Page 1


New Hampshire Impact: UNH’s value to the state only starts with educating its workforce. | 50 Team Approach: Some of the university’s best work comes out of community partnerships. | 24 Setting the Bar: UNH Law’s Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program is one of a kind. | 44

The Magazine of the University of New Hampshire | Winter 2017

CELEBRATE 150: 150 UNH Moments.

| 30

UNH is 150!

Celebrate, wherever you are. Join alumni and friends at a regional gathering near you in honor of UNH’s 150th anniversary. Make new connections and celebrate the enduring friendships and lifelong passions you discovered at UNH. Southwest Florida (Venice Area) Plantation Golf & Country Club Friday, February 10, 2017 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Southeast Florida (Palm Beach Area) PGA National Resort and Spa Sunday, February 12, 2017 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Hosted by Dana A. Hamel ’88P Co-Chair, CELEBRATE 150: The Campaign for UNH

Atlanta Capital City Club, Brookhaven Tuesday, March 14, 2017 6–8 p.m. Hosted by Paul M. Houghton ’82, Marianne Burns Houghton ’83, Bob Webster ’80 and Susan Gardner Webster ’80

San Francisco

Washington, DC

Sens Restaurant Tuesday, March 21, 2017 6–8 p.m.

Occidental Grill & Seafood Thursday, April 6, 2017 6–8 p.m.

Hosted by Peter T. Paul ’67 President, Headlands Asset Management

Hosted by Brian McCabe ’91 Managing Partner, DCI Group

Los Angeles


Private Residence, Los Angeles Thursday, March 23, 2017 6–8 p.m.

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

Hosted by Marcy Carsey '66 American Television Producer, Carsey Werner Productions

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



Merion Cricket Club Tuesday, April 4, 2017 6–8 p.m.

Ivy Room Thursday, May 11, 2017 6–8 p.m.

Hosted by Drew Camerota ’83 Senior VP, Bryn Mawr Trust Asset Management, Thomas G. Wilkinson, Jr. ’78 Member, Cozen O'Connor and Rob Hastings ’93



Status Symbol: Until they were replaced by class rings in 1940, “class canes” were a popular way for UNH seniors to showcase their top-of-the-school status. p. 37

The Magazine of the University of New Hampshire | Winter 2017

Contents UNH, Connected

No ivory tower here: Whether it’s science or social change, for UNH researchers, the best answers to academic questions often arise from community partnerships.

24 150 UNH Moments

“Dulcy” and Duke Ellington. Pepkittens and pat that ‘cat. Part two of our three-part sesquicentennial series looks at some of the defining moments in UNH’s 150-year history.


Departments 5 | Editor’s Desk 7 | Letters

A Legal Leg-Up

10 | Current


52 | Class Notes

State Champion

77 | In Memoriam

From the military’s elite Judge Advocate General’s corps to private practice, the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program puts UNH Law grads ahead of the curve.

What has UNH done for New Hampshire lately? Quite a bit, it turns out.


high spirits at Homecoming ◆ water wizards ◆ a place for vets ◆ a new black hole ◆ two Bill Bowes(es) ◆ and more Francis DiNuzzo ’78, ’81G Tate Aldrich ’08 Kendall Kunelius ’15 John Lawson ’49 Elizabeth Stewart ’88

80 | Parting Shot

50 Winter 2017





Editor-in-Chief Kristin Waterfield Duisberg Art Director and Designer Valerie Lester

Contributing and Staff Writers Larry Clow ’12G Christina Geromini ’17 Karen Hammond ’64 Erika Mantz Beth Potier Jody Record ’95

Discovering the stories behind UNH’s community partnerships was more than just research for Debbie Kane: It revealed the important work the university is doing with different constituencies both near and far. “It’s fascinating to learn the difference the university is making in the lives of so many people, from victims of sexual assault and violence here in New Hampshire to indigenous students in Hawaii,” she says. Kane is a freelance writer, editor and contributor to a number of regional publications. She balances story-telling with attempts to parent two daughters.

Contributing and Staff Photographers John Benford Ian Christmann Cris Duncan Paul Fetters Jeremy Gasowski David J. Murray / Clear Eye Photo David Speltz University Archives

◆ Editorial Office 15 Strafford Ave. Durham, NH 03824 Publication Board of Directors Mark W. Huddleston President, University of New Hampshire Debbie Dutton Vice President, Advancement Joel Seligman Chief Communications Officer Susan Entz ’08G Associate Vice President, Alumni Association Robert McGrath ’96 President, UNH Alumni Association Bridget Finnegan Creative Director


New Hampshire Impact: UNH’s value to the state only starts with educating its workforce. | 50


UNH Magazine 15 Strafford Avenue Durham, New Hampshire 03824

Team Approach: Some of the university’s best work comes out of community partnerships. | 24 Setting the Bar: Law’s Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program is one of a kind. | 44

The Magazine of the University of New Hampshire | Winter 2017

The Magazine of the University of New Hampshire | Winter 2017

Keith Testa has never sat for a bar exam. Neither have many UNH Law graduates who complete the Daniel Webster Scholar program. The difference? The featured party in one of those statements is licensed to practice law (hint: it’s not Keith). The first-of-its-kind bar alternative course of study broke new ground in legal education — and is producing some wildly successful young lawyers. “It’s exciting to tell the story of an institution that is inventive and forward-thinking enough to challenge the traditional legal education formula,” Testa says. He is the communications manager at UNH Law and an occasionally competent member of his rec league basketball team.

CELEBRATE 150: 150 UNH Moments.

| 30

cover photo by Kim Billings ’81: UNH STEMbassador at the CEPS North Country STEMfest. photo (back) by Huy Le ’17

◆ UNH Magazine is published in the fall, winter, and spring by the University of New Hampshire Office of University Communications and Public Affairs and the Office of the President. © 2017, University of New Hampshire. Readers may send address changes, letters, news items, and email address changes to: University of New Hampshire Magazine, 15 Strafford Ave., Durham, NH 03824 or email



Winter 2017

SO MUCH TO CELEBRATE: On Sept. 30, the Whittemore Center was transformed for “Hear Us Roar, ” UNH’s sesquicentennial celebration and launch event for its comprehensive campaign.


Winter 2017



These 10 students discover new possibilities every day at UNH.

® 4


Winter 2017

Editor’s Current Desk

in this issue...


You’ve set a fundraising goal of $275 million for this campaign. What will that money make possible? We have five major priorities: student support, programmatic support, faculty support, research and infrastructure. These are all important, but student scholarships and student support are particularly critical. Access and affordability — ensuring that all qualified students who want to attend UNH are able to — is our number-one priority. Programmatic support includes student internships and career development as well as larger initiatives like the new Carsey School of Public Policy. We have an outstanding faculty that we must continue to foster with endowed chairs and other resources. We’re a public research university, so we also need to continue to support the intellectual enterprise of our students and faculty. As for infrastructure, that’s a place where you can literally see campaign results already. Paul College and Wildcat Stadium are both terrific new facilities that we’ve been able to build because of The Campaign for UNH. Speaking of Paul College, Wildcat Stadium and the Carsey School, we’ve made great headway on that $275 million goal thanks in large part to generous lead donors who have already made very significant gifts, right? What about alumni who might


had the privilege of being on hand when President Mark Huddleston formally announced UNH’s $275 million comprehensive campaign at the “Hear Us Roar” Celebrate 150 event on Sept. 30. It was a momentous occasion, but one that, for any number of reasons, the majority of our alumni weren’t able to experience. I recently sat down with President Huddleston to learn a little more about some of the key messages related to “Celebrate 150: The Campaign for UNH.” have five dollars — not five million — to give? UNH Foundation board member Lynne Dougherty ’78 has a great quote about that: “There’s a campaign role for everyone.” Roughly 40–60 percent of our campaign total will come from our board members, who have indeed made tremendously generous gifts. But that still means 40–60 percent of the money will come from everyone else. A lot will come from our annual donors through The 603 Challenge and other efforts — those gifts are part of this campaign, as well. If every alum were to make a $50 annual gift to UNH, that would add $14 million toward our goal by the close of the campaign. Why now? Well, there are a number of reasons. On one hand, you could ask, “Why not sooner?” This is really the first time in a very long time that we’ve had all the pieces in place — the people, the culture, the data — to launch a campaign. The 150th anniversary seemed like a propitious time to hit the button. And as I said at the kickoff, in many ways, this really is a golden age for UNH — we have wonderful students and faculty, and so much great work is being done here. What better time to celebrate history — or to make history?

Kristin Waterfield Duisberg Editor-in-chief

Winter 2017



Redesign Thumbs-Up hat fun to see a cover of the UNH publication that was dear to me — and actually never saw much light of day! As the new managing editor/designer in the early ‘80s, I changed the Alumnus from a newsprint tabloid to a full-color magazine. The jubilant cover you featured — with a UNH grad holding balloons, flowers and an unopened bottle of champagne — was on the inaugural issue. Alas, while the magazine was at press, then-president Evelyn Handler had the entire print run destroyed. Unknown to us at the Alumni Center, President Handler was about to launch an anti-drinking campaign and deemed the champagne bottle incompatible. The magazine was reprinted with a photo of Thompson Hall on the cover, and only a few of the original cover copies survived. Nonetheless, I enjoyed producing many more issues showcasing the UNH community’s zest, ingenuity and accomplishment, and heartily congratulate you on the publication’s latest incarnation!


Without your support, seven of them would not be here. You missed the Neighborhood Beer Company in Exeter. Two of the owners are alumni.

UNHInnovation feature: “Now, all we’re doing is replacing plows with patents and cows with copyrights.” The “circle R” is a registered trademark symbol, being plowed into the Thompson Hall lawn.

Kimberly Berwanger ’95, Hoboken, N.J.

… And Down I have been struggling with how “change” has altered the spring 2016 UNH Magazine and for me, the fall 2015 edition remains the head of the class. The omission of “The View from T Hall” or any message at all from President Mark Huddleston seemed unconscionable. For many alumni, this is the only contact we have with the captain of our ship. Don’t give him the heave-ho. A change in much of the type (darker) would make the magazine more readable — white on color is almost indiscernible. My age may be a factor here, but with that I’m not alone. May I add a note for the inclusion of the Kognito program for all entering students? Kudos to the UNH Counseling Center for the development of this much-needed program. “Last Word” brings a note of cheer with Susan Little Varn ’80G, Kensington, N.H. restoration being done on the WPA mural at Hamilton Smith Hall. In 1939 we quietly studied at the Hamilton I always look forward to your magazine. Smith Library as the artist painted high I do like the new format and I hope you above us. Walking back and forth on his continue to use it. creaky wooden walkway, he paid no On a totally different note, I couldn’t attention to us nor we to him. help but notice the “circle R” on the front cover. I’m usually able to discern Pat Gibson Baker ’43, Carmichael , Calif. the true meanings of slightly cryptic messages but you’ve totally stumped me on this one. Please provide a brief Beer Brewers Bonanza explanation so I won’t think this is just another senior moment! loved the article about local craft brewers, but admit I felt a little Richard W. Story ’62, Fallston, Md. left out... I’m a 2003 alum and founder of 7th Settlement Brewery You weren’t the only one who asked in Dover. I’ll also be helping teach for about this, Richard! The cover was the business department and brewers intended to represent the issue’s program in the fall. theme of “innovation” and the image was inspired by a quote from the Dave Boynton ’03, Dover, N.H.

We knew we’d miss some of you — we also heard from Deciduous Brewing in Newmarket, run by Frank Zagami ’00 and Maryann Mendzela ’99. Please keep those names and locations coming. We’ll publish an update when the new brewery minor is up and running.

Concussion Crisis Kudos


hank you for the excellent article about kinesiology professor Erik Swartz’s concussion research — “Game Changer” — very informative and timely. I’m usually at the Field House fitness center every day, so I know how talented and dedicated these student athletes are. And, it’s good to know that the athletic staff is committed to ensuring that the post-college lives of these folks won’t be compromised by head trauma sustained during their playing days. Paul Lavoie ’64, Rochester, N.H.

ATO Memories

Scholarship support is ourR top priority. Help make a UNH education possible for all students.


egarding page 72 and the picture of the ATO brothers posing for one last picture on the porch, part of the blurb reads: “Sadly, the house has now been demolished...” You should know that it was demolished by a UNH alum, which perhaps somewhat mitigates the "sadness" of this event. I remember seeing guys ski off the porch roof when I lived in Fairchild as a sophomore. It was a classic landmark on campus. And my

Make your gift today.

CELEBRATE 150: The Campaign for UNH



Winter 2017


More Remarkable Wildcats


just finished reading the latest UNH Magazine and was interested in the “150 Remarkable Wildcats” article. I was aware of or knew a few of those listed, but I was a bit disappointed that my uncle, professor emeritus Clark L. Stevens, didn’t make the list. I know he was quite active in the forestry program and thought he was a major force. I know he taught for decades and spent a lot of time with his students in the field — especially up around the Kancamagus Highway, where there is a section of forest dedicated to his memory. Just a thought. I know there were probably lots more that deserved mention as well and it made it difficult to select just 150 notables. Richard Stevens, Jr. ’71 Monroeville, Penn. (by email)

I’m sure you’ll hear from others about someone overlooked in your “150 Remarkable Wildcats” article. My contribution is former classmate Maryann Plunkett ’76, who won a Best Actress Tony Award in 1987, has appeared in several Broadway productions and has dozens of movie and television acting credits, including “Law & Order” and “House of Cards.” And while I was glad to see friend and fellow UNH journalist Lynne Tuohy on your list, you left the “e” off her name. Otherwise, a great issue! Jeffrey Palmer ’75 Reading, Mass. (by email)

In response to your open request for additional information about UNH graduates’ accomplishments in the recent edition of our fantastic alumni magazine, I submit the following: William Pike of New London, N.H., and Robert Keene of Hanover are two members of the class of 1956 who became dentists and have practiced in New Hampshire since the early 1960s. They are the only dentists, to date, in the state to achieve board

certification in restorative dentistry from the American Board of Operative Dentistry. Board certification requires a lengthy process of written examination, clinical production before examiners on live patients, and the presentation and oral examination of two treated patient cases before the examining board. It is the only professional board that requires actual performance before examiners. Fewer than 120 dentists in the world have achieved this designation. You might wish to acknowledge this accomplishment as part of your lifting up graduates from our dear university. Robert C. Keene ’56 Hanover, N.H. (by email)

I just returned from 10 days of travel to find my UNH Magazine in the mailbox. I’m deeply appreciative for having been included in the group of 150 “Remarkable Wildcats.” I’m certainly in great company. Looking at these folks, from so many fields, reflects brightly on our shared UNH experience. Daniel Mariaschin ’71 Chevy Chase, Md. (by email)

to me as Robert, and I was immediately charmed by his quirkiness, his wit and his breadth of knowledge. Of course, your article captured all this wonderfully. I looked forward to walking to the MUB with him and having lunch with him on occasion. One thing I recall vividly was the way he dressed at the time. He had purchased a number of leisure suits (remember them? they were already relics from the late seventies), probably because he was able to get them so cheaply, and he wore a different colored one every day: pastel yellow, pastel blue, pastel green, you get the idea. Needless to say, he was pretty easy to spot on campus! I am glad to hear that his life worked out so well for him — and for UNH. John Mahoney ’82 Redding, Calif. (by email)

Thank you for the story about four-star General Lori Robinson ’81 in the fall UNH Magazine. I am very proud to say that I know Lori (or rather, Gen’l. Robinson) and can attest to how proud her “home town” of Bartlett (N.H.) is of her. Way to go, Lori! Norman Head (posted online)

Editor’s Note: Several readers contacted us to note that our “150 Remarkable Wildcats” list incorrectly listed Art Vailas ’73 as president of the University of Idaho. Vailas is the president of Idaho State University, a position he has held since 2006.

Well Written



Thanks for the retrospective on Robert Morin. When I met him in 1980 he introduced himself

We incorrectly identified groom Matt Spinner ’06 in his wedding photo in the fall UNH Magazine class notes (p. 71). Spinner and his wife, Elizabeth Allen Spinner ’07, are pictured here with some of their Wildcat guests at their Sept. 5, 2015, nuptials in New York’s Hudson Valley.

have just read the article about the mysterious Mr. Morin in the fall issue of UNH Magazine. What a wonderful story, and so beautifully written. I had seen articles in the mainstream press, including The Washington Post, but this article surpasses anything else I have read. Sally Asher (posted online)

Winter 2017



Current Current



Winter 2017


Winter 2017



THEY BELIEVE IN UNH: Gray skies and chilly temps couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the UNH students who marched in the annual Homecoming parade — or the many community members who lined Main Street to watch. Joined by Gnarlz and Wild E. Cat, President Huddleston, the Wildcat Marching Band and several Oyster River music groups, students covered the distance from downtown Durham to the Whittemore Center by foot and on floats.



Wildcat Welcome


hether you’re 50 miles from Durham or 5,000, wear UNH gear in public and chances are good that at some point, someone will approach you with a smile and the news that he or she, too, is a Wildcat. It’s a testament to how much UNH alumni all across the United States — and beyond — love their alma mater, and how eager they are to connect over shared experiences. When it comes to attracting the next generation of Wildcats, alumni are the university’s best ambassadors. This year, the office of admissions has developed a new program to engage more alumni in its recruitment efforts, particularly as UNH intensifies its efforts in key markets including Colorado, Seattle, southern Florida, southern California and the San Francisco Bay area. “Our alumni represent our most compelling case for UNH,” says Victoria Dutcher, vice president for enrollment management. “They’re successful, they’re passionate about their university, and the personal connections they make with prospective students and their parents really have power in showing applicants that UNH is a place where they can see themselves.” ²

Recruit a Future Wildcat! •

Talk to high school students and parents in your neighborhood about your experience at UNH. Especially if you are a teacher or school counselor or serve on a school board, make sure your school knows about UNH. Wear your UNH gear proudly whenever you are at a public event with high school students and their parents!

Do you live in Colorado, Seattle, southern Florida, southern California or San Francisco? We’d particularly love to hear from you. Contact alumni ambassador program coordinator Josh Kellogg at joshua.kellogg@, or sign up online at admissions.unh. edu/alumni-volunteer-program.



Winter 2017


A Place for Veterans New center offers expanded services — and room to relax can’t submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid because they’re on the GI Bill. “Some don’t understand that we’re not the ones who issue benefits; once they have a certificate of eligibility, we can put things into action.” Entering students learned all of this and more during VET Connect, a pre-orientation program just for veterans, guardsmen and reservists that this year took place Aug. 24–25. The program included a tour of campus and an introduction to services such as the Center for Academic Resources, Disability Services for Students and Information Technology. Sattler says VET Connect “makes them a group instead of just individuals. Since we have staff, that’s a growing piece of what we can do — we get to spend more time with them, help them make connections and feel like they fit in.” That doesn’t come easily for everyone. Many of UNH’s veterans are first-generation students for whom college wasn’t part of the conversation when they were younger. Sattler says there can be a sense of feeling apart, especially for those who have been to war. “One out of three combat veterans has a traumatic brain injury and/or PTSD, causing them to struggle academically in areas where they used to excel,” he explains. “They lose hope. We tell them the GI Bill pays for tutors and try to make sure they know they are not alone, that there are other people here like them.” Gilbert notes that before, she and Sattler only had the capacity to help these students address financial issues. The expanded programming is better. “Following up makes a difference. Helping them meet others, getting to know their environment — it’s about keeping the connection alive.” ²



t’s the first meeting of the Student Armed Forces Association and a handful of student veterans are gathered in a small suite on the third floor of Thompson Hall. Doug Rodoski ’16 sits in an overstuffed chair, his feet extended toward a small coffee table trunk decorated with American flags. A few feet away, Zechariah Anderson ’19 is settled into a matching chair. Anderson’s service dog, a yellow lab named Dexter, rests his chin on Anderson’s knee. Until recently, the 280-plus student veterans, guardsmen and reservists attending UNH didn’t have a place of their own where they could gather and be among people who shared a similar past or present. In fact, until 2010, there was no actual office of military and veterans’ services on the Durham campus. Veterans’ coordinator Lonn Sattler worked out of the registrar’s office in Stoke Hall, where, for nearly 30 years, he and a handful of students guided former and current student soldiers through the college process. In November 2015, the UNH Military & Veterans Services (MVS) set up in an office on the third floor of Thompson Hall. In April, the space was expanded to add a veteran-student lounge outfitted with a donated television, coffeemaker and refrigerator. And it’s not just the physical space — the new MVS office is also fully staffed. Karen Gilbert started working there part-time in 2011 and became the full-time director in 2015. Denny Byrne, parttime support specialist, was hired in 2013, and Katie Romero, assistant veterans coordinator, joined the team in 2015. Together with Sattler, they help students understand what benefits are available and how to get them. “A lot of students don’t know what they’re eligible for or how to use what they have,” Gilbert says. Many students, for example, think they

ON TOP OF THE WORLD: UNH researchers Kevin Jerram ‘14G and Evgenia Bazhenova were among a crew of 67 who paid a quick visit to the North Pole during a summer datagathering trip to the Arctic Ocean. Jerram and Bazhenova, both researchers with UNH’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, spent six weeks on the Swedish ice breaker Oden, Jerram as a senior researcher and mentor in geophysical sciences and multibeam sonar, and Bazhenova as one of nine early career scientists invited to join the Arctic mission. The stop at latitude 90°N was brief; Jerram, Bazhenova and others paused just long enough to take photos before getting back to work.

— Jody Record ’95

Winter 2017






Mild Memories Carsey study finds that recollections of winter warmth are influenced by climate beliefs


hat lingers in your mind when you think back to winter 2016… the balmy Christmas Day that saw many in shorts and T-shirts? The April snow that dusted early phlox and daffodils with white? A new study out of the Carsey School of Public Policy indicates that New Hampshire residents who do not believe that human activities are changing the climate were less likely to recall — that the record-breaking month of December 2015, or the winter of 2015– 16 as a whole — had been warmer than average. The same held true for individuals who identified as political independents or Tea Party supporters. In fact, both December 2015 and the 2015–16 cold season were the warmest in Granite State historical records dating back to 1895. And yet just two months after the exceptional December, only 63 percent of residents polled remembered it was warmer than average, and in April, 73 percent of residents remembered the winter had been warmer than average. According to Carsey researchers, New Hampshire residents who think that climate change is a result of human activities were most likely to recall the unusual warmth of December, suggesting that even for such immediate phenomena as recent local weather,

Winter 2017

climate change beliefs exert some influence on perceptions. The research was conducted by Lawrence Hamilton, professor of sociology and a senior fellow at the Carsey School, and Mary LemckeStampone, New Hampshire state climatologist and associate professor of geography. “Although research has convinced most active scientists that humans are changing Earth’s climate, many politicians and a large faction of the public reject this conclusion,” Hamilton and Lemcke-Stampone say. Science does appear to be making inroads, however. The researchers report that, over the seven years for which they have been conducting surveys with New Hampshire residents about climate change and seasonal recall, public agreement that human-caused climate change is real has risen, from the low 50s in 2010 to about 65 percent in April 2016. ² — Erika Mantz


(LIFE)JACKET REQUIRED: UNH has a new classroom and research lab — one that requires sea legs and a lifejacket. In May, the university’s School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering welcomed the R/V Gulf Surveyor, a state-of-the-art research vessel that will help researchers map the coastal seafloor and better understand the ocean environment while providing training in the latest oceanographic practices. The 48-foot aluminum vessel, docked at the New Castle, N.H., pier adjacent to the university’s Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex, has the capability to deploy sophisticated multi-beam echosounders to create much-needed maps of the sea floor and water column and is certified for 18 passengers.


