Class Notes

Don’t see a column for your class? Please send news to your class secretary, listed at the end of the class columns, or submit directly to The deadline for the next issue is January 15.

Class Notes

Don’t see a column for your class? Please send news to your class secretary, listed at the end of the class columns, or submit directly to The deadline for the next issue is January 15.

Jump to Year
A group of unknown UNH young Wildcats

We asked, you answered! Edwin “Duke” Kline ’71 responded almost immediately to the archive photo featured in this space in spring/summer magazine for which we were seeking additional information, as follows: “I’m very confident that the photo was taken in the fall of 1968. The Black fellow is my good friend and former UNH roommate Carl “CP” Patterson ’71. The others all look familiar but I can’t place their names.” Shortly after we heard from Kline, Patterson himself wrote in: “I am the young African American Wildcat on the bottom row, second from the left. The classmate standing next to me — third from the left — is Jim Raymond. I’m not positive, but I think this could have been taken at the freshman beanie pole climb.”

Thanks, Edwin and Carl! Now, how about the above photo, Wildcat family? Please drop us a line at if you recognize these two young women. Bonus points if you can tell us the year and/or the location of this lab!

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Ruth Payne Moore has been living at Brooksby Village in Peabody, MA ,for the past 20 years. Ruth’s husband, William “Mickey” B. Moore Jr. ’41 passed away six years ago. While at UNH, Ruth and Mickey were active members of the Outing Club, spending weekends and holidays skiing and hiking. Ruth still reminisces about the good times on club trips to the White Mountains with classmates. During their married life Ruth and Mickey settled in Peabody then Topsfield before moving to Brooksby Village. Until recently, Ruth continued to spend summers on the shores of Lake Ossipee in Freedom, NH. Ruth recently gifted a box of UNH memorabilia to the university archives. UNH Magazine received word that Charles K. Besaw passed away on April 27, 2019, at age 101. He served in the Army in World War II and was discharged a First Lieutenant, AGD, in the Reserves. Before retiring in 1985, Charles was the owner of the Woolson and Clough Insurance Agency in Lisbon, NH. He was an incorporator of the former Savers Bank (Littleton), and a former trustee of both the Littleton Hospital and the North Country Community Health Services. Charles was predeceased by his wife, Rita, and is survived by his two children, two granddaughters and two great granddaughters.

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UNH Magazine received word that Arthur E. Bean Jr. passed away on Feb. 23. Arthur had an illustrious professional life with careers as a pilot, a lawyer and a judge. A four-times decorated World War III bomber pilot, after the war, Arthur earned his law degree and began practicing in New Hampshire. In 2019, he was honored to receive the UNH Granite State Award, traditionally presented by the UNH provost at commencement. That year, however, Provost Wayne Jones Jr. presented the honor — and an honorary degree — to Arthur at his home. He is survived by his beloved wife, Gail, his son, David, two granddaughters, three great-granddaughters, two stepchildren and several step-grandchildren.
Nancy Bryant on behalf of Lonnie (Eleanor) Gould Bryant
9 Rickey Drive
Maynard, MA 01754; 978-501-0334
I am sorry to report that Harold A. Webster Jr. passed away on May 19. He was at his home in Holderness, NH, with his family by his side. During World War II, Harold worked for the Seismographic Service Corps locating oil in the southwest. His professional career included teaching in the geology department at UNH, working as the resident engineer for the NH Highway Department and owning and operating the Tall Timber Lodge on Back Lake in Pittsburg, NH. In his semi-retirement, Harold practiced land surveying, was a representative for the North Country Council and a sales representative for Ward Cedar Log Homes. He also volunteered for the Arizona State Park System in the winters and was named Arizona Volunteer of the Year in 2002. Harold was a very active Freemason with membership in several Shrine Clubs and Evening Star Lodges, as well as a lifetime member of the Pittsburg Historical Society and the Pittsburg Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club. In 2016, Harold had reached out to me, hoping to hold a 75th class reunion. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to pull it off, but I was so impressed with his energy and enthusiasm! Harold was predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth, and second wife, Barbara, and is survived by his wife Joy, two daughters, two stepdaughters, three stepsons and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family. To fellow ’41ers and their families and friends, please send me your news and your memories about your days at UNH! Hoping to hear from you and wishing you well!
