lauryn Hancock Blakesley ’03, Amy DeCamp Gosztyla ’01 and Taryn Kenney Sleger ’02, as well as childhood friend Lisa Corazzini. Following her surgery last June, Meinelt’s pathology report confirmed that she had had the best possible response to treatment, and today she is cancer-free. “It was the best news we could have asked for, according to my oncologist,” Meinelt says. “She told me that they can never guarantee a person that the cancer will not come back, but that based on my results there was a vast likelihood I would be cancer-free for the rest of my life.” Lifelong friend Corazzini affectionately refers to Meinelt as a “cancer overachiever,” taking on every aspect of her experience with focus and determination. “The night before the marathon, my cousin put it to me this way,” Meinelt says. “I’ve already won the race, and this is my victory lap.” ²

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er junior year at UNH, runner Katie Litwinowich Meinelt ’03, ’04G won the women’s 800 meter individual title at the America East Indoor Championships—a year to the day after she had surgery to repair a torn meniscus. The victory was sweet payoff at the end of a long, grueling year of rehab, and just one of the highlights of a standout track and cross country career that included some 13 school records, including a 4x800 meter relay school mark that stood until this spring. Tapping as it did into Meinelt’s abundant reserves of focus, grit and determination, it also proved to be uncommon preparation for a challenge she would face years later, when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of stage III breast cancer shortly after giving birth to her son. Meinelt’s diagnosis came in December 2015. The Bostonbased lawyer had recently turned 34 and her son, Wesley, was just three months old. “It was a shock,” she says. “I’d stayed so healthy and active, and I had just had a baby.” Shocked or not, Meinelt dug in and brought the mental and physical toughness that had propelled her through knee rehab, her post-injury UNH career and some 12 marathons to her cancer treatment plan: five months of chemotherapy followed by surgery and then five weeks of radiation. She tolerated the chemotherapy well and maintained a rigorous running schedule, even on infusion days. She also did yoga and acupuncture and ate a healthy diet. “I learned very quickly there were so many things out of my control,” she says. “But there were certain things still in my control, and one was exercise. When my doctor told me that I could keep running and that it could save my life, I took that seriously.” If Meinelt’s age and fitness were among her secret weapons, so, too, was her support system: Her husband Stephen Meinelt (a Wildcat runner who transferred to Georgetown), her parents and in-laws, who helped take care of her and baby Wes following every chemo infusion day, and a tightknit group of family members, friends and former Wildcat teammates who cheered her through every milestone.


and Southern NH. She enjoys spending time with her son Zachary and two grandsons Luke and Shaun. She is embracing her “golden years” and recently went on her first cruise to Mexico! She would love to hear from classmates and especially any of those women from Smith Hall with whom she says she shared “some of the best, craziest times in my life!” Yusef Ali El has published five books in the last three years and recently presented self-empowerment programming in honor of African American History Month at South Suburban College in South Holland, IL. Cheryl Stuckey served as a judge at the Young People’s Fine Arts Festival in Moore County, NC, this spring. Cheryl is a retired art educator with 40 years of teaching experience. She was an art supervisor for the Knox Memorial Central School in New York and taught art at a number of Moore County schools. Nashua Bicentennial Elementary School threw a party in June for its outgoing principal Kyle Langille. The Telegraph reported that during the event, titled “Langilleapalooza,” several faculty members remembered her 15 years at the school. The Parent Teacher Organization donated a granite bench to Langille with her favorite flowers, lilacs, engraved in it along with a quote from Winnie the Pooh: “You have changed the world because you have touched so many lives.” Langille took on a variety of roles in kindergartens and middle and elementary schools during her 43 years in education. Condolences to friends and family of the following members of our class who recently passed away: Shirley Sandler Haddock of New London, NH, on Nov. 20, 2016; Shirley W. Hyde of Haverhill, NH, on Feb. 27; Janet Martha Newton Webster of Tacoma, WA, on Feb. 28; Karl Irving Gray of Newburyport, MA, on March 9; Kenneth J. Relihan of Springfield, VT, on April 29. ◆

Classics professor Dan Nodes has published Parables on a Roman Comic Stage: Samarites— Comoedia de Samaritano Evangelico (1539) by Petrus Papeus, Together with the Commentary of Alexius Vanegas of Toledo (1542). Nodes teaches at Baylor University in Texas. —1976

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Joyce Dube Stephens

33 Spruce Lane Dover, NH 03820 joycedube@comcast.net

Marya Danihel was featured in Old York Historical Society’s “History with a Side of Soup” series in February in York, ME, performing a one-hour lecture and concert on music in Victorian America. Joanne Lannin, who played basketball at UNH, recently gave a talk on her book “Finding a Way to Play: The Pioneering Spirit of Women in Basketball” at Rockland Memorial Library in Massachusetts. Lockwood “Pooh” and Anne McNamara Sprague were profiled in New Hampshire’s Valley News recently in an article about farming. Pooh and Anne started a fruit and vegetable farm in the Upper Valley. They named their farm Edgewater Farm and were at the forefront of providing fresh produce to local citizens. As they view retirement, they are lucky to have children who will continue with the movement that they began. Sadly, I have a number of obituaries to report in this issue. These include Cynthia Buchika of Haverhill, MA, Susan D. Jackson of Eugene, OR, Robert A. McCabe of Brewster, MA, Richard S. Nicoll of Billerica, MA, Lynne M. Steele of Kennebunk, ME, and Daniel S. Wheeler of Gilford, NH. ◆



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Jean Marston-Dockstader

51 Londonderry Road Windham, NH 03087 UNH1974@alumni.unh.edu

Steve and Sherry Gardner Young write from Aurora, CO, that they're looking forward to retirement to spend time with their two daughters and four grandchildren. Steve was in the Air Force for 22 years and was stationed around the U.S. as well as having a tour in Europe. He was at the Johnson Space Center in Texas on the day of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and assigned to the Pentagon, although not in the building, during 9-11. Since retirement from the Air Force, Steve has continued to work with Scitor Corporation, remaining in the Pentagon supporting the air staff in the ground- and space-based missile-warning area. They have stayed in touch with some classmates and would like to hear from other UNH friends through email at elkfive@centurylink.net. Alexander Toumas was recently selected as the grand marshal of the Veterans Day parade in Westborough, MA. After earning a master’s in education from UNH in 1977, he earned a master’s from Clark University. During his military service, he was deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1980 and retired from the Navy in 1994. Alex is currently a materials manager at Shire in Lexington and he and his wife Kathy live in Westborough. Sadly, we have lost the following classmates: Lenore Ryde Ekwurtzel, Judith Carver Dillon, Donald Willikens, Catherine Murray Springhorn, John Anderson and Alan Goodell-Holmes. ◆

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Susan Ackles Alimi

48 Fairview Drive Fryeburg, ME 04037 alimi@alumni.unh.edu

Dan Nodes ’76G, professor of classics at Baylor University in Texas, has published a new critical edition, “Parables on a Roman Comic Stage: Samarites— Comoedia de Samaritano Evangelico (1539) by Petrus Papeus, Together with the Commentary of Alexius Vanegas of Toledo (1542).” More about the book can be found at www.brill.com. David M. Cote is chairman and CEO of Honeywell International, which invents and manufactures technologies that address challenges around energy, safety, security, productivity and global urbanization. Rebecca Rule writes fiction, essays and reviews and continues to teach at the UNH summer studies program. A current project, due out in September, will celebrate Joel Sherburne’s legendary 60-year employment at Calef’s Country Store in Barrington, NH. Joan Baldwin of Wolfeboro, NH, died March 15. She worked as a teacher, an adjuster in the insurance industry and as a licensed nursing assistant with disabled and elderly patients. Joan loved sailing on Casco Bay and points beyond. Dorothy “Dee” Spirer Beach of Lawrenceville, NJ, died Feb. 3. Dee was a kind and generous free spirit, greeting everyone with a warm smile. A volunteer at SAVE, A Friend for Homeless Animals, Dee loved animals of all kinds. Dee worked as a freelance photographer and most recently as a caregiver for children and the elderly. David R. DiCicco of Wilmington, MA, died Jan. 31. He went on to earn his law degree, had an impeccable reputation and

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received immense satisfaction helping his clients. He’ll be remembered as a kind and generous man who loved family and friends with all his heart. Richard E. Fellows of New Boston, NH, died Feb. 20. During the Vietnam War, he served in the Army. Richard was a psychologist for the NH Department of Corrections for many years. Janet A. Still died Dec. 31, 2016. As a registered nurse, Janet served in several hospitals and was a former director of nursing at Hanover Hill Health Care in Manchester, NH. Pamela A. Tweedie died Jan. 1 in Bangor, ME. Pam worked in sales and health care. She loved family get-togethers, camping, boating, skiing, swimming and going for rides to wherever! ◆

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Gary Pheasant

1099 Lanier Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30306 pheasant@alumni.unh.edu

Our thanks to Lois Kelly, who filled in for this edition to compile notes right from the 40th Reunion in June: Being the creative and wild cats from 1977, we decided to share our updates from the small but amazing 40th Reunion in a slightly different way. (BTW: Every single person at the reunion was on the dance floor—even the engineering majors.) You must come to the next one for dancing, laughing and an injection of joy and optimism. Bernadette Mulhearn Amerein of Marietta, GA, Spanish/journalism major: What matters to me: Family, work (that matters!), friends, continuous learning. Bucket List/aspirations: Visit every state (Have 13 left!). Anything else? Precious granddaughter Piper who lives in Savannah. Phil Boole of Medfield, MA, psychology/business major: What matters to me: Family and friends. Bucket List/aspirations: Stay active and healthy; ski, bicycle, yoga, tennis, hike, love well. Anything else? Make the effort! Bob Varney of Bow, NH, and Wolfeboro, NH, economics major: What matters to me? Wife Karen; two kids who work in Boston. Hannah graduated from UNH’s nursing program in 2011 and works at Mass General Hospital. Son Ryan graduated from Clemson University. Bucket List/aspirations? To dress as well as Phil Boole and Peter Young. Anything else? Currently president of Normandeau Associates, a large environmental science consulting firm. Had been NH environmental commissioner for Govs. Judd Gregg, Steve Merrill and Jean Shaheen before serving as head of EPA for the six New England states. Ed McGrath of North Reading, MA, business administration/communications major: What matters to me? Sustainability, sports, family, fighting food insecurity. Bucket List/ aspirations? Start writing, visit National Parks, learn Spanish, research my ancestry. Anything else? Trying to figure out the next chapter or two. Leslie Ann Smith of Durham, NH, life sciences major: What matters to me? The preservation and care of our environment; that everyone understands and appreciates their unique contribution; time with my husband, children, family and friends. Bucket List/aspirations? To contribute to peace and understanding on the planet. To travel globally and perform for audiences of all walks of life and cultures. Anything else? I truly appreciate the education I received at UNH. It was diverse and comprehensive, and I feel blessed that I have lived an authentic life. I look