Professor with a Porpoise

SCIENCE FACT: Space Science Center research scientist Dacheng Lin headlined a recent article in The Astrophysical Journal describing a finding that sounds like the stuff of science fiction: a massive black hole wandering the edge of the galaxy about 4.5 billion light years away. Lin used data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency’s XXM-Newton X-ray observatory to find evidence for the heretofore undocumented black hole, which has a mass some 100,000 times that of the sun. Lin says the black hole revealed itself as it consumed a nearby star — a process that created extremely luminous X-ray flares, which were captured by the agencies’ telescopes.


hris Glass wouldn’t blame you if you’ve never heard of the vaquita. The small porpoise is so secretive that it wasn’t discovered as a species until 1958. Plus, there are only about 60 of them in existence, all in the upper Gulf

Gillnets, nearly invisible fine nets that entangle and capture target fish, are by far the largest threat to vaquitas, which get trapped and, as mammals, drown. Mexico has made a two-year ban on gillnets permanent, so Glass and his committee aim to improve vaquita-safe

of California, making the vaquita the world’s most rarest marine mammal. In July Glass, director of the Northeast Consortium and a research professor in UNH’s Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory, was tapped to lead an international committee of experts committed to saving the vaquita by improving fishing techniques. His appointment, announced by Mexico’s National Institute of Fisheries and the World Wildlife Fund, follows a bilateral agreement by President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to protect the vaquita. “We need to develop ways that fishermen can continue to earn a living without endangering the vaquita,” Glass says. “My work has been based on reducing bycatch and discard in global fisheries — developing ways we can catch what we want to catch and release everything else untouched underwater.”

fishing technology to support shrimp and other fisheries in the upper Gulf of California. The presidential agreement will also put teeth into a crackdown on illegal gillnet fishing of another endangered species, the totoaba, whose swim bladder is prized in Chinese herbal medicine. “The illegal fishing has been rampant,” says Glass. “International trade in totoaba has been banned for a number of years, but fishermen receive $4,000 per pound of swim bladder, equivalent to half a year’s salary for legal fishing.” While Glass says he’s honored and excited to chair this committee of international experts, the work is sobering. “It’s a double-edged sword,” he admits, noting that the vaquita’s population numbers have plummeted by one-third in just two years. “If we’re not successful, it’s pretty devastating. But if we can reduce bycatch and discard to zero, I think there’s hope.” ²


Improving fishing techniques may help save an endangered marine mammal

— Beth Potier

Winter 2017





he women’s cross country team made a run for the record books in October, taking home its fourth-straight America East championship. Elinor Purrier ’17 set a new America East championship meet record, covering the 5 kilometer course in 16:27.1. Meg Champagne ’20 and Hannah Kimball ’17 placed sixth and ninth, respectively. It’s the second America East cross country championship title in three years for Purrier, who sat out last fall’s cross country season. In combination with winter and spring track, the standout runner has now won her last 10 America East championship races. In the men’s cross country championship race, the Wildcats placed fourth, paced by Timothy Keneflick ’18 and Brett Hoerner ’19. Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams made a bid for America East titles, as well. The women’s team ended a 7-9-3 season with a nailbiting 0-1 semifinal round loss to the University at Albany (New York). The Wildcats nearly tied the game on a Kendra Prince ’19 header at the buzzer,



Winter 2017

but the clock ran out while the ball was still in the air. The men’s team finished its season at home with an America East quarterfinal loss, falling to the University of Hartford 1-2. Capping a strong 12-7-0 season, the ’Cats may still earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The field hockey team traveled to California for its America East championship series, as the third-seeded East division team. Though the Wildcats took an early lead on a goal by Lindsey Nerbonne ’17, they fell to host school University of the Pacific 2-4. The volleyball team finished its regular season with an 18-10 record and the number-one seed for America East Tournament play began at home on Nov. 18. ²


Women’s cross country heads a list of Wildcat teams ending their fall season with America East championship bids


Four Years Running


PLAY BY PLAY: Jack Edwards ’79 was on campus Sept. 21 to speak with students at the MUB about the future of media. Edwards began his sportscasting career calling games for hockey on WUNH as an undergrad and went on to work for both Boston’s WCVB Channel 5 and ESPN. He has announced Boston Bruins games for New England Sports Network for 11 seasons alongside color commentator and fellow alumnus Andy Brickley ’82.


hen UNH’s (relatively new) women’s ice hockey assistant coach met the football team’s Hall of Fame-winning former coach at the latter sport’s home opener Sept. 10, it’s easy to imagine the conversation went something like this: “Hello, I’m Bill Bowes.” “Nice to meet you. I’m Bill Bowes, too.” Confused? Though they aren’t related (at least as far as they know) the two men share a name — and a profession. When hockey’s Bowes came on board in 2014, he was aware that he shared a moniker with a former athletics staffer but didn’t realize what a UNH legend his predecessor was. Football’s Bowes, who retired in 1998, remains the winningest coach in Yankee Conference/ Atlantic 10 college football, and earlier this year became the first Wildcat to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. For the hockey coach, his first association with the man with whom he shared a name was a little less awe-inspiring. “When I first started here, all my paycheck data went to him, so we had to fix that right away,” he says. It took more than two years for the two Boweses to meet, but when hockey coach

Bowes heard that football coach Bowes was going to be honored during halftime at the inaugural game at Wildcat Stadium in September, he rearranged his recruiting schedule to be on campus in time to introduce himself. He found his namesake in the stands during the second half. “I said, ‘Pardon me, I’m sorry to get in your way while you’re watching the game, but I wanted to introduce myself to you,’” the hockey coach recalls. “I said, ‘My name’s Bill Bowes,’ and he just looked at me and smiled.” “They told me about you,” football’s Bowes replied. The pair only spoke for a moment before parting ways to continue watching the Wildcats en route to a 39-28 victory over Holy Cross, but what the moment might have lacked in drama it made up for in symmetry: It wasn’t the first time another Bill Bowes had introduced himself to the football coach. The hockey coach’s father, also named Bill Bowes, had once worked as an official at a UMass football game at which the Minutemen hosted the UNH Wildcats. The two men had been introduced, then gone their separate ways. ² — Christina Geromini ’17 Winter 2017





Winter 2017


SATURDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: A record-setting crowd of more than 13,000 UNH football fans were on hand for the Wildcats’ home opener on Sept. 10, the team’s first game in the new Wildcat Stadium. Players entered the stadium for the 7 p.m. game just as the sun was setting, greeted by the roar of the capacity crowd and the outstretched arms of several dozen Oyster River Youth Association athletes. The fans’ good luck wishes couldn’t have hurt; though they trailed 13-21 at halftime, the Wildcats prevailed over the Holy Cross Crusaders to christen the stadium with a 39-28 victory.

Winter 2017




Seeing Threads: A Conversation with New Provost Nancy Targett


ancy Targett is passionate about connecting people and ideas. It’s a philosophy that guided her at the University of Delaware, where she joined the faculty in 1984 and was named dean of its College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment in 2005. That desire to bring people together and connect ideas across disciplines will be central to her work as UNH’s new provost and vice president for academic affairs. A nationally recognized oceanographer, Targett says she never expected to leave Delaware but couldn’t pass up the chance to come to UNH: “When I talked to everyone here and saw the genuineness of the people, the passion of the people for what they can accomplish here, it spoke to me. I thought: This is a place I can fit in and be a part of the team, where I can make a difference.”

other programs do you see in UNH’s future?

A. The academic landscape is changing across the nation, and universities are positioning themselves to do their best to carry on their mission, which is to inspire and transform students. UNH is an institution that’s been very dynamic in terms of how it’s positioning itself. It’s a time when there are serious resource constraints, and so the university has done a lot to streamline, be more efficient and deliver a quality education to students in a way that resonates with them. In the 21st century, that means more hands-on experience, thinking about the academic roadmap students are going to be on and how they can do internships and so on in their areas of interest, so that they have experience when they leave here to get jobs. I see my job as building on the excellence that’s already here. Q. What are some of the challenges that come with those opportunities?

A. You have to put resources at the top of the list of challenges. If we had an infinite supply of resources, we could probably work through the many issues we have in an easy way. But the fact that we don’t have an infinite supply of resources means there are not only challenges, but also opportunities, because this forces us to think creatively about how we do things. One really critical thing is that we continue to think about how we can work more collaboratively. We want to have depth in our 18


Winter 2017

disciplines, but we also want to have people who can communicate across those disciplines and work together. And we can train our students to do that, because that’s what the public and private sectors are looking for. Q. How can the university encourage that kind of collaboration?

A. I’m only just starting here, so I’m doing a lot of listening and I’m seeing connections. What I’d like to do is see threads that can be pulled through to unite a lot of sectors — can we involve students, both undergrads and graduates? Can we involve a lot of different people to each bring in their research expertise, and can it have outcomes that engage the public and private sector? There are several areas where I already see the opportunity to connect the dots in a way that will enhance what we already have at UNH. Q. What are some ways UNH can better engage the public sector and get the research that’s being conducted here out into the world?

A. One way is to enhance the way we appear to the outside world, in terms of portals to the university. We need to make it easy for people to find out about us — a lot of times, people are looking for a partnership with the university, but they don’t know exactly how or where to go. Having portals with a common entry point you can direct people to would be really valuable. And partnerships are important. There are three things I think are critical: inspiring and transforming our students; creating new knowledge through research and scholarship; and forging partnerships. Universities don’t do this alone — we do it in partnership with the community and with businesses, and more than ever, that is critical. ² — Larry Clow ’12G


Q. What opportunities for academics and


Water Wizards Emery & Garrett’s UNH-heavy team uses science to solve water problems


n 1992, Jamie Emery ’80, president of Emery & Garrett Groundwater Investigations (EGGI), was retained by the Virginia State Department of Corrections to identify new water sources for a prison in Culpeper County. The caveat: he first had to drill at a site a local dowser hired by the state had chosen. After poking around with his forked stick, the dowser placed his ear to the ground, told Emery he heard a subterranean river, and advised Emery to drill on the spot. “We got 10 gallons of water a minute,”

PROPS FOR THE PD: During the summer, UNH’s police department was reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), reaffirming its position among a select group of law enforcement agencies across the country. Police Chief Paul Dean says the CALEA reaccreditation means his department meets the highest industry standards in the United States for public safety. “Roughly only 5 percent of law enforcement agencies are accredited, so we’re very proud to be part of an elite group of agencies,” Paul says.

Northeast Energy Direct pipeline on groundwater resources as well as ongoing discussions about the impact of contaminant perfluorooctanoic acid on domestic and public water supplies. EGGI also pioneered a project for UNH and the town of Durham to augment existing groundwater supply that could “change the paradigm for how we use water in the future,” Emery says.

Small firm, big impact Based in an unassuming building in Meredith not far from the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, EGGI was founded by Emery and hydrogeologist Peter Garrett. The two met in the 1980s, when Garrett was working for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection cleaning up contaminated groundwater sites. He and Emery decided their new company would handle “clean” (i.e., groundwater exploration and development) and “dirty” (contaminated groundwater) water projrecalls Emery — a less-than-optimal result. When ects. The firm now works exclusively on clean the dowser suggested drilling 15 additional groundwater projects and has built a reputation wells, the state instead chose to drill the first of for superb scientific expertise that Emery credits several sites EGGI had identified using satellite to the firm’s collegial atmosphere. “Our projects imagery, geologic mapping, bedrock fracture are hard and often very complicated,” he says. “It fabric analysis and other scientific methods. That takes everyone’s skill sets and talents, working well produced 300 gallons of water a minute, and together, to succeed. We help each other out to the state went on to hire EGGI for six additional serve our clients in the best ways possible.” projects. “That’s groundwater exploration using Perhaps not coincidentally, seven of the firm’s site-specific exploration methods,” Emery says. employees are former Wildcats: Emery; vice “It works.” presidents John Brooks ’90 and Daniel You could think Tinkham ’86; senior project managers of Emery and his “Our work requires skills in all of team as scientific the sciences: physics, chemistry, Jeff Marts ’96 and Peter Foster ’00; and field supervisors Ryan Allen ’00 dowsers: Instead geology and biology. UNH has and Michael O’Brien ’05. “Our work of sticks, they use a great pool of people to draw requires skills in all of the sciences: high-tech tools from for our industry.” physics, chemistry, geology and biollike glacial mapogy,” says Tinkham. “UNH has a great ping technology, pool of people to draw from for our industry.” geophysical survey techniques and groundwater Nearly all of those Wildcats were involved modeling to unravel complex water resource when the firm took on a recent water developproblems. Since the company’s 1989 founding, ment/management project for the university and EGGI has completed more than 1,500 projects the town of Durham that could become a national for businesses and municipalities throughout the eastern United States, including federal agencies, template for water sustainability. Durham’s water demand is highest when universities, hospitals, municipal utilities, public its primary sources of water, the Lamprey and water authorities, counties, states and Fortune Oyster Rivers, are at their lowest flows: during 500 companies. Here in New Hampshire, the continued on p. 22 firm weighed in on the potential effects of the Winter 2017



Book Shelf

Standoff David Rivard, Graywolf Press, Aug. 2016


Toward the Hanging Tree: Poems of Salem Village

n his sixth collection, poet and UNH English professor Rivard persuades readers to recognize those human touchstones that arise as we navigate the wreckage of our present moment. Once again, Rivard proves himself a master of an understated yet powerful and compelling moral compass, just as he is also an acute observer of those disquieting daily nuances seeping into our lives. The ghosts of beloved friends, poets and family haunt many of these poems, as Rivard considers the constant gravitational pull of mortality, only to posit that experience itself offers us the power to call it, at least for now, a clear and hard-won standoff.

Ginny Lowe Connors ’73, Antrim House Books, June 2016. Connors’ latest book is a lyrical history, weaving together the evocative language of poetry and the stark reality of an important period of American history. Through the voices of the accused, the afflicted and those who stood by, Toward the Hanging Tree brings to life the familiar story of the Salem, Mass., witch hunt of 1692 in new and surprising ways.




The True Meaning of Myrrh John Manderino ’88G, Ice Cube Press, Oct. 2016 Thirteen-year-old Len Rossini has been asking for hockey gloves since before Thanksgiving, but the last promising-looking box left under the tree holds house slippers. Meanwhile, his older brother Sam receives not only the sophisticated smoking jacket he asked for but also a tape recorder to capture all the “magic” of Christmas 1966, which includes a serious falling out between the boys’ parents. Manderino’s sixth title for young readers serves up the holiday with both humor and pathos — and the answer to an age-old question: Just what is myrrh, anyway?

Winter 2017

Jeannine Atkins ’84, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Sept. 2016


n seventeenth-century Germany, Maria Merian wonders how caterpillars become butterflies, and documents her observations about metamorphosis in paintings. In England, a century later, Mary Anning puzzles over fossils and draws some controversial — but accurate — conclusions about life on Earth. On the other side of the Atlantic, New Englander Maria Mitchell studies star charts and discovers a comet. In her latest book for young readers, Atkins uses poetry to tell the true stories of these three girls, separated by a century and the width of the sea, whose curiosity about the natural world became scientific insight.


Auctions Timothy Hubbard ’03 and Harry Parsch, MIT Press, Jan. 2016


olby College assistant professor of economics Hubbard provides an accessible and engaging look at one of the financial markets’ oldest and most ubiquitous economic tools. Auctions explains both the theory and the practice of auctions, highlighting different auction formats and pricing rules and explaining bidder behavior with a range of real-world examples.

SHIFT Marylen Grigas ’64, Nature’s Face Publications, Oct. 2016


rom sea squirts to planets, graffiti to the human body, Grigas’ poems cast the stuff of daily life against deeper philosophical questions about love, fate and mortality.

Once Divided: Words and Images Susan Currie ’88, Shanti Arts Publishing, June 2016

Photographer and yoga instructor Currie blends poetic verse and imagery in a meditative handbook designed to “invoke stillness and a clearing for self-expression.”

But You Scared Me the Most

Sex, College and Social Media: A Commonsense Guide to Navigating the Hookup Culture

John Manderino ’88G, Chicago Review Press, June 2016 Mandarino’s collection of dark but often humorous short stories features a pantheon of disturbed and disturbing characters, human and otherwise. From an adolescent vampire-wannabe suffering the pains of first love to an elderly woman losing patience with her mischievous dead husband, many of the stories are modern takes on classic monster stories with a twist that reveals the dark heart of human nature.

Cindy Pierce ’88, Bibliomotion, Inc., Sept. 2016 In her followup to 2015’s Sexploitation, a guide to help parents raise children with healthy attitudes about sex, Pierce directly addresses college students and high school seniors entering the increasingly ambiguous and fraught world of “hookup culture.” Pierce covers issues including communication (both online and off), LGBTQ issues, sexual assault, affirmative consent, hookup culture, masculinity, porn, bystander behavior, STIs and contraception, providing the essential information young adults need to experience happier and healthier sexual lives.

Winter 2017




Water Wizards (cont.)



the fall, when students return to campus. After years of testing and monitoring, EGGI determined that a new groundwater supply could be created by transferring water from the Lamprey into the adjacent Spruce Hole Aquifer when the river is at its peak flow — a process called artificial recharge. Excess water is pumped into underground basins in the aquifer, where it’s treated and filtered naturally by the soil and sand and gravel deposits. The first artificial recharge project to be approved in New Hampshire, the process creates a sustainable water resource and eases concerns about droughts — like the one New Hampshire is currently in. “It’s a perfect solution for a coastal area, where water supply demands are continually increasing” says Emery. “Testing determined that the introduction of surface water doesn’t contaminate groundwater and, at the same time, we’re protecting wetlands and the environment.” EGGI teamed with the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences to help prove the project’s viability. Tom Ballestero, a hydrogeologist and director of the UNH Stormwater Center, provided background data on the Spruce Hole Aquifer’s hydrogeology and its potential as a groundwater source; Matthew Davis, associate professor of earth sciences, was hired by EGGI to help determine how the aquifer was affected by new groundwater wells; the department of civil and environmental engineering’s Robin Collins analyzed water samples and conducted field tests in the aquifer; and Wesley East, chief operator of UNH’s water treatment plant, provided the water quality analysis that supported the project. Emery is often asked to share his expertise with government and public policy officials. Last year, he addressed the World Bank and Pentagon staff on critical water supply, protection and conservation issues. He’s also discussed water security with the National Security Agency and groundwater development opportunities with the U.S. Army and led a countrywide groundwater investigation for the Dominican Republic. Still, he’s matter-of-fact about his work. “You’re only as good as your last project,” he says. “We have one of the best, most experienced groundwater exploration groups in the country. The fact that many of us have worked together for 25 years or so provides great benefits to all of the clients we serve.” ² — Debbie Kane 22


Winter 2017

Associate dean Charles “Chuck” Zercher has been named interim dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The associate dean for academic affairs since 2014, he began his new role July 1. Zercher served as chair of the chemistry department from 2010 to 2013. He was awarded the Outstanding Assistant Professor Award in 1996 and was promoted to professor in 2003. Graduate school associate dean Cari Moorhead has been appointed to a one-year term as interim dean, following the July 1 retirement of dean Harry Richards. Moorhead is the longtime associate dean of the graduate school and an affiliate assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts department of education. From the treetops to the ocean deep, new grants will help UNH researchers in their quest to better understand our world. With a contract of $6.5 million from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, marine acoustician Jennifer Miksis-Olds will “eavesdrop” on the ocean environment. Miksis-Olds, who is the associate director of research for UNH’s School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, will lead the development of a network of deep-water observatory moorings along the U.S. Atlantic coast. In the Caribbean, research professor of microbiology Michael Lesser and a team from UNH will take a literal deep dive into the sponge microbiome; with $2.2 million from the National Science Foundation, they aim to understand how sponges might contribute to the overall health of coral reefs. On land, researchers from the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space received $1.25 from the NSF to explore how the biodiversity of forests might affect climate change. ²

Get Puzzled 




1 Function 5 Norm: Abbr. 8 Is no fan of 14 Bad to the bone 15 East on a sundial 16 Any of the “Stayin’ Alive� singers 17 UNH civil engineering professor Erin 18 Long-jawed fish 19 With 62-Across, Prevention director 2 0 Modern bookmark 2 1 Chronic nag 2 3 “Iliad� warrior 24 Instructors in the quantitative fields 2 7 Bargain bin abbr. 2 8 Oolong, for one 2 9 Appropriate 3 3 Blooper

3 6 More, minimally 3 8 On, as a lamp 3 9 Prevention Innovations’ app for NH college students 4 2 Science program for indigenous and rural students 4 4 Rapper ___ Yachty 4 5 Limerick, e.g. 47 Not set 4 8 Gridiron move 5 0 “More than I needed to know!� 51 Brit. lexicon 5 2 Project for a sustainable span in Portsmouth 5 8 “Oh, my aching head!,� e.g. 6 0 Dark times in Dijon 6 1 “___ say!� 6 2 See 19-Across


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 “New Hampshire engagement� theme throughout the feature stories.







6 4 Capote, to friends 6 5 Hawaiian god who controls the sun 6 6 Expresses 6 7 Aliens, for short 6 8 “Do ___ others as...� 6 9 Some trick-or-treaters 7 0 Any ship at sea 71 It holds a yard


1 Picture puzzle 2 Blatant 3 Charles de Gaulle’s birthplace 4 Addition 5 One saying “Alas,� say 6 Beauty pageant wear 7 Windows API suite for game programming

8 Stomach muscles, briefly 9 Joy of “The View� 10 Newspaper mogul Randolph 11 Shrek, e.g. 12 “Curious George� co-authors 13 Kelly Ayotte, e.g.: Abbr. 2 1 Actress Meryl 2 2 Stimulates 2 5 Annoy 2 6 Lawman Wyatt 3 0 Bletchley Park’s Turing 31 Hot spot 3 2 Online handicrafts shop 3 3 Split 3 4 ___ Minor 3 5 “Columbo� star Peter 3 7 Networks, e.g. 4 0 Screen-Free Week rule

5 6 Market surpluses 5 7 “Four Quartets� poet 5 8 Maker of holes 5 9 Italian eight 6 2 Curly-tailed dog 6 3 Web feed letters 6 5 Ornamental flower, for short

41 Confine 4 3 Gernreich of fashion 4 6 Record of a meeting 4 9 Cheers 51 Blunt 5 3 Dead to the world 5 4 Circumference 5 5 Divine hunter

Fall 2016 Get Puzzled Solution









Winter 2017
















Winter 2017



Winter 2017



hen Chris Misavage, a middle school math and science teacher, took a job at Wentworth Elementary in rural northern New Hampshire, the community was in crisis. The school’s principal had been fired, almost the entire staff was new, and families’ confidence was shaken. As much as multiplication tables and lab reports, Misavage saw his mission as helping the school rebuild trust with its students, parents and the community. When he learned about a middle school science curriculum called SPIRALS (Supporting and Promoting Indigenous and Rural Adolescents’ Learning of Science), developed by UNH and its Cooperative Extension 4-H program in North Conway, it piqued his interest. “I read through it and thought, ‘yes, this is exactly what we need’,” Misavage remembers. “It’s a science curriculum that has students reach out to their community and learn what makes their town sustainable. I knew the community piece was important, 25

especially at that time in Wentworth, so we decided to go for it.” Since the 1990s, UNH has been behind programs like SPIRALS that engage with partners in New Hampshire and beyond to develop realistic solutions for real-world problems. “Engagement is built into the fabric of our identity as a land, sea and space-grant university,” says Eleanor Abrams, the UNH lead for SPIRALS as well as a professor in the department of education and executive director of the office of the senior vice provost for engagement and academic outreach. And while the value of SPIRALS to Misavage and his students might be obvious — an engaging and relevant take on science, access to the expertise of UNH researchers — the partnership makes critical contributions to the university as well. Abrams’ work has long focused on the ways cultural context influences and motivates rural and indigenous students in the sciences — academic questions to which Misavage’s students provide essential insight. “Community engagement looks at questions in their real-world context: their cultural relevance, the barriers and complexities that come into play around why and under what conditions students learn science,” she explains. “It’s a much more challenging way of answering a question, but the answer that’s reached is also more robust and relevant.”



unded through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), SPIRALS uses community-based science to teach ecology along with sustainability to students at the K-12 level. In Wentworth, Misavage’s middle schoolers pick a local business, examine why — and in what ways — that business is sustainable, and then present an oral report on their findings to the community. Last year, they selected a general store and the local snowmobile club, and were fascinated to discover the economic and environmental impact of both organizations on their community. In turn, “The snowmobile club and store owner were amazed and happy we were 26


Winter 2017

interested in them,” Misavage says. “It really was the right way to rebuild trust.” SPIRALS has also helped indigenous students on Hawaii’s Leeward Coast, a rural community in Oahu, better understand science by framing it in the context of their culture. “Indigenous kids tend to shy away from science because they don’t see the relevance in their lives,” says Daniel Lipe, a project specialist in the University of Hawaii’s Native Hawaiian Science & Engineering Mentorship Program. “We want them to understand that, through their cultural knowledge, they already know what sustainability is and how it affects their lives.” Lipe and colleague professor Margie Maaka customized the SPIRALS curriculum to enable elementary and middle school students to draw connections between solar power and a Polynesian god named Maui, who controls the sun’s progress across the sky. “A big message of the story is how to use the sun’s energy. Hawaiian kids understand that,” Lipe says. The students learned about the solar panels on the building where their program met and collected data about the building’s other sustainable features, including energy-efficient light bulbs and non-water toilets, and presented their findings to center staff. “These explorations are powerful for our students because they’re learning that Hawaiian culture is grounded in a sophisticated body of scientific ways of knowing and doing that date back thousands of years,” Maaka adds. Abrams says she and her research team learned as much as their many partners did from the process — knowledge they’ve subsequently used to develop better and more accurate research methods that can be extrapolated to a broader community of science learners. “The discoveries we made wouldn’t have been possible without the contributions of the entire team — faculty, community partners and students,” Abrams says. “Working together, we’ve learned so much more about community-based science learning and how it affects students living in rural and indigenous areas than we would have relying on just our academic research here at UNH.”



ulie Williams, the senior vice provost for engagement and academic outreach, says the dynamic Abrams describes is the quintessence of community engagement. “Engagement is all about mutually beneficial partnerships,” she says. “Whether it’s programs like SPIRALS or the work of centers like the Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education or professors in our English department partnering with public schools’ writing programs, to name just a few of the initiatives with which we are involved, the work we do isn’t only about contributing our knowledge to a particular problem or question. It’s about how we effectively engage with our local, national or international partners to make a difference in the world.” Perhaps the most visible UNH/community collaboration making a difference in the world is the Prevention Innovations Research Center (PIRC), which has been recognized internationally for its research on violence and sexual assault against women and its prevention strategies and programs that address the causes of sexual and relationship violence. While it’s best known for a pair of intervention programs — Bringing in the Bystander and Know Your Power — that are currently used by some 600 colleges and universities in the United States and beyond, PIRC co-directors Sharyn Potter and Jane Stapleton say their work is anything but one-way outreach. “We need everyone in this field’s unique talents to solve the problems of violence and sexual assault,” Potter says. “I think our collaborations naturally go along with the university’s land-grant mission.” Indeed, PIRC’s partnerships stretch from the local level all the way up to the White House. Locally, the center fulfills a key role with the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV) evaluating its programs and the effectiveness of staff or partner trainings — critical knowledge for the agency. “We are incredibly fortunate to have nationally recognized leaders in violence prevention right down the

street,” says NHCADSV executive director Lyn Schollet. “Their evaluation of our work allows us to modify presentations or training. We don’t have capacity to do that ourselves.” In 2014, PIRC was tapped as one of just four university programs nationwide to contribute to a presidential blue ribbon panel on research into ways to end campus sexual assault. Potter, Stapleton and their staff also partner with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, the New Hampshire Department of Justice and state and local law enforcement to collaborate on programming and prevention strategies that are effective, realistic and rooted equally in campus culture and state law. To that end, the center’s newest effort is a mobile phone application, developed in partnership with the NH Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART). Troubled by the realization that, while the state had a range of resources for assault victims and their supporters, no one quite knew how to get them into students’ hands, SART coordinator and former state trooper Kathy Kimball turned to PIRC for advice. Potter and Stapleton tapped students in the UNH-Manchester STEM Discovery Lab and solicited grants from the NH Charitable Foundation and other groups to create uSafeNH, a free application that provides location-specific assault support resources to students at colleges and universities across the state. “I asked Sharyn and Jane, ‘would you be interested in developing something like this?’ and they brought people together to discuss it,” Kimball says. “PIRC took an idea I had been chewing over for a while, marshaled the resources and made it a reality.”



s the uSafeNH project illustrates, meaningful community participation often extends beyond physical involvement to include the generation of ideas, contributions to decision-making and sharing of responsibility. Another project that exemplifies this level of involvement is the so-called “Living Bridge,” a collaboration between professors in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and a host of partners — including the New Hampshire Winter 2017







Winter 2017

“The partners with whom we enter into this work enrich and enhance our understanding of complex issues, provide real-world experience for our students and make a meaningful difference.”