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UNH Magazine received word of the passing of three alumnae. Faye Ingram Gibbs passed away on May 1 at age 99. While a student at UNH, she met her husband of 35 years. Over the course of her life, she worked as an administrative assistant, as a registrar for several colleges and was the director of Bread and Roses Soup Kitchen in Franklin, NH. She was a talented seamstress, making her daughter’s wedding and bridesmaids’ gowns by hand and, in later years, quilting for local nursing homes. Faye was predeceased by her husband, Ivan, and is survived by a loving extended family including her four daughters and their families. Margaret Rowell Nichols passed away on May 28 at age 99. Margaret met her husband, Paul, at UNH. They married in 1940 and, after World War II, eventually settled in Needham, MA where they made their home for 56 years. Margaret later earned her MSW from Boston University and worked in the field for 50 years —requiring two employees to fill her shoes upon retirement. She was predeceased by her husband, and is survived by her three children, 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild! Rita Battistine passed away on May 31 at age 99. After graduating from UNH, Rita was drawn to the Big Apple where she fostered a human resources career in the fashion industry. Her professional success afforded her to the opportunity to travel throughout the world, including the Silk Road in Asia and the Orient Express. Rite was predeceased by her brother, Fred, and is survived by her dear nieces and nephews and their families.
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UNH Magazine received word of the passing of five alumni. Mary Eastman King passed away on Jan. 26 at age 100. She completed courses as a dietician and subsequently worked in the food service departments of Colby Sawyer College, Dartmouth College and the Middleton, MA, school department. Upon her retirement, Mary volunteered at the Haverhill Public Library, where she repaired rare books. She enjoyed cooking, especially for the holidays. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Arthur, and is survived by two daughters, five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and her brother. Leslie Ireland Sheehan passed away on Jan. 14, 2018 at age 95. She breezed through her college courses, earning her undergrad degree at UNH and then a nursing degree at Yale Nursing School. After college and both of their services during World War II, Leslie and her husband, Bobby, began their lives together in Middlebury, VT, where Leslie taught nursing and was a public health nurse. They eventually settled in Reno, NV, where they opened their dream business: Bobo’s Reno Ski Shop. Leslie was predeceased by Bobby — the love of her life since 7th grade — and is survived by their four children, and many nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Sylvia Halvorson Taylor passed away on June 19 at age 98. She was born in Perth Amboy, NJ, and her family lived in Nevada, West Virginia, Norway and Italy before finally settling back in New Jersey in Metuchen. Sylvia was an active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Metuchen Historical Society and Friends of the Metuchen Library. She was predeceased by her daughter, Lyn, and is survived by her son, Fred, a grandson and a great-grandson. Myra Piper Jennison passed away in Newmarket, NH, on April 14 at age 94. She was predeceased by her husband, Lewis, and her half-brother, Bernard Crowell, and is survived by her two sons, two granddaughters and two great granddaughters. Richard J. Chase passed away on July 3 at age 97. In 1941, Richard paused his education at UNH to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corp, serving in the South Pacific as a gunner in an SBD Dauntless dive-bomber — a role that earned him a Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. He then returned to UNH and met his wife, Natalie. After graduating, they moved to Athol, MA, where Richard began a career as an editor and publisher of the Athol Daily News and served on many boards within the community, including the Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce and Board of Directors of Athol Memorial Hospital. He was predeceased by Natalie, and is survived by his wife, Beverly Levanway, four children, two stepdaughters and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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UNH Magazine received word of the passing of four alumni. Joyce Joslyn Ainsworth passed away on April 8 at age 96. Joyce attended UNH for two years before joining the Cadet Nursing Corps in 1943 and went on to earn her nursing degree from Cornell NY Hospital School in 1946. She continued to work as a nurse in NY for several years (and greatly enjoy the NY theater scene) before continuing to practice in Denver, CO, and Miami, FL. She returned to her childhood state of Vermont in 1952 where she eventually met her husband, George. The two enjoyed life on their family farm for many years, but also enjoyed traveling