forward to many more years of service and contribution on this beautiful planet. Deb McLoud Cusack of Rumford, RI, Spanish major: What matters to me? Friends and dancing. Bucket List/aspirations? Monster seats at the Red Sox. Live in Spain again. Anything else? So happy to reconnect with UNH. Charlie Winn of Fairfield, CT, economics, business administration, organizational behavior major: What matters to me? Family, friends, quality time with those who matter to me. Many are here at the 40th reunion: Bob Varney and wife Karen, Peter Young and wife Kim ’79, Phil Boole and wife Kathy ’78, Lois Kelly, Betsy Bair, Jim Casey, Stan DeLoid, Glen Yergeau, Ed McGrath. They are more than lifelong friends. They approach family status—family of choice. Anything else? Increase our class representation at the 50th Reunion. I hope to see many more friends then. We are a family—a UNH family. Johanna Ruth Haagens Baxler of Marlborough, MA, fine arts major: What matters to me? Messianic Judaism. Recommend reading “Divine Reversal” and “Gateways to Torah” by Rabbi Russ Resnick. Bucket List/aspirations? Trip to Israel. Anything else? Son Warren, University of Maryland, soon to graduate with master’s in atmospheric science. Son Jason graduated two years ago with a bachelor’s in biomedical engineering and now working at Mass General Hospital in Boston. Bill Bognakos of Laurel, MD, pre-med psychology and zoology: What matters to me? Mentorship, friendship, leadership. Bucket List/ aspirations? Return to New England now that I have retired from military medicine. Bernard Roy of Ada, MI, mechanical engineering major: What matters to me? Policy of work hard and play hard. Worked hard in my career. Now retired and time to play hard. Bucket List/aspirations? Travel to Australia, New Zealand, Newfoundland, Scandinavia. Anything else? Would love to hear from old/new acquaintances at bernardroy@ comcast.net. Live life to the fullest, and look to the bright side. Peter Young of Holliston, MA, civil engineering major: What matters to me? Living a meaningful life. Being honest and helpful to others. Spending time with family. Bucket List/aspirations? Travel and adventure with family and friends. Being at our 70th UNH reunion and still dancing. Anything else? It doesn’t take a lot of people to have fun. Just the right people. Proud that our son Blake followed us to UNH, graduating in 2008. Stan DeLoid of Bedford, NH, business administration major: What matters to me? My wife Ann, my friends and family. Acting like Peter Pan, “I will never grow up.” Bucket List/aspirations? Trip to Italy. Beat Jim Casey in golf. Drive across the country. Anything else? Sigma Beta rocks! Never lose touch with your friends. Glen Yergeau of Salem, NH, business administration major: What matters to me? Beating Jim Casey at golf. Friends and family. Bucket list/aspirations? Play rugby one more time. Hike the Grand Canyon. Anything else? Meeting friends for life at UNH and Sigma Beta. Jim Casey of York, ME, political science major: What matters to me? Health and happiness of our children. Quality time spent

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Members of the Class of 1977 were on campus in Durham in June to celebrate the university's inaugural 40th reunion celebration. The class’ $11.5 million reunion gift included an $8 million bequest pledge from alumna Jude Blake. —1977




spanning the classes of 1957, 1962, 1967, 1977 and 1992 returned to Durham in early June to celebrate their reunions, revisiting old memories and making new ones. Wish you’d been there? Put the 2018 reunion dates for the classes of 1958, 1963, 1968, 1978, 1982–84, 1993 and 2008 on your calendar now! We’ll see you on campus June 1–3, 2018.



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with my new wife. Friday golf with three of my fraternity brothers. Bucket List/aspirations? Show my wife western U.S. in three-month trip. Anything else? Looking forward to our 39th Beta Boys reunion this summer. George Johnson of DeWitt, NY, mechanical engineering major: What matters to me? Family and friends. Rockle (the lizard) and Liquorice (the dog). Bucket List/ aspirations? Take some outdoor adventures in the middle of nowhere. Anything else? Why is it that every time I run into you people I start drinking? Lois Kelly of Cumberland, RI, communication/business administration major: What matters to me? Family and friends who make me laugh, love me unconditionally and are a source of inspiration. Cultivating optimism and resilience. Helping people see possibilities and live life to its fullest, despite what it throws at you. Bucket List/aspirations? More creative writing, more dancing and finding creative muses in unexpected places and people. Anything else? I hope my son takes me to the Academy Awards when he wins an Oscar for visual effects. Betsy Bair of Groton, MA, English/journalism major: What matters to me? Family, especially my daughter. Old and dear friends from UNH and my hometown of Nutley, NJ. Continually making new friends. Staying fit physically and mentally. Supporting causes I’m passionate about, particularly the environment and women’s rights. Bucket List/aspirations? Taking part in a medical mission trip. Researching my ancestry—lots of mystery surrounds it. Anything else? I want Lois Kelly to create a DJ’s playlist for annual gatherings so we can dance ’til we drop more often! Read more from Lois in her recent blog entry, Possibility Reunion, at https://medium. com/@LoisKelly/possibility-reunion-1f0cf49146e5. ◆

The 1978 Granite asked, Do you consider your education a valuable experience? Steve Chilian ’78 answered: “You learn a lot of things about yourself in school. While your first concern is a career, the deeper you go with your education, the more you realize that the experiences you have at school help you to grow, and while I can’t speak for everyone, you find out where your abilities lie and don’t lie. There is a false idea that education stops after four years. This isn’t so. Rather than ending, the four years act as a catalyst.”

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75 Wire Rd. Merrimack, NH 03054 c.edmonds@alumni.unh.edu

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Sean McDonnell, head football coach at UNH, was named the 2016 Jack Grinold Division I New England Coach of the Year by the New England Football Writers Association. It is the sixth time he has received this distinction. Sean has received a total of 19 coach-ofthe-year awards, including the Eddie Robinson Award as FCS national coach in 2009 and 2014. Dr. Stephen Christo has joined Core Physicians in Kingston, NH. He received his undergraduate degree from UNH and is board-certified in family practice and served as a physician in the Air Force before returning to practice locally. Susan Bruns passed away in February in New York City. Through her work, teaching and research at UNH, UMass, LSU and at ARK at JFK Airport, Susan devoted her life to the welfare of animals, especially horses. Nancy Lee Devine Whitworth passed away in October 2016. She received her master’s in business administration from the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. Throughout her career, she was employed as a bookkeeper and social worker for the state of New Hampshire, was the director of financial planning at Omni Hotels and the co-owner of several small businesses. She also worked at Beaufort Naval Air Station. Nancy enjoyed her family and friends,



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reading, dancing, puzzles, decorating and art collecting. She loved to spread calmness and joyfulness and will be greatly missed. ◆

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Chris Engel

268 Washington Ave. Chatham, NJ 07928 cengie@aol.com

Hard to believe that many of us are turning the big 60 this year! Sadly, most of the news I usually receive is obituaries, so I am hoping that our class starts to send more updates. The Granite State Division of the Society of American Foresters awarded the Outstanding Forester Award to Charles A Levesque. Charles, who has been a member of the society since his days as a forestry student at UNH, founded the consulting firm Natural Resource Solutions and is its president. I read an article on Bobby Francis, who went on from UNH to play hockey for the Red Wings and successfully coach the Coyotes. Unfortunately, Bob is in poor health, in part due to injuries suffered while playing hockey, so we wish him well in his effort to get better. The Sequim Gazette of Sequim, WA, recently featured an article on Ken Campbell and wife Mary ’81 and their presentation, “A Journey in Search of the Amazing Wildlife and Landscapes of South America,” Ken and Mary are wildlife and nature photographers. Personally, my daughter recently was married, shortly followed by my son’s announcement that he’s engaged, so lots of partying going on in our household. Hard to believe many of us are going to be turning 60. Weren’t we just hanging at the Down Under and Tin Palace drinking Green Death Haffenreffers and wondering if Karl’s or Fritz’s was still open at midnight? Send some news kids! ◆

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Anne M. Getchell

P.O. Box 2211 Conway, NH 03818 agetch@alumni.unh.edu

Heard from a couple of classmates this time around. Michelle Brisse Turner recently accepted the position of OEM quality manager working with seven Southwire facilities in Bremen, IN, to implement strategic plans for the future. She asked about her fellow chemical engineering and Devine Hall classmates. I also heard from Bob Maxwell and his wife Lynne Hastings Maxwell. They are downsizing now that all four kids are out on their own, recently welcoming their first grandchild. Lynne is still with JC Penny after 22 years, and Bob changed careers, working at Home Depot as a kitchen consultant. They would like to hear from old friends and classmates. ◆

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Caroline McKee Anderson

P.O. Box 3082 Bourne, MA 02532 c.anderson@alumni.unh.edu

Gen. Lori Robinson delivered the 2017 UNH commencement address on May 20. Lori is the first female combatant commander in the Air Force and is responsible for overseeing aerospace control as well as maritime and aerospace warnings in defense of North America. Marianne “Mary” Hartmann Campbell and

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husband Ken Campbell ’79 are both noted wildlife photographers. They have traveled the world together for 35 years—visiting all seven continents—to search for and photograph extraordinary wildlife. The Campbells were both juried members of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. In March, they gave a presentation in Sequim, WA, on their trip to South America. Leslie Mannix of Chestnut Hill, MA, died on Feb. 13. Survivors include her daughter, stepsons, mother, stepfather and siblings. As a UNH alumna, she was proud of being part of the Arizona sisterhood. She had a successful career in financial services, working for several firms in Boston. Our condolences to her family and friends. Did you study in Dijon, France, during the 1979-80 academic year? If so, Bob Dunigan and I want to hear from you. We’re planning (plotting) a 40-year reunion—in Dijon! Hope you’ll join us. ◆