Department of Transportation (NHDOT), local K-12 educators, New Hampshire Fish and Game, the New Hampshire Port Authority and the city of Portsmouth — to consider how Portsmouth’s Memorial Bridge might be used to generate a variety of data, from weather and tidal currents to fish migration patterns and water turbidity. Built in 1923 to connect Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, across the Piscataqua River, the Memorial Bridge was closed and dismantled in 2011 due to structural issues. When the bridge reopened in 2013 following engineering improvements that increased its overall safety and durability, associate professor of civil engineering Erin Bell saw the opportunity to create smart, user-centered, sustainable infrastructure. Her first taste of the project’s potential came the day ocean and mechanical engineering colleague Ken Baldwin strolled into her office. “Ken said, ‘they’re taking down the Memorial Bridge. I want to hang a turbine on the new bridge and I heard you’re the bridge lady’,” Bell remembers. Working with an advisory group of state and local partners, Bell, Baldwin and other UNH engineering faculty presented their proposal for the Living Bridge at various community meetings. Last summer, they installed sensors along the bridge to provide data on everything from the status of the bridge’s health to traffic, weather, sea level and tidal information. There’s a three-dimensional model of the bridge that will help NHDOT review data about the bridge’s condition, and pedestrians can scan QR codes on informational placards along the bridge’s bumpouts and walkways to get a live snapshot of bridge data. In October, Baldwin’s water turbine was installed on a 40-by-18-foot platform underneath the bridge. Instruments on the platform collect data on tides, turbidity and salinity as well as chlorophyll and oxygen levels in the water, and eventually tidal energy created by the turbine will power Bell’s sensors. Expanding the initial scope of the project, Nashua-based Lite Enterprises, Inc. is testing two ultraviolet lights adjacent to the platform to identify fish species and deter them from swimming into the equipment. In a different way than SPIRALS, the Living Bridge project also offers an opportunity to

engage K-12 students in science learning. North Hampton School eighth grade teachers Dana Babyak and Alison Boudreau, who serve on the Living Bridge advisory committee, plan to use data from the project to bring engineering and physics concepts like load and buoyancy to their classrooms. Their students have already visited the bridge, spoken with graduate engineering students and researchers and viewed various data-collecting instruments. The Living Bridge was recently featured in the NSF’s Science Nation online magazine and Bell is heartened by public interest in general about the project. “We want to catch the public sense of inquiry about the bridge by providing people with new information,” she says.



ack on campus, Williams and Abrams say the community interest Bell describes is a critical piece of what drives their work — and the university as a whole. “As an academic institution, we have key areas of strength, and the societal problems we can help with are often best addressed by engaged researchers who understand how to partner with communities,” Williams says. Abrams notes that today’s students expect and are excited by the opportunity to engage with and learn alongside faculty and staff who collaborate with external partners. “The partners with whom we enter into this work enrich and enhance our understanding of complex issues, provide realworld experience for our students and make a meaningful difference,” she says. Abrams and Williams both agree that community-engaged universities like UNH magnify their public value to the region, the nation and the world. They also believe that this kind of collaborative approach will significantly enhance student learning outcomes and scholarship. “Nothing is more satisfying than working with community partners to help unlock and solve a societal puzzle that is nuanced and complicated,” Williams says. ²

Winter 2017



Celebrate 150 One Hundred and Fifty Milestone Moments By Kristin Waterfield Duisberg Design by Valerie Lester and Loren Marple ’13



Winter 2017

We all experience moments that carve themselves into memory. Some of those moments are watershed — graduations, marriages, births, deaths — while others are more mundane. At the ripe old age of 150, the University of New Hampshire has had its share of moments,

1866 2016 big and small. Many of them are the stuff of legend: the then-New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts’ move from Hanover to Durham in 1893, the B&M train crash behind DeMerritt Hall in 1905, the football team’s first Yankee Conference title in 1950, the women’s lacrosse team’s

1866: Founding in

NCAA national title 35 years later. Others likely resonate only with Wildcats of a certain era. As with the our fall “150 Wildcats” list, there’s no way we can capture everything, but we hope you enjoy the sampling we’ve selected, reaching all the way back to the university’s earliest days.

Hanover as NH College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts (NHC).

1868: NHC’s first official year.

1880: The NHC (unofficial) Alumni association convenes its inaugural meeting in Keene, NH, with 35 of the college’s 49 graduates in attendance.

1887: Agricultural Experiment Station established.

1890: NHC fronts its first-ever athletics team: baseball.

A 1890 game of baseball on The Green at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH

1891: NHC begins its move to Durham, with the construction of Thompson Hall.

1892: The Hanover-based class of 1892 votes to hold graduation in Durham, in a partially completed campus barn.

1893: Charles Murkland appointed first Durham president by NHC trustees. The 37 y.o. Murkland suggests that the college be receptive to expansion into liberal arts.

1893: The first freshman class in Durham begins with 51 students, including 10 women.



4 1911 9 8 1 ka boom, Forestry p

” c hi c om! ick-a om, bo R , om m, bo o a bo hick icka, Bo c a k h c c i a R r: “ , Rickhee a es H C c - a c hi c k N r si t i l a k i c c i nive o so. fi R f u o n t ic a Firs to d m er rst A fi e of th one hD, P t rs its fi nds an t s e ha : r g sh” et mor 1912. u r NCH a n e s c a n g h e d in e “c mor ich clas e abolis o h op w h h e s ar v s. s see s m a n i t io n t o a n e r u h s e C t r . f e e t p firs c an om en t. The inute c e-foot e si d r p e C - m n t hr H o a 10 nd N seco d e o in t ap p ib b s G ia m Will nt s t ude all. S occur. H t rit alties M er u d D e no c as n i h e d b n a s il d, dera njure train lp the i M cial s he d B& t of fi er. oun emb er s b r fi n C’s sto lt y m le a d A B o nd f acu d N H c he er in t e a o p ap o n is in g t r r u eP allac t fire nt W e d o r e s e s. ty f l u a St u c f fa k fir tain f ul o t o c o n i n g b a c an d p d l h u i u a and ee, team s and b nt s u de an Pe t t t r en c h e t s De in g e 25 . Som s, led by ad, digg v en t r o e R b in g e s l m l m e a o m ec rs F hom acke first on P e h t t” — Nig h e r i sh s amp main ew H N “ C r e e n. s H t s N . ho om it w dor m NHC en’s to adm m o e w at first e st HC’s ge in th N d e oll ate r s i g n e o nl y c ry o is d e th l l v i c t o o n. re a l a l H ) a ” h b b t ers t foot air rib S mi mm “ski ntil firs green h d e l u l rn ea (ca c ei v e wo ni e s bea en, to b men re n a o W hm rm F r e s u c e d f o g i v i n g. nd st a d ks o n r a t ’s fir ed. in H Th N , U is f o r m , Club ting est club u O old T he

“agr i

r c ul t o g r a m b ur e and egins, re me c h an p r e s e n ic ar t ts.” ing the colle T he ge’s first first is s u f or a e of y be The y ond N ew Ham p s hi re is p ub lishe Ed w d. ar d Fair child beco me s third pres id e n t of NHC boyc . o follo t t class Stude es f n w in t s fr or gac la s s a w e e k o m t h e cl p r an t k ; a f o p r o t e as s e s o st th f 19 t er t 1 e r us t ee in suspen 3, ’14 an Lynn s io n d ’15 t er v , Ma en ti Trai s b is e on, c of Bill B n de ct th s., whe p l a o s s e s r acke t t( n e ca t’ r e su mpu B&M a today’s me. 14 gr e e Dair s. s to y Ba r elo r c at e ) mo ve d t he Coo railr to Durh p er a a o ad tive t r ac m f r om E x te ks, w n s io hi c h n is f oun de d .

7 189

191 1

8 189

191 2

3 190

191 2

191 5 0 2 19 5 190

191 4

5 190

191 4 U. S .

6 190

8 190

9 190

P t e r m r e si d e n at N t Will ia ew H amp m H o w a shir e Ha rd Taf t pres ll. en t s hi s p Phys la n f ic s p or a rof. p ho seve t o gr C n-y e a p h le m e n t ar er, a M or r ole an b he h e com old s unti es the fi l 194 rst u 4-H 0. ni v e lau n r si t y che s T he a st w in ner atew rece i v e s id e c o m a fo ur-y petition e ar s c h o t o gr o w lar s colle h ip t c o r n a n g o NH d po a t N e b e g in U n d e r t ato C. e w H s s cr t he e s. d e ir amp e shir ning ed ection e Ha of P uc at re ll. io n a l film sident F ai s, op en t rchild, t T he o th foot e pu he ba first blic, win ll team nin g n s e as o t che s it s o n.

191 4

191 4

191 6

1 1916 1 9 1


NHC’s first football team plays its only game of the season, squaring off against Newmarket High School. The team loses, 0-10. Pictured here: The varsity lineup from October 1917.


The Wildcat Marching Band is formed.

1919 1919



1923 production, “Dulcy.”


The Spanish flu delays the opening of school until October. Male students and soldiers arrive Oct. 7; women Oct. 19.

Mask and Dagger puts on its first


The campus becomes a “war training facility,” as soldiers take up temporary residence.

NHC officially becomes UNH.


UNH joins the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Entomology prof. Walter O’Lane invents arrow golf.


Ralph Hetzel appointed fourth president, following the death of President Fairchild.


The first Winter Carnival features ski and snowshoe races and ski jump competition. The highlight is a snowshoe baseball game between faculty and senior students, which the seniors win, 3-1.

Construction of Barracks (East and West Hall).

The first New Hampshire Day: Classes are canceled and the whole college devotes the day to campus improvements. The event continues until 1924, when NHC becomes too large for it to be practical.

Students dig swimming hole in space that in 1938 becomes WPA pool.


The UNH Bulls hockey team plays first game, Jan. 19, defeating Bates 2-1 at an outdoor rink behind NH Hall.

it ring continuously at 11 p.m.

Students tie glass cider jugs to the T Hall bell cable, making

Paul Sweet arrives by Model T to coach cross country and track & field. His tenure lasts 46 years.

1926 1932

1930s UNH fronts a boxing team. Boxing at UNH ends in 1936.

1929 The football team is named small college champions of the East.

1928 The graduate school and an early incarnation of the Shoals Marine Lab are established.

1928 Edward Lewis named fifth president.


1938 The UNH “brownies” — a Fairchild Hallbased snow bathing club — debuts.

Women join the cheering squad as Pepcats and Pepkittens.

The Field House opens.

Fred Engelhart named sixth president.

1937 1937



1923 First freshman camps are held.

The wildcat is chosen over bull, husky, eagle and unicorn as UNH mascot. The first live wildcat is named Maizie.


During the Great Depression, the university community did what it could to help students remain in college. Karl Woodward, professor of forestry, did his part by allowing eight male students to build cabins on his woodland across from the dairy barn, where they could live rent-free. Howard A. Geddis ’38 later recalled: “Our cabin (shack) was equipped with wooden bunks, a stove for heat and cooking, a private bath (outhouse) and running water (you ran over to the dairy barn to fill the water bucket). It was fun on a cold morning chopping the ice out of the bucket. Oh yes!! We took showers at the gym.”

1941 Jeanette Gagnon Goodrum becomes the only female pilot to complete UNH’s Civilian Pilot Training Program and begins service as a Women’s Air Force service pilot in 1943. The same year, Christine Fernald ’38 receives a commercial pilot’s license.




With many male students off to war, ice hockey is suspended. Games resume in 1947.

Famed LIFE Magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt visits campus to photograph female students’ “war preparations,” doing calesthenics in the NH Hall gymnasium and out in the snow.

Harold Stoke becomes UNH’s seventh president.


1951 A cow is discovered on the second floor of Ballard Hall by night watchman “Pop” Marshall and the episode is later memorialized in a poem.

1952 The Henderson Memorial carillon is dedicated in honor of UNH registrar Oren V. “Dad” Henderson.

Louis deRochemont ’44H shoots the documentary movie “Lost Boundaries” in Durham, based on the story of UNH grad Albert C. Johnston Jr., whose black family had “passed” as white for many years. Local scenes and buildings include Murkland auditorium, New Hampshire Hall and Thompson Hall.

1952 UNH becomes a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

1947 The first student rec center, The Notch, is built on Bonfire Hill, in the “notch” in the rocks between today’s MUB and Huddleston Hall.



Live bobcat mascot “Butch II” is kidnapped; later found in a garage in Woburn, Mass., with “Harvard 60, NH 0” written on top of his cage.

Class canes are replaced with class rings.



Prof. Gwynne Daggett arrives at UNH. He comes under scrutiny for Communist sympathies in 1953-54.

The football records its first undefeated season, ending 8-0. Undefeated seasons in 1947, 1950 and 1962 follow.



Students introduce the MERP (”Male economic recovery plan”) week: a Sadie Hawkins-type four-day social event during which female students are given the “opportunity” to pay for their male dates.

Arthur Adams named eighth president.

1950 Robert Chandler becomes university’s ninth president.


1950 Football celebrates perfect season, with 8-0-0 record, closing with a 13-7 win over Kent State.

1953 UNH hires physics teacher “Kenneth Yates,” who is quickly unmasked by grad student Wayne Overman ’55G as high school dropout Marvin Hewitt. Hewitt had taught at six other colleges before being caught at UNH.

1955 Eldon Lee Johnson becomes the tenth UNH president.

1948 The Brice-Cowell musket is christened in honor of U Maine and UNH’s football coaches.



The Sophomore Sphinx honorary society is established to welcome freshmen and foster school spirit.

The “greased pole climb” is added to freshman orientation.



In May, The Notch is torn down. The Memorial Union Building opens in October, complete with a state war memorial.

Dimond Library is dedicated. In 1969, the building is expanded, and its trademark gold and orange carpet added.

1958 The train depot becomes the Dairy Bar.

1962 College Woods is dedicated.

1962 The then-Boston Patriots hold a summer game at Cowell Stadium.



Nelson Rockefeller visits campus.

John McConnell is appointed the eleventh UNH president.

1965 The first of four Karl’s trucks opens for business on the quad.

1966 UNH’s centennial! Isaac Asimov speaks on campus about “The Role of Life in the Life Sciences” and Sue Blanchard ’67 is named “centennial homecoming queen.”


Snively Arena opens on Feb. 13. Unfortunately, the first game is a 4-3 OT loss to Norwich University.




Pete Seeger performs at Snively Arena and signs a UNH petition condemning a large, angry mob that had shut down a peaceful Vietnam protest in front of the MUB.

1966 The Space Science Center is established.

1967 ZINE

UNH opens the first Manchester campus, “the Merrimack Valley Branch.” The branch becomes its own college in 1977, but is reincorporated as UNH Manchester in 1985.

Winter 2017


Fictional English prof. George B. Nako “arrives,” setting up his office under the stairs in Ham Smith basement. In what might be UNH’s longest running prank, the imaginary prof’s “office” stays up through the fall term.

1967 Rail service to Durham ends on June 30, not to resume until spring 2001.

1969 Stoke Hall, finished in 1966, becomes UNH’s first coed dorm.

1968 Vietnam protesters replace the American flag in front of T-Hall with a black flag. Preident McConnell’s wife restores the original, but a second black flag flies underneath it for the remainder of the day.

1970 The New England Center opens.

1970s The ice hockey fish toss is born when UNH plays Bowdoin College, a little fish swimming in a big pond.

1970 1971

Jackson Lab is dedicated at Adam’s Point.

Thomas Bonner becomes twelfth UNH president.

1972 UNH becomes one of the first universities in the U.S. to establish a commission on the status of women.

1973 The gay student organization is established.

1970 Students take over T Hall and the “Chicago Three” — Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and David Dellinger — speak on campus

1973 Greek billionaire Aristotle Onassis attempts to purchase all of Durham Point for an oil refinery. Local counterefforts draw on UNH facultyMAGAZINE expertise. Winterengineering 2017 UNH ◆



UNH men’s hockey is ranked first in the nation. In the mid 70s, Gordie Clark, Jamie Hislop, Cliff Cox and Cap Raeder are all named All Americans.

1974 Duke Ellington plays at Snively Arena.

1974 Eugene Mills is appointed thirteenth president of UNH.

1975 Bob Dylan and Joan Baez perform together at Snively Arena.

1975 Women’s basketball earns varsity status. The team wins its first game, defeating UMaine-Gorham 64-60 at Lundholm Gymnasium.

1977 Women’s hockey becomes a varsity sport. The team launches a four-season undefeated streak, which continues until December 1981.

1978 Guy Eaton assumes the role as keeper of the Thompson Hall clock. His predecessor, T Hall head janitor Albert Mitchell, tended it for 50 years.



Winter 2017

1978 The Blizzard of ’78 closes school on Feb 7, the first closure in many years for the “University of No Holidays.”

1980 Jointly with the University of Maine, UNH becomes the nation’s fourteenth sea grant college.

1980 Evelyn Handler becomes the first female president of UNH and the university’s fourteenth overall.

1980 The MUB Pub, opened in 1976, hosts inexplicably popular goldfish eating contests, which end in 1982.

1989 Under the leadership of K.V. Dey ’48, the UNH Foundation is established, empowering UNH with control of its endowment.

1990 Dale Nitzschke is named UNH’s sixteenth president.

1982 Students prank President Evelyn Handler, installing a menagerie of (plastic) animals on her lawn.

1983 Gordon Haaland is appointed interim president and later the university’s fifteenth president.

1984 The UNH Honors Program is established under the direction of prof. Robert Mennel.

1985 The women’s lacrosse team wins UNH’s firstever NCAA championship, upsetting #2 ranked Maryland, 6-5.

1987 The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program begins. Ten years later, UNH launches the nation’s first International Research Opportunities Program.

1989 Elvis Costello performs at the Field House.

1991 UNH earns space grant status, two years after national space grant program is established.

1991 The Black Student Union is established.

1995 The Whittemore Center opens, and Snively becomes the Hamel Rec Center. Men’s hockey christens the new arena with a 6-5 OT win over defending national champs BU.

1996 Joan Leitzel becomes UNH’s seventeenth president.

1997 UNH establishes the country’s first endowed, university-wide sustainability program.

1998 The short-lived costumed spirit group “UNH Sixx” makes its debut, crashing President Joan Leitzel’s State of the University address in September.


2005 1999 “White out the Whitt” is born, and men’s hockey travels to Anaheim, Calif. to play in NCAA finals, losing to UMaine in OT.

First-of-its-kind organic dairy research farm opens.

2003 Meryl Streep speaks at Commencement.

The first organic calf is born at organic dairy research farm. The heifer is named Charley, after animal and nutrition sciences prof. Chuck Schwab.

2006 An 850-pound bronze wildcat, UNH’s first public art piece, is installed.

2002 Ann Weaver Hart named eighteenth president of UNH.




The Black Student Union overt akes President Leitzel’s office for 12 hours to demand more aggressive recruitment of black students and faculty.

UNH’s co-ed cheerleading squad makes national championships.

Four UNHers die in 9/11 attacks: geography prof. Bob LeBlanc ’59, Timothy Stout ’83, Jennifer Fialko ’94 and Judd Cavalier ’98.

1998 Women’s hockey wins the national American Women’s College Hockey Alliance championship.

UNH flips the switch on the EcoLine — a multi-year gasto-energy project that uses



2009 ◆

Winter 2017

methane from a Rochester landfill to create fuel for the university’s cogeneration plant — and becomes the first university in the country to use landfill gas to provide electricity and heat to its residential campus.

2007 Non-alum Dana Hamel gives $15 million to establish the Hamel Scholars and Scholarship program.

2007 Former presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush speak at Commencement.

2008 Mark Huddleston, UNH’s ninteenth president, hosts a firstever virtual inaugural.

2008 Peter Paul ’67 announces a $25mm gift to build Paul College.



i t is r en am e d

in 2013.


Franklin Pierce Law Center becomes the UNH School of Law.


UNH est ablishes its first interdisciplinar y school, Marine Science and Ocean Engineering.

20 0

8 Haaland Hall is the last new residence hall to be built. Origin

ub b e d S ER C C,


The dressage team wins a national championship, becoming the first public university equestrian team to do so.


Marcy Carsey gives $20 million for a new school of public policy.



Winter 2017





Ahead of the Curve UNH Law’s one-of-a-kind bar alternative gives graduates a legal head start



Winter 2017



Winter 2017


ick Weeks ’12 JD stepped off the sidewalk outside the University of New Hampshire School of Law and folded his 6-foot-3 frame into the passenger seat of classmate John Fuentes’s MINI Cooper, bracing himself for a ride through the night to Alabama, where the pair was set to begin officer training for the Air Force. Fuentes ’12 JD had already endured something of a road trip, trekking from New Jersey to New Hampshire to pick Weeks up before reversing course to head south. The brief Concord reunion had all the makings of a screenplay — former classmates and good friends reuniting outside of the law school they toiled at together, tossing their bags into the trunk and driving off into the unknown. ◆




I was ahead of my peers. . . . John had us on our feet, in front of judges or other instructors, actively participating . . . that really helps prepare you for the courtroom.”

“It felt like my knees were around my ears,” Weeks says, recalling the cramped quarters inside the MINI. “He picked me up right in front of the law school and we drove through the night without stopping.” UNH Law was more than just a backdrop in this tale, though. It was the only fitting point of departure. Weeks and Fuentes were ultimately headed for the Judge Advocate General (JAG) program in the Air Force. JAGs are responsible for handling all 46


Winter 2017

legal matters in the military and are generally thrown right into the fire. After a multi-week training on the specifics of military law, they typically walk directly into the courtroom. For many of their fellow trainees, that experience was their first in front of a judge. Not so for Weeks and Fuentes. They were graduates of the Daniel Webster Scholar (DWS) Honors Program at UNH Law, a groundbreaking, first-in-the-nation program that puts students through a variety of

real-world simulations during the final two years of law school and allows them to graduate without the need to take the traditional two-day bar exam. The DWS program may not have prepared Weeks and Fuentes for a marathon drive to Alabama — but it prepared them for what to expect when they got there. “I definitely felt like I was more prepared than my peers,” Fuentes says. “There was just a level of confidence that I believe was related to the experience I had in the Daniel Webster Scholar program. It’s a general competence and confidence in the courtroom.” That same confidence can be found in JAG courtrooms all around the world. Zach Osterloh ’17 JD was accepted into the Marine Corps last spring, the latest feather in the cap of a program that has had students accepted into JAG programs in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force, all within the first nine years of producing graduates.


— Rick Weeks ’12JD


I definitely felt like I was more prepared than my peers . . . . It’s a general competence and confidence in the courtroom.”