the world to its fullest, visiting four continents, every Canadian province and all 50 states! Joyce was predeceased by George, her brother, Gordon, her stepson, David, and is survived by three stepchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren and a niece and nephew. June Chase Dayton passed away on April 2, 2018, at age 92. After UNH, she earned her doctorate in chemistry and went on to teach at Marion University. June was predeceased by her husband, Rhodes, and her four brothers, and is survived by four sons, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Robert H. Houck passed away on April 6 at age 96. Bob served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was active in the Bluecoats, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the Cleveland Yachting Club. Beloved by his family and friends, he was a shining example of a life well-lived. He was predeceased by his wife of 72 years, JoAnn, and is survived by two daughters, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two nieces. Vitella Ilsley Edmiston passed away on Sept. 3, 2019, at age 96. She was born and lived in New Hampshire her whole life, and owned and operated Londonderry businesses, Smileys Grocery Store and Sonny Acres Greenhouse, until her retirement in 1985. Vitella was predeceased by her husband, Arthur, and their son, Ronald, and is survived by seven children, five siblings, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
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UNH Magazine received word of the passing of six alumni. Marilyn Maher Brewster passed away on April 15 — her 95th birthday. She was a lifelong resident of Exeter, NH, and a graduate of Robinson Female Seminary. She earned her library sciences degree at UNH and was the librarian at Main Street School in Exeter for 12 years. Marilyn was a skilled seamstress and avid knitter and will be remembered fondly for her sense of humor. She was predeceased by her husband, Dick, and is survived by two children, two granddaughters and two great-grandsons. Robert L. Hanson, CDR, USN (Ret.) passed away on April 12 at age 96. He came to UNH as a transfer student, specifically so he could continue to pursue his love of skiing at the collegiate level. Bob served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he saw a great deal of combat in the Pacific and served as aide to Vice Admiral Charles Wellborn — his proudest Naval accomplishment. His service fostered a passion for veterans’ rights, and he was recognized as an advocate at the local, state and national levels. Bob was predeceased by his wife, Nancy, and four of his siblings. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, three daughters, three adoptive children, two siblings, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Barbara Ferguson Glasgow passed away on May 9 at age 95. She graduated UNH as an occupational therapist and went on to earn a degree in physical therapy at U Pittsburgh. Barbara spent her career practicing at a physical therapist until her retirement. She was an active member of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Griffin, GA. Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Charles, and is survived by her two daughters, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Elmer O. Hartig passed away on May 17 at age 97. “E.O.” spent his youth in Evansville, IN, where he learned to love the outdoors, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and was a state tennis champion. He attended three universities for his undergraduate studies: U Evansville, Purdue — where he was recruited to work on the Manhattan Project —and UNH. Elmer went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard. He met his wife in 1950 and they moved to Akron, OH, before settling in Goodyear, AZ, where he began his distinguished career at Goodyear Aerospace. He was predeceased by his wife, Evelyn, and is survived by four children, a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren. Frances Mikolajczyk Huckel passed away on April 28 at age 95. She married the love of her life, Russell, in 1946, but was tragically widowed in 1959 when Russ died in an accident. Fran drew her strength from the love and support of her family and from her Presbyterian faith. On her own and together with her siblings, she took her children on trips to explore various parts of the country and encouraged them to continue that exploration into their adulthood. She was an active member of her church and made it her life’s mission to reduce the suffering of others in the face of struggles. After her husband’s passing, she earned her teaching degree and master’s degree in special education, spending her 30-year teaching career working with early elementary and special needs children. Fran is survived by her three loving and grateful children, Wayne, Lori and Kirk, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arline V. Ekman passed away on July 21, 2019, at age 94. She was predeceased by her brother, Sheldon, and is survived by her sister, Rosalind and four nieces and nephews.