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Julie Lake Butterfield


In lieu of a celebration of our 35th reunion this year, we have decided to join forces with the class of 1983 and 1984 to celebrate our 35th at next year’s reunion weekend in Durham, June 1–3, and there will be more information to follow. Our class did something similar for our 10th reunion with the class of ’83 and ’84. Please contact me at the above email if you would like to help organize this event. Bev Pietlicki has been hired as the new library director for the Stephenson Memorial Library in Greenfield, NH. Previous to this position, Bev was the library director for Josiah Carpenter Library in Pittsfield. Bev studied English at UNH and taught in the Jaffrey-Rindge school district. Congratulations to Wendy Bley who received her master’s degree in natural resource economics from UNH and has been elected to the board of directors of the National Hydropower Association. Wendy is a senior consultant with TRC and has more than 25 years of hydropower experience. Wendy is also the chair for the Small Hydro Council and is on the board of the Hydro Research Foundation. Our condolences to the families of our classmates who have passed away. Wendy Smith Griffin passed away in January. She was a gifted athlete and had been on the Junior Olympic Ski Team and also competed on the UNH ski team. While at UNH, she was a sister of AXO sorority. She enjoyed traveling and family ski trips to Burke Mountain in Vermont. Dr. Winifred Gutman Morenz received her undergraduate degree in animal science pre-vet. She went on to attend the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin and started Park Place Veterinary Hospital in the Keene, NH, area in 1990. She had been married to her husband Edward for 30 years, and together they had three wonderful children. Winni was a kind and compassionate veterinarian who loved her work. Both Winni and Wendy were talented women who will be missed by their family, friends and the UNH community. ◆

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Ilene H. Segal, DVM

245 Warren Drive Norfolk, MA 02056 ihsdvm@aol.com

Hello fellow UNHers! Several classmates are banding together to plan our 35th class reunion in 2018, so please feel free to contact me, and we will include you on our organizing committee. I look forward to meeting the faces that belong to the names I have been writing about for so many years. Scott J. Winslow began working in the collectibles field in 1970 as a cataloguer and researcher for a prominent mail auction house specializing in Americana. After graduating from Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, he founded his own firm and has been a full-time professional dealer in autographs and historical documents since 1985. His most recent collaboration has been with the Museum of American Finance, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, to place primary source documents such as stock certificates in local classrooms to enable teachers to help students appreciate historical economic and political change in the U.S. Steve Damish, managing editor of The Enterprise of Brockton, MA, recently won first place for column writing from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. John Fournier married Susan Robinson on Sept. 10, 2016. He is currently the facilities manager at Concord Group Insurance, while Susan is an occupational therapist for the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association. Congratulations John and Susan! Laurence G. Rubin, DPM, FACFAS, is currently the president of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, a national association of more than 7,200 members. He practices at the Foot and Ankle Specialists of Virginia in Mechanicsville, is a frequent lecturer and instructor at foot and ankle surgical conferences nationwide and is a published author. After a long period of failing health, Alan Keith Payne passed away in December 2016 with his family at his side. Following high school, Alan joined the Navy and served for 20 years, retiring at the rank of chief petty officer. He graduated from UNH with a degree in mechanical engineering and was a devoted numismatist and an avid reader. We send our condolences to his family. David M. Teager passed away in March. David graduated first in his class when he earned his MBA. He is survived by his wife Kim and their three children, his brother and sister and many nieces and nephews. Our thoughts are with his family in this sad time. Claire M. Kontos also died in March. After receiving her degree in animal science from UNH, she dedicated her life to the betterment of the lives of animals. Claire was the executive director of Doberman Rescue Unlimited of Sandown, NH. She also served as the animal control officer for the town of Sandown and as a consultant to the town of Chester. Memorial donations can be made to Doberman Rescue Unlimited. We send our sympathies to her family. Michelle Genova died in March, leaving her parents, brother, beloved dog and extended family and many friends from Provincetown, MA, where she resided. We hope the comfort of friends supports her family in this difficult time. ◆

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Marianne “Mary” Hartmann ’81 Campbell and Ken Campbell ’79

have traveled the world as wildlife and nature photographers, visiting all seven continents. —1979 & 1981

In 1984, the Thompson School’s energy management program caught the attention of a Boston meteorologist, who donated a wind turbine and a 5-kilowatt generator, which was connected to the UNH power grid and was expected to save the university about $200 a month. Unfortunately, the turbine’s tenure was short-lived; 50 mph winds tore an eight-foot piece off one of the blades and sent it crashing through the roof of a nearby greenhouse not long after it was installed. —1984




spend summers in NH where they run the Cottages of Wolfeboro. If you’re planning a summer vacation in that area, Dave’s contact information is dave@cottagesnh.com. Julie Grasso lives in her hometown of Portsmouth, NH, with husband Brendan O’Brien, son Sam, 16, and daughter Gianna, 13. After a long career in corporate communications, Julie is now an at-home mom and freelance writer for companies like Liberty Mutual and Atlantic Communications specializing in insurance and personal finance issues. She traveled to London this past April, but her favorite trip, she says, was China in 2005, when she brought Gianna home. In May I had the pleasure of hosting Matt Digan and Andy Lord for dinner in Amesbury with lots of reminiscing about our days on the San Diego State University (SDSU) exchange program during the spring of 1983. Andy is the founding and managing partner of Essential Planning, an advisory firm in Portsmouth. He and his wife Nancy live in Kittery, ME, and have four kids. Matt is the director, East Coast retirement sales manager, for Legg Mason. He, his wife Kate and three kids live in Garden City, NY. We want to hear from more of our Class of ’84s that went to SDSU with us! Where are you, and what are you doing? ◆

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athy Stickney ’86 had a goal: Run 26.2 miles in every one of the 50 states. Last October, she attained that goal, finishing the LOCO Marathon in Newmarket, New Hampshire, just a town over from where it all began. Stickney, who is also an Oyster River High School graduate, was connected to UNH even before her undergraduate years; her father, chemistry professor James Weber, was on the faculty. She and husband Daniel ’88 live in Indiana, where she is a chemistry professor at the University of Indianapolis. Now part of an elite group of runners who have achieved the feat of a marathon in every state, she says she plans to go back to 12 of those states and aim for even better running times. Read her whole story at Uindy.edu.

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Robin Schell

5 Ashley Drive, Amesbury, MA 01913 rschell@jjwpr.com text: 603-770-360

There is talk of a joint UNH Class Reunion with the classes of ’82 and ’83 next June 1–3. Anyone interested in helping out, let me know or email Bert Freedman ’82 at bfreedman135@comcast.net. I heard from Kathleen Laplante, who visited her son Kegan Quimby ’11 in San Francisco this past spring. Kathleen, Kegan, Katrina Heisler ’12 and Daniel Tiffany made it a small UNH reunion; Katrina was working as a travel nurse on assignment at Stanford Hospital, and Daniel, who is a sculptor, works for Stanford University. Kegan runs his own company, Kegan Quimby Web Design & Development. I had a great email from Dave DeJager, who just celebrated 25 years of marriage with his wife Wendy. They live in Lynchburg, VA, with their four teenage kids but



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Stephanie Creane King

92 Channing Rd. Belmont, MA 02478 s.king@alumni.unh.edu

Andre Garron, former NFL player, was named assistant town manager in Salem, NH. Andre was a star running back for the Wildcats before playing for the Kansas City Chiefs. Injuries cut his football days short, and he now focuses on his career as a community and economic development specialist. Kathy Weber Stickney, a chemistry professor at the University of Indianapolis, has now finished marathons in all 50 states! Sadly, Neal Patrick Barrett passed away in November 2016. An avid fan of UNH hockey and football, Neal had been working with Collier International in Manchester, NH. Lastly, I had the pleasure of reconnecting with some classmates and friends recently, including Christine Roberts Blumberg, Dan Driscoll, Bill Proulx ’87, Chris Simpson ’87, Ed Price ’87, Mary Ann Goulet Simpson ’88, Melissa Christie Driscoll ’88 and Rick Veitch ’87. It was a great reminder of how much fun we had and continue to have when we make the time to get together and the impact UNH has had on our lives. Here is to saluting your own Wildcat connections! May you take the time to reconnect. Who have you seen lately? ◆

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Tina Napolitano Savoia

5 Samuel Path Natick, MA 01760 savoia@comcast.net

Greetings, Everyone! I hope everyone had a good summer. I have been in touch with a couple of old friends from UNH, Lauri Leonard Reichel and Melissa Christie Driscoll, to get some updates on them and their families. Lauri and her husband Fred live in Hampden, ME, and have three children. Their son Kent is just beginning medical school at Tufts, and their two daughters Kristi and Melissa both attend the

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University of Maine. Lauri is an occupational therapist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the Dragonfly Therapy Clinic. Melissa and her husband Dan ’86 live in North Reading, MA, and have three boys. Melissa is an occupational therapist in the North Reading school district. They also reported that Cindy McCauley McLaughlin is working as an occupational therapist at Tewksbury State Hospital. Cindy lives in Tewksbury, and her youngest son just graduated from Tewksbury High School. Please send me an email if you are able to give me any updates on yourself or any of our classmates. Thank you! ◆ Beth D. Simpson-Robie

P.O. Box 434 Kennebunk, ME 04043 bgsrobie@alumni.unh.edu

Health management and policy major friend Dawn Ashley Smith writes with the following news: Their first daughter graduated from University of Georgia with high honors with her bachelor’s and master’s of public health in May. She is looking for a job in research or environmental health in the Atlanta area. Their second daughter joined AVEDA Institute, pursuing her passion for creative venues, and their third daughter just graduated from high school with a four-year full BIG 10 NCAA gymnastics scholarship to the University of Iowa. Dawn is now left to contend with her two boys still at home. Dawn was making the long drive from Jacksonville to Massachusetts to bring her Mom back home for the summer. Dawn’s Mom has been fighting the battle of ovarian cancer for the second time with the fabulous team at Mayo Clinic. Wildcat love to your Mom, Dawn! Freshmen Camper and DZ sister Denise Gavel Iafolla and Sigma Nu brother Mike Iafolla just returned to New England after living in Pennsylvania since graduation. They are living in Kennebunkport, ME. Mike is the VP of alliance management at Sanofi in Cambridge, MA. Their oldest just graduated from Boston University, their middle child will be a senior at Penn State and their youngest will be senior at Kennebunk High School with our youngest this fall. They are really looking forward to reconnecting with college friends at denise.iafolla@ gmail.com. The alumni office reports Adam Barrett has been appointed associate VP and dean of law admissions at Quinnipiac University. Thank you all! Please stay connected and keep the news coming! ◆

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Missy Langbein

744 Johns Rd. Blue Bell, PA 19422 m.l.langbein@alumni.unh.edu

John Amirsakis joined EDR, a leading provider of property risk information and due diligence tools, as VP of sales and marketing. Suzanne Foster, VP and general manager at medical device company Medtronic, recently addressed a TechWomen audience about her career and personal journey. Suzanne’s background includes a bachelor’s degree in communication from UNH and master’s in public health from Harvard, as well as numerous professional roles. Bing Yang was appointed CEO for Wecast Network, a global premium content video-on-demand service provider. Bing, who received his master’s in electrical engineering from UNH, will also serve on the

Matt Drayton ’97 received the honor of performing the Easter sunrise service on the USS Constitution this past spring.