— John Fuentes ’12JD


the preparation from the program, it Conrad Cascadden ’08 JD is one of was a manageable task. But for somethose graduates putting the poise he one who had never done those things learned in DWS into practice, serving before, it would have been difficult. I’m as a lieutenant in the Navy based in glad I had that background.” Groton, Conn. He’s been performing The Daniel Webster Scholar program advocacy work as a JAG, covering a terwas conceived in part by UNH Law ritory that includes all of New England professor John Garvey, a Navy veteran as well as parts of Pennsylvania and who tried cases throughout the counNew York. He’s also a member of the try — and in locales as exotic as Iceland first-ever graduating class of Daniel — during his JAG career. Webster Scholars. “The program is very experiential, Prior to entering the Navy, and the military is very experiential,” Cascadden spent more than six years Garvey says. “The program attracts as a litigator at the Shaheen & Gordon people who like hands-on experiences, law firm in Concord, N.H., where people who like challenges; it has a lot the DWS program gave him a leg up to do with professionalism and loyalty, almost immediately. Since he didn’t and I think people attracted to the prohave to take the traditional bar exam, gram often find the idea of being in the he was working at Shaheen & Gordon two weeks after completing law school, JAG corps appealing. The military does a lot of simulation, and that’s what the and was walking into a courtroom Daniel Webster Scholar program does about a week after that. — it gives people simulated experience “I was working, and my classmates and real experience. It’s all about being were still studying for the bar exam,” he says. “I was there for maybe a week client-ready. When graduates enter the JAG corps, that’s exactly what or two and they sent me off to court to they expect.” work a case. In hindsight, because of

Winter 2017



— Conrad Cascadden ’08JD



I was working, and my classmates were still studying for the bar exam. I was there for maybe a week or two and they sent me off to court to work a case

arguments, read briefs and open their By contrast, nobody knew quite courtrooms for simulated experiences. what to expect when the DWS proThe program launched with what he gram was unveiled. It was a revolucalls a “shoestring budget” — essentionary approach to legal education; so tially his salary, part of an administrarevolutionary that it took more than 10 tor’s salary and less than $10,000 for years to fully implement and launch all other miscellaneous needs — and due to the number of stakeholders that graduated its first class in 2008. had to buy in. “Going into the program, we didn’t It remains the only program of its know what to expect out of it,” kind in the country. Cascadden says of the members of the Successful Daniel Webster Scholars first graduating class. “What we got pass a variant of the New Hampshire was a truly good hands-on experience. Bar exam during their last two years Talking to people who went to other law of law school, and are sworn into the schools or classmates who weren’t in New Hampshire Bar the day before the program, it was definitely a differgraduation. Students are accepted ent educational experience.” into the program prior to their second The program has since soared, earnyear of law school and hone their skills ing extensive national acclaim. It was in both simulated and real settings the subject of a two-year independent — counseling clients, working with study by the Educating Tomorrow’s practicing lawyers, taking depositions, Lawyers Initiative of the Institute for appearing before judges, negotiating, the Advancement of the American mediating, drafting business docuLegal System (IAALS) at the University ments — while creating portfolios of written and oral work for bar examiners of Denver, which last year proclaimed that Daniel Webster Scholars are to assess every semester. “ahead of the curve.” The study found Garvey recalls the protracted prothat third-year Daniel Webster Scholars cess of getting the program off the were outperforming their colleagues ground, most notably, the many meetin the field who had been licensed to ings he had with lawyers and judges practice law for up to two years. to ask if they’d be willing to hear oral


It’s all about being client-ready. When graduates enter the JAG corps, that’s exactly what they expect.”


The DWS program also was featured in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times in 2015, and was also one of only three recipients that year of the E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association (ABA), which recognizes “excellence and innovation in professionalism programs by law schools, bar associations, professionalism commissions and other law-related organizations.” There have been individual honors as well. During his first year in the JAG corps, Rick Weeks was named the ABA’s Air Force recipient of the LAMP Distinguished Service Award, given each year to one recipient from each branch of the military for setting “the bar for military legal assistance, by pushing themselves and their practices in extraordinary ways.” “I definitely credit my Daniel Webster Scholar preparation for receiving that award,” Weeks says. “I think I was ahead of my peers. I think of how many times John had us on our feet, in front of judges or other instructors, actively participating — I think that really helps prepare you for the courtroom. I don’t believe I had the nerves some of my other counterparts had during their first trial.” More than 200 students have successfully moved through the DWS The students have similarly left a program in the last nine years, entering lasting impression on Garvey, who all fields of law around the country is preparing to watch a tenth class and overseas. Many continue to gain of graduates complete the program acceptance into the various branches next spring. That’s given him pause of service as well. Matt Flynn ’17 JD to reflect on how far the program has has been accepted into the Army and come in a relatively short time and how will enlist after he graduates in May. much of an impact its graduates are Garvey remains a driving force having on the world of law — particubehind that success, and the lessons larly military law. he imparts have had a significant “For me, it’s been personally impact on many of the graduates of extremely rewarding,” Garvey says. the program. “I think of all of these people as sort “I’ve thought about it a lot, and I of like my kids. When they have their don’t think I would be the professional tough moments, they contact me and I am today without John Garvey,” we work through things. I think people Cascadden says. “One of the biggest understand that they are joining a prothings I pulled out of the program is gram that is bigger than they are, that the professionalism training that is underwritten by how you work in DWS. they have a responsibility that is bigger than just their responsibility to do You kind of become a bunch of junior well in law school. I think that causes associates, and that’s how he treated people to step up.” ² us. I changed so much because of his mentorship.”

— John Garvey, UNH Law

Winter 2017



UNH by the


UNH prepares an average of 200 teachers each year, and more than 65 percent go on to teach in New Hampshire — including Tate Aldrich ’08, recipient of the 2017 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year award (read Tate’s profile on page 69).


In 2015, 4,270 UNH Cooperative Extension volunteers contributed their time and expertise across the state to pursuits as diverse as garden tours on Appledore Island and eel population counts on the Lamprey River, wildlife habitat conservation and 4-H leadership.

66,000 Nearly half the university’s total alumni population — some 66,000 proud graduates of UNH — live in the Granite State.

The UNH organic dairy farm, opened in 2005, was not only the first of its kind, it remains today the nation’s only operationalscale organic dairy research farm.

first of its kind


As part of an effort to understand the dwindling of the state’s iconic moose population, UNH researchers have electronically collared and are tracking 80 moose cows and calves.


Volunteers with the Lakes Lay Monitoring program keep an eye on the health of 300 freshwater lakes and more than 70 tributaries, testing the water for levels of dissolved oxygen, algae, chlorophyll, phosphorous, acidity and more.



$1.5 billion.

That’s the amount UNH contributes to New Hampshire’s economy each year through its expenditures in the state and the cost of educating a highly skilled workforce. It’s a big number — the equivalent of spending more than a thousand dollars on each of New Hampshire’s 1.3 million residents — but it’s only one way of measuring the value the university provides to the Granite State. In October, the state Business and Industry Association awarded UNH its annual New Hampshire Advantage award for contributions that range from NCAA athletics to cultural outreach to its $650 million impact on the state’s skilled workforce. Still can’t get your head around it? Here are just a few more of the many ways UNH provides value to New Hampshire:

$112 million The university’s research spending generates more than $112 million in added income to the New Hampshire economy each year.

3,000 The state Small Business Development Center estimates that UNH assists more than 3,000 fledgling companies each year.



This fall, STEMbassadors from the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences shared their love of science and engineering with some 700 K-12 students at 10 schools in the state’s North Country.

Coastal research volunteers planted 10,000 native sand dune plants to help prevent erosion on the New Hampshire shoreline.

largest public transportation system Wildcat Transit is the largest public transportation system in New Hampshire, serving hundreds of students and commuters in Strafford and Rockingham County each day.

Class Notes 1941 |

Martha Leighton ’74 wrote that her father, Roger Stephen Leighton, passed away on Aug.19. He served as an Army Air Force master sergeant in World War II. Roger was a forester, working for NH Fish and Game, the UNH Cooperative Extension and as a consultant. He also grew Christmas trees, served as Strafford selectman and helped found the Strafford Historical Society. Roger was predeceased by his wife Margaret and is survived by four children and their families. I have received late notice of the passing of the following classmates. Stanley Styrna died on Jan. 6, 2014, in Brentwood, NH. He served in the Army in World War II. Stan worked as a mechanical engineer and teacher and enjoyed summers at his cottage in Maine. He is survived by his wife Anne, two daughters, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Alice Gordon Grindle passed away on June 24, 2012, in Naples, FL. She and her husband owned and operated the Western Auto and Conway Furniture stores in Conway, NH. Alice was very active in her church. She was predeceased by her husband Ralph ’42 and her son and is survived by a daughter, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Herman Arthur Scott died on Feb. 21, 2011, in Stockton, CA. He served in World War II in Europe with the Army Corps of Engineers. Herman worked in the lumber and roofing industry and enjoyed traveling. He was predeceased by his wife Marie and is survived by four sons and two grandchildren. Robert L. Lord of Greenville, RI, passed away on Jan. 8, 2011. He was an Army captain in World War II and a recipient of the Silver Star. He worked as a mechanical engineer and chief estimator for ITT-Grinnell Corporation. He was predeceased by his wife Ruth and is survived by three children and five grandchildren. Ruth Wyman Horlor of South Berwick, ME, died on Dec. 24, 2008. She worked as a store sales manager and clerk and was active in civic organizations. Ruth was predeceased by her husband Charles. Pearl Lippman Wainshal of Claremont, NH, passed away on May 6, 2008. She worked as a lab technician and dietician. She was predeceased by her husband Philip. They had one daughter. Georgiana Decato Bendixen died on Feb. 6, 2008, in Denver, CO. Her husband was John. Dorothy Sparks Grubbs of Lebanon, NH, passed away on March 20, 2007. Her husband was Irvin, and she worked as a teacher and principal. ◆

Found in the scrapbook of Ardelia Hutchings ’45



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

Winter 2017

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

1942 |

Mary Louise Hancock

33 Washington St. Concord, NH 03301

Greetings from Concord, where summer warmth prevails although we are into autumn’s glorious days. Our football team is in fine winning condition, and all of us are pleased with our new stadium, long overdue. Christine Carbone, our wonderfully efficient keeper of alumni records, has provided me with listings of classmates who are living, dead and unaccounted for. Now and in each of my next letters I shall list names of the “unaccounted for” and ask that you send me any knowledge you may have about one or more. When you read this, the answer will be evident, but right now political leaders are seeking audiences in Durham, hoping for the youthful vote. As of this writing, Hillary Clinton was scheduled to be at the Field House. May the choice be glass-shattering. I keep in touch with the children of my Congreve roommate, Ginny Dow Brennan. All are UNH graduates and all live in New Hampshire, where they have been significant contributors to our state’s betterment. Now, do you know the following classmates who are unaccounted for? Dagfrid Holm-Hansen Church, Mary Belding Colett, Pauline Wiebicke Copeland, Dorothy Briggs Forgan, Flora Batt Grafton and Dorothy Griggs. Let me know, please. Meanwhile, happy holidays in the months ahead. Be of good cheer! ◆

1944 |

Judy Rantala

(808) 436 4578

It has been too long since you have had news from the Class of 1944, and I plead guilty. I am happily living in a retirement center just outside of Honolulu, having been here for the past six years of the 55 I have lived in Hawaii. In the past two summers I have managed to travel to New Hampshire to visit family, but I have not been to Durham. Here at Pohai Nani I keep myself busy scheduling entertainment for the 200 residents of this center. We are able to enjoy a variety of musical groups, from vintage Hawaiian to bluegrass and everything in between. My health is good, although in January of this year I broke my hip — fell, where else, but in my own apartment! — and recently had a small cancer dug out of my leg. Unfortunately, macular degeneration has robbed me of much of my eyesight. Basically, however, I am in good health, and in addition to working with the entertainment program, I attempt to keep fit in the exercise room, the heated pool or on short walks. I am grateful that I do not have problems with memory and

Alumni Events

Dec Frozen Fenway, Boston

Homecoming Parade, Durham, Hear Us Roar

Feb 10 | Celebrate UNH in southwest Florida, Venice 12 | Celebrate UNH in southeast Florida, Palm Beach

11 | Online career fair 14 | Frozen Fenway pre-game reception and men's hockey vs. Northeastern, Boston 28 | UNH family hockey day, Durham Annual Holiday Parade in Manchester

Apr Mar




1 | Celebrate UNH and holiday reception, New York City 3 | UNH Manchester pre-reception and holiday parade 6 | UNH holiday community skating party, Durham 7 | Seacoast alumni network Beauty & the Beast performance, Portsmouth 9 | Denver region alumni holiday reception 14 | Seacoast alumni network holiday reception, Durham

UNH International Week festivities, Durham

14 | Celebrate UNH in Atlanta 21 | Celebrate UNH in San Francisco 23 | Celebrate UNH in Los Angeles

credit my New England heritage! I look forward to news of other classmates with whom I have lost touch. ◆

1946 |

Jeanne Steacie Harriman

P.O. Box 670 Wolfboro, NH 03894

I hope you all enjoyed the nice summer. It seems to be continuing this fall. We had a fun weekend in July when my granddaughter and I celebrated our mutual birthday — ages 32 and 92 — at the lake. We were joined by many of her friends, as well as family, for a weekend of swimming, boating and barbecues — a lot of activity for me! On a sad note, we have lost several of our classmates. Lillian Richards of Concord, NH, died

4 | Celebrate UNH in Philadelphia 6 | Celebrate UNH in Washington, D.C.

Occidental Grill and Seafood, Washington, D.C.

at Havenwood Heritage Heights in April. She worked as a medical technologist in several hospitals in the state. Lillian moved to Seattle in 1962 and called it home for nearly 50 years. While in Seattle she earned a degree in education and became an elementary school teacher until retirement in 1989. Priscilla Hallam Osgood of Orono, ME, died in May. She was a teacher and principal at an elementary school in Orono. She and her family traveled together to Norway and drove across Europe in a Volkswagen. Priscilla and her husband Philip were avid sailors on the Maine coast. They enjoyed 68 years of marriage. She leaves her husband and two children. Roberta “Bobbie” Shine Kunin of Madison, WI, passed away in Nov. 2015. When her children were in middle school, she earned a master’s degree in

Winter 2017



Stephen “Steve” Simonds ’48 of South

Portland, ME, was featured in a Portland Press Herald article in October after he went skydiving for the first time — at the age of 91. Simonds, a former state legislator from Cape Elizabeth, “finally scheduled a jump with Vacationland Skydiving in Pittsfield.” A Navy veteran and former welfare caseworker, Simonds received a Fulbright Scholarship after UNH and became Maine’s director of social welfare programs in 1960. “Despite a bumpy landing and the aches and pains that would follow, Simonds was all smiles, invigorated by the mere act of stepping out into air and the hope that everything would go as planned. Luck, once again, was on his side,” the Herald story notes, quoting Simonds as saying, “It was great. Now, I want to go solo.” — 1948

sociology and a doctorate in mental health counseling. She opened her own therapy practice in Youngstown, OH, for several years before retiring and moving to Madison in 1988. She is survived by her three children, several grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Gerald Gordon died in Oct. 2015. He was a longtime resident of Dover, NH, before moving to Florida in 1982. He was in business in Dover and then became a supervisor for the NH Liquor Commission until he retired. A note from Don Tutt let us know that his wife Maxine “Mickey” Flanders Tutt died on Aug. 6 in Mesa, AZ. She worked in a variety of teaching and leadership positions in the LDS Church while raising her family. She is survived by her husband, four children, 18 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. Don notes that there probably aren’t many left in our class. I know we’re all in our nineties, but we are still active. Hope to hear from you! ◆

1947 |

Class Notes Editor

UNH Magazine, 15 Strafford Ave Durham, NH 03824

Martha Bryan Maysek writes tha her father John “Johnny” Bryan died in Dec. 2015. A member of Alpha Tau Omega, he would have graduated in 1945 but was delayed by his enlistment in World War II. “Originally from Indiana, Johnny came to UNH because a relative, Jim Funkhouser, was part of the chemistry faculty, and Johnny thought a change of scenery would be interesting. Living that far away from home in those days was bit of a novelty and often complicated because Johnny, like many students, would ship his laundry home weekly for his mom to wash and send back,” she writes. Johnny recalled “very vividly” learning of the attack on Pearl Harbor via radio at ATO. After serving as a pilot in the Navy’s photographic intelligence unit in the Pacific Theatre during the war, he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1947. Jack, as he later became known, lived in East Glenville, NY, for more than 50 years and was employed by the state and by General Electric. He was active in the Boy Scouts, where he served as a



Winter 2017

troop leader and earned the prestigious Silver Beaver Award. Genealogy was a lifetime passion, and he published numerous articles and books on his research going back 27 generations. An avid outdoorsman, he skied, hiked and played tennis, was a charter member of the Glen Hills Swim Club, an AAU swimming and diving official and member of the Sitzmarker Ski Club. Many neighborhood children enjoyed his outdoor ice skating rink. Also an avid birder, he had 279 birds on his life list. He was predeceased by his wife Virginia Armstrong Bryan and is survived by his wife Ruth Megantz Bryan, three children and seven grandchildren. ◆

1948 |

Elizabeth M. Shea

P.O. Box 1975 Exeter, NH 03833

On Columbus Day, New Hampshire bursts with colorful fall foliage. Hope you enjoyed Homecoming weekend’s “Hear Us Roar” launch of Celebrate 150: The Campaign for UNH! My recent telephone chat with Ann Mallan Sibley of Wellesley, MA, revealed news of Joan Garland Metcalf, now a resident of Brooksby Village, Peabody, MA. Her three daughters honored her 90th birthday by hosting a cookout at their Bow Lake, NH, summer place. Of course, a jump and a swim in the lake was enjoyed by all. Joan's five grandsons and two greats may have joined in the fun. Many happy returns, Joan! In August, Jackie McNeilly Freese, Alton Bay, NH, held a house party attended by Ann and daughter Jane, visiting from California. Cliff, Ann's MIT engineer husband of 65 years, died recently, but her four sons live nearby, providing great comfort. Our deepest condolences to the families of the following classmates: A lifelong resident of Rochester, NH, Virginia Worster Lachance, 89, died on Feb. 19. A graduate of Spaulding High School and UNH, she worked for 32 years as a lab technician at Frisbie Memorial Hospital. Fondly known as Memere. she will be missed by her husband of 67 years, Jerome Lachance ’51, as well as three sons, three daughters, 20 grandchildren and 21 greats. Ralph Cullinan O’Connor Sr. passed away Oct. 11, 2015, in Staunton, VA. Growing up in Revere, MA, he attended Northeastern before enlisting in the Army at

Class Notes

the outbreak of World War II. His service was mainly at Arlington Hall, home to the army’s signal intelligence service cryptography effort. In 1943 he married Beryl Claire Marcotte, settling in Virginia. After discharge, he majored in English at UNH, where he was sports editor of the newspaper and yearbook. In 1952, Ralph joined the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, VA. After 20 years of service in Taipei, Taiwan, and London, UK, and extensive European and domestic travel, they moved to The Villages in Florida, eventually settling in Staunton. Affectionately known as “Ace,” he told many stories beginning with “When I was a boy.” Predeceased by his wife, survivors include four children, nine grandchildren and seven greats. Born in Hanover, NH, Donald J. Balch died 93 years later at UVM Medical Center on May 13. At age 20 he was attending UNH when war broke out, and he enlisted in the Army. Serving with the 121st Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron as corporal, he was in combat during the Battle of the Bulge, Germany, and among the first to liberate Dachau concentration camp. He was awarded four battle stars, the Victory medal and the French Croix-kere. After discharge, Don married Mary Sawyer on Easter Sunday, 1946. Returning to UNH on the GI Bill, he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, then working as assistant herdsman at Hycrest Farm, MA, the largest purebred Brown Swiss cattle herd in the country. In 1952, he settled his family in Underhill, VT, where he taught animal science courses, was extension livestock specialist for the state of Vermont and directed the Morgan horse farm breeding program. Through his dedication, the farm and program evolved from a state of near extinction to a national historic site and a source of pride for Vermont. In 1964 he was named “Man of the Year” by the American Morgan Horse Association. During his career, Balch touched many lives and was admired and respected by those who knew him. Predeceased by Mary in 1993, he is survived by a son, a daughter and five great grandchildren. Pashigian Sark of Bradford, MA, died on May 28. Born in Haverhill, he was married to Helen Depoian for 70 years. Graduating from UNH with a degree in economics, he was a member of Sigma Beta. Sark served in the Army Air Force Weather Service during World War II. In civilian life, he was a partner in the P&G Shoe Company and co-founder of the Kristine Shoe Company. Later, he was New England sales representative for CraddockTerry Shoe Corp. and Wolverine World Wide. Sark was a member of the Boston Travelers 210 Organization and a Mason of the Merrimack Valley Lodge AM&FM. He enjoyed playing tennis, spending summers in Seabrook Beach, NH, with winters in Florida. He was a longtime member of the First Church of Christ and is survived by two daughters and their families as well as several nieces and nephews. Clifford A. Hudson passed away on July 15 at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Predeceased by his wife Dorothy, he graduated from Concord High School in 1944 and UNH in 1948. He enjoyed gardening, camping and watching the Boston Red Sox. Hudson is survived by a son, two daughters, eight grandchildren and nine greats. Joan Cooper Burkholder of Madbury, NH, died July 11 after several years of failing health. Joan was predeceased by her husband Richard in March 2011. Survivors include one

daughter and two sons, as well as five grandchildren. How about reunion in June? Do give me a call! I'm still in the telephone book. ◆

1949 |

Joan Boodey Lamson

51 Lamson Lane New London, NH 03257

Have you seen anyone with grandkids who isn’t ready and eager to talk about them? Well, Jeannette “Jay” Mathews Kuchar has a tale about her grandson Matt that is hard to beat: At the Rio Olympics he won the bronze medal in golf. Matt, when asked by an Olympics reporter how he felt, said, “I’ve never felt so much pride — bursting all over.” Now, at the end of September, Matt, who was chosen to be a captain in the Ryder Cup by U.S. Team Captain Davis Love III because of his “proven ability to play with any partner in a team and his experience in previous Ryder Cups,” is on his way to helping the U.S. have its first victory since 2008 over the Europeans. Sadly, his grandfather, Jay’s husband and our 49er “Kuch,” Maurice “Kuch” Kuchar, died at the age of 90 on March 11 in Madison, CT. He had worked as a manager for General Motors before retirement. After college, our star football player transferred his athletic skills to the game of golf and later started his son and grandson, then age 11, playing golf. At that time, he said to Matt that he’d caddie for him at Augusta National. And amazingly, that dream came true in 1998, when Matt — only 19 years old — played and his dad and grandpa caddied for him. Kuch often said that one Sadie Hawkins Day at UNH was his lucky day when Jay invited him to her sorority beach party. They were a happy pair for the next 66 years, raising three boys and a daughter and enjoying many grandchildren. Popular Kuch was described in his obituary as “a man among men.” Robert “Bob” Harris died on Dec. 6, 2015. His daughter, Elizabeth “Betsy” Harris Gagnon ’73, wrote that he wanted to be remembered in the UNH Magazine. ◆

1950 |

Jeannette “Jay” Mathews Kuchar's grandson Matt Kuchar won Olympic bronze this year in Rio as a member of the U.S. golf team, and was chosen to be a captain of the U.S.'s Ryder Cup team in September. — 1949

Jack Smith

38 Drake Lane Scarborough, Maine 04107

Thinking about winter? I didn’t think so. How about looking back at the great summer and sharing some of your wonderful memories with your classmates instead? Send me an email marked Class 1950 or a note to my address above. Homecoming was a special weekend this year as our alma mater celebrated its 150th anniversary (1866-2016) Think about this: in 1866 UNH began as a college with one professor and 10 students in a borrowed facility — it has certainly come a long way since then. On a sad note, I received word that Hank Sanders, our class vice president for many years, passed away in April. Hank played football and baseball at UNH and was a member of the Athletic Council and the UNH Athletics Hall of Fame. He went on to coach and teach at several local high schools. The class sends condolences to his wife Peg and their daughters. The “Class of 1950 Endowed Fund” provided scholarships

Winter 2017



“Saturday we had a chance to see the campus alive and burgeoning with beautiful young students. A new outdoor swimming pool, expansions to the Hamel Rec Center and Holloway Commons and reconstruction of Hamilton Smith were very impressive.” — 1955

to Zachary Heller ’18 of Exeter, NH, Ajna Masic ’18 of Manchester, NH, Lexis Reyna ’18 of Wilton, NH and Allison Welch ’17, Kingston NH. The students are grateful for the financial assistance that your fund has provided them. Jack Gamble, living in Gainsville, FL, is looking forward to a football game in the new Wildcat Stadium with the sun at his back, rather than in his eyes. Jack is remembered as one of the UNH track team’s finest high hurdlers. Ted Bragdon, living in York, ME, has been retired for 32 years, has a daughter who graduated from UNH and a granddaughter that is in the UNH grad school now — a true blue family. And how about this: Trenholm Jordon and wife Mary celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary in August (that has to be a record for our class). Trenholm visited Durham about 10 years ago but didn’t recognize the names many of the buildings. Main Street, however, hasn’t changed. Martin Smith, Dover, NH, served as an assistant to then-governor John King in the 1960s and later as office manager for U.S. senator Thomas McIntyre. He retired as leasing and construction manager for the U.S. Postal Service, Northern Division. Joan Heartz still lives in Concord, NH, and spends summers at Goose Rocks Beach, ME — a nice part of the Maine coast. Ed Baker writes that after UNH he received his MBA from Harvard and spent 45 years as director of finance and administration for several companies, retiring in 1997. He lives in Boynton Beach, FL, and now enjoys travelling and playing tennis. And now on behalf of the Class of 1950, I extend condolences to the families of the classmates listed in the “In Memoriam” page of the magazine. ◆

1951 |

Anne Schultz Cotter

PO Box 33, Intervale, NH 03854

Thanks to Jan Anderson for scouting up some news — she is good for searching out the “Havenwood Heritage Heights gang”: Art Grant, Russ Page and Bill