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UNH Magazine received word of the passing of four alumni. Dorothy Shillady Leighton passed away on Feb. 17 at age 94. She lived her entire life in Keene, NH, and graduated cum laude from UNH. Dorothy had a 30-year career in healthcare and worked as a bookkeeper for her son’s business in her retirement years. She was an active volunteer in Girl Scouts, the Symonds School PTA and the Cheshire Medical Center. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Richard, her son, Gary, two siblings and two stepsisters, and is survived by her son, Brian, and five grandchildren. Jean Gartner Benson passed away on May 12 at age 94. She earned her B.A. from UNH and her M.A. from Case Western Reserve University in 1969. Jean settled in Ohio and taught for many years at the Claridon Elementary School. She also once helped a Vietnamese family attain U.S. citizenship by teaching them English. Jean was predeceased by her husband, Kirk, and is survived by two sisters, four children, 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Shirley MacCoubrey Meyer passed away on May 4 at age 95. After earning her B.S. in sociology at UNH, she held positions as a teacher, an assistant office manager and a tutor in her retirement years. Together with her husband, Shirley enjoyed square dancing, traveling and camping in their RV and attending UConn women’s basketball games and the Hartford Symphony. She will be remembered for her bright spirit and radiant smile. Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Donald, and is survived by four children, eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. John M. Goodrich passed away on June 25 at age 99. He was a 10th generation descendant of William Goodridge, the progenitor of a 373-year line of Goodrich families in the New England area. John proudly served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was the owner of his own sheet metal and roofing business for over 40 years. John will be remembered for his grit, grip, wit and resilience. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy, and is survived by two sons, a stepdaughter, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
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We are sorry to report that after some two decades of penning class columns, Elizabeth Shea is resigning as secretary for the Class of 1948. UNH Magazine is deeply grateful for her dedication and service and hope you all enjoy her final column here. Many thanks, Elizabeth, from all of us!

In spite of the pandemic and a debilitating fall before her July plane flight to Alton Bay, Jackie McNeilly Freese enjoyed her summer vacation with two of her adoring daughters. From her bedroom window, she has an awe-inspiring view of Mt. Major over Lake Winnipesaukee. Do give her a call! Congratulations to two Class of 1948 Endowed Scholarship recipients: exercise science major Francis Gesel of Lancaster, NH, and psychology major Gregory Sopper of Jaffrey, NH. Congrats also to English/journalism major Kelley Choate of Keene, NH, the Paul F. Shea ’51 Memorial Scholarship winner. Our deepest sympathy goes to Lois Fleit and family of Martin Fleit, who died on Jan. 26. Having a passion for his work, he retired a few years ago from Fleit Intellectual Property Law. Kenneth Trafton Pinhero, 97, died in Meredith, after growing up in Penacook and living in Portsmouth for over 50 years. He graduated from UNH, became a Navy Lieutenant during World War II in the South Pacific, advancing to Lieutenant Commander with the US Coast Guard Reserve. Employed by Allstate Insurance for years, Ken was active at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth and St. George’s Episcopal Church in Durham for much of his life. A gifted musician, Ken played piano and organ, sang in church choirs and collected antiques. He loved telling a good joke and driving his 1959 Triumph along Maine’s country roads. Predeceased by Barbara McNair, his wife of 54 years, he is survived by his son of San Leandro, CA, his daughter of Olympia, WA, his daughter of Tuftonboro, NH, four grandchildren, a great-grandson, nieces and nephews. Eugene R. Boutin, 98, died May 11. Living in Manchester most of his life, he wintered in Myrtle Beach. He earned a degree in business administration from UNH. Proudly he served with the NH Army National Guard, 197th Coast Artillery and 398th Antiaircraft Battalion during World War II in the Pacific Theater and the Korean War. A technical salesman with Burroughs for 32 years, he was awarded “Best Salesman of the Year” seven times. Founder of Cub Scout Pack 104 at Saint Catherine of Siena Church, he was a Cub Leader for six years. Truly a man of The Greatest Generation, Eugene leaves a legacy of generosity and faith. Predeceased in 2005 by his wife of 57 years, Genevieve C. Quinn, his surviving family members include two sons, three daughters, thirteen grandchildren, three great-grands and several nieces and nephews. Nancy Ann Nuzzo Cassella, born in New Haven, CT, died March 19. Her husband of 72 years, Ernest, described her to the hospice worker as “compassionate, smart, beautiful and generous to those most in need.” She received the American Red Cross Humanitarian Award over sixty years of service. On the parish council, a cantor, a eucharist minister and a choir soloist at her Church of the Assumption in Woodbridge, CT, she led a purpose-driven life. She leaves her adoring husband, Ernest J. Cassella Sr., her four children and their spouses, sisters, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. George Augustus Wulfing, 94, of Kent, WA, died on Jan. 24. Benjamin A. “Buddy” Hartman of Stonebridge, Burlington, MA passed away on April 22. Educated in the Haverhill school system, graduated from Tilton School, NH, he received a degree in business administration from UNH. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he joined the family shoe business, Hartman Shoe Co. and later Klev-bro of Derry and Lawrence Maude footwear. For 12 years, Benjamin worked for the IRS in North Andover and volunteered in several local charities. On the Board of Trustees of Temple Emana-El in Haverhill, where his parents were founding members, Buddy was a lifetime member of 210 Associates of Boston and the Haverhill Golf and Country Club. His wife of 72 years, Elaine Goldfinger Hartman, passed away May 3. Survivors include a daughter and her husband of Bedford, a granddaughter, adopted son and husband of Lunenberg, MA, adopted son of Portland, OR and several nieces and nephews. Ruth Loverude Meade passed away on April 10 at age 93. She earned her B.S. in biology at UNH and went on to earn her certificate in physical therapy at UPenn on a March of Dimes scholarship. After marrying and settling down with her family, Ruth enjoyed a long career teaching junior high school and coached girls’ basketball. She was an active member of her church, once being selected as Woman of the Year by the Presbyterian Women. She was predeceased by her husband, Bob, and her grandson, Joshua, and is survived by two children, two grandsons and seven great-grandchildren.

Certainly, it has been a privilege to keep in touch with UNH classmates in this way for perhaps two decades. I hope the pandemic burden will become less uncomfortable as we continue to adjust to the pressures of isolation, as well as internal family issues.

Joan Lamson on a lake with her dog
Leave it to Joan Boodey Lamson ’49 to find a bright side to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic: a leisurely summer spent lakeside with family. “This lucky ‘49er has swum, played and talked outdoors with family members all summer long,” she writes.
Joan Boodey Lamson
51 Lamson Lane
New London, NH 03257
The dreadful coronavirus has caused so much sadness that I will instead tell you an upbeat story about a ’49er who was in a “lucky bubble” this summer. She lives in a house, built by her husband 32 years ago, on a beautiful New Hampshire lake with a view of a majestic mountain in the distance. Next door to her house is a cottage, built by her husband 58 years ago. Since the middle of June, small groups of family members have taken turns staying at the cottage, some three or four times, and some even worked remotely from her picnic table. So, this lucky ’49er has swum, played and talked outdoors, with family members all summer long. Did you guess that this lucky ’49er is me, Joan Boodey Lamson! Our class president, Dick Dart, celebrated his 95th birthday on August 27, at his home with his wife, Bev, in Blacksburg, VA. I emailed him good wishes and said, “It’s so nice to know an older man!”  Ahti Autio died on April 19 at his home in Friendship, ME, surrounded by loving family members. Ahti’s parents emigrated to America from Finland. They raised 11 children on a dairy farm in Friendship. After serving in the Marine Corps and receiving his B.S. at UNH, Ahti earned a M.S. at MIT. He was employed by General Electric, and later worked as a consultant to the state of Massachusetts in Waste Management resource and recovery. In retirement he was a selectman in Friendship and an avid tennis player. Ahti leaves behind a loving immediate and extended family. Edward Wall, who died in Sept. 2019 at Brooksby Village in Peabody, MA, was a man of many talents. After majoring in physics and playing in the UNH orchestra for four years, he later received a doctorate in physics from the University of Munich, where he also studied music and sang in the Munich Bach Choir. Several of his choral compositions were performed with N.H. and Boston choirs. Ed was a physics professor, a cellist and a composer and repairer of stringed instruments. In retirement he expanded his repair business and, wife Paula says, “delighted in working on damaged instruments, restoring them to full sound and beauty.” John “Jack” Hird, a friend from many class reunions, died last April in Hampton, NH. He was employed as a district engineer for the Connecticut Department of Transportation, working in highway construction and retiring after 25 years. Then he served as a director of public works in Keene. In retirement Jack was an avid fan of UNH athletics, and especially enjoyed following his grandchildren’s hockey games. Jack was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Priscilla Stone Hird. They will forever be lovingly remembered by their three married sons, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. The UNH alumni office was notified by Deborah Knowlton that her father, Charles E. Burwell, passed away on April 6. He graduated from the Thompson School of Agriculture. My sympathy to the families of all 49ers who have died this year.