Easter on Old Ironsides


ust one year after graduation, Matt Drayton ’97 was already known for his commitment to others, receiving the 1998 Young Alumnus Achievement Award for his efforts in creating Parkinson’s Power Across America. Almost 20 years later, Drayton shares his most recent honor: “I was able to perform the Easter sunrise service aboard ‘Old Ironsides’—the USS Constitution.” Celebrating the service on the oldest commissioned warship in the U.S. was “an amazing opportunity and a career highlight,” he says. Drayton and wife Pam Brandell Drayton ’98 previously worked at UNH and started UNH Athletes Bible Study. He went on to receive a master’s degree in divinity, was commissioned into the Navy Chaplain Corps and now serves with Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. He writes, “We loved our UNH experience and believe it set the stages of success that we now share.”

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board of directors. Congratulations to our classmates on their continued success! ◆

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Caryn Crotty Eldridge

4 Airedale Road London, W5 4SD, UK slickcke7@gmail.com

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Michael Opal

62 Rockwood Heights Rd. Manchester, MA 01944 m.opal@alumni.unh.edu

Federal Jack’s in Kennebunk, ME, has announced Erin Marcotte is its general manager (GM). Erin was previously GM of multiple House of Blues venues and prior to that spent many years with Wentworth by the Sea Country Club and Hotel and the Four Seasons Hotel Boston. ◆

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Tammy Ross

22 St. Ann’s Ave. Peabody, MA 01960 tross8573@yahoo.com

As I write this in early June, my niece is about to celebrate her second birthday. It feels like just yesterday I held her in the hospital. Now Presley calls me Aunt T, which is music to my ears. I continue to work at EBSCO Information Services as a marketing manager for EBSCO’s K-12 product line. I have also begun taking classes in library and information science and may pursue a second master’s degree. Shelagh Newton Michaud continues her litigation practice at CullenCollimore in Nashua, NH, and has also joined Muller Law of Rhode Island. Shelagh and her family live in Wickford, RI. Eileen Groll Liponis has been named executive director of The New Hampshire Food Bank, and Mike Vlacich has been selected to lead the New Hampshire University and College Council. Candice Royal-Repici is a regional account manager at Genentech, where she has worked since 2006. She and her family live in Pelham, NH, where Candice recently won a seat on the school board. One sad news item to report: Michael P. Veneto, 43, died suddenly on Feb. 10 of natural causes. An avid golfer, Michael had been living in Jacksonville, FL, since 1999. We send our deepest sympathies to Michael’s family. ◆

Erin Marcotte ’94 is the new general manager of Federal Jack’s brew pub and restaurant in Kennebunk, Maine. —1994

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Bobby Graham


Pierce Atwood has announced it has welcomed Robert Abrahamsen, a graduate of the UNH School of Law, as a partner in its IP practice. Hassett & Donnelly has announced UNH Law alumnus John A. Girouard of Shrewsbury, MA, has been elevated to partner. Matt Drayton, who previously served as UNH’s director of life skills, writes that he went on to receive his master’s degree in divinity and now serves Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. He and his wife Pam Brandell Drayton ’98 “recently went back to UNH for Pam’s alumni basketball game,” he writes, “and it was



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great to see Sean McDonnell ’78 and Marty Scarano— my old friends and mentors who helped me be who I am today.” ◆

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Emily Rines

23 Tarratine Dr. Brunswick, ME 04011 emily.rines@alumni.unh.edu

Greetings, Class of 1998. Thanks to all who have sent their news! I also had the good fortune to spend some fun times with fellow classmates recently who were visiting Maine. It is amazing to think almost 20 years have passed since we graduated! I am sorry once again to have some sad news to share. Christina Jenkins passed away while volunteering in Peru in November 2016. After many years in the Greater Boston area, she had relocated to Berkeley, CA. We also lost classmate Shawn Cann, who passed away in February. Shawn was living in Hampton, NH, and spent the last 10 years as a manager for the NH State Liquor Commission. Our thoughts go out to their families and friends. On a happier note, Dena Fazio Kavanagh recently joined MassDevelopment as deputy general counsel. Future Farms Technologies has named John Sweeney their chief operating officer. And Ross Sandler has been appointed senior Internet analyst and managing director in the Americas Equity research department. He has been a Top 10-ranked analyst in the Institutional Investor poll since 2011. ◆

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Jamie Russo Zahoruiko

PO Box 287 Haverhill, MA 01831 j.a.russo@alumni.unh.edu

Joshua Fifield of Portland, ME, has been named senior account executive in the business insurance department of Clark Insurance. He also serves on the board of the Maine Real Estate and Development Association. ◆

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Elizabeth Merrill Sanborn

2082 Pequawket Trail Hiram, ME 04041 esanborn@alumni.unh.edu

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Francis Terry, who passed away on Dec. 12, 2016, in San Tan Valley, AZ. Francis earned an MBA at UNH before going on to work as an electrical engineer and eventual entrepreneur in the tea and coffee industry. Donations in Francis’s memory can be made to the American Heart Association. David Johnson has joined the Crotched Mountain Foundation in Greenfield, NH, as the director of marketing and communications. Congratulations to Lindsay York and Tyler Carter of Lowell, MA, on their Oct. 8, 2016, wedding. Lindsay works as a lead insurance accountant at The Hartford while Tyler is an analytical biochemist at Momenta Pharmaceuticals. Jessica Halas, Danbury High School girls’ soccer coach, has every reason to be proud of two of her outstanding senior athletes who were recruited to play at UCONN and Central Connecticut State. MaryEllen Mateleska has been named one of the 2017 Women of Innovation by the Connecticut Technology Council. MaryEllen is the director of

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education and conservation at the Mystic Aquarium and was nominated for her ability to bring marine science, environmental conservation and STEM topics directly to individuals of all ages and backgrounds. ◆

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Abby Severance Gillis

19 Chase Street Woburn, MA 01801 agillis716@alumni.unh.edu

Congratulations to Kara Townley Barbara and her husband Tommy on the birth of their daughter Siena Evangeline on June 1. Big sister Avellina is loving her new role! The alumni office has received news of several classmates. John Loveless has been promoted to associate professor of geosciences, with tenure, at Smith College. Allen Chaves was appointed to a newly created position as director of data governance and research analytics at The Arbella Insurance Group. Scott Kosik has been promoted to vice president, senior digital baking officer at Horizon Bank. Lastly, congratulations to Scott Maxwell, who married Kristin Quinn on Aug. 13, 2016, at St. Theresa Church in Rye, NH. The UNH Celebrity Series will present The Texas Guitar Quartet on Sept. 16. One member of the quartet is Isaac Bustos, who was the only guitarist to ever hold a full scholarship at UNH. He is on the faculty at Texas A&M University (TAMU), where he is director of guitar studies and of the TAMU International Guitar Symposium & Competition. ◆

2003 |

Shannon Goff Welsh

77 Hooksett Rd. Auburn, NH 03032 s.goff@alumni.unh.edu

Bridget Labutta, an intellectual property attorney at Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel, has been named among Pennsylvania’s Rising Stars for 2017. ◆

2004 |

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Todd Hudson was recently featured in a Seacoastonline report on his selection as the 46th president of the Seacoast Board of Realtors. Hudson is the founder and CEO of Red Post Reality, which, the report notes “started in June 2013, an evolution of a business he and his partners created soon after graduating” from UNH. Todd and Nick Couturier ’08, Scott Moreau ’99 and Jackie Stamp '06 founded a vacation timeshare business together in 2008, the report states. ◆

2005 |

Megan Stevener


UNH has been assigned patent 9,507,035 developed by three co-inventors for “tri-material dual-species neutron/gamma spectrometer,” and one of those inventors is Jason Scott Legere a research project engineer at UNH’s Space Science Center who received his master’s degree with our class. Scott Goodwin has joined Salem Five’s team as VP and commercial

banking officer. Billy Field was recently hired by Trilio Data as director of cloud architecture. Jon Frederick was hired as town manager for Jaffrey, NH. Jon was previously town manager for Mapleton, Castle Hill and Chapman, ME. Jennifer Bulcock is an assistant professor of philosophy at Cabrini College. Lauren Becker is an assistant professor of horn at Crane Wind Ensemble, SUNY Potsdam. Lauren is a member of Music in the American Wild and has performed on many recordings. Red Oak Apartment Homes of Manchester, NH, recently appointed Janet M. Smith to VP of property management. Keith Young was named to NH’s 40 Under Forty list of emerging business leaders. Keith is a junior partner at Geo M. Stevens & Son and serves as town moderator in Lancaster and secretary for the Weeks Memorial Hospital Board. Congratulations to Rebekah Gaudreau who was selected as the 2017 New Hampshire Engineer of the Year. She is a member of the Structural Engineers of New Hampshire, involved with the Teacher Engineer Summer Scholar Academy and has three years of experience as a lecturer of civil engineering at UNH. ◆

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Joshua Fifield ’99 has been named senior account executive in the business insurance department of Clark Insurance. He joined Clark in 2008 and also serves on the board of the Maine Real Estate and Development Association. —1999

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Tanya Lord, director of patient and family engagement at the Foundation for Healthy Communities in Concord, was featured in a Foster’s Daily Democrat article about her organization’s work with the Partnerships for Patients Program. Robert Childs was profiled in a January feature from the The News & Observer of Raleigh, NC, for his work with the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition. “The work that the coalition is doing under Robert’s leadership is literally saving lives,” notes Dr. Colleen Bridger, director of the Orange County Health Department. Jackie Garnet recently spoke at the MUB on creating a business based on her passion for fitness in the university’s Lessons in Leadership Series. David Ball was recently selected for the Vermont Principals’ Association Hall of Fame Class of 2017. At UNH, David was a three-time All-American with a record-setting career in football. He briefly played in both the NFL and Canadian Football League. Steve Salis is profiled in a Union Leader report as co-founder of &pizza, a restaurant chain that now has more than 20 locations. Lastly, we received the sad news of the unexpected passing of Laure Isabelle Marie Angel on Feb. 5 in Brighton, VT, following a snowmobile accident. Laure, who was a teacher, department head and union official at schools in Vermont, was to be sworn in as a U.S. citizen on March 20. Survivors include her fiancé and best friend Kevin Wood, mother, stepfather, stepsiblings, niece, nephew and fiance’s family. ◆

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Molly Hughes ’07 and Peter Shivel were married on Aug. 19, 2016, at Moraine Farms in Beverly, MA. UNH guests included Chris Bancroft ’06, Stefanie Buffum ’06, Jeff Blanchet ’06, Megan St. Cyr ’07 and Jen Garfinkel ’08.