Winter 2017

and Jane Haubrich (seem to have lost touch with them and too many others also!). The fall luncheon meeting in October featured Mary Lou Gilman, who was wearing her “snowbird” outfit … see ya in the spring! A welcome visit with Micki Medzela Krupa, who is still in Manchester; she and Emil are across the street from the Currier Gallery, where there is a wonderful exhibit of White Mountain artists. She visits her daughter’s farm in Lee every weekend. Mary Beth Robinson is still a library trustee in Concord, and Win manages to get around despite a walking disability. Doris Luneau is comfortable at Pleasant View Retirement Center in Concord. Ginny Dockham Sipe is still in Merrimack and keeps busy with her family. Had a nice long talk with Bev Lessard Hoover — she was in New England this summer and had a great visit with Betty Greene Herrin. Bev and her husband were evacuated from their home in Charleston, SC, for several days, along with 150 other inhabitants and a staff of 50, because of Hurricane Hermine. As for me, I have limited myself to driving 50 miles out of the valley so I have missed my usual jaunts and visits. I spoke with Bob Shaw in Colebrook — had planned to have lunch but couldn’t find a bed for the overnight (moose mania weekend!) so had to come home. Missed a great lunch that his wife Linda had ready for us! Among my summer achievements was fracturing three ribs and then getting the itchy shingles at the same time — all set now! I said in the last letter that I would bring us up to date with financials and scholarship awards but have received no paperwork. Also no obituary lists, so please peruse the back pages and bless them all. The spring luncheon in Concord will be at the Red Blazer on the third Thursday in May. Contact Jan Anderson at (603) 228-1049. ◆

1952 |

Ruthie Maynard

723 Bent Lane Newark, DE 19711

Dear Mates, our class letter is slowly beginning to see its demise. I only have three notes to report about our classmates, except for the obituaries. Need I say, please write to me? We all want to hear how you are doing! Now, I have a question to ask you: Charlie Daunt and I were chatting, and I wondered if any of you want to have a 65th reunion? Please let me know! I sadly report the deaths of the following classmates. George Bernier, who was a mechanical engineer, died on Feb. 10. Thorn Mayes, who was in the electrical engineering profession, died on May 5 at his home in Durango, CO. Virginia “Gina” Bailey Skelley passed away on May 16. Gina spent her life as a physical education teacher. Samuel Matson passed away on May 19. He had been an FBI agent. Joseph Gray died on May 24. Joe resided in Rochester, NH, since 1995, previously living in Pompton Plains, NJ. Merrill Dodge died on March 24. He was a history major and a member of the Salamanders a cappella group. Remember them? Wonderful! Did you read the fine article about our Dr. Amos “Moose” Townsend in the last issue of our magazine? I was going to write it in this class letter. He led an amazing life of giving to others. I will always remember him on the football field playing his heart out

Class Notes

to win the game for UNH and our class! I had a nice long letter from Donald and Barbara Dockum Bennett, who have been in New Hampshire since 1959 via California and Connecticut. They have a son and daughter and four grandsons. Dan and Barb sing in a chorus and a chorale, respectively and are “very active in their small but strong Christian church.” William Shea is a national and international aviation expert and lecturer. As a pilot, Bill set a record in a Globe Swift aircraft from Washington to Lawrence, MA. I called Tuni Allen regarding our “sexy prexy,” Carlton “Bim” Allen. Bim is terminally ill with Alzheimer’s. Bim, as we all know him, still has the same kindhearted, easygoing personality. He and Tuni are dealing with it, and they take short walks.He still talks about wanting to help other people. Nice chatting with you Tuni. That’s all folks! I don’t have another thing to write for the next issue. God bless you all and our troops! ◆

1953 |

Ann Merrow Burghardt

411 Wentworth Hill Road Center Sandwich, NH 03227

Mary Dewing writes that Susan Randy Abbott Kelsey died in Florida on June 27. “She’d lived for decades in California but moved to Florida a few years back where her son was living,” Mary wrote. Other deaths in 2016 include Weston P. Sanford, a lifelong resident of Middleboro, MA, who died May 5. A 1951 graduate of Boston College, he earned a master’s degree in chemistry from UNH in 1953 and had been a chemistry professor at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy before retiring in 2001 He was an Army sergeant during World War II. John J. Dow of Exeter, NH, died May 6. A civil engineering major, he later completed courses in naval architecture and for most of his career was employed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, retiring in 1993 as a supervisory naval architect. He was active in Exeter’s civic affairs, including many volunteer organizations. John was a faithful alum, and I think he attended all our reunions. Arthur Sousa of St. Paul, MN, died July 14. After serving in the Air Force in Alaska, he earned a degree in accounting and moved to Minnesota to work for the government. From 1955 until he retired, he was the accountant for Minnesota Wood Specialties. ◆

1954 |

Lee and Ann Perkins


Your class may have set yet another record: most attendees at a 61st reunion with the Clarks, Lundholms, Perkins, Lois Chase, Val England, Pat Nutter and Deb Atherton, who is a real trooper and recovering from some major “stuff!” It was particularly meaningful because we had a chance to spend some extra time with George and Ruth Nash Clark, and George passed away not too long after. Ruth writes that one of George’s fondest recent wishes was to see the new football stadium, and he did that. His sons wanted to take him to the opening game, and they made sure he made it at least in spirit! Harriett Forkey reports that the stadium is “world class” in every way, with

elevators and electric carts for those who need assistance and plenty of restrooms for those of our vintage. Recent notes from the university advise us of the passing of Tom Robinson and George Smith earlier this year. Our Class Steering Committee will meet before the Golden Wildcat Luncheon at Reunion Weekend on Saturday, June 3 — the 62nd reunion for us. Anyone is welcome to come and decide whether or not to become a member. ◆

Before Snively Arena was built in 1965, hockey games were played outside. Batchelder Rink, dedicated in 1955, was named in honor of Horace Batchelder, who provided the equipment needed to make artificial ice.

1955 |

Marge and Bill Johnston

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

Hi Classmates! Football weekend, Sept. 9 and 10, found quite a group of us in Durham. We gathered at the Three Chimneys Inn for dinner and reminiscing. Our group included Tom Tracy and his wife Marilyn ’58, Lorna Kimball and her daughter Laurie, Marge and Bill Johnston, Billy Pappas and his wife Toni, Bill Lacey, Chan Sanborn and his wife Ann, Norris Browne and his son, Ann Russell, Bud Palmer, Dick Shepardson, Bill Geoffrion and wife Shirley ’56, Lenny and Penny Willey, Harry Beaudin and his wife Carmen ’57 and Marsh Litchfield. Art Valicenti was not able to join us for medical reasons, but we all talked to him by phone. Saturday we had a chance to see the campus alive and burgeoning with beautiful young students. A new outdoor swimming pool, expansions to the Hamel Rec Center and Holloway Commons and reconstruction of Hamilton Smith were very impressive. At about 5 p.m., tailgating began outside of Wildcat Stadium. We made our way to the new stadium — what a great facility! The Wildcats played Holy Cross on that warm September evening, It was an exciting game that the Wildcats won 39-28. President Mark Huddleston and Norris were on the sidelines encouraging the team. Norris was “adopted” by the cheerleaders for a “photo op.” We were impressed and very proud of all that is happening at UNH! We received several obituaries from

Winter 2017

— 1955



the alumni office, and our condolences to the families. Susan Curtin Malloy of Wellesley and North Falmouth, MA, died January 19 from complications of ALS. Richard Fallenberg of New York City and Milford, MA, died on March 12. Richard received his degree in government and served in the Air Force. He was in the insurance business before retiring to Cape Cod. He loved his wonderful family, gardening and landscaping. Wilfred Mathewson passed away on May 15. After graduating with a degree in chemical engineering, he received his master’s degree from RPI and his doctorate from Cornell and credited UNH for his success in life. He was married to his wife Natalie in 1953 and lived on College Road for two years. They were happily married for 62-and-a-half years. He leaves his wife and four children. Charless Filip of North Conway, NH, died on July 14. Born in Chico, CA, she moved to New Hampshire at the age of 13. Her family founded and ran Storybook Inn in Glen. She was a successful businesswomen, wife and mother. We would love to hear from all of you classmates. Perhaps now that we’ve included both our summer and winter addresses, we will receive more news from all of you. Until next time, God bless! ◆

î Class of



1956 |

Joan Holroyd

5 Timber Lane, Apt. 213 Exeter, NH 03833

Another glorious autumn day — crystal-clear skies and bright sun. Although temperatures dropped close to a frost overnight, it’s now a perfect 68 degrees at noon. In Durham, fans are enjoying the new football stadium, complete with a two-stop elevator and many small shops for refreshments, souvenirs and UNH apparel. Another addition this year is a fabulous new scoreboard, which we hope will show UNH in the lead as each game ends. So summer has come and gone; hope yours was enjoyable. One of the highlights for me was joining XO sisters for lunch in York Harbor with Barbara Entwistle White, Shirley Gibson Geoffrion, Jane Bradley Harrington, Anne Seidler Russell and Eleanor Hill Lewis, visiting from Coronado, CA. As Ellie had two grandchildren graduating the very same weekend as our 60th reunion, she wasn’t able to get to Durham then. We all enjoyed reminiscing about college days and catching up with happenings over the years since. As of this writing, Homecoming will be tomorrow, but it looks like we’ll miss it for the first time since 1987, which marked Don ’57’s retirement from a long Army career. He has been in and out of the hospital for weeks following the failed attempt to install a port to begin dialysis. With season tickets for the home games, we hope this will be the only one he’ll have to miss. Now for the unpleasant task of reporting the following obituaries. Linda Reponen Morse of Granby, CT, died on April 10 after a long battle with cancer. At UNH, she earned a degree in physical education and was a member of Alpha Xi Delta. She taught in Massachusetts and New Hampshire before settling in Granby. Linda leaves her



Winter 2017

husband of 59 years, William Morse, two sons and three grandchildren. On May 30 we lost classmate Carolyn Brown Goss, also a physical education major. Carolyn hailed from Portland, ME, but began a teaching career in Middlebury, VT. She and husband Bill lived in nearby Brandon for nearly 60 years. Carolyn also served her community as a mail carrier, an EMT and a swimming instructor for area day camps. She leaves three children, three grandsons and a brother. Lastly, retired Littleton, MA, high school principal Claude R. Jean died on May 31. Born and raised in Nashua, NH, he served four years in the Navy, then earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1956 and later earned his master’s in school administration from Hofstra. He served as a principal for schools in New Hampshire and Massachusetts before retirement. He is survived by a daughter, three grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several siblings. Here’s wishing you all a super fall season, and please write or call in your news. ◆

1957 |

Mary Lou Parkhurst Lavallee

25 Thornton Way, #110 Brunswick, ME 04011

Alas, as is too often the case, the notes received from you, my ’mates, or from the hard-working Alumni office, deal primarily with the last good-bye and memories of long ago. The same is true this issue. Thomas J. Giampietro passed away on April 27 in Malden MA. Tom received his degree in horticulture. He was an Army veteran and a longtime employee of the Postal Service. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years and survived by his son and daughter, and many cousins. W. Scott Leighton, Jr. of Dover, NH, died on June 11. He was born in Dover and after serving in the U.S. Army in the Korean War graduated from UNH with a degree in electrical engineering. He worked for many years at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and was very proud to have worked on nuclear submarines, including The Thresher. Sports were always a big part of his life and perhaps his greatest delight was watching his children and grandchildren enjoy sports. Irene LaPlante Hoffman died in Indianapolis, IN, where she had enjoyed a busy life with her children and grandchildren and dedicated more than 25 years to St. Vincent’s Hospice Bereavement Department and other volunteer grief programs. Her busy life reflected her community spirit while in Durham as a member of Theta U, Mortar Board, House Council, intramural sports and other activities. To tell of more positive good news and renew your own long ago memories please note on your calendar our 60th reunion, June 2 – 4, 2017. Please keep an eye out for information from our class president Fred Armstrong, and other Wildcat emails and snailmail for details on events and registration. ◆

1958 |

Peggy Ann Shea

100 Tennyson Ave. Nashua, NH 03062

At a recent Portsmouth High School reunion I was able to catch up on several UNH class members. Jack and Polly Lessard McDonough recently enjoyed a trip

Alumni Profile


Winter 2017




frequent trips back to New Hampshire to visit Gail’s mother t’s the type of scenario most of us would rather not in Newmarket, a quick visit to Durham in July was Fran’s ponder: water from the Hudson River filling New York first time back on campus in many years. “Kingsbury Hall City’s Holland Tunnel during rush hour, the nearby has changed a lot,” he laughs. “It’s good to see that UNH is Houston and Canal Street subway stations in lower investing in STEM and keeping up with the pace of change Manhattan likewise deluged. in technology.” For Francis “Fran” DiNuzzo ’78 ’81G, thinking about not DiNuzzo’s mission at ILC could be described as keeping just these scenes but their solutions — high-tech fabric ahead of the pace of change in technology. Founded in the plugs and barriers that can be quickly deployed to hold back 1940s, ILC’s business for much of its history was tied to up to 28 feet of water — is all in a day’s work. Since 2014, the U.S. space program and NASA, manufacturing not just DiNuzzo has served as president and CEO of ILC Dover, a space suits but also space helmets, military blimps, tethered Delaware-based manufacturing company that develops aerostats and other “lighter than air” structures. That busihigh-performance engineered flexible materials for comness leveled out as NASA’s focus shifted away from space mercial and government use. While ILC is best known for missions, and DiNuzzo was brought on board to help expand manufacturing the space suits used by every U.S. astronaut the company’s commercial businesses. Today, he says, the for extravehicular missions since the first Apollo mission, privately held company has four lines of business — two in DiNuzzo says his company’s reach is far broader. “We’re the government sector and two in the commercial arena — innovating what’s next in high-tech fabrics,” he says. and 400-plus employees in Delaware, Texas and Switzerland. Following an itinerant childhood, DiNuzzo found a home in Of those businesses, DiNuzzo gets the most animated Durham, earning both his undergrad degree and a master’s discussing the company’s specialty films for pharmaceutical degree in mechanical engineering at UNH. Prior to taking and biopharmaceutical products and its rapid deployment the helm at ILC Dover, he spent some 27 years with Hewlett flood containment products — the latter of which are curPackard’s Agilent Technologies subsidiary and another six as rently being installed by the New York City Transit System. president and CEO of Strategic Diagnostics — though only two-and-a-half of the nearly 35 years that comprise his man- “Climate change has led to increased storm intensity and rising sea levels, which can cause catastrophic damage to ufacturing career involved hands-on engineering work. infrastructure and real estate,” he explains. “Our solutions “The study of engineering is excellent preparation for a are based on flexible materials, which are easy to store and business career, “ says DiNuzzio, who completed a busieasy to deploy. We’re using fabrics to solve problems that in ness minor at UNH. “Engineering teaches you how to problem-solve by breaking things down. [Mechanical engineering the past have been addressed with steel.” Notwithstanding the sometime sobering needs behind professor emeritus] Charlie Taft always pushed us to explore his company’s product and the fact that he’s removed from the why behind the work and experimentation we did in his the day-to-day work of research and development, DiNuzzo class. It was great training.” UNH is also the place DiNuzzo met his wife, Gail ’79, ’81G. uses the word “fun” to describe his work at ILC. “The company is a playpen for engineering,” he says. ² The couple lives in Pennsylvania, and while they make


day of the month, and many of the veterans crowded into available cars and headed for the Dover Diner for burgers, pie and beer. They never got in trouble for cooking in the dorm room. ◆

1959 |

Class Notes Editor

UNH Magazine, 15 Strafford Ave., Durham, NH 03824

Class president Jack Sanders writes: “Dear classmates, I am pleased to report that Diane Woods has volunteered to become our class notes secretary. Please send your news to Diane at: dianewoods21@ Apologies for the gap in our class news and thanks to Jerry Sullivan for his contribution in the last issue of UNH Magazine. Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you. ◆

David Batchelder ’64 had three photographs in this fall's alumni photography exhibition at the UNH Museum of Art, including this image from his book Tideland.



to Croatia. Ned Gould made the trip from California where he is “retired” and busier than ever. Also, Patricia Herman Howe came from her home in Maryland. Word has been received from the alumni office about the passing of several classmates. Gerald “Ged” DeGrandpre of Jaffrey, NH, passed away in Keene in July. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in economics, he worked at various lending institutions in the Monadnock area, eventually retiring as senior vice president from the Peterborough Savings Bank. Manuel N. Francis of Marshfield, MA, passed away in May. Upon graduation he became a golf course superintendent, serving at the Belmont Country Club from 1960 to 1972. He became the national director of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America in 1965. Later, he and his father started a successful turf business in Marshfield, distributing their world-famous “Vesper Velvet” turf to golf courses all across the U.S. They eventually converted their property into the 18-hole Green Harbor Golf Club. Patricia Small, formerly of Fairfield, CT, and Ossipee, NH, died in April. After graduation, Pat completed a master’s degree at Danbury (CT) State College followed by another year of graduate study at the University of Oregon. She taught in Danbury for two years before moving to Fairfield, where she taught for 35 years at Roger Ludlow/Fairfield High School and coached field hockey and tennis. She was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1989 and into the UNH Wildcat Winner’s Circle Hall of Fame in 1995. Her love of the outdoors took her mountain climbing in Alaska, skiing in the Alps and hiking in the White Mountains. Thomas F. Peltak passed away in May. A lifelong resident of Manchester, NH, he was a veteran of the Navy, serving aboard the destroyer USS Vesole during the Korean War. Gordon Hammond sent me the following information about Tom, who was Gordon’s roommate at Gibbs Hall: Their room became a popular meeting place, with Gordon providing a hotplate and Tom building a shelf outside the window to store dairy products in the winter. Their room became known as “Gibbs Grill” among the many GI-Bill veterans who were around the Gibbs Hall area; the principal item on the menu was Chef Boyardee Ravioli. The VA allotment came the first

Winter 2017

1960 |

Estelle “Stella” Belanger Landry

315 Chickory Trail Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

After such a hot summer in the Northeast, I am sure that many of you enjoyed the month of September. There is nothing nicer than a beautiful warm weekend in September spent in Cape May, NJ, as we did celebrating our 52nd wedding anniversary. In a phone conversation with Henry “Butch” Roy, he mentioned that he and his wife Nancy had an extensive tour of the western national parks. On a quick stop in Albuquerque, NM, he had a little time to call his freshman roommate and fraternity brother, Rudy Matalucci. Rudy mentioned that he keeps busy with family and continues to work in his business. My husband and I had a wonderful time attending the Manchester Central High School 60th reunion in August. It was great seeing fellow UNHers Milton ’63 and Sally Argeriou, Merrill ’67 and Diana Lewis ’66, Bruce ’61 and Cynthia McDonnell Salisbury, Judy Pariseau Northridge ’61, and Doug Warren ’70 and his wife Celia Warren. While in New Hampshire, we also attended my mini Nashua High School annual get-together in Portsmouth. UNHers there were Roland Lajoie ’58 and James Soule ’61. The alumni office has sent me the following obituaries. Nelson George Marshall of Chichester, NH, passed away in April. He had a long, successful career working as a mechanical engineer at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. William C. Royce of Jaffrey, NH, died in May. After a career employed by Eastern Airlines as a pilot and captain, William remained involved in serving the town of Jaffrey in many areas. Aurelie Desmarais Jacques of Claremont, NH, passed away in June. Aurelie received her master’s degree from Dartmouth College and earned her law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center. She taught French for many years, practiced law and then worked for New Hampshire and Vermont Legal Aid. Finally, what a wonderful, extraordinary gift given to UNH by a former employee of the Dimond Library, Robert “Bob” Morin ’63. When I read the story in the fall edition of the magazine and saw his age and that he came from Nashua, I looked in my 1955 high school yearbook and indeed found that it was one

Class Notes

and the same person. I do remember his funny disposition in our senior English class. Thank you, Bob. ◆

1961 |

Pat Gagne Coolidge

P.O. Box 736 Rollinsford, NH 03869

Hello, Classmates! Bill Tighe called to say that he and Lise, John Kjellman and Harvey Galloway and his wife Linda met midsummer for their yearly dinner in Peterborough, NH, at a riverside restaurant. We believe Art Monty is back in southern France after spending part of the summer in New Hampshire. Congratulations to Lou and Patricia D’Allesandro on the birth of their second great-grandson, Cameron, in September. And our condolences to Judy Holbrook Barry Thompson, whose husband, Wayne Thompson, died on Feb. 19, 2015. ◆

1962 |

Judy Dawkins Kennedy

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

Carol Flood Richardson and her daughter Cheryl, Marcia Tims Farwell and her husband Clarence ’59, David and Sonja Hazen Noyes and Judy Dawkins Kennedy and her husband Nelson ’63 enjoyed the Homecoming game at the new stadium and viewing Paul Richardson’s memorial there. We send our condolences to the families and friends of Jeanne Pike Goodwin of Tolland, CT, who died on May 4. She earned degrees from UNH and the University of Hartford as a certified medical technologist. Her career at the microbiology department of Quest Diagnostics lasted many years until her retirement. She loved dancing and met her husband Cressy ’61 at the Durham Reelers. She was a skilled seamstress, knitter, bobbin lace-maker and crocheter and was certified by the Crocheting Guild of America. For six years she taught these techniques at Camp Songadeewin in Vermont. She was a member of the Tolland United Congregational Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. Sandra I. Rousseau of Middleton, NH, died on July 15. She lived in Portsmouth before moving to Middleton, working as a registered occupational therapist for Easter Seals and then for 30 years at the Riverside Rest Home in Dover. She enjoyed crafting and photography and won many awards. She also enjoyed frequent trips in the United States, Canada and Europe. Sally Hoadley Low of Epping, NH, died on July 9. She earned her bachelor’s degree at UNH in 1953 and her master’s in education in 1962. She taught grades one though eight in Alton, Epsom, Deerfield and Strafford, NH, for 32 years total. She retired to Issaquah, WA, where she volunteered at the Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was active in the Issaquah Singers and at the senior center and was a mail carrier for the city offices. She enjoyed reading, singing, horseback riding and sports. A high point in her life was attending all three of the Triple Crown races. Please send news, especially if you have enjoyed the new stadium and have news of any UNHers you have met with. And finally, please save the date: the Class

of 1962 55th Reunion is June 2-4, 2017. The Reunion Planning Committee is Bill Doran, Ken McKinnon, Louise Zerba, Judy Kennedy, Carol Richardson, Carol Bense and Ginny Theo Steelman. Please join us in Durham — we look forward to seeing you! ◆

1964 |

Polly Ashton Daniels

3190 N. State Route 89A Sedona, AZ 86336

î Class of


Yes! You heard the call and even sent out secondary alarms to other classmates! Many thanks to Tommy Gramatikas of Sierra Vista, AZ, for connecting me with Dick Hill, who lives in Maine, and who, according to Tommy, knows everyone! Will await your “volumes,” Dick, for my next column! Chris Riley Millar’s lifelong wish to visit Scandinavia came true, with two weeks spent visiting Oslo, Norway, and Copenhagen, Denmark, with the mountains and fjords of Norway thrown in. Bucket List: one down! Sue Abell Sinta delights in the classes she has been taking for the last 14 years at the University of Michigan. After recently delving into Aristophanes, she was reminded that she, Jerry Daniels and I were in the UNH production of “The Birds” together. Ah, light-years ago! Sue and Don have two sons, one a freshman in the drama department at the University of Illinois and the other “on the road” as a drummer, travelling the world with Melissa Etheridge, Idina Menzel, Josh Groban and Alanis Morissette. Roderick Cyr retired from NHDOT in 1993. He and wife Cindy traveled by RV for 10 years before her passing in 2013. He now lives in Florida, where children and grandchildren can happily vacation. One grandson is a junior at Plymouth and his twin granddaughters are UNH sophomores. Greg Eskijian of Jefferson City, MO, retired in 1996, having enjoyed dual careers with the Federal Highway Administration and the Army National Guard. He and his wife, Marian Stuart Eskijian ’63, have two children and three grandchildren. They passed right by me in Sedona and promised they will stop next time — in the meantime, check out their photo from their recent trip to campus on p. 70! Sorority sister and luncheon friend Sylvia Thomas Goddard moved to Vail, CO, when her husband passed away in 1980. There, she ran a B&B out of her home. Cold winters eventually drove her to Tucson, AZ. “Lovely town, but too hot!” She has found the perfect weather in nearby Prescott, where she volunteers for the Yavapai Humane Society. She has a son, a daughter and three grandsons. We marvel at how we both look exactly the same as we did in the ’60s. More news forthcoming, so please stay tuned… ◆

1965 |


Jacqueline Flynn Thompson

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

The news lately has been of obituaries. Here are some of our lost classmates. David Hebert of Amherst, NH, died in February. His career in engineering culminated in his being awarded a U.S. patent while working for Rockwell International. Robbin Roberts Grill passed away in Dec. 2015. She was a successful CPA, establishing her own company. Gardner Spencer died

Winter 2017




EXPAND YOUR NETWORK WITH CAREER RESOURCES Job postings, networking opportunities, speaker series and more.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALUMNI BENEFITS Discounts and rewards on insurance, travel, educational opportunities and more.