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UNH Magazine received word of the passing of seven alumni. Colonel Robert E. Belford passed away on July 6. From his wife, “Bob had a great life, did tons of different things and was always a happy smiling man! He is greatly missed by everyone!!” Trenholm D. Jordan passed away on Feb. 15 just before his 93rd birthday. Farming was his life; he enrolled in a special program during World War II designed to teach young men the skills of farming and also earned his degree in horticulture while at UNH. In 1951, Trenholm and his wife moved to a farm in Portland, NY, and he went on to work for 31 years as an agricultural extension agent in Chautauqua County. He was also an avid golfer, spending summers on Jekyll Island in Georgia. Trenholm was predeceased by his brother, Clyde, and his son, Douglas, and is survived by his wife, Mary, four brothers, four children, nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Carl L. Cutler passed away on April 23 at age 96. He served in the Army in World War II, participating in the Battle of Normandy. He founded and was president of Carl’s Copy World in Lewiston, ME, from 1957 until his retirement in 1985. He was an avid reader, sports enthusiast and superb poker player. Carl was predeceased by his wife, Rebecca, and is survived by their three children, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Everett E. Blake passed away on May 4, less than one week before his 93rd birthday. He served in the Army in World War II and graduated from the Thompson School. Everett is survived by his wife, Ethel, two sons, 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Burton Corkum Jr. passed away on May 26 at age 95. He learned to fly when he was 14 and was the youngest person in NH to receive a pilot’s license. Burton’s love of flying inspired him to join the Navy Air Corps in World War II. He had a long career in sales and served his Ohio community with positions on the auxilliary police force and board of recreation. Burton was predeceased by his wife, Jean, and is survived by four children, three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Donald G. Benoit passed away on Jan. 9, 2019, at age 92. He served his country with a combined 47 years of government service, including as a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. Donald was an active volunteer at his church, serving as a lector and lending a hand at the church’s food pantry. He taught business logistics at the Air Force Institute of Technology and retired as the dean of the school. Donald is survived by his wife, Connie, three children, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and his sister, Therese. William M. Brown passed away on June 10 at age 93. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and worked in the industry until his retirement in 1988. William was an active volunteer in his community, serving in both stewardship roles and as a trustee for his church. A devoted father, he supported his sons’ activities with the Boy Scouts, coached baseball and helped them manage their paper routes. William was predeceased by his wife, Eunice, and is survived by their two sons and his brother, Donald.