Michael Antosh


Jennifer Herman recently wrote to me. She is celebrating her 11th anniversary of coming out as a lesbian and wants to encourage other alumni to share their LGBTQ+

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Albert Hessberg IV ’10 married Caroline Regan this past spring. There were many Wildcats in attendance, including Brian Veronesi ’10, Alex Tucker ’10, Seth Martin ’10, Zach Goodale ’10, Jason Roach ’11, Brittany Goodale ’11, Dan Carolson ’10, Kaitlin Carlson ’10, Katreana Youland ’11, Dani Lewis ’11, Tony Baum ’10 and Rita-Mary Sweeney ’11, all pictured here.

Rowen Goss ’11 and Emily Hodgman Goss ’13 were married at Church Landing in Meredith, NH, in September 2016 with a huge contingent of UNH alumni celebrating their wedding.

ARMY ROTC CADET Danielle Bauer ’14 recently received the George C. Marshall Award during an awards ceremony at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The highest honor an ROTC cadet can receive, the Marshall award is presented annually to the most outstanding senior cadets in military science studies and leadership values within each battalion at host universities and colleges. A graduate of the



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College of Health and Human Services, Bauer completed a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Alaska in Anchorage in May, graduating with summa cum laude honors and a commission as a second lieutenant. Bauer writes, “I started my military career at the University of New Hampshire and thank UNH for giving such a great foundation to the start of my career. If it was not for UNH and the UNH Army ROTC Wildcat Battalion, I would not be where I am today.”

news. Molly Hughes married Peter Shively on Aug. 19, 2016, at Moraine Farms in Beverly, MA. Guests included Megan St. Cyr, Chris Bancroft ’08, Stefanie Buffum ’06, Jeff Blanchet ’06 and Jen Garfinkel ’08. Michael P. McInnis married Maggie O’Neill on June 11, 2016, at the Sullivan House on Block Island. Michael works for a family business, and Maggie is the director of marketing at Windham Capital Management. They live in Boston. Catherine Curtis is a nurse practitioner at Crotched Mountain Specialty Hospital in Greenfield, NH. She previously worked with Dr. Sepulveda and Saints Medical Center and was the founder/executive director of the Caring Well Institute D’Youville Life & Wellness Community. Scott Yates works for The Progress-Index, a daily newspaper in Petersburg, VA, after being the managing editor of The New Hampshire as a student. Lindsey Carmichael works to have people minimize exposure to chemicals in their home, with a focus on the inflammation those chemicals can cause. She wrote a book entitled “Greening Your Family.” She works with Wentworth-Douglas Hospital in Dover, NH, the Pease Community Assistance Panel and the New Hampshire Safe Water Alliance Group. Dr. Darren J. Lee is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Oklahoma. After UNH, Darren underwent postdoctoral training at Harvard, Schepens Eye Research Institute and Boston University. John Moynihan is the executive director of the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, MA. This center holds approximately 150 shows per year, attracting more than 20,000 audience members. Previously, John worked as a manager for the Prescott Park Arts Festival in Portsmouth, NH. Shannon Clement is a police officer in Sault, Canada. She’s also the mother of two girls. James Anderson has his own business, One If By Land Productions, and is the booking agent for UNH’s Student Committee On Popular Entertainment. He recently gave students advice at the MUB as part of the “Lessons in Leadership” presentations. Friends Youth Mentoring Program in Concord, NH, recently featured Keith Cassettari in a write-up about the importance of mentors to young people. Reminder: Our 10-year reunion is coming up at Homecoming and Family Weekend! Save the date of Sept. 22-24, and find more information on the UNH Connect website at http:// unhconnect.unh.edu/. ◆

2008 | ◆

Alexandra Covucci


10 T H R E U N ION

J U N 1 – 3, 2 018

Hey Class of 2008! I hope you’re all doing well and feeling fantastic. As I sit here writing this, I’m realizing how close we are to reaching the end of the first decade of our post-UNH lives. I can still remember certain things like they were yesterday: the wintery walk through A Lot, the soft-serve dispensers at HOCO, the loves, the heartbreaks, the friendships … etcetera. I hope you all continue to hold fondly to the memories that’ve helped you become who you are. Let’s see what the Class of 2008 is up to: Tyler Wentworth recently accepted the position of director of marketing, communication and engagement with UNH's Career

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and Professional Success team, where he works to help current students realize their professional ambitions and create meaningful connections with Wildcat alumni mentors. Hannah Roberts is spreading beauty to her community in Contoocook, NH, with her funky floral designs, providing local floral services from her studio at home. Hannah handpicks her flowers at least once a week, often driving down to the Boston Flower Exchange to find the perfect flowers to match her passion for creating beautiful works of art. Congratulations to Michael Abramson, who was elevated to partnership at Holland & Knight law firm. He’s a registered patent attorney with a broad range of technical subject matter expertise. Mike Brunelle is chief of staff to Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, bringing a diverse array of experience to the role. Before going to Pennsylvania, he spent eight years working on various candidate and issue-based campaigns in the Northeast and served as the executive director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party and Democratic Whip. Congratulations to Kara LaSalle, who was promoted to housing development project manager by Laconia Area Community Land Trust. I, myself, am currently living in Boston for two years while my partner gets her doctorate in physical therapy from MGH. I own my own successful business as a mindset coach for entrepreneurs, and I’m constantly in awe at this life we get to lead. As always, it’s been so great hearing your updates! Please keep sending them! ◆

2010 |

Caitlin LeMay

24 Wisteria St., Unit 1 Salem, MA 01970 caitlin.lemay@alumni.unh.edu

Albert Hessberg IV writes that he married Caroline Regan this spring in Watch Hill, RI, with several fellow Wildcats in attendance, including Brian Veronesi, Alex Tucker, Seth Martin, Zach Goodale, Dan Carolson, Tony Baum, Kaitlin Carlson, Jason Roach ’11, Brittany Goodale ’11, Katreana Youland ’11, Dani Lewis ’11 and Rita-Mary Sweeney ’11. “Five of my groomsmen were roommates/friends that I had met freshmen year!” he writes. ◆

2011 |

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Marybeth Iani Tassinari writes to let us know that Greg Tassinari was elected as the new president of the UNH NYC Alumni Chapter. Congratulations, Greg! Last September, the U.S. Army issued a news release about Second Lieutenant Eva Gibbons of Weare, NH, after the first three months of her first deployment. “I did not hesitate to select field artillery,” Gibbons said in the report, adding, “I love the fast pace and excitement that comes with conducting artillery operations.” Wicks Insurance Group, an Allstate Insurance agency, has announced Rachel Castle has been promoted to senior associate agent. Kathleen Laplante ’84 writes that she had a small San Francisco UNH reunion this past spring with her son Kegan Quimby, Katrina Heisler ’12 and Daniel Tiffany ’84. Kegan lives in San Francisco and

MEET UNH’S FIRST RANGEL FELLOW: Aseebulla “Aseeb” Niazi ’15 was recently awarded a 2017 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship. Funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University, the fellowship program supports “extraordinary individuals” seeking careers as Foreign Service officers. “I was incredibly honored and humbled when I received news that I would be a Rangel Fellow,” Niazi says. “I have been working toward joining the Foreign Service since my junior year at UNH, and this fellowship is my first step toward achieving that goal.” Niazi, who is originally from Afghanistan, was a dual major in international business and economics and international

affairs during his years at UNH. He also studied abroad in the United Arab Emirates, and his experience includes working for the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success, the World Affairs Council and Rep. Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire. “We are thrilled to have Aseeb join our program. Our selection panel was very impressed by his intelligence, achievements and commitment to service,” says Patricia Scroggs, the Rangel program’s director. Niazi credits his studies at UNH with providing “essential skills such as composure, resourcefulness and both written and oral communication that I will be utilizing in my career with the State Department.” Scroggs agrees, noting, “His experiences at the University of New Hampshire have provided an outstanding foundation for him in these areas.”

runs his own company, Kegan Quimby Web Design & Development. ◆◆

2013 |

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Last September, The Portsmouth Herald featured an article on Lissa Curtis and the Be BRAVE Gala held at UNH. Lissa, who is a professional ballerina with Northeastern Ballet Theater, works to “be a voice” for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Texas A&M International University announced it added Feseha Abebe-Akele to its faculty as an assistant professor of biology. Keely Maguire won the women’s division of last year’s St. Charles Children’s Home 5K in Portsmouth, NH. The Florida Law Group announced Andrew Wellman had been selected as the newest member of its team this past fall. Volpe and Koenig, an intellectual property law firm, announced Sunghoon “Sung” Park has joined the firm as an associate. Sadly, we learned of the loss of two classmates. Molly Erin Bedker Bryant, 29, passed away on Sept. 15, 2016. After UNH, Molly went on to receive her master’s degree in public health from Northeastern. She was a great downhill skier and horseback rider, grew up in Durham and was an attendant at St. Thomas More. She loved to travel, especially to Ireland. Molly’s family members include her mother, Patty Dugan Bedker ’80, father and stepmother, husband and in-laws. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the animal shelter of your choice. James Wesley Conklin, 25, of Plymouth, NH, died on Oct. 28, 2016, due to post-surgical complications. James loved acting, and at UNH, he

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Concord NH-based Friends Youth Mentoring Program recently highlighted the work of Keith Cassettari ’07, who says he didn’t know a lot about children when he applied to be a mentor, but brought other assets— like enthusiasm, curiosity, a willingness to learn and the belief that a mentor can have a positive impact—to his relationship with mentee Abdi. —2007



was a member—and during his senior year, director—of Improv Anonymous. After graduation, he became a member on the house team at the iO Theatre in Chicago, and for about a year prior to his death, he was employed by Evil Apples and working toward his dream of a comedy-writing job in New York. Survivors include his parents, brother and grandfather. A memorial scholarship has been set up for students at iO Theatre. ◆

Here She Comes, Miss New Hampshire L

auren Percy '16 was crowned Miss New Hampshire on April 29— something she has been working toward for several years. Percy, who is now a graduate student in Columbia University’s Teachers College, spoke about her love for UNH, interest in teaching and her participation in the Miss New Hampshire program shortly before her graduation last year. As Miss New Hampshire, Percy will focus on her commitment to education with her platform, “Reach Higher: Making Higher Education Possible,” and compete in the Miss America Pageant in September.