after a tragic cycling accident in January in Ocala, FL. Besides being involved in the corrections profession, he was an accomplished musician and entertainer. You might remember him as the lead singer of the band the Checkmates while at UNH. Kathleen McNamara Johnson passed away at her home in West Hills, CA, in January. She fell in love with the West Coast after vacationing there. David Holden passed away peacefully in February. After a career as a Spanish teacher, he became a proud volunteer at the Good Samaritan in Keene, NH. Walter Munroe died unexpectedly in Aug. 2015 on his farm in Rehoboth, MA. Kenneth Bronson died in March. He received his associate’s degree in applied science and worked at the Groveton Paper Company. Richard Miller of Gardner, MA, passed away in April. He received his master’s degree in 1965. Donald Keyser, who received his doctorate at UNH, died in May in Fort Myers, FL. Leonard Wright Jr. of Claremont, NH, died in June. We offer condolences to all the families of these deceased classmates. On a lighter note, here are a few thoughts I chose from the “Golden Granite.” Bobbee Lee Anderson Cardillo fondly remembers wearing her beanie everywhere and wearing her PJs to her 8 a.m. class under her trench coat! Marcia Weymouth Coleman tells of the time she “snagged the flag off the greased pole during freshman orientation week.” Rosemary Trzepacz Daly reminds us of the rumors of panty raids — “we were so young and naïve.” Special memories for John Pappas were of Freshman Camp, Thursday nights at The Cat and Friday afternoons at Buckys. Charity Tonkin Gorrell Haines enjoyed watching the football team win the



Winter 2017

championship against UMass in 1962 and singing along with the Shaw Brothers, as so many of us did! Steve Smith remembers “enjoying Fritz’s 50-cent pastrami sandwich in the lot behind Sawyer Hall after some lunatic touch football.” Carolyn “Widge” Franziem Kent has special memories of that first snow of the season when the whole campus erupted into one huge snowball fight! Oh yes, and we had to be in our dorms by 9 p.m. Sandy Roscoe Lewis loved listening to the carillon bells. James Barney hasn’t forgotten watching hockey games outside on some very cold winter nights! Ralph Perrino shared his experience at UNH. Here is a brief summary: In the fall of 1962, he met Dean Richards of the Thompson School of Applied Science (TSAS) who admitted Ralph into TSAS after he filled out an application and paid the fees, and he became a member of the 1962 class majoring in soil and water conservation. The four-year program at UNH allowed TSAS students to transfer if they had a 3.4 GPA or above. He made the jump and became a sophomore at UNH. He owned his own plumbing business, holding many construction and health licenses. He has since retired. ◆

1966 |

Lynda Brearey

2 Roundabout Lane Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

Some 130 members of our class returned to campus in June for our 50th Reunion. Those of us who were here for the festivities are sorry we missed the rest of you! To give you a quick snapshot of the weekend, we started with registration and a review of our class memorabilia

at the Elliott Alumni Center. Later we were welcomed at Dimond Library and enjoyed a lobster bake with all the trimmings under a great white tent on Smith Hall lawn. Ongoing activities included panel discussions, tours and general gatherings of friends, and our classmates who have passed away were lovingly remembered at a memorial service in the MUB. The traditional parade of classes traveled from T Hall to the MUB for the Wildcat Luncheon, at which Peter Zotto presented President Huddleston with our record-setting class gift — due in large part to the generosity of our own Marcia Petersen Carsey. I was honored to lead the attending classes at the luncheon in the singing of the alma mater. Saturday was topped off with a lovely dinner and music from our years at UNH, and each attending classmate was given a beautiful sepia print of T-Hall done by classmate John Kendall. President Huddleston shared some thoughts with us, and both the reunion committee and the UNH staff who assisted us were acknowledged and thanked for all the hard work that went into making our 50th Reunion such a success. We closed the weekend with a final brunch on Sunday, and I think I speak for many ‘66ers when I say a GREAT time was had by all! We would like to keep the spirit alive by keeping information coming in for this class newsletter; please remember we do not collect dues so communication is up to you. Just send me an email or a note and I will do my best to share the news. Thank you, classmates of 1966, for a job well done! ◆

1967 |

Diane Deering

921 Deerwander Rd. Hollis Center, ME 04042

Our 50th reunion plans are taking shape for the June 2 – 4 weekend! The committee volunteers are meeting on a regular basis at the Durham alumni center. Joining co-chairs Lynne Sweet and Diane Deering are Peg Vreeland Aaronian, treasurer, and Janet Dearborn Forrest, Bob Devantery, Fred Emanuel, Bob Evarts, Dick Knight, MaryJo McCormick Chadwick, Dave Nesbitt, Jan Brown Rich, John Shipman, Jim Tebbetts, Earle Wason and Suzy Whitcomb Clancy. President Jim Jelmberg will welcome our class. It’s not too late to volunteer to help the committee! Peg is heading up our “Golden Granite.” Be sure to send in your bio and pics for this directory whether or not you will be able to join us in June. Every 50th reunion class before ours has made its mark on the university. Our class has created The Class of 1967 Internship Scholarship Fund, which will provide financial support for exceptional undergraduate and graduate students from all colleges and schools. Dick brought our attention to the recent College of Liberal Arts newsletter that highlights several students who benefit from these programs during their academic years. Please help support our special Class of 1967 fund or another area of the university that you feel passionate about by making a gift of any amount in honor of our 50th reunion. Visit to make your gift online. On a sad note, we report the passing of David McBride of Laconia, NH. David spent many years teaching English in Iran and, after the 1978 revolution, returned to Boston, where he received his master’s in


Class Notes

THE CHECKMATES: Gearing up for the fall party season, summer 1965. From left: Jim Wood (lead guitar), Steve Oaks (drums), Gardner Spencer (lead vocals, guitar) and Andy Merton (bass). Sadly, Spencer died earlier this year following a cycling accident in Florida.

Eye Listen and s On Yo to by T Midnigh u, Baby h t h e b e C h e c t S p e c ia k ma l as blo g e m en t t e s a t s p o w a ll s t .co m .

education from Northeastern. David spent 21 years as associate director of admissions at Plymouth State and adjunct English professor at Southern New Hampshire University. Mary Koutrelakos Lane died in Dover, NH, after a lifetime of teaching In the Oyster River schools, traveling through Europe, playing tennis, dancing and reading. Please join us at Reunion next June as we remember all our departed classmates at a special memorial service. A reminder to Florida residents and snowbirds that the Southwest Chapter and the new Palm Beach Chapter are planning winter events. Check out UNH Connect for details. ◆

1968 |

Angela M. Piper

509 Weston Place DeBary, FL 32713

Twice in the past month I have received an email that starts out with the same theme: “Every time I receive the UNH Magazine, I immediately turn to the 1968 section to see if there are any updates about my fellow UNH graduates, but I am disappointed when there is nothing to read.” There is a simple solution to this problem. Specifically, write to me. Send an email. If you hear from an old friend or visit with a former UNH graduate, send me an email! So, whom did I hear from? Well, after 48 years of reading the column, Ruth “Sam” Jamke, who spent 40 of the last 48 years as a chemist for companies such as GE and Polaroid, sent me a short summary of her adventures since graduating. An Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) member, since retiring in 2007 she has spent her time volunteering for AMC and leading AMC hiking and backpacking trips all over the world. She will be leading a trip to the Little

Winter 2017

î Class of






The best part of the journey is coming home.

REUNION 1957 1962 1967 1977 1992 SAVE THE DATE • JUNE 2 - 4, 2017

Switzerland area of Luxembourg in June. You will find Sam living in Bedford, NH. She is a master gardener for the UNH Cooperative Extension and would like to hear from other classmates. Connect with Sam through Facebook as Sam Jamke. And another surprise note came from Sarah “Sally” Knox, who has also had a very interesting career. She spent 13 years in Stockholm, Sweden, where she earned her doctorate in psychophysiology. She then moved to Washington, DC, and is now a tenured professor at West Virginia University doing research in cancer and biophysics. Sally is thoroughly enjoying her work and her home in the country in West Virginia. Her daughter and granddaughter also now live close by. Sally is hoping to see news from more of us as we retire and recount how much we have experienced and accomplished in these few short years. I have also received the following obituary from the alumni office. David Rowden of Springvale, ME, died unexpectedly at home in April. A gastroenterologist for 37 years in Sanford, he retired in 2013. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife, Terry, and his family. I speak of this in every issue, and I encourage all of you to contact the alumni office and see what you can do to help with our 50th reunion efforts. I look forward to seeing many of you there. Be sure to email or call me with news that I can write about in the next issue. Until then, enjoy friends, family and all your various activities. ◆



Winter 2017

1970 |

Jan Harayda

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

Great news! Our class now has its own page on Facebook. If you’d like to share your news or see classmates’ updates, you can still do it here in these class notes. But you also have the option of posting or reading class news on our Facebook page. The page is a private or “closed” group. So if you’d like to join the conversation there, you need to request to join the group. Once you do, you’ll be sharing your information only with our class. To find the page search for “UNH Class of 1970” on Facebook . Be sure to put UNH in uppercase letters as using “unh class of 1970” or “unh 1970” could take you to an unauthorized page. Big thanks to Craig Abbott and to Corena Dungey Garnas, Emily George and Jennifer Woodside in the alumni office for helping to launch the page. If you have difficulties getting approved, let me know and I’ll pass that along to someone who can help. In the meantime, I-House, the international house on campus, had another wonderful reunion at the home of Joel and Joyce Bailey Nelson in Wolfeboro, NH. The Nelsons sent this report: “Mary Booth, our house mother, and Ray Matheson, the international student advisor, began the I-House group in the school year 1964-1965. Mary’s concept of American students living with international students to help them adjust has made us a close group all these years. We started the reunions in 1979 and in 1983. We have continued meeting each summer with rotating hosts. Now that many of us are retired, we also come together

Class Notes

in the winter. After 51 years, who would have thought we would reconnect so often?” Other classmates at the I-House reunion were Mike Firczuk and Kate Perry Firczuk ’69, Paul and Karen McGlinchey Foss, Nishan and Carolyn Parent Nahikian, Bonnie Abbott Kelly and her husband Jim and Nan Winterbottom. Sharing in the fun were Wayland Bunnell ’69, Bob St. Cyr ’69, Fumio Taku ’72, Dick and Penny Warnock Wakefield ’69 and Richard Whitney ’68 and his wife Sandy. Finally, actor Laurie Folkes appeared recently in Euripides’ tragedy “The Bacchae” on an open-air stage in New York City’s Central Park. Congratulations on another plum role, Laurie! ◆

1971 |

Debbi Martin Fuller

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

I have a lot of obits to share. You all need to tell me some news of the rest of us who are still alive and kicking! Nancy Abbot Pellerin of Palm Bay, FL, passed away last March after a long battle with cancer. Nancy met her husband Bill at UNH. After graduation, they spent the next five years living in different parts of the U.S. as Bill was in the military. Later they settled in Hollis, NH, and 13 years ago, moved to Palm Bay where Nancy found a great circle of friends and got involved in the local library repairing books. She was an animal lover and a proud grandmother. Donations in Nancy’s name can be sent to the Friends of the Palm Bay Libraries, PO Box 060931, Palm Bay, FL 32906. Capt. Gregory Alan Keazer died on April 8. Greg graduated from the Thompson School with an associate’s degree in forest management. He went to Vietnam, where he received a Purple Heart, among other medals. He was wounded and told he would never walk again, but he eventually proved the doctors wrong and hiked the AMC hut system, teaching his girls a love of hiking and hunting. Greg was a police officer with the Hampton, NH, police department, then, after moving to Texas, he joined the U.S. Border Patrol. He next worked for U.S. Customs, later moving with the organization to Louisiana, then Florida, where he worked first as a U.S. Customs marine enforcement drug interdiction officer and then as a US Coast Guard-licensed captain. He retired after 25 years of service and then came home to New Hampshire and purchased a sugar lot. He got his family excited about tapping trees and making maple syrup. He loved the outdoors in general — hiking, fishing, shooting guns and working in the woods. A party in his memory is planned for this summer. Greg wants you to take your family out for a seafood dinner or a sunset in lieu of flowers. Great idea! Diane Gaucher Shea died on July 15 of a sudden illness. She was a vice president with Bank of NH for several years. She was the accountant for the Saint Elizabeth Seaton Church and an active communicant of Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. She enjoyed cooking and yoga. Emile Louis Adams got his master’s degree from UNH and worked there as well. He and his wife had moved to Durham, NC, later in life. He passed in late May and, based on his birth year, was almost 85. Andrea Woronka Enos, age 75, died on July 12 in East Sandwich, MA. She got a master’s degree from UNH

and was a devoted English teacher, working most of her career as the Haverhill High School librarian. She was an avid fisherman, photographer, knitter, creative writer and imaginative gardener. I am going on another Pan Am trip in October. It’s with World Wings, our flight attendant group. We do these once a year to a different location, and this is the first time they’ve done a cruise. It will be over Halloween, so I’m making a costume of the flight attendant from 2001 A Space Odyssey! Please send me your news! ◆

1973 |

When the Memorial Union Building opened in 1957, replacing The Notch, it had something for (almost) everyone, including a multi-lane candlepin bowling alley.

Joyce Dube Stephens

33 Spruce Lane Dover, NH 03820

Gary A. Lyons has been named chairman of the board of directors for Retrophin. Gary was the founding president and chief executive officer of Neurocrine Biosciences from 1993 to 2008 and remains a member on its board of directors. Prior to his work at Neurocrine, he held a number of senior management positions at Genentech and also serves on the board of directors for Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Vical and Cytori Therapeutics. Once again, most of our news sadly reflects the passing of a number of our classmates. These include Tilden G. Barnard of Kittery, ME, John F. Beattie of Hatfield, MA, James D. Bent of Dover, NH, Janice Anne Curtis of Dover, NH, Sandra P. Montgomery of York, ME, Thomas F. Peltak of Manchester, NH, and Janis Headley Trudo of Concord, NH. ◆

(shown here in 1972)

1974 |

Jean Marston-Dockstader

51 Londonderry Road, Windham, NH 03087 I am sorry to say I have only obituaries to report. Richard

O’Brien passed away in Shrewsbury, MA, on April 16. He had a 25 year career at Norton Company as a line technician. He leaves his wife Patricia and three children. William “Bill” Patterson passed away May , in Charlottesville, VA. He leaves his wife, Laurel. Bill had a long career with the National Weather Service. Word has been received of the passing of John Brassil on May 15, in Brunswick, ME. His career was education. He leaves his wife Claudette, daughter and step-daughters. John Unfricht passed away June 22. John was an internal auditor for USPS in Washington, DC. Please send your news to share with your classmates. ◆

1976 |

Susan Ackles Alimi

48 Fairview Drive Fryeburg, ME 04037

C. Andrew Martin received a doctorate of nursing practice from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA, on May 14. Andrew continues to work at AIDS Services of Austin in Texas and is part-time online adjunct faculty at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and the University of Saint Mary in Kansas. Sadly, we received news of the passing of several classmates. Pamela McAdamSilver died June 22. After graduation, Pam worked her

Winter 2017



The day

Your dream wedding becomes a reality.

Special Offer for UNH Alumni

10% OFF *

© Susan Costa Photography

a wedding package.

University of New Hampshire Conferences and Catering knows the importance of getting it right on your wedding day. With historic and modern venues, professional wedding planners, and award-winning chefs, we have the resources to make your wedding as extraordinary and personal as your love. (603) 862-1900

Contact one of our wedding planners today and make the wedding you’ve dreamed of a reality. *Offer good for UNH Alumni. Discount applied to current wedding packages. Contact our office for additional details on qualifying for the offer.



Winter 2017

Class Notes

entire career as an elementary school teacher for East Rochester School. She loved teaching, travel, photography, scrapbooking and most of all, her two girls. Claribel “Clare” McBane died on March 20. She was a talented artist and focused primarily on pen-and-ink and sculpture. She loved interacting with nature, whether it was hiking in the White Mountains or tide-pooling along the New Hampshire seacoast. She instilled this appreciation and sense of exploration in her children. John Arthur Stiles died on May 30. John was employed for many years with Fidelity in Merrimack, NH, as a stockbroker. He and his wife lived in Candia for 30 years, raising their children there. His hobbies included reading, gardening, running and watching the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots. John loved a good joke, party and card game. ◆

1977 |

Gary Pheasant

1099 Lanier Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30306

I received a great note from Mark “Dux” Lagakis, an Acacia fraternity brother of mine. A couple of brothers from our pledge class gathered recently to tell a few tales and have some dinner at Del Frisco’s Grille in Burlington, MA. They are all scattered about now, but Mark was in New England for some business/pleasure and the guys were able to connect. Mark Romano, Rollie Janetos, Kevin Kelly and Mark had a great time, and as Mark Romano so aptly stated, “The older we get, the better we were.” Mark currently lives near Hilton Head Island on Callawassie Island. I heard the golf is pretty nice there! Sadly, I must report that Cindy Smith of Rochester, NY, passed away on Aug. 19 following a hard-fought battle with breast cancer. Cindy is survived by her husband of 38 years, Kevin, and her twin daughters, Cheryl Rickert and Janice Smith. Cindy is remembered for her passion and love of anything related to volleyball and tennis. She coached her daughters’ sports, was active in Harrisburg Meals on Wheels driving a senior van, built Habitat for Humanity homes and often travelled to areas hit by natural disasters. We offer of condolences to her family and friends. On a brighter note, please remember to save the date! The Class of 1977 40th Reunion is June 2 – 4, 2017. Join the Facebook page, UNH Class of 1977, and plan to join us in Durham in June! ◆

1978 |

Carol Scagnelli Edmonds

75 Wire Rd. Merrimack, NH 03054

Dr. Robert Evans, an anesthesiologist, was named interim president and CEO of LRG Healthcare, having been with the organization since 1991. Apart from his clinical experience, he has served on committees overseeing medical staff and administration and had joined the board of trustees and chaired the finance and investment committee. Elizabeth Marro’s debut novel, Casualties, took 10 years and multiple drafts. The novel, which explores the aftermath of the Iraq War from the point of view of a mother, was published in February by Berkley. A recurring theme in the book is the concept that the past cannot be left behind as it’s all one life.

The book has received praise nationally and has been called “moving and full of heart.” Elizabeth earned her degree in English/journalism and started her career at The Gloucester Daily Times. Kory Terlaga of Piedmont, MO, died in May as a result of an accident. Kory was director of sales at AVImark. He was a devoted husband and father, loved to spend time enjoying the great outdoors and was a hero and great role model for his sons. Kory was strong in his faith, generous and brought lively energy and passion to all he tried to accomplish. Guy Knudsen of Moscow passed away in May. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he earned his degree in forestry from UNH and received his master’s degree and doctorate in plant pathology from Cornell University. He was a professor in microbial ecology and plant pathology at the University of Idaho. He earned his law degree from Taft’s University and was a member of the bar associations of California and Washington. He was a member of the American Phytopathological Society, was on the board for the Northwest Scientific Association and was associated with the Vietnam Veterans of America. He served on numerous scientific review panels and mentored many students. He instilled in both of his children his passion and concern for the wildlands. Jeff Hegan of Houston, TX, died on April 15 at his home. An excellent athlete, Jeff was captain of Swampscott High School’s 1972 “Superbowl” team and was recruited by UNH on a full football scholarship and studied business. He worked in high-tech and for national consulting firms and later became an independent consultant to the insurance and technology industries. Jeff was an avid golfer and was known for his par-four hole-in-one. ◆

1980 |

The circa 1978 Computer Lab is a far cry from today's Dimond Library student computing cluster. It's a safe bet that this student isn't checking Facebook or playing Candy Crush. — 1978

î Class of



Anne M. Getchell

P.O. Box 2211 Conway, NH 03818

As I write this, Homecoming is right around the corner. I still have a son at UNH, one last semester, and hope to see my other son, now an alumnus, floating around the festivities! I will be at the football game with my sister, Martha Morrison ’82, and classmate Robyn Bleeker Shiely. Robyn noted that in October she is participating in the Round the Sound Swim in Bermuda. She will be swimming the 7.25-kilometer race. She has been doing a lot of open-water racing this summer to prepare for this, placing in the top three in her age group for the one-, two- and three-mile races. She was a member of the UNH swim team. Please send news! Your classmates want to know what you are up to. ◆

1981 |

Caroline McKee Anderson

Elizabeth Marro’s debut novel, Casualties, came out earlier this year. — 1978

P.O. Box 3082 Bourne, MA 02532

Peter Leberman has joined Upton & Hatfield LLP and will be working in both the Hillsborough and Concord, NH, offices. Peter has more than 30 years of legal service in New Hampshire and served as vice president and general counsel at Northeast Delta Dental before joining Upton & Hatfield. He lives in Warner. Bob Dunigan has

Winter 2017



Anne Getchell ’80 enjoyed Homecoming with her son Christopher ’14 and sister Martha Morrison ’82. Getchell and Morrison caught up with Robyn Shiely ’80 and her husband Albert at Wildcat Stadium.

recently been appointed senior vice president, operations finance, for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. He heads up the finance function for about 100 hotel and resort locations spread across 40 countries. And, my big news: I retired from the University of Washington and returned to my hometown of Falmouth, MA, on Cape Cod. It’s wonderful to be back in New England with family and friends. I’m also looking forward to getting more involved with UNH. A highlight of our cross-country drive was our visit with Bob in Toronto — wonderful host and a wonderful city. So, this is a call-out from Bob and me to all of our classmates who spent the 1979 –1980 year with us in Dijon, France: how about a reunion in the fall of 2019? Can you believe it will be our 40th anniversary? We think the reunion should be in Dijon — perhaps a block of rooms at the Hotel du Nord. Please send me your current contact information, and we’ll get the planning started. Please note my new address, and send news! ◆

1982 |


Rear Admiral John P. Neagley recently became program executive officer for the Littoral Combat Ship Program. Previously, he served as deputy commander, Fleet Readiness, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. John’s long career in the Navy has included participation in Operation Desert Fox, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He has served his country for more than 34 years in a wide variety of assignments at sea and ashore. Congratulations to Matthew Sutton for his promotion to president of CH2M’s Environment and Nuclear Business Group. Matthew had been CEO of AECOM’s environmental business. We send our sympathies to the family and friends of David Tuells, who passed away in March. After graduating from UNH, David received a master’s degree in English from Rivier College, which served him well during his long career in marketing and web communications. He donated his time during his later years to the Takeda Pharmaceuticals patient ambassador program in which he provided inspiration and education about multiple myeloma. ◆

Paul Mitchell ’82 was all smiles at halftime for the Homecoming football game, which the Wildcats won, prevailing over the William & Mary Tribe by a score of 21-12.


Julie Lake Butterfield

Winter 2017

1983 |

Ilene H. Segal, DVM

245 Warren Drive Norfolk, MA 02056

James McDermott was promoted to senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Amica Mutual Insurance Company. During the last 15 years of his 33-year career with the company, he has served as general manager and was responsible for oversight of Amica’s marketing and advertising programs. In his new role, James will oversee corporate marketing, advertising, communications and digital functions. Barney Heath was appointed by Newton, MA, mayor Setti Warren to head up the planning and development department. He has more than three decades of experience in the planning field and brings special expertise in community development to his new role. Cynthia Katz is having a busy year with her art profession. This past summer, she had her work displayed with two other photographers exploring camera-less images. She currently has three photographs in UNH’s Museum of Art’s alumni photo show. She also has cyanotypes in an exhibition at 555 Gallery in Boston and a solo show in the fall at the Bertolon Art Gallery in South Hamilton, MA. Cynthia’s studio is in The Umbrella, an artist consortium in Concord, MA. Her website is www. Leslie Williams Damish and her Hetzel Hall roommates Debbie Evans Harvey, Valerie Kdonian Kehr, Tracy Bricchi and Susan Brown met in August for a night of merriment on Lake Winnipesaukee to participate in Val’s “Suddenly Single” celebration. Their next adventure will be Susan’s engagement party. The ladies above are looking for Susan Chickering to join the fun. Greg Johnson of Orleans, MA, writes that he has had a wonderful career as a teacher, coach, athletic director and personal trainer since graduation from UNH with a degree in physical education. At UNH, he notes, he ran track for John Copeland and Jim Boulanger and played lacrosse for Ted Garber. Greg has spent every summer since 1979 working as a lifeguard and was scheduled to take part in the World Lifesaving Championships in The Netherlands in September. Good luck, Greg! In other news, he is also an artist and musician, and his James Taylor Tribute Band may soon perform in Cancun, Mexico, after many sold-out shows.