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UNH Magazine received word of the passing of eight alumni. Stanley Sakowski passed away Oct. 18, 2019, and is survived by his wife, Margaret. Janice Darby Hahn passed away on March 27 at age 89. Less than one month later on April 21, her husband, Thomas J. Hahn, 89, joined her. Little information was received about Thomas; however, Janice was known for her exceptional cooking, often baking for family gatherings or events in the Newport, VT, community. She enjoyed gardening, visits with her grandchildren and puzzles. Janice and Tom shared a love of board games and reading. They are survived by four children and four granddaughters. John J. McNally Jr. passed away on April 7 at age 93. He served in the Naval Air Force and had a career as a salesman after graduating from UNH. He enjoyed golf, skiing, traveling and spending time with friends. John was predeceased by both his first and second wives and is survived by many of his 11 siblings and a loving extended family. Elizabeth “Lib” Sprague Putnam passed away on April 26. In her youth, she spent five summers waitressing at the Star Island hotel and referred to it fondly as one of her favorite places in the world. Lib later opened her own business; a plant and garden center called The Watering Pot. She was also a skilled musician and enjoyed singing in her church choir. She was predeceased by her siblings and her granddaughter, Libbie, and is survived by four children, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Armen Yeretzian passed away on May 18 at age 94. He earned a business degree from UNH, followed by a CPA certificate in California, where he worked as a comptroller for several companies. Armen was widowed at a young age and met his second wife, Carol, on a European river cruise. They spent their time together traveling the world. Armen is survived by Carol, her three daughters and their six grandchildren. Dorhman F. Bugbee passed away on May 26 at age 89. He served in the US National Guard and the US Navy. Dorhman was an engineer, working most of his career at Jones and Lamson in Springfield, VT. He enjoyed woodworking and carving and doing puzzles. Dorhman is survived by his wife, Lillian, three children and four grandchildren. John Philip Dunfey passed away on June 22 at age 96. He served in World War II and subsequently spend much of his life devoted to fostering world peace and social justice. He spent decades working with New England Circle to support the peace process in Northern Ireland and human rights efforts in Africa, South America and the Middle East. John was the founder and chairman of Global Citizens Circle and the founder of CEO of Omni Hotels International. He was predeceased by his first wife, Joan, his son, Philip and eight siblings. He is survived by his wife, Lisa, three children, three siblings and many extended family members.
Ann Merrow Burghardt
411 Wentworth Hill Road
Center Sandwich, NH 03227
Sad news, I’m afraid; another listing of obituaries. Guy Knight died Feb. 7, 2016. A business administration major, he was a member of ATO, the Outing Club and on the ski team. Guy worked for IBM for 25 years with assignments in New York, Arizona, Alabama and Florida, but in retirement returned to NH and Lake Winnisquam for 20 more years. He leaves his wife of 62 years, Joan Dane Knight ’52, now of Charlotte, NC; a son, two daughters, five grandsons and great-grandchildren. Charles H. Coe of Portland, CT, died April 16. Commissioned an Air Force 2nd Lt. after graduation, he served in Korea 1954 –1955, and then returned to UNH for graduate studies. After working for AT&T and teaching, he was employed by the Travelers Insurance Co. in Hartford, CT, as a systems analyst until his retirement in 1993, when he and his wife enjoyed extensive travels. He is survived by his wife Margaret, four children and four grandchildren. Alexandria, VA, resident Paul Peterson died April 19. Paul was a history major, a member of Kappa Sigma, the Arnold Air Society and the Outing Club. I don’t have any more information. Co-captain of the 1953 varsity hockey team and Senior Skulls member Willard (Willy) Payson of Cushing, ME, died April 30. His wife of 67 years, Jean Saunders Payson, a son, daughter, and three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren survive. Willy saw Army service in Trieste before attending UNH. After graduation, he and his family lived in Hampton, NH, from where he divided work between State Mutual Life Insurance Company in Worcester, MA, and Union Mutual in Portland, ME, in group sales, as a pension consultant and regional manager. After retiring in 1989, he and his family spent many years in Cushing, where he was active in the community and served one term as selectman. John (Joe) Conway of Boise, ID, died May 19. Before enrolling in the university, he had enlisted in the Air Force and served in World War II. At UNH he majored in accounting, and was a member of Psi Epsilon, the honorary economics-businesssociety. He retired from Morrison Knudsen Corp. in 1989 after 36 years with the company. Earl Worden Jr. died May 22 at his home of 56 years in Diablo, CA. A chemistry major and a member of Alpha Chi Sigma, a national professional chemical fraternity, he graduated cum laude, and went on to earn a master’s degree in chemistry. He completed studies at the University of California Berkeley with a PhD in physical chemistry, and began work at the Lawrence Livermore Lab. In 1985, Earl received the Louis A. Strait Award for outstanding accomplishments in the areas of molecular absorption spectroscopy, atomic emission spectroscopy and laser spectroscopy. He authored numerous publications, co-authored books on spectroscopy and was granted several patents. He returned to NH every summer, spending time in Rye. Earl was an avid hiker, skater, skier and body surfer. Col. Richard E. MacCormack of Midland City, AL, formerly of Crown Point, IN, died July 11. A member of Acacia, the indoor and outdoor track teams and the Varsity Club, he graduated with a degree in chemistry, later earning his MBA from the University of Chicago. Through ROTC he entered the Air Force, serving for 30 years in the US, Germany and The Philippines, and earning several medals and commendations. He was combat crew commander of the Titan II Missile group at Vandenberg AFB in California for several years. Charlotte Buckler Vasser of Texarkana, TX, died Oct. 18, 2019; survivors include a son, daughter and grandchildren. I have no further information.