2015 |

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Kevin Greene won the men’s division of last year’s St. Charles Children’s Home 5K in Portsmouth, NH. Max Gordon has been hired as a staff member at Baker Newman Noyes. Stephen T. Groneman has been hired as an associate at Hoffman Warnick Intellectual Property Law. Michael Donovan has joined ProEx as a staff accountant. Casey DeSmith was featured in a story from the Tribute-Review of Greensburg, PA, on the Penguins hockey team where he was needed to “hold down the fort for the Baby Pens” back in December and was 8-0 at the time of the article. Marissa Day was featured in a Portsmouth Herald article on her work studying the Route 1 outlets area in Kittery, ME. Sadly, Vamsi K. Prasad, 22, of Salem, NH, passed away on April 30 . Vamsi, who was pursuing his master’s degree at SUNY Binghamton, was an avid reader, enjoyed painting and loved animals. He is survived by his parents, sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. ◆

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Congratulations to Michael Poirier, who married Eleanor Broussard on June 4, 2016 and to Ashley Nickless and Lucas Miller, who were married on May 30, 2016. Louis Trebaol was featured in a New Hampshire Sunday News article about Heat Oracle, the start-up he co-founded. Megan McLaughlin and the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station’s John Halstead, professor of environmental and resource economics, presented their research findings in “The Ubiquitous Plastic Bag—And What To Do” in BioCycle last fall. Madeline Warren was appointed as membership and marketing director at Options 4 Good in Portsmouth, NH. The Post-Standard reported on Ben Ramin beginning his pro soccer career with the Syracuse Silver Knights in September of 2016. ◆

Lauren Percy ’16 was crowned Miss New Hampshire 2017

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1966 | Lynda Brearey

791 Harrington Lake Dr. North Venice, FL 34293 lbrearey@gmail.com

Downington, PA 19335 juliespak@verizon.net 1989 | David L. Gray

3715 N. 4th St. Harrisburg, PA 17110 becky.roman@alumni.unh.edu

1990 | Amy French

187 Woodpoint Rd., Apt. 4 Brooklyn, NY 11211 jenelledevits@gmail.com

1969 | Jim DesRoscher

131 Holmes Ave. Darien, CT 06820 david.gray@alumni.unh.edu

1975 | Kim Lampson Reiff

2709 44th Ave. SW Seattle, WA 98116 amy.french@alumni.unh.edu

1433 S. 19th Ave. Phoneix, AZ 85009 jim.desrochers@icloud.com

7540 S.E. 71st St. Mercer Island, WA 98040 klampsonreiff@alumni.unh.edu 1985 | Julie Colligan Spak

116 Longfields Way

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1996 | Michael Walsh

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In Memoriam

bright shall thy mem’ry be Peter Julian Horne ’58, ’67G A devoted family man and music lover, he worked in government service and higher education and was a community activist.


he great love of Peter Horne’s life was his wife Holly (Patterson) ’60, whom he met at UNH. On the day he died, Nov. 7, 2016, he wrote her a final love note, a fitting tribute to their 52 years of marriage. At UNH Peter joined the Air Force ROTC and after graduation served as a lieutenant in the Air Force, seeing six years of active duty. An officer in the Strategic Air Command, his service included an assignment at Thule Air Force Base in Greenland. After leaving the military, Peter began a career in government and higher education. The Hornes lived in Rye while Peter worked as a consultant to the New England Center at UNH and studied for a doctorate in education at Boston University. Peter and Holly later moved to Freeport, Maine, with their two children, Christian ’91 and Eric. Peter became a Cooperative Extension agent with the University of Maine and earned his doctorate in 1980. Four years later he became director of UNH Cooperative Extension and dean of the university’s College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, where he served until his 1999 retirement. Music was an important part of Peter’s life. In a tribute they prepared at the time of his death, Peter’s sons noted that their father “believed in the power of music to bring people together, to help them celebrate, to help them mourn, to help them pray.” Music helped Peter keep a positive attitude no matter what curves life threw at him, including being shipwrecked off the coast of Nicaragua in 1964 and, since 1975, battling the cancer that ultimately took his life. Peter felt a great sense of responsibility to the communities in which he lived. In Rye, his love of the ocean and sailing spurred him to help form, and later chair, Concerned Citizens of Rye (CCR), a group that helped thwart Olympic Oil’s attempt to establish an oil refinery on the New Hampshire seacoast in the 1970s. In Freeport, he served on the boards of the Thomas Means Club, a social and charitable group that grants scholarships and donations to local students and organizations; Wolfe’s Neck Farm, a 625-acre saltwater farm that shares its tradition of sustainable agriculture with the public; and the Harraseeket Yacht Club.

Near the end of his life, Peter collaborated with author Lisa Moll ’17G on her book Rye’s Battle of the Century— Saving the New Hampshire Seacoast from Olympic Oil. Moll recalls that when she started researching the book, everyone told her she needed to talk with Peter Horne, and “he could not have been more gracious.” The duo quickly discovered that they shared an interest in ensuring that current and future generations understood and remembered the dramatic changes that could have happened to the New Hampshire seacoast if a group of concerned citizens had not stepped up to take on Greek billionaire Aristotle Onassis and his oil company. Peter had been the perfect person to chair CCR, says Moll, thanks to his ability to break down complex ideas so that anyone could understand them. And, she says, “he was the definition of tenacious.” If she mentioned something he could help her with, his answer was always, “I’m on it,” and he’d send a flood of emails encouraging other former CCR members to share their memories with her. “He was a wonderful person inside and out,” says Moll. “When he died, we lost a good one.” ² Douglas Hood MacGregor ’62 Educator and environmentalist, he was an enthusiastic runner well into his retirement years.


hile a student at Tilton-Northfield High School in the mid-1950s, Doug MacGregor led the cross country team to two state titles. His arrival at UNH was eagerly anticipated by legendary track and cross country coach Paul Sweet. Doug’s running prowess soon earned him the campus nickname, “The Flying Scott.” The admiration that Sweet, who coached UNH teams from 1924 to 1970, held for his fleet-footed runner was reciprocated, remembers Doug’s wife, Olive (Swan) MacGregor ’64, whom he met in a biology class. “Doug thought the world of Coach Sweet,” she says. The coach and his wife, Marion, attended the MacGregors’ wedding, and Doug and Olive would later name their son Paul in Sweet’s honor. They stayed in touch until Sweet’s death in 2001. Doug’s love of competitive racing never waned, but for many years after graduation he channeled his energy into his family and a teaching career that began at Sanborn Seminary in Kingston, where he established the school’s first cross country team. In 1964, he began teaching junior high school science and coaching intramural sports in

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Faculty and Staff

William M. Keough, Jr. ’43 April 17, 2017, Rumford, R.I.

Dorothy Coparan Stella ’47 May 16, 2017, Framingham, Mass.

Frank C. Robbins ’50 Feb. 14, 2017, Dover, N.H.

John C. Armstrong Jr. ’53 Jan. 18, 2017, Laconia, N.H.

Milton C .Parsons, ’55 Feb. 18, 2017, Portland, Maine

Arline Ladd Langford ’43 Mar. 20, 2017, Hobe Sound, Fla.

Lionel A. Marois ’48 Mar. 11, 2017, Winchendon, Mass.

L. William Slanetz ’50 Mar. 3, 2017, Keene, N.H.

William J. Cantara Jr. ’53 April 21, 2017, Plymouth, Mass.

Robert C. Reis ’55 Mar. 25, 2017, Albuquerque, N.M.

Charlotte Janes Altenbern ’44 May 11, 2017m Conway, N.H.

Margaret Preble O’Connor ’48 Jan. 28, 2017, Boston, Mass.

Aristides Stathoplos ’50 April 7, 2016, Wells, Maine

Robert Christy ’53 Mar. 5, 2017, Portsmouth, N.H.

Robert O. Wilkins ’55 Mar. 6, 2008, North Chili, N.Y.

Elmore H. Johnson ’44 May 13, 2017, Manchester, N.H.

C. David Oliphant ’48 Jan. 31, 2017, Vernon, Conn.

Roy H. Stewart ’50 Mar. 13, 2017, Bedford, N.H.

John A. Foster ’53 April 22, 2017, Leominster, Mass.

Donald L. Bergen ’56 Dec. 28, 2016, Mattituck, N.Y.

Russell C. Orton ’44 Feb. 12, 2017, Laconia, N.H.

Margaret B. Osgood ’48 April 11, 2017, Franklin, Pa.

Roger S. Wood ’50 Mar. 14, 2017, Venice, Fla.

Simeon P. Jarvis ’53 Feb. 5, 2017, New Castle, N.H.

Claire Nickerson Hall ’56 Mar. 15, 2017, Edgartown, Mass.

Harlan D. Whitehead ’44 Mar. 20, 2017, Clinton, Tenn.

Anne Kerr Packard ’48 Mar. 27, 2017, Framingham, Mass.

Alan K. Bruce ’51 Feb. 16, 2017, Tonawanda, N.Y.

Richard H. Kimball ’53 May 17, 2017, Phoenix, Ariz.

Roy W. Judd ’56, ’61G April 19, 2017, San Antonio, Fla.

Francis W. Abbott ’45 Mar. 22, 2017, Peterborough, N.H.

Marion Atwell Ward ’48 April 11, 2017, Portsmouth, N.H.

Lawrence L. Contois ’51 Feb. 23, 2017, Danvers, Mass.

Sophie Buckovitch Morrill ’56 April 11, 2017, LaQuinta, Calif.

Raymond Saidel ’45 Feb. 13, 2017, Manchester, N.H.

Ernest J. Barry ’49 Jan. 17, 2017, Boynton Beach, Fla.

Charles S. Copp ’51 Feb. 17, 2017, Portland, Maine

Richard L. Luneau ’53 May 10, 2017, Sun City Hilton Head, S.C.

Joseph P. Woodward ’45 Feb. 8, 2017, Laconia, N.H.

Doris Choate Blodgett ’49 May 3, 2017, North Haverhill, N.H.

Elizabeth Allen Duggan ’51 Feb. 15, 2017, Pembroke, Mass.

Elsie L. Deming, USAF Ret. ’46 Mar. 11, 2017, San Antonio, Texas

Marshall L. Brown ’49 Mar. 3, 2017, Noblesville, Ind.

Charles S. Langley ’51 Dec. 9, 2016, Warwick, R.I.

Russell C. Goldbaum ’46 April 30, 2017, Haverhill, Mass.

Kenneth E. Folsom ’49 May 8, 2017, Salem, N.H.

John J. Millar ’51 May 2, 2017, Laconia, N.H.

Frederick D. Jackson Jr. ’46 May 10, 2017, Hamilton, Mont.

Robert A. Sargent ’49 Jan. 15, 2017, Huntington, N.Y.

Inge Bernhold Thorpe ’51 Mar. 25, 2017, Hanover, N.H.

Olive Moody Robinson ’46 Feb. 20, 2017, Portsmouth, N.H.

Bertram R. Silver ’49 April 4, 2017, Bedford, Mass.

Charles L. Tufts ’51 Mar. 1, 2017, Rye Beach, N.H.


Margaret Tower Whittemore ’46 June 10, 2016, Sudbury, Mass.

Elmer G. Story ’49 May 19, 2017, Waterford, Conn.

Kenneth C. Tufts ’51 Mar. 1, 2017, Exeter, N.H.

Jeannette Gagnon Goodrum ’41 Feb. 24, 2017, Grass Valley, Calif.