Alumni Profile

Helping Laconia Bloom


ate Aldrich '08 has a simple life philosophy: Bloom where you're planted. That perspective is among the reasons that, when he was offered a teaching job at Laconia High School, where he had been a student just a few years earlier, he jumped at the opportunity. “I had so many great teachers, coaches and mentors when I was a student in the Laconia school district," he says. "I wanted to give back to my community.” But there was a learning curve, even for Aldrich, whose roots at the school

Aldrich’s revelations about teaching came during a difficult school year. He began to notice how his students’ lives outside of school affected their performance in the classroom. Food insecurity, hunger, poverty, drug addiction — none existed solely outside school hours. “There was a year’s time when I had ex-students die of heroin overdoses, current students’ parents die of heroin overdoses and former (LHS) classmates of mine die of heroin overdoses,” Aldrich says. “I had to

and in the community ran deep — his father, too, was a Laconia High graduate who returned to teach. When he began teaching English in 2009, Aldrich knew the basics, but he “didn’t know what it meant to serve,” he says. The lessons of the intervening eight years have changed Aldrich as a person and as a teacher, and his successes in and out of the classroom have earned him accolades. In September, the state Department of Education named Aldrich New Hampshire’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.

ask myself, why is this happening to people in my community?” And so Aldrich began to focus on making his teaching a “mutually informative experience,” to learn as much from his students as they learned from him. Their lives are complex, and so is the community they live in, and Aldrich’s eyes were opened to the important connections between the two. “My job as a public servant is to recognize what my community requires from me,” Aldrich says. “As a teacher,

I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t go beyond the curriculum.” Aldrich began working with Got Lunch!, a local group that provides food for children in need during the summer, and Stand Up Laconia, a substance misuse advocacy and prevention group. With Got Lunch!, he organized the city’s first school-wide spelling bee, a fundraiser that collected more than 300 non-perishable food items. His time at UNH helped mold him into the teacher he would become, he says. “My mind and my heart were both shaped by the classes I attended, the people I met, and the experiences I had.” Former instructor Leah Williams, a senior lecturer in English, isn’t surprised at Aldrich’s success. “He was such a thoughtful contributor to discussion, and his comments on readings and peers’ stories revealed insight, humor and empathy,” Williams says. “It’s a joy to see him awarded with such a great honor.” For Aldrich, who became head of Laconia’s English department last year, that honor is also a responsibility. He’ll be traveling in 2017, talking about education and the challenges facing Laconia and other New Hampshire communities. He wants to encourage young people like himself to return to their hometowns and “give back to the communities that gave back to them.” There’s still plenty of work to be done inside and outside the classroom. Aldrich has plans for more events and fundraisers, including an open mic poetry night — inspired by the open mics he took part in while at UNH. “What we want to achieve is a cultural change,” he says. “In a city where there’s a drug epidemic, where students suffer poverty … if we’re going to change that culture, it’s going to take time and initiative beyond school walls.” ²

Winter 2017





▼ Dana Rosengard ’82, Julie Butterfield ’82, Dave Kerkhoff ’84, with his wife Maggie, and Robin Schell ’84 are seen gathering at the Homecoming 2016 family picnic at T-Hall. ▼ Faculty member Barbara Prudhomme White grabbed a shot of UNH grads gathered for the wedding of her daughter, Taylor White Mickiewicz ’06, ’08G, in Tahoe City, Calif,. this fall. Pictured with Prudhomme White left to right back to front are Maggie Leonard ’07, Julie Morris French ’02, Kyle Faucher, Dane Shannon ’04, Brendan White ’11, Matt Pedroni ’07, Lauren Wlodyka ’05, Morgan VerMerris ’07, Taylor and Bethany Bigelow ’07.

▼ ▼



Patrick Casey ’09, ’10G and Kelly Thomas Casey ’10, ’11G were married on Feb. 20 in York, Maine, with a large number of UNH alums in attendance. Both Patrick and Kelly ran on the track team during their years at UNH.

Bill Sirois ’64, Dick Borry ’64, Frank Brown ’64 and Ron Charron ’64 gathered in Greenville, S.C., on June 16 for a mini-reunion. With their wives, the four chemical engineering alums attended the Red Sox A-level farm team game played on a replica field resembling Fenway Park.

Gregory J.Eskijian’64 and Marian Stuart Eskijian ’63 stopped by Thompson Hall just after they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The pair met some students while there, Gregory writes, adding, “They were amazed that we were there 50 years ago. We were too, come to think of it!”

Several Acacia fraternity brothers from the class of 1977 gathered recently in Massachusetts. Pictured are Mark Romano, Rollie Janetos, Mark Lagakis and Kevin Kelly.

Winter 2017

Alumni who studied at the University of Dijon, France, in 1966–67, celebrated the 50th anniversary of their year abroad on July 14, Bastille Day. Seven of the 10 students who traveled to France that year met at Holloway Commons, then continued on to Portsmouth for dinner overlooking the Piscataqua River. Two members of the group, Yvette Gagnon Parks and Nancy E. Williams, spent most of their careers as French teachers, while others

▼ Several Chi Omega sisters from the Class of 1964 gathered for a reunion in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada, in September. Kneeling are Linda Flint Wentzell and Frannie Mann Batchelder; in the middle row, from left, are Kathy Zegarra de la Pena, Marcia Judd McNeil, Anne Thompson and Rae Martin Emmett; and in the back, from left, are Mary Jayne Johnson Fischer-Haas, Joy Anderson Berghaus, Priscilla Wilde Burtt and Ellie Walsh Swezey.

▼ Patti Lavoie ’97 and Wes McCullough ’97, who live in Massachusetts with their three daughters, were on the UNH trail at Hedgehog Mountain on the Kancamagus Highway this summer.

followed diverse paths: Sue Anne LaPierre Bottomley in art, Deborah Lord McCleery in guidance counseling, Linda Clark Blanco in social work, Vicki Gates Adams in journalism and Chuck Allaire in grocery management. Linda Nelson, who had taught French, is deceased. The group also missed Marsha Barden and Rebecca Tally. The “Dijonais” shared memories over photographs and news clippings, laughed over trivia questions and enjoyed the colorful sketches Sue Anne made of Dijon. Three of the group met at a coffee shop the next day with Claire Malarte, the retiring director of the UNH Dijon program. Pictured from that meeting are Deborah Lord McCleery, Vicki Gates Adams, Linda Clark Blanco, Chuck Allaire, Nancy E. Williams, Yvette Gagnon Parks and Sue Anne LaPierre Bottomley.

Michael T. Smith ’07, ’09G married Era Theodoridou on June 27 in the mountains of Cyprus. Michael met Era while he was studying abroad and she was a student at the University of Florence, Italy. Since then, they have enjoyed traveling extensively through Europe and the U.S., learning new languages, travel photography and raising their dog and cats. They currently split their time between Delaware, where Michael is completing his doctorate, and Cyprus, where they go to relax and be with family.

▼ Cheryl Bruce ’98 and her husband Marc Cesario, along with their daughter Normandie, recently purchased 90 acres of land from the Vermont Land Trust to expand their grass-fed beef business in Cornwall, Vt. The Cesarios graze more than 250 animals on approximately 500 acres. The purchase of a conservation easement by the land trust on the new property will keep it in active agricultural production while permanently protecting it from development.

Winter 2017



Sadly, Paul Price passed away in June. He was a project manager for Parker Development NW in Bend, OR. He loved his family, friends, animals, laughing, sailing and traveling. He leaves four children and numerous nieces and nephews. We offer our condolences to his family. Mark Furber passed away in April. He received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from UNH and a doctorate in systems engineering from the University of Connecticut. He was a senior principal engineer at BAF Systems, where he was the program manager and lead engineer for a variety of military and aerospace programs. He enjoyed teaching and was a lifelong member of the Masons. He leaves his wife Mary. We extend our sympathies to his family. ◆

1984 |

Robin Schell

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

So it has been 32 years since we graduated from UNH, and UNH itself celebrated its 150th anniversary over Homecoming weekend this year. I hope many of you were able to join us for some tailgating, connecting with friends and the opportunity to experience our new football stadium. Email me to tell me about who you connected with from UNH’s Class of 1984! I heard from Ellen Hume-Howard and Kip Howard ’84, who live close to me in Kingston, NH. They have two college graduates — daughter Lindsey is a UNH graduate, class of 2014, and son Josh is a Yale grad, Class of 2012. Ellen is celebrating her 32nd year as an educator in the Sanborn Regional School District, and Kip has worked at Seabrook Station as an engineer for the past 32 years. For the past 30 years, they have spent one week of their summer vacationing with fellow UNH ’84 classmates Mark Sheehan, Dave Woznicki, Dan Killiany and Leslie Paquette Killiany as well as Deb Metcalfe ’83, and it is, in Ellen’s words, “the best week of the year.” I had a wonderful surprise visit from my UNH freshman year roommate Susan Teetsell Barber in September. She and Carol Waisgerber Seidel came up to the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury, MA, to attend an Adam Ezra Band concert and fundraiser for LUNGSTRONG, the nonprofit organization I volunteer for that funds innovative lung cancer research. I was expecting Carol, who was driving up from Scituate, MA, but Sue had flown in from Franklin, TN, where she and her husband have lived and worked for the past eight years. The biggest and best surprise I’ve had in years! Needless to say, it was a late night of many laughs, catching up on news and of course telling some old favorite stories from the college days. This came on the heels of a get-together of UNHers from ’84 and ’85 this past July when the planets aligned to bring together Tom Schmottlach ’85 and his wife Namrata from Monterey, CA; Elaine Smith Scholtz and husband Jeff from Campton, NH; Jon Cohen Miles ’85 and his wife Chris from the Asheville, NC, area; Lynn Hentschel Ellington and her husband Rich from Danvers, MA; and Mark Breen ’85 from Dover, NH. Lawrence Paoletti, who received his master’s degree in 1984 and doctorate in 1988, writes that he recently self-published a novel, “The Last Hypothesis.” The story, he explains, is set in



Winter 2017

a New England college and “would be of interest to college students in general and specifically to those who major in the sciences.” More about his book is available at I received the sad news that John LeBaron of Doylestown, PA, died unexpectedly this past March from undiagnosed cardiovascular complications. John was born in New London, NH, grew up in Exeter and graduated from Paul College of Business and Economics. After college, he worked for Continental Airlines as a regional sales manager in New York City, taking subsequent positions with the airline in Illinois, New Jersey and Pennsylvania before retiring in 2015. John leaves his wife, Pamela Hixon, as well as two children and two grandchildren. Contributions in his name may be made to the American Heart Association, and messages for the family may be sent to rockhavenva1@ Please write, text or call me with your news! ◆

1987 |

Tina Napolitano Savoia

5 Samuel Path Natick, MA 01760

Greetings, Everyone! As I write, I cannot believe that it has been almost 30 years since we graduated from UNH. I was on campus recently, visiting my son, and I cannot believe how much the campus has grown and things have changed. In some news I have recently received, Stephen Yamane has joined Janney Montgomery Scott as a managing director in the institutional equities sales and trading organization. Karen Cormier is now a claims training specialist for Arbella Insurance Group at the company's home office in Qunicy, MA, teaching training classes for new employees and continued training. I recently ran into Tracey Irzyk Gendron, who shared that she had many reunions this year with dear UNH friends. The first was this past summer for the 25th anniversary of Stonewall Kitchen. Debbie Greason Acone and Stephanie Wright Greason ’88 surprised Jonathan King, Stonewall Kitchen’s cofounder and a dear friend from Christensen. What a tremendous success story that Stonewall Kitchen achieved such a wonderful milestone! They laughed listening to Jonathan’s stories and his success and celebrated and sampled Stonewall Kitchen Jam! “Thanks goodness for jam!” Debbie lives in Groton, MA, and is a civil engineer for the Army Corp of Engineers. Her two daughters are now in college and attend Hofstra and Syracuse. Tracey also mentioned that she saw several other UNH alums recently. Amy Just Kullberg is a director of human resources for a Massachusetts company and lives in Westford, MA, with husband Jon and their two children Jonathan and Hannah, who is a freshman at UMass Amherst. Anne Pappas Connors is married to UNH alum Chris Connors ’89 and they reside in Windham, NH, where Anne teaches second grade. They have two children: Jack, a senior at Windham High School, and Allie, a sophomore at Northeastern. Tracey and Gardner Merrill Gendron live in Bedford, NH. Gardner was part of the UNH football team from 1984-1987. They have two boys at Phillips Andover Academy in Massachusetts. Gardner and Tracey moved from Pennsylvania back to New Hampshire in 2006. He

Class Notes

is head of market access/commercial operations-U.S. for Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma, and she is a senior hospital representative for Daiichi-Sankyo Pharmaceuticals. Lastly, I am sorry to report that Steven Pearson passed away earlier this year of natural causes. Thank you all for sending your news, and please email me with any other news you have! ◆

1988 |

Beth D. Simpson-Robie

P.O. Box 434 Kennebunk, ME 04043

Greetings, All! I hope you all had a fabulous golden birthday year. I am finishing this article after just returning from a wonderful Homecoming/Family Weekend in Durham. Yes! I am very pleased to share that my oldest, Carlton, is a freshman at UNH. He is a business and soon-to-be kinesiology/sport studies major. Glenn and I have bought football season tickets for home games and look forward to seeing more of you this fall. Along with that exciting family change, I have accepted a speech-language pathologist position in the South Portland school district in Maine, which I am very excited about. Keith Hinderlie has been appointed director of equity and inclusion at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT. He will serve as an academic and institutional leader in the area of equity and inclusion to help guide Choate’s evolution as a community. Previously, Keith was the director of student and family services at The Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD. After UNH, Keith received a master’s and doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston College. Keith and wife Holly’s oldest, Kayla, graduated from the Edmund Burke School in Washington, DC, and is headed to play basketball at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, which is in the same conference as UNH, so Keith plans on being at games in Durham. Tricia Ketchabaw Elliott accepted a position at The Joint Commission as the director of performance measurement in the division of healthcare quality evaluation last fall. Previously, Tricia had worked for more than 20 years in acute care hospital management. Tricia, husband Ross and family live and work in the Chicago area. Sue Dooley has recently been named senior vice president for global marketing for The Rockport Group, a portfolio of footwear brands. Sue lives in Milton, MA, with her wife Tara Mounsey and their two sons. Tara’s brother, Mick Mounsey ’04, was a UNH Wildcat hockey player. They would love to hear from classmates passing through the Boston area. Caleb and Christine Lowe Slater’s daughter Celia graduated from high school in Northbridge, MA, and is attending Mount Holyoke College. Dawn Stubbs Lacy and husband Mark retired from the Air Force three years ago and now live in Stafford, VA. Dawn is now a preschool teacher. They have four teenage children. Theta Chi brother John Hurney left his private law practice three years ago and joined Farmers Insurance Exchange. He is headquartered in Woodland Hills, CA, and works with his fraternity big brother, David E. Williams ’87. After skiing Stowe for six seasons, Nancy Garvey and family moved from Manchester by the Sea to Stowe. She is substitute teaching in the local elementary school and looking forward to ski season with no

commute. The alumni center sends word of the passing of the several classmates. Walter Peters III passed away in Port Richey, FL, in July 2015. Walter had served proudly in the Army. He earned his master’s degree and became a certified rehabilitation counselor. Our deepest sympathies are extended to Walter’s wife Sun, three children and extended family. Occupational therapy major Elizabeth “Beth” Horvath Stewart passed away in Salem, NH, after a courageous battle with cancer. There's an "In Memoriam" for Beth at the back of this issue; our deepest sympathies to Beth’s husband Stephen, their three children and their extended family. Ira Shull of Shirley, MA, passed away from a glioblastoma brain tumor. Our deepest sympathies to Ira’s wife Anne Parker Shull and his extended family. ◆

1991 |

Class Notes Editor

UNH Magazine, 15 Strafford Ave Durham, NH 03824

Emily Doyle ’97 and partner Oliver Sweatman launched Ursa Major, an allnatural skincare brand that celebrates conscious, vital living with a love for the great outdoors, in 2010. — 1997

Kevin Dean is now the head coach of the Providence Bruins. Previously, he spent five years as an assistant coach with the team. Dean, who played hockey here at UNH and went on to a professional career as a player and then a coach, is responsible for developing the team’s young prospects into successful NHL players. ◆

1992 |

Class Notes Editor

UNH Magazine, 15 Strafford Ave Durham, NH 03824

Save the date! The Class of 1992 25th Reunion is June 2 – 4, 2017. Come to reconnect with classmates, see how campus has changed and stayed the same, attend tours and lectures and more. It won’t be the same without you! Join the Facebook page, UNH Class of 1992, and connect with the 25th Reunion Planning Committee: Kristin Wallace Carpenter, Molly Matthews Conner, Andrew Corrow, Alexander DeNadai, Peter Fleming, Kelly Joyce Gray, Peg McKenna Kirkpatrick, Susan Carlson Martinen and Matt Saunders. We look forward to seeing you in June! ◆

1995 |

î Class of



Class Notes Editor

UNH Magazine, 15 Strafford Ave Durham, NH 03824

On Sept. 26, The Boston Globe featured a story on Christian Elias, who has been the Green Monster scoreboard operator at Fenway Park for the past 25 years, scoring some 1,800 Red Sox games. “Elias, who also works as a director of sales at Live Nation, has scaled down his Fenway schedule to 30 games a season,” the story says. ◆

Winter 2017



1996 |

Michael Walsh

I’m sorry to report we lost one of our classmates. Marian Arnoldy died on July 2 with her husband, sister, children and grandchildren by her side. Marian received her master’s degree in music while at UNH. She worked as a music director and organist for many Catholic churches throughout the Seacoast area. Her husband, professor Roger Arnoldy, taught physics at UNH. Our condolences go out to her family and friends. In an effort to help spread updates about our class, a Facebook page has been created for everyone to post and view news. Please visit and like If you have any news to share, please send it along. ◆

1997 | Bobby Graham


The sisters of Alpha Chi Omega 1997 and 1998, who meet for a reunion each year, gathered in Mystic, CT, on Sept. 17 for a winery tour weekend. Pictured are Heidi Clark Ebol ’97, Kate Freitas Sherwood ’97, Meredith Fratar Burns ’97, Amie Pelletier Cimino ’97, Tasha Przybyszewski Benson ’97, Kim Stewart Osborne ’97, Jen Rosenthall Fennelly ’98, Meghan Camirand Seidman ’98, Tricia Pobywajlo Wajda ’98 and Gretchen Davidson Keneshea ’98. — 1997



Pete Sullivan, who lives and works in Houston, TX, is a manager with Accenture Consulting focused on partnering with clients to deliver solutions that improve environmental, health and safety performance. Additionally, starting in October, Pete will begin serving as a member of the board of directors for the National Safety Council. When time and opportunity permits, Pete makes trips back to New Hampshire to visit family and friends in the Seacoast area. After more than 10 years working in the beauty industry in New York City, Emily Doyle and her partner Oliver Sweatman decided to switch things up and move to Vermont. In 2010 they launched Ursa Major, an all-natural skincare brand that celebrates conscious, vital living with a love for the great outdoors. Ursa Major is six years strong — and growing — with a line of effective, healthy and ethically produced face and body care products. They live in Stowe, VT, with their sweet boxer, Lola. Learn more at Pete Roper, who was a communications major, is head of mobile brand strategy for YouTube and works out of Google’s New York office. He is married to Shannon Boyle Roper, a science and nutrition major, and they live in Fairfield, CT, with their four children. Patti Lavoie and Wes McCullough were on the UNH trail at Hedgehog Mountain on the Kancamagus Highway this summer. They live in Hamilton, MA, with their three daughters. For the past three years, Ellen Fermanis Roy has been living in the suburbs of Chicago with husband

Winter 2017

Kris and two great kids, Rainey and Goodwin. Ellen is a physician assistant practicing in gynecologic oncology. When she is not busy with work, school, ballet, hockey, soccer and swimming, they travel as much as they can. The family favorite is to head to the mountains to ski. She is looking forward to the Class of 1997 20th Reunion next year. ◆

1998 |

Emily Rines

23 Tarratine Dr. Brunswick, ME 04011

I have sad news to report. Our classmate Nathaniel Savage passed away unexpectedly on July 2. Nathaniel, his wife and triplet daughters were living in South Portland, ME. Second only for his love for his family was his passion for cycling, and this summer he was training for the 2016 Lake Placid Ironman. The day before his death he rode 100 miles around Mount Desert Island — including an ascent up Cadillac Mountain. Our thoughts continue to be with his wife and daughters. On a lighter note, S.W. Cole Engineering recently hired Matthew Taylor as a senior geologist. He worked for the firm from1998 to 2007 and returns in a senior-level position to help the firm strengthen its geo-environmental capabilities. Congrats to Matthew. Please send me your news. ◆

2006 |

Class Notes Editor

UNH Magazine, 15 Strafford Ave Durham, NH 03824

Courtney Maxwell and William Burke were married in Las Vegas, NV, on May 25. It was a private ceremony at the Mandalay Bay Resort, and they held a reception in September to celebrate with family and friends. ◆

2007 |

Michael Antosh

There is only one piece of news for this edition, and unfortunately, it is very sad. Evan Davis passed away in May. He worked at Liberty Mutual in Dover, NH. He was able to travel extensively and will be missed by his many family and friends. ◆

2008 |

Alexandra Covucci

Hey 2008 graduates! I hope you’re all doing incredibly well! As I write this column, autumn is approaching, the leaves are beginning to put on their costumes and the air is beginning to sharpen with a chill. This time of year always brings memories of UNH back to the tip of my tongue: the chilly walks to class, the warm meals at HoCo, the friendships, the romances, the last-minute research papers and so on. It’s always lovely to reflect on how far we’ve come — and on whom we’ve become. Diving into the brief updates for our class, Jamie White was elected vice chair of the Institute of Internal Auditors’ Environmental Health & Safety Audit

Alumni Profile

A Cut Above BY LARRY CLOW ’12G

The competition schedule is a job in itself, Kunelius says. From the last weekend in May through the first weekend in October, Kunelius and her husband, William Kunelius ’10, who is also a lumberjack sports professional, travel throughout New England and beyond for events, hitting two or three competitions in a single weekend. It adds up to a lot of miles — and a lot of sawing. “You’ve got to have some amount of crazy in you to do what we do,” she says with a laugh. Kendall and William met on the Woodsmen team, and this fall, the two returned to campus as coaches. She’s excited to help the next generation of lumberjack sports competitors build their skills, particularly young women. “There’s definitely a need for women to step up and share their voices and say, how can we keep going in this sport, how can we push for this?” she says. “I want to be the one saying to team members, we’re making a future here for you.” The Kuneliuses, who married last year, live on a farm in Chester. Kendall still loves riding and hanging out with Winsome, but her future is devoted to lumberjack sports, and, eventually, teaching, she says. Unlike other athletic fields, lumberjack sports favor older competitors. Though she’s already come far, there’s still plenty of work to do. Kunelius smiles at the thought. “I’ve got a lot of years ahead of me to really get good,” she says. ²

Winter 2017




hen Kendall Kunelius ’15 arrived at UNH in 2011, her path was clear. A 10-year 4-Her and the devoted owner of a pony named Winsome, Kunelius planned to major in equine management, graduate, and manage a horse barn. That’s the path she stayed on until 2012, when a bus ride from the Fairchild Dairy pointed her in a much different direction. “One of my friends was on the bus and said, ‘I’ve got practice tonight — why don’t you come join me and try out for the team?’” Kunelius says. The team in question was the UNH Woodsmen, a co-ed club in which members saw and chop wood, throw axes, and roll logs. Kunelius grew up on a farm in Vermont and was no stranger to chopping wood, “so I just kind of went with it,” she says. That night, she ventured to the Thompson School Sawmill and fell in love with her first swing of the axe. Four years later, Kunelius is making a name for herself in the world of professional lumberjack sports. She’s won 10 overall championships at competitions across the country, including the 2014 New England Lumberjack Association’s women’s overall championship, and, most recently, a world championship in single-buck sawing at the 2016 Lumberjack World Championship. Kunelius credits much of her success to her informal early start: “My father was the one who put a chainsaw in my hand and said, ‘Hey, you need to know how to do this,’” she says. The two spent afternoons working in the woods, taking down trees and hauling lumber. That skill set is one piece of the picture, but Kunelius says lumberjack sports require as much mental fortitude as they do physical stamina. First, there are the tools of the trade: roaring chainsaws, sharp axes, saws hot with friction. It’s not a sport for the anxious. During wood chopping competitions, “you’re standing there, swinging an eight-pound razor blade between your feet,” Kunelius says. Competition is similarly intense, with a fraction of a second often the difference between a win and a loss. “It’s just you and the wood” up on stage, she says. “You can’t be worried about what other people are doing.” What started as friendly competitions in logging camps decades ago has become a growing national sport. Stihl, the company famous for its chainsaws and other tools, hosts professional and collegiate-level competitions every year.


Communications major Pete Roper ‘97 and psychology and women’s studies major Lauren Barbour ’09 recently welcomed Kendre Rodriguez ‘16, a business administration, entrepreneurial studies major, to the Google family. All three work out of the company’s New York office, where Pete is head of mobile brand strategy for YouTube, Kendre is a sales development representative for Google for Work, and Lauren is a program manager in corporate engineering.