Ruth Nash Clark
149 East Side Drive #294
Concord, NH 03301; 603-715-2493 or 603-828-6885 (cell)
Greetings to all! I hope we can gather for our NEXT reunion in 2021! That seems so far away, but when the time comes let’s hope we can meet again! We are luckier than the class of ’20 grads who had to miss graduation, senior celebrations such as honors convocation and the actual graduation ceremony in the beautiful new stadium. We wish them well! Roger Saunders informed me that Howard Fosdick’s wife has died following many years of medical issues in assisted living facilities. Barbara Johnson Stone died May 20 in Manchester, N. She was very active at UNH as a member of Chi Omega, president her senior year, andqueen of Winter Carnival Ball and earned a B.S. in math (those years were so much fun!) After graduation, Barbara worked at IBM, where she met Roger. They married in 1955 and she had a successful career in real estate. Janet Pitman Anderson ’51 died at age 90 in Concord, NH. I mention it here because many of OUR classmates knew her, especially physical education majors. She was an outstanding person, very active in Outing Club and much more. She was active in church and community projects when she and husband Fred Pitman lived in Hollis for many years before moving to Concord. I last saw her carrying the flag of Class of ’51 at a reunion march a few years ago, then more recently at concerts in Concord. SHE TOUCHED MANY LIVES! Please send me your news! Many classmates think their news in not special. It really is! More UNHers remember you than you realize! As an old reunion saying goes: “UNH sticks together!” and “Those were the days, my friends!”
Marge and Bill Johnston
May-Nov.: 40502 Lenox Park Dr.
Novi, MI 48377; (248) 859-4084
Dec.-April: 4940 Westchester Ct. #3703
Naples, FL 34105; (239) 213-0140
Hi, everyone! Not too much news. We have touched base with Chan and Ann Sanborn. They told us that Jack and Patty Weeks have relocated to Taylor Homes in Laconia as have Tom Volpe and his wife. Chan and Ann have relocated to Naples, Florida. We hope you are all coping with masks, social distancing, washing your hands while singing “Happy Birthday,” and tolerating all the political maneuvering. We seem to be living in a dysfunctional world right now. May God bless us all. As is usual we would like to share with you the obituaries received from UNH: Graham Alvord, of Kittery, ME, died Feb. 20 at age 103, just nine days after his wife Jean, age 96. Graham was a teacher and guidance counselor at Portsmouth High School. Graham also served as assistant minister at Portsmouth North Church and 172 sonnets of his have been donated to UNH. Joanne Vandyk Sasner died April 2 at RiverWoods of Durham. She was born and raised in Michigan and was the wife of John Sasner, UNH professor emeritus of biological sciences. Paul L. Cheney died April 4. Theodore C. Bense died April 6 at age 86 in Mirror Lake, NH. He was born in Meredith, lived in Tuftonboro and Wolfeboro, graduated from Brewster Academy and attended UNH for several years. William Carpenter died