Mary Robinson Young ’46 April 26, 2017, Whitefield, N.H.

Carol Kimball Young ’49, ’74G Jan. 22, 2017, Hopkinton, N.H.

Louis J. Vadnais III ’51 May 2, 2017, Warner, N.H.

Marilyn Downing Hutchinson ’54 May 9, 2017, Milford, N.H.

Ralph R. Blaine, USN Ret. ’42 Nov. 6, 2016, Dover, N.H.

Clark Brown ’47 April 14, 2017, Walnut Creek, Calif.

Paul S. Wyman Jr. ’51 Mar. 15, 2017, Laconia, N.H.

Dominic F. Ross, USAF Ret. ’54 April 1, 2017, Tampa, Fla.

Lewis F. Travis ’58 Jan. 21, 2017, Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Louise Eastman Gauthier ’42 Feb. 4, 2017, Meredith, N.H.

M. Clare McQuillan Brown ’47 April 29, 2016, Walnut Creek, Calif.

Oliver R. Fifield ’50 Feb. 26, 2017, Canterbury, N.H.

Nancy Dearborn Knipe ’52 Feb. 21, 2017, Belmont, Mass.

Lolita Machon Williams ’54 Mar. 4, 2017, Bridgewater, N.H.

Barbara Walton Wilkins ’58 Mar. 27, 2017, Amherst, N.H.

Constance Benner Hutchinson ’43 Feb. 6, 2017, Waterville, Maine

Pauline E. Fancher ’47 April 28, 2017, Winsted, Conn. Barbara Mason Mekelatos ’47 April 11, 2017, Hydeville, Vt.

Glen A. Lougee ’50 Feb. 14, 2017, Lynn, Mass.

Guy W. Mann Jr. ’52 Mar. 10, 2017, Fairport, N.Y.

Ann Meader Cooper ’55 Jan. 21, 2017, Gross Pointe, Mich.

Robert E. Davis ’59 Sept. 3, 2016, Boynton Beach, Fla.

George R. Moore ’50, ’52G Mar. 6, 2017, Dover, N.H.

Sidney R. Noyes ’52 Mar. 9, 2017, Canterbury, N.H.

Edward J. Kelly ’55 May 4, 2017, Tequesta, Fla.

Philip D. Germino ’59 Mar. 24, 2017, Manchester, N.H.

Robert B. Ray ’50 April 24, 2017, Pensacola, Fla.

F. John Simpson ’52 Mar. 9, 2017, Jupiter, Fla.

Donn Mann ’55 Jan. 31, 2017, Tilton, N.H.

Benjamin J. Hopkins ’59 May 17, 2016, Triverton, R.I.

James P. Barrett, professor emeritus of natural resources Mar. 27, 2017, Durham, N.H. Edward L. Chupp, professor emeritus of physics Feb. 21, 2017, Madison, Conn. Hugh H. Gibbons, UNH Law professor emeritus Mar. 9, 2017, Sacramento, Calif. John E. Limber, professor emeritus of psychology April 26, 2017, Durham, N.H. Cecil J. Schneer, professor emeritus of geology Feb. 9, 2017, Exeter, N.H. Douglas E. Morris, professor emeritus of resource economics Mar. 27, 2017, Durham, N.H.

1930s Justine Lougee Olive ’38 Feb. 16, 2017, Willow Grove, Pa. Pearl Pierce Burke ’39 June 30, 2016, Biloxi, MIss. Barbara Foster Prince ’39 Feb. 2, 2017, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Irving P. Karelis ’43 May 25, 2017, Haverhill, Mass.

Mary Anderson Plummer ’47 Mar. 27, 2017, Medford, Ore.


Lebanon, where he would stay for 35 years. He and Olive raised two children, Paul ’91 and Karen, and despite a busy teaching and coaching schedule, he always made time to cheer on their sports teams and other interests. At age 39, Doug began running again, though a severe hamstring injury at age 40 derailed him for several years. By his late 40s he was participating in about 30 races a year and setting age-group records at several distances, many of which still stand. In his 50s and 60s he was ranked among the top runners in his age group in New England. “I think the biggest thrill was when he came in first in the Old Reliable Run in Raleigh (a 10K race) at age 50,” says Olive. As modest as he was in the rest of his life, when Doug tied on his running shoes he became fiercely competitive. Much younger runners dreaded having an off day in a race because even into his 60s, Doug could often breeze right past them. It took four broken ribs, a punctured lung, twisted vertebrae, and being knocked unconscious by a bicyclist on a trail in Chicago to end his running season prematurely in 2004, says Olive. He recovered and returned to his sport the following year, although with slower times. He was elected to the New England 65-Plus Runners Club Hall of Fame and the UNH 100 Club Hall of Fame. Environmental issues were always a special interest, and Doug was instrumental in getting recycling started in Lebanon. He also served on the Lebanon Conservation



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Ralph J. Petillo ’53 Aug. 12, 2016, Glen Mills, Pa. Evelyn Bardis Sutton ’53 May 1, 2017, Salinas, Calif. Arthur R. Calawa ’54, ’56G May 6, 2017, Hartford, Maine Suzann Fries Griffith ’54 Mar. 27, 2017, Kennett Square, Pa. Naomi Hussey Grossman ’54 Jan. 29, 2017, Allenstown, Pa. William E. Houston ’54, ’86G Feb. 5, 2017, Concord, N.H.

David G. Thompson ’56 Aug. 6, 2016, Scarborough, Maine Merilyn Kimball Walker ’56 May 1, 2017, Venice, Fla. Norma Baker Walsh ’56 Feb. 8, 2017, Lowell, Mass. Robert W. Goodrich ’57 Mar. 25, 2017, Lebanon, N.H. Joy Ashley Spanos ’57 May 2, 2017, Cuttyhunk, Mass. S. Benjamin Hamblett III ’58 Feb. 11, 2017, Derry, N.H. Kenneth E. Merchant ’58 Feb. 15, 2017, Springfield, Mass. Spiros G. Plentzas ’58 Feb. 7, 2017, Henderson, Nev.

Commission and was a member of the Sierra Club, an environmental organization devoted to protecting the planet. Avid gardeners, every summer Doug and Olive raised enough vegetables and blueberries, blackberries and raspberries to share with their neighbors and the hungry racoons who frequented their yard. After retiring from teaching, Doug worked as a part-time custodian for the Lebanon School District and the local library. He filled his days with running, manning the scoreboard clock for Lebanon High School basketball games, cheering on Boston sports teams, skiing and snowshoeing in winter and spending time with his grandchildren. In 2007, he and Olive visited a cousin in Glasgow, Scotland, and toured the Highlands, and in 2015 they celebrated their 50th anniversary with a trip to the Canadian Rockies and the Calgary Stampede. Several years ago, it became obvious that Doug was slowing down and having difficulty walking, says his wife. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2013, and, more recently, with bladder cancer, before passing away on January 30. ² Susan J. Bruns ’78 ’95G She loved horses from her earliest days and made them her life’s work.


t age two, Susan Bruns’ favorite toy was a plastic spring rocking horse that she “rode” by the hour in what is now Durham’s historic Three Chimneys Inn. At the time, the inn was a private home rented to her father, the late Paul Eric Bruns, UNH professor of forestry and chair of the

In Memoriam Thomas B. Merrick ’59, ’62G Mar. 30, 2017, Atkinson, N.H. Michael A. Pizzuti Jr. ’59 Feb. 8, 2017, Potomac, Md. John H. Townsend ’59 May 4, 2017, Fairfax, Vt.

1960s Robert D. Chapman ’60 April 27, 2017, Forth Worth, Texas Thomas W. Cook ’60 April 24, 2017, West Newbury, Mass.

Betty Jean Littlejohn Wheeler ’62 Dec. 3, 2016, Amissville, Va. William K. Allan ’63 Feb. 9, 2017, Alton Bay, N.H. Paul L. Dunham ’63 Mar. 2, 2017, Franconia, N.H. Thomas L. Haggerty Jr. ’63 Jan. 20, 2017, New Durham, N.H. Marylen Grigas ’64 Feb. 14, 2017, Burlington, Vt. Helen Woodman Harrington ’64 Jan. 23, 2017, North Conway, N.H.

Maurice A. Geoffrion ’60 April 6, 2017, Sutton, Maine

Robert J. Hill Jr. ’64 Feb. 27, 2017, Salem, Mass.

David C. Hoeh ’60 Feb. 8, 2017, Belmont, Vt.

Eino J. Lilback Jr. ’64, ’67G May 2, 2017, Orange, Texas

David R. Perrault ’60 Feb. 16, 2017, Nashua, N.H.

James H. Walker Jr. ’64 May 28, 2017, Woodsville, N.H.

Anne Miller Twaddle ’60 Mar. 6, 2017, Sandwich, N.H.

Susan Harding Colby ’65 Feb. 7, 2017, Locust Grove, Va.

David M. Bliven, USA Ret. ’61 Mar. 5, 2017, Goffstown, N.H.

Edward A. Cole ’65 Feb. 17, 2017, Topsfield, Mass.

Arthur W. Gwynne III ’61 April 18, 2017, Madison, S.D.

Paul A. Couture ’65 Jan. 13, 2017, Dover, N.H.

Robert K. Low ’61 May 8, 2017, Epping, N.H.

Donna Burns Phillips ’65 Nov. 27, 2016, North Fort Myers, Fla.

Victor R. Wright ’61 Mar. 23, 2017, Contoocook, N.H.

Sandra Jordan Dallaire ’66, ’85G Feb. 28, 2017, Concord, N.H.

Joseph A. Young ’61 Feb. 14, 2017, Cape Neddick, Maine

John N. Eastberg ’66 Feb. 18, 2017, Narragansett, R.I.

Lawrence E. Berry ’62 Sept. 15, 2016, Jacksonville, Fla. Catherine A. Hickey-Williams ’62 April 3, 2017, Newtown, Conn. Robert J. LaPointe ’62, ’64G Feb. 14, 2017, Seattle, Wash. Douglas H. MacGregor ’62 Jan. 30, 2017, Lebanon, N.H.

Peter W. Mason ’66 Dec. 8, 2016, Los Angeles, Calif. John H. Oleson ’66 Feb. 9, 2017, Lancaster, N.H. David W. Perham ’66 Jan. 31, 2017, Royal Palm Beach, Fla. Daniel F. Ryan ’66 April 23, 2017, Plymouth, Mass.

David A. Basque ’67 Mar. 20, 2017, Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Robert A. McCabe ’73 Jan. 29, 2017, Brewster, Mass.

Ann Connors-Adler ’67 Nov. 19, 2016, Rochester, N.Y.

Gary E. Thorn ’73, ’78G April 1, 2017, Concord, N.H.