Center’s first advisory board. Jamie will serve a term of two years on the board, which is responsible for developing the strategic initiatives to enhance the value of membership for environmental health and safety auditors. Previously, Jamie served as the vice president of the Auditing Roundtable from 2013 until the merger with IIA in 2016. Mary Janene Sullivan works at Pro Sports Orthopedics in Cambridge. Please keep me posted with all of your updates, no matter how big or small! Stay warm, stay well and be happy. ◆

2010 |

Caitlin LeMay

24 Wisteria St., Unit 1 Salem, MA 01970

Congratulations to Kathleen Kent and Silar Proft ’11 who married on July 9 in West Dover, VT. Kathleen works for an investment management firm in Stamford, Connecticut, where they currently reside. I also want to congratulate Sam Rines, who was recently hired as the new director, senior economist and portfolio strategist at Avalon Advisors, LLC, in Houston, TX. ◆

Send us your news! Didn’t find a column for your class? That means we need to hear from YOU! Please send your news to your class secretary, listed below, or to Class Notes Editor, UNH Magazine, 15 Strafford Ave., Durham, NH 03824. You can also submit a note by email to 1963 | Alice Miller Batchelor

37 Rydal Mount Drive, Falmouth, MA 02540 (508) 548-2221, 1969 | Jim DesRoscher

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

1972 | Paul R. Bergeron 1975 | Kim Lampson Reiff

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

2000 | Becky Roman Hardie

3715 N. 4th St., Harrisburg, PA 17110 2001 | Elizabeth Merrill Sanborn

1985 | Julie Colligan Spak

1986 | Stephanie Creane King

77 Hooksett Road, Auburn, NH 03032

1989 | David L. Gray

131 Holmes Ave., Darien, CT 06820 1990 | Amy French

2709 44th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116 1993 | Caryn Crotty Eldridge

PO Box 287, Haverhill, MA 01831

19 Chase Street, Woburn, MA 01801

92 Channing Rd., Belmont, MA 02478


1999 | Jamie Russo Zahoruiko

2082 Pequawket Trail, Hiram, ME 04041

116 Longfields Way, Downington, PA 19335

62 Rockwood Heights Rd., Manchester, MA 01944

1979 | Chris Engel

268 Washington Ave., Chatham, NJ 07928


1994 | Michael Opal

Winter 2017

2002 | Abby Severance Gillis

2003 | Shannon Goff Welsh

2005 | Megan Stevener 2009 | Jenelle DeVits

187 Woodpoint Rd., Apt. 4, Brooklyn, NY 11211 1940, 1943–45, 2004, 2006–08, 2011–16 | Class Notes Editor

UNH Magazine, New England Center 15 Strafford Ave., Durham, NH 03824

In Memoriam

bright shall thy mem’ry be

Dr. John H. “Jack” Lawson ‘49 A respected educator, he never forgot his roots


is gaze sharpened by what he had observed in his childhood and during years as a superintendent, Jack Lawson often didn’t like what he saw as he examined schools across Massachusetts while serving as state education commissioner in the early 1980s. “Inequities in educational opportunities have increased,” he told a legislative committee at the State House in March 1984. “Children born in one town in Massachusetts still receive a viable education, which gives them a good chance at life. Children born in another don’t.” Having grown up poor in Gloucester, Lawson was driven by the desire to ensure quality education for children regardless of a community’s wealth or the racial makeup of its schools. Before he became commissioner, his work included serving as schools superintendent in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb where he implemented a voluntary racial integration program in 1970. Along with his decade in Ohio, Dr. Lawson also served as superintendent for four different Massachusetts school districts including Hingham and Lexington. “He came from a very poor family,” recalls son John. “His father died when he was young, and he helped his mother pay the bills from when he was a boy.”

Through high school, Lawson delivered newspapers — some 100 a day — worked on the fishing docks and held down other jobs while playing both baseball and basketball for St. Ann’s School. He was 18 and working at an A&P grocery store when he heard that Pearl Harbor had been attacked. The following day, he took a train to Boston and enlisted in the Navy. He posted top exam scores and became a chief radio operator, serving in the Pacific from Australia to New Guinea, Borneo and the Philippines. After World War II, Lawson turned down two Ivy League schools to attend UNH on the GI Bill, earning a bachelor’s degree with high honors and then a master’s degree while lettering in baseball, basketball and football. It was also at UNH that he met his first wife, the late Helen DeLotto Lawson ’48, with whom he raised three children: John, Paula Lawson LeShane ’74 and Jay ’79. Lawson went on to earn a doctorate in education from Boston University, and began his career in public education as a teacher, principal and coach in Antrim, N.H. He told the Boston Globe in Oct. 1981, after being named state education commissioner, “I taught Grade 6 in the morning, I went to the high school in the afternoon, and then coached either varsity baseball or basketball, all for $2,600 a year. I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything.” Lawson assumed the Massachusetts commissioner’s office during a difficult time, taking on duties that included supervising the monitoring of ongoing court-ordered desegregation in Boston’s schools. His tenure

„ Winter 2017



Faculty and Staff Jean E. Kennard professor emerita of English Mar. 26, 2016, Franconia, N.H. Edward E. Eldridge, Jr. MD staff physician and adjunct professor June 21, 2016, Alton, N.H.

John Q. Adams, Ret. ’43 May 21, 2016, Waynesboro, Va.

Vernon H. Hall III ’49 July 5, 2016, Bozeman, Mont.

R. Normand Alie ’43 June 21, 2016, Dover, N.H.

Maurice J. Ross ’49 July 25, 2016, Dover, N.H.

Virginia M. Gardner ’43 Aug. 3, 2016, Winchester, Mass.

Howard M. Smith ’49 Sept. 11, 2016, Windsor, Vt.

Charles A. Simmons ’43 May 28, 2016, Laconia, N.H. Grace Chandler Hannigan ’44 Sept. 13, 2016, Kittery Point, Maine


1950s David E. Davis ’50 Sept. 13, 2016, Cary, N.C.

William R. Myllymaki ’38 Sept. 14, 2016, Fayetteville, N.Y.

A. Barbara O’Neil McKay ’44 June 23, 2016, Dedham, Mass.

Harold Fellbaum, Jr. ’50 Aug. 20, 2016, Williamsburg, Va.

Leslie H. Goodnow ’39 Sept. 8, 2016, Concord, N.H.

Edith Braverman Novak ’45 June 19, 2016, Manchester, N.H.

Allen A. Furbush ’50 Sept. 5, 2016, North Haven, Conn.

John W. Sheldon, Ret. ’39 May 28, 2016, Naples, Fla.

Ruth Davis Ray ’45 June 5, 2016, Waldoboro, Maine

William E. Hanson ’50 June 30, 2016

Martha Garland Wroblewski ’39 July 17, 2016, Vero Beach, Fla.

George E. Janetos ’47 Aug. 26, 2016, Rollinsford, N.H.

Ann Kucharshi Jackson ’50 May 30, 2016, Gales Ferry, Conn.

Irene Tierney Riley ’47 June 20, 2016, West Hartford, Conn.

Donald E. Meader ’50 Sept. 7, 2016, San Diego, Calif.


Joan Cooper Burkholder ’48 July 11, 2016, Madbury, N.H.

Dan F. Sweet ’40 June 8, 2016, Newfields, N.H. Harvey E. Bascom ’41 May 26, 2016, Acworth, N.H. George Eckman ’41 June 28, 2016, Manchester, N.H. Virginia Linscott Harrer ’41 Nov. 27, 2015, Utica, N.Y.

Clifford A. Hudson ’48 July 15, 2016, Hershey, Penn.

Laurence S. Ring ’50 June 24, 2016, North Haverhill, N.H.

Sark Pashigian ’48 May 28, 2016, Bradford, Mass.

Selma Wilson Singer ’50, ’71G May 29, 2016, Kingston, N.H.

Sydney L. Aliber ’49 June 3, 2016, Needham, Mass.

Theresa Castonguay Brannen ’51, ’74G June 26, 2016, Berlin, N.H.

S. Edson Blanchard III ’49 Feb. 19, 2016, Kingsport, Tenn.

Roger S. Leighton, Sr. ’41 Aug. 19, 2016, Strafford, N.H.

Jean Smith Butler-McGee ’49, ’58G Sept. 11, 2016, Glendora, Calif.

Samuel I. Gelt ’42 April 17, 2016, Millbrae, Calif. Margaret Sanborn Ryon ’42 Mar. 6, 2016, Victor, N.Y.

Marion Davenport Page ’50 June 4, 2016, Memphis, Tenn.

Roger L. Fortier ’49 Aug. 22, 2016, Dover, N.H.

Dorothy Breynaert Briegel ’51 Aug. 5, 2016, Richmond, Va. Edward A. Cheney ’51 Aug. 11, 2016, Warsaw, Va. Arthur R. DiMambro ’51 July 7, 2016, Durham, N.H.

also coincided with the implementation of Proposition 2 ½, a tax proposal that led to drastic reduction in school budgets, the closing of 278 schools and the loss of 20,000 school jobs. When he left the post in 1985, the majority of those losses had been reversed. After that, Jack returned to UNH, where he served as a professor of education and then as a trustee and associate vice president of the alumni association. “UNH was always an important part of his life,” recalls daughter Paula. Helen Lawson died in 1981, and Lawson married Sally Ward in 1983. He and Sally divided their time between Amesbury, Mass., and Venice, Fla., until his death on March 30, following a precipitous decline in his health. He was 92. A private person, it was only in Lawson’s later years, after he wrote a memoir, that his family learned details about his childhood and wartime service. In it, he noted modestly that while trying out for the Navy baseball team he had faced a pitcher named Bob Feller, who later became a Hall of Fame fastball pitcher with the Cleveland Indians. During batting practice, Lawson hit a home run off Feller with his very first swing. “That was our dad, always very humble. He never once mentioned that unique achievement to any of us until late in life,” son Jay says. Son John notes that it was a feat none of his fellow recruits would duplicate. “No other player hit the ball.” ² — Bryan Marquard reprinted with permission of The Boston Globe



Winter 2017

John H. Herrin ’51 Aug. 9, 2016, West Palm Beach, Fla. Sally Lambert Quirk ’51 Aug. 16, 2016, New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Edgar D. Stubbs, Jr. ’51 May 6, 2016, Boynton Beach, Fla. Douglas Whitcomb ’51 Aug. 23, 2016, Fremont, Calif. Joseph T. Gray ’52 June 24, 2016, Rochester, N.H. James M. Jones ’52 July 25, 2016, Tilton, N.H. Samuel J. Matson III ’52 June 19, 2016, Wolfeboro, N.H. Francis A. Collins ’53 July 31, 2016, Nashua, N.H. Robert N. Cyr ’53 Aug. 17, 2016, Saco, Maine Barbara L. Hood ’53 Sept. 5, 2016, Saco, Maine Sally Hoadley Low ’53, ’62G July 9, 2016, Epping, N.H. Arthur P. Sousa ’53 June 4, 2016, Saint Paul, Minn. Kenneth C. Spinney ’53 Aug. 29, 2016, Bethany Beach, Dela. Shirley Price Bowes ’54 Sept. 26, 2016, Marlborough, N.H. Frank L. Cherms, Jr. ’54G July 25, 2016, Chico, Calif. George Clark, Jr. ’54 July 21, 2016, Dover, N.H. Roger C. Laber ’54 Aug. 18, 2016, Soldotna, Alaska

Robert O. Swanson ’54 Aug. 23, 2016, Exeter, N.H.

John B. Cowan, Jr. ’59 May 30, 2016, Humarock, Mass.

Ann Worcester Walsh ’54 Aug. 25, 2016, Dublin, N.H.

Marilyn A. Maley ’59 Aug. 19, 2016, Wakefield, R.I.

Charless Tofft Filip ’55 July 14, 2016, North Conway, N.H.

Linda Blanchard Pratt ’59 Sept. 6, 2016, Lower Paxton Township, Penn.

Charles A. Lamprey ’55 Aug. 24, 2016, North Hampton, N.H.

Denise Chaplin Skillings ’59 June 22, 2016, Portland, Maine

Wilfred F. Mathewson ’55 May 15, 2016, Bonsall, Calif.

Jefferson A. Small ’59 July 6, 2016, Barrington, R.I.

Michael E. Norberg ’55 July 30, 2016, Concord, N.H.

Patricia St. Clair Stanton ’59 Sept. 16, 2016, Kittery, Maine

Carolyn Brown Goss ’56 May 30, 2016, Brandon, Vt.

Laura Peterson Thorne ’59G July 21, 2016, Strafford, N.H.

Claude R. Jean ’56 May 31, 2016, Nashua, N.H. Abraham Aronson ’57 July 8, 2016, Ormond Beach, Fla. Thomas E. Barker ’57 Aug. 18, 2016, Exeter, N.H. Irene LaPlante Hoffmann ’57 June 11, 2016, Indianapolis, Ind. Winfield S. Leighton ’57 June 11, 2016, Dover, N.H. Caleb Marshall ’57 Aug. 21, 2016, Oak Harbor, WA Edgar A. Pease ’57 July 28, 2016, York, Maine Richard J. Warchol ’57 Dec. 5, 2015, Wakefield, Mass. Gerald A. Degrandpre ’58 July 14, 2016, Jaffrey, N.H. Robert J. Desmond ’58 Sept. 1, 2016, Acton, Mass. Stephen L. Congdon ’59G June 22, 2016, Lenox, Mass.

1960s George N. Foster ’60 Sept. 13, 2016, Hacks Neck, Va. Aurelie Desmarais Jacques ’60, ’83JD June 5, 2016, Claremont, N.H. Bruce L. Miller ’60 June 9, 2016, Dickinson, N.D. Robert L. Simpson ’60G Aug. 15, 2016, Brentwood, N.H. Bradford B. Beers ’61 Sept. 3, 2016, Fairfield Harbor, N.C. William C. Bradley II ’62 Feb. 20, 2016, East Providence, R.I. Nancy J. Fernald ’62 Aug. 1, 2016, Laconia, N.H. Robert R. Krikorian ’62G Aug. 3, 2016, Dahlonega, Ga. Daniel A. Price ’62 Aug. 21, 2016, Keene, N.H.

Elizabeth Horvarth Stewart ’88 She found the perfect life balance in her roles as wife, mother, teacher and occupational therapist.


lthough she had once considered becoming a physician, Beth Stewart opted for a career as an occupational therapist. She felt that OT was a more flexible profession that would allow her to help others without sacrificing time with her family. After receiving her undergraduate degree from UNH, Stewart began her career in Connecticut. Her compassionate nature became apparent as she helped one of her first patients recover from serious burn injuries. Throughout the patient’s many surgeries “Beth worked with him to overcome his physical limitations,” says her husband, Steve Stewart ‘88. With her help, her patient relearned how to care for himself and was able to return to work. When he learned to drive again, Stewart helped him find a car adapted to his needs. Her patient went on to marry and have a child. “He kept in touch with her for years, keeping her updated with each new success,” says Steve. It was the first of many times she would make a genuine connection with a patient and form an immediate bond built on mutual respect and trust. Stewart returned to New Hampshire in 1994 to earn a master’s degree in health management from New England College, and, after some 20 years as a practicing clinician, in 2006 she accepted a position as a clinical assistant professor of occupational therapy at UNH, returning to her alma mater to teach. She quickly became popular with her colleagues and

In Memoriam Sandra I. Rousseau ’62 July 15, 2016, Rochester, N.H.

Stephen A. Nickerson ’67 July 8, 2016, Westchester, N.Y.

Diane Gaucher Shea ’71 July 15, 2016, Manchester, N.H.

Russell B. Stevens ’76 Aug. 20, 2016, Stratham, N.H.

C. Edward Silva ’62 Sept. 13, 2016, Southington, Conn.

Duncan E. Tuininga ’67 Sept. 19, 2016, Albany, N.Y.

Everett E. Pollard ’72 Aug. 15, 2016, Sunapee, N.H.

John A. Stiles ’76 May 30, 2016, Candia, N.H.

Brenda Block Chodroff ’63 Aug. 29, 2016, San Francisco, Calif.

Mark W. Chapin ’68G July 19, 2016, Millburn, N.J.

Scott M. Sanborn ’72 July 14, 2016, North Scituate, R.I.

Cindy Warren Smith ’77 Aug. 19, 2016, Harrisburg, Penn.

Brooks N. Nichols ’63 Sept. 2, 2016,Wenham, Mass.

Robert F. Hope ’68 July 11, 2016, Dover, N.H.

Warren D. Yeargle ’72 July 3, 2016, Littleton, N.H.

Phillip D. Hefty ’78 Sept. 17, 2016, Dover, N.H.

Duncan Ogg ’63 Sept. 8, 2016, Canton, Mass.

Barbara Green Morrell ’68G Aug. 21, 2016, Exeter, N.H.

James S. Bent ’73 July 19, 2016, Dover, N.H.

Guy R. Knudsen ’78 May 29, 2016, Moscow, Idaho

Gene F. Stearns ’68G Aug. 31, 2016, Concord, N.H.

Janice A. Curtis ’73 June 19, 2016, Dover, N.H.

Kory L. Terlaga ’78 May 21, 2016, Piedmont, Miss.

Laura V. Chalifoux ’69 Sept. 16, 2016, Southborough, Mass.

Stephen F. McLaughlin ’73 Aug. 18, 2016, Manchester, N.H.

Norman A. Bates ’79 July 29, 2016, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Janis Headley Trudo ’73 July 7, 2016, Concord, N.H.

Timothy M. Daigneault ’79 July 30, 2016, Plymouth, N.H.

John W. Anderson ’74G Aug. 31, 2016, Portsmouth, N.H.

John M. Fortier ’79 June 21, 2016, Groton, Mass.

John R. Brassil ’74G May 15, 2016, Brunswick, Maine

Courtenay W. Moore ’79 April 24, 2016, Center Sandwich, N.H.

Susan E. Winslow ’63 June 29, 2016, Falmouth, Maine Priscilla Brown Bowlen ’64 Sept. 19, 2016, Barrington, N.H. James D. Crawford ’64 May 28, 2016, Casa Grande, Ariz. W. Michael Dannehy ’64 Aug. 17, 2016, Lebanon, N.H. Jean Brownell Serkownek ’64 Aug. 5, 2016, Euclid, Ohio John C. Westover ’64 June 13, 2016, Bethlehem, N.H.

Patricia Lenahan Habif ’69G Aug. 14, 2016, Durham, N.H. Carl W. Polson ’69 May 24, 2016, Old Orchard Beach, Maine


Michael Hudock, Ret. ’65 Sept. 5, 2016, Springfield, Va.

Jeanne Raymond Aspinwall ’70, ’78G Sept. 7, 2016, Olde Lyme, Conn.

Patricia Kilpatrick Mack ’65 June 20, 2016, Franklin, N.C.

Catherine Murray Springhorn ’74 Aug. 27, 2016, Phoenix, Ariz.

Julia Coan St. Germain ’79, ’02G Aug. 28, 2016, Scarborough, Maine

John E. Hedberg ’84 Sept. 22, 2016, Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Marian Schumacher Arnoldy ’96G July 2, 2016, Durham, N.H.

William R. Hersey ’85G Sept. 4, 2016, Milford, N.H.

Tara K. O’Connor ’97 Sept. 7, 2016, Clifton Forge, Va.

Mary T. Pilkington-Casey ’86JD June 20, 2016, Concord, N.H.

Lesley C. Chiller ’98 Aug. 27, 2016, Los Angeles, Calif.

Lizabeth Reichter Camire ’87 Aug. 5, 2016, Leesburg, Va.

Stephen H. Curran ’98 July 24, 2016, Hampton, N.H.

Robert H. Figler ’87G Aug. 25, 2016, The Villages, Fla.

Jeremy C. Heath ’98 July 22, 2016, Saint Petersburg, Fla.

Ira D. Shull ’88G June 5, 2016, Shirley, Mass. Daniel J. Along ’89 July 17, 2016, South Dennis, Mass.

Nathaniel A. Savage ’98 July 2, 2016, South Portland, Maine

Brett A. Chamberlain ’89 Aug. 18, 2016, Fremont, Calif.


Joanne Schepis Stone ’89 July 14, 2016, Stratham, N.H.

Jodi Grosnick Barron ’00 Sept. 12, 2016, Acton, Mass. Craig J. Pearson ’00 July 24, 2016, Ashland, N.H.

1990s Douglas D. Bernard ’90 May 31, 2016, Hooksett, N.H.

Mark E. Tracy ’00 June 20, 2016, Hampton Falls, N.H.

John J. Unfricht ’74G June 22, 2016, Plymouth, Conn.

Kevin M. Golden ’90G Aug. 27, 2016, Derry, N.H.

David A. Berona ’02G May 25, 2015, Springfield, Ohio

Richard E. Garnsey, Jr. ’70 July 29, 2016, Stratham, N.H.

1980s William J. Chevalier ’80G July 2, 2016, Peterborough, N.H.

Richard D. Norcross ’91 July 1, 2015, Derby, Vt.

Elizabeth J. Adams ’04G Aug. 2, 2016, Portersville, Penn.

Leonard A. Wright, Jr. ’65 June 4, 2016, Blacklick, Ohio

Donald E. Willikens ’74 Aug. 1, 2016, Manchester, N.H.

Emile L. Adams ’71 May 24, 2016, Durham, N.C.

Miriam Withers Watson ’94 Sept. 18, 2016, Concord, N.H.

Denis L. Batcheller ’71 Aug. 27, 2016, Portsmouth, R.I.

Stephen D. Kendig ’81 Sept. 12, 2016, Carlisle, Mass.

Dylan H. Fransway ’09, ’12G July 17, 2016, Lee, N.H.

Frederic J. Harris, Ret. ’66 Sept. 2, 2016, Prattville, Ala.

Calvin S. Dupuis’75 Aug. 6, 2016, Rochester, N.Y.

Lisette Rousseau Sutherland ’66 May 21, 2016, Lancaster, N.H.

Patricia Barbour Plummer ’75 May 23, 2016, Falmouth, Maine

Marc C. Beaulieu ’95 Aug. 10, 2016, Fremont, N.H.

Andrea Woronka Enos ’71G July 12, 2016, East Sandwich, Mass.

Stephen L. Merrill ’81 Aug. 18, 2016, Hamilton, N.J.


Herculano J. Silveira ’75 Aug. 10, 2016, Merrimac, Mass.

Elisabeth Van Duren-Gilroy ’81 Aug. 30, 2016, Bedford, N.H.

Ruth C. Gunn ’95 Aug. 26, 2016, Sunderland, Mass.

Molly Bedker Bryant ’13 Sept. 15, 2016, Billerica, Mass.

John J. Vytal ’66 Sept. 8, 2016, Marblehead, Mass.

Margaret Nudd Laflamme ’71 Sept. 19, 2016, Laconia, N.H.

Eric H. Thomson ’75 June 8, 2016, Haverhill, Mass.

Beth Olsen Johns ’83 Sept. 26, 2016, Crystal River, Fla.

Richard P. Herron ’95G Aug. 13, 2016, Exeter, N.H.

William Y. Witkum ’19 Aug. 19, 2016, Kingston, N.H.

Pamela A. McAdam-Silver ’76 June 22, 2016, Dover, N.H.

Paul E. Price ’83 June 29, 2016, Bend, Ore.

students. And because she continued to work during school breaks as an occupational therapist at Parkland Medical Center in Derry, NH, “she provided a real-world perspective” says her son, Sean Stewart ’13, program coordinator at the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics. Her students appreciated her practical, up-to-date advice, often referring to “the world according to Beth,” says Sean. Stewart always put others first. Her son remembers colleagues telling him how hard his mother worked and how much she was appreciated. She put 100 percent effort into everything she did, says Sean. “In a time when people are so concerned about themselves, what was refreshing about my mother was that she was completely selfless both in her personal and professional lives.” Giving back to the occupational therapy profession and helping to train the next generation of OTs was important to her. With her UNH colleague Kerryellen Vroman, Stewart co-authored a well-received book, Occupational Therapy Evaluation for Adults: A Pocket Guide, which was published in 2013. In a video created when she received a university Faculty Excellence teaching award the same year, Stewart focused not on her own impressive achievements but on her students and how the OT program prepared them

for the compassionate and ethical behavior necessary for their profession. She emphasized that “We are treating human beings and we are treating their families,” adding, “The key to almost everything is communication.” Following her death from lymphoma on April 26, 2016, Stewart’s family received tributes from several of her current and former students. One student fondly recalled her graduating class naming Stewart “The Mother of OT.” Many mentioned how motivating she continued to be as a mentor, even long after they had begun their own professional careers. Recalling a telephone conversation with her, one former student wrote, “I hung up the phone nostalgic for OT school and re-inspired to be the best OT I could be.” A more recent student wrote, “I, like many before me, strive to be like her and strive to uphold her standard of occupational therapy service delivery….I will always ask myself while practicing, ‘What would Beth do?’” With Steve, her husband of 26 years, Stewart raised three children to whom she was unwaveringly devoted: Sean, Alexander ’15 and Mary. She loved cooking for her family and, despite her very full work and teaching schedules, she never missed her children’s sports events, musical performances and other school activities. Fittingly, a scholarship in Stewart’s name that will provide financial assistance to OT students has been established at UNH. Donations may be made online by going to and searching for “Elizabeth A. Stewart Memorial Fund.” ² — Karen Hammond ’64

Winter 2017



Parting Shot

According to local lore, saddle salesman Jack Grant was just passing through Durham en route to Boston with his wife Madeleine when the town’s charms inspired him to put down roots and start a small café. Opened in 1916 in the lower portion of the Pettee Block, Grant’s Café catered to local families and students from the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts. In 1919, Grant moved the café to Main Street, building a small freestanding restaurant popular for its homemade donuts and pies, which were baked by Madeleine Grant herself. As UNH grew, so did Grant’s cafe, eventually expanding into a full-service restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as magazines, ice cream, candy and cigarettes. Grant ran the business for 52 years, until 1968, when he sold it to Dick and Annette Young of Dover, who changed the name to Young’s Restaurant and Coffee Shop. Now a century old, the restaurant today is owned by the Youngs’ son Ken and his wife Cathy, who focus on locally grown and sourced foods and sustainable operations practices while honoring the history of a Durham institution and popular gathering place for Durham regulars, students, faculty and staff members and alumni alike.



Winter 2017




is what you make of it Your plan for the future could benefit UNH more than you thought possible.

Here are some gift planning options to consider: CHARITABLE BEQUEST


This is one of the easiest gifts to make. You can create a bequest of any dollar amount, gift specific property or designate a percentage of your estate to UNH in your will or trust.

BENEFICIARY DESIGNATION Consider designating UNH as a beneficiary of your retirement account or life insurance policy. This can usually be done by filling out a simple beneficiary designation form.

CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITY A charitable gift annuity is a way you can make a gift to UNH now that pays you fixed payments for the rest of your life.

Theresa M. Curry, J.D. Senior Director of Gift Planning p: 603-862-4895 e:


UNH Magazine 15 Strafford Avenue Durham, New Hampshire 03824


UNH Magazine Winter 2017  

University of New Hampshire

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you