Dennis J. Quinlan ’67 Feb. 11, 2017, Dover, N.H. James A. Gallagher ’69 May 20, 2017, Lyndonville, Vt.

Daniel S. Wheeler ’73 Mar. 15, 2017, Gilford, N.H.

Allen C. Lang ’69 April 1, 2017, Charlottesville, Va.

Sarann A. McMillan-Ried ’89 May 16, 2017, W. Burlington, Iowa

Maury S. Hirshberg ’79 Mar. 4, 2017, Palm Springs, Calif.

Susan Seed Quinn ’89 May 14, 2017, Sterling, Mass.

1980s Dana F. Lancaster ’80 May 7, 2017, Concord, N.H.

Nancy Balcom Ganley ’74 April 25, 2017, Keene, N.H.


Diane E. Metayer ’80 April 10, 2017, Springfield, Mass.

Douglas B. Downey ’90 Jan. 20, 2017, Rye, N.H.

Dwight A. Anttila ’75 Mar. 18, 2017, New Castle, Dela.

Christine Baylis Savignano ’80 Feb. 2, 2017, Auburn, Maine

Sandra Grosfelt Peschke ’90 April 21, 2017, Burlington, Mass.

Kathleen M. Guilderson ’75 Feb. 14, 2017, Concord, N.H.

Leslie Sullivan Mannix ’81 Feb. 13, 2017, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Victor A. Love ’95 May 9, 2017, Portsmouth, N.H.

Richard R. Bardorf ’70 April 22, 2017, Etna, N.H.

Karl M. Johnson ’75 Feb. 18, 2017, West Ossipee, N.H.

Wendy Smith Griffin ’82 Jan. 20, 2017, Hingham, Mass.

Michael P. Veneto ’95 Feb. 10, 2017, Jacksonville, Fla.

Cheryl Phipps Burrows ’70, ’73G Jan. 20, 2017, Keene, N.H.

Raymond Restani ’75, ’80G Mar. 30, 2017, Portsmouth, N.H.

Winifred Gutmann Morenz ’82 Jan. 23, 2017, East Swanzey, N.H.

Robert J. Simard ’97 Feb. 20, 2017, Woodstock, Ga.

Paula Bosse Formisano ’70 Feb. 10, 2017, Scottasdale, Ariz.

Deborah Kyrios Shapiro ’75 April 24, 2017, Cambridge, Mass.

Jo-Anne Riviere Wallace ’82 May 9, 2017, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Shawn D. Cann ’98 Feb. 28, 2017, Hampton, N.H.

Chester G. Russell ’70 April 23, 2017, Madison, N.H.

Joan M. Baldwin ’76, ’82G Mar. 15, 2017, Wolfeboro, N.H.

Gary P. Galanis ’83 Feb. 26, 2017, Merrimack, N.H.

William R. Scruton ’70 Mar. 17, 2017, Keene, N.H.

Dorothy Spirer Beach ’76 Feb. 3, 2017, Lawrenceville, N.J.

Michelle Genova ’83 Mar. 1, 2017, Provincetown, Mass.

Janet Pinsince Christie ’71 Feb. 23, 2017, Hallowell, Maine

Stevens R. Daigneault ’76 Mar. 4, 2017, Kissimmee, Fla.

Claire M. Kontos ’83 Mar. 4, 2017, Sandown, N.H.

Amy Partin Tyack ’05 May 6, 2017, Essex, Mass.

Stephanie Lord Gill ’71 Jan. 26, 2017, Worcester, Mass.

David R. DiCicco ’76 Jan. 31, 2017, Wilmington, Mass.

Peter N. Sims ’83 Jan. 25, 2016, Madison, Conn.

Laure I. Angel ’06, ’08G Feb. 5, 2017, Brighton, Vt.

Anna K. Johnson ’71 Mar. 19, 2017, Stamford, Conn.

Richard E. Fellows ’76, ’80G Feb. 20, 2017, Manchester, N.H.

David M. Teager ’83 Mar. 2, 2017, Cary, N.C.

Shane J. Smith ’07 April 19, 2017, Portsmouth, N.H.

Alfred T. Poliquin ’71 Mar. 7, 2017, Rochester, N.H.

Sheila M. Richardson ’77 April 18, 2017, Groveland, Mass.

Paul E. Dutka ’84 Mar. 15, 2017, Greenville, SC

Nathan-Edward W Miller ’08 May 17, 2017, Denair, Calif.

Karl I. Gray ’72 Mar. 9, 2017, Newburyport, Mass.

Barbara Harvey VanBilliard ’77 April 17, 2017, York, Maine

Pamela Raiford ’86, ’95G April 13, 2017, Portsmouth, N.H.

Elizabeth M. Munson ’72 May 11, 2017, York, Maine

Susan J. Bruns ’78, ’95G Feb. 22, 2017, New York, N.Y.

Todd S. Stressenger ’86 May 15, 2017, Falmouth, Mass.

Kenneth J. Relihan ’72 April 29, 2017, Springfield, Vt.

Susan Ponton Person ’78 April 6, 2017, Moultonborough, N.H.

Janet Newton Webster ’72 Feb. 28, 2017, Tacoma, Wash.

Scott C. Winslow ’78 May 17, 2017, Hamilton, Mass.

Cathleen Scherer McDonough ’87 April 6, 2017, Rye, N.H.

James W. Laycock ’73 May 2, 2017, Gulfport, MIss.

Rodkey Craighead ’79JD May 17, 2017, Manchester, N.H.


forestry department. Sue’s love of horses soon became the focus of her life. “She was completely dedicated to animals in general and horses in particular,” says her brother Eric. Twelve years older than her sister, Pamela Brayton ’67 recalls Sue taking riding lessons throughout her childhood and working on horse farms during school vacations. And she remembers once being sent to the barn in search of her little sister, only to find her doing homework while lying in the hay beneath Corona, her favorite horse. Sue calmly told her horrified sister not to worry because “Corona would never hurt me.” “I learned early to buy Sue presents instead of giving her money to celebrate special occasions,” says Pamela. “I realized she would always spend money gifts on hay instead of on something for herself.” Love of animals was something Sue shared with their mother, says Pamela, remembering a house filled with dogs and cats as the children, including their brother Robert ’69, were growing up. Later in life, when their mother developed Alzheimer’s disease and moved to a specialized care facility, Sue visited often, always bringing an animal along to brighten her mother’s day. After graduation, Sue worked at UMass Amherst before returning to UNH, where she managed the university’s light horse stable, taught a generation of equestrians and served as a member of the Durham Ambulance Corps. She later worked at LSU as a lab assistant in the veterinary school before finding her dream job at ARK at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. A privately owned animal airport terminal, ARK’s services include the boarding, kenneling, importing, exporting and

2000s Andrew D. Craighead ’04 April 17, 2017, Manchester, N.H.

2010s Christian J. Dyer ’12 May 2, 2017, Windham, N.H. Timothy M. Fitzgerald ’17 May 6, 2017, Tavares, Fla. Steven J. Batakis ’18 May 4, 2017, Peabody, Mass.

Steven R. Dusseault ’88 Mar. 15, 2017, Manchester, N.H.

James M. Hebert ’19 Feb. 11, 2017, Amherst, N.H.

transportation of animals of all sizes. Sue worked with the horses, which by law must be quarantined for specific periods of time before entering the U.S. It was the perfect job for her, say Eric and Pamela, because she was able to put all her knowledge to use and she worked with people whose intense love of animals equaled her own. In addition to being physically strong, Sue brought many of the skills of a horse whisperer to her job at ARK, adds Pamela. If a stallion was nervous or frightened, she would always be able to calm the animal down. After sustaining a serious pelvic injury in an accident several years ago, Sue was told she would never ride again. Determined to prove her doctor wrong, she so impressed him with her recovery that he asked her to make a video of herself on horseback to inspire other patients with similar injuries. For several weeks last winter, Sue wasn’t feeling well, says her sister, and on February 22, realizing that she was seriously ill, her thoughts were for her family and her beloved animals. She called ARK to check on the horses before calling 911 and Pamela, who stayed on the phone with her as EMTs and police rushed to her aid. Sue died from an aortic dissection just as help arrived. Her family held her memorial service in the same room in Three Chimneys Inn where she had once spent so many happy hours on her rocking horse. ²

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ITS FORMER GLORY, AND THEN SOME After two years of work, the extensively renovated Hamilton Smith Hall opens its doors this fall. The $37 million overhaul to the iconic building included reconstruction of a soaring two-story central atrium and airy classrooms in the front wings that highlight two restored WPA-era murals. Replacing a haphazard 1965 addition at the rear of the building, a new, T-shaped expansion features high-tech classrooms, informal meeting areas, generous office space—and a footbridge over the ravine that connects the building with the T Hall parking lot, creating a major pedestrian way not only to and from Ham Smith but also through it. Those involved in the renovation make liberal use of terms like “modern” and “state-of-the-art” to describe the project, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have an eye to the future. At the building’s official grand reopening on Sept. 22, the College of Liberal Arts plans to seal within one of its walls a time capsule of mementos to be opened in 2117.



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Parting Shot

Their UNH Legacy Honors a Life Together



loyd ’48 and Grace Farwell ’45 never forgot their time at UNH, as their sons Wayne and Allan will tell you.

Before Lloyd and Grace passed away, they

each included a generous gift to UNH in their wills. “As they got older, they thought more and more about how UNH impacted them,” Wayne says. “They realized how important their UNH experience was to both of their lives.” Lloyd and Grace met at UNH before Lloyd left to enlist as an Army pilot in World War II. Following the war, he was tasked with overseeing operations at a small inn in Austria. Returning to UNH in 1946, he pursued a degree in hotel administration, which set him on the path to a career that saw him rise to the level of senior vice president with Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Though Grace had graduated while

Allan Farwell says that, without UNH, his parents Lloyd ’48 and Grace ’45 never would have met.

he was enlisted, the pair reconnected, and a few months after Lloyd’s graduation in 1948, they were married. The Farwells chose to make a planned gift to provide scholarships and support for the hospitality program because UNH helped shape the life they would share, and they wanted to help UNH make a difference for future students, as well. “We can’t say enough about their UNH experience,” Allan says, adding that from finding each other to his father finding his career, “without UNH, none of this would have occurred.”

Learn more about including UNH in your plan for the future. Visit unhlegacy.org or contact Theresa Curry, assistant vice president of gift planning and administration, at (603) 862-4895 or theresa.curry@unh.edu The Benjamin Thompson Society at UNH recognizes the foresight and generosity of those, like Grace and Lloyd Farwell, who have planned support for the university through wills, trusts, life income funds and life insurance gifts. The society honors the memory of Benjamin Thompson, whose bequest established the university’s Durham campus in 1893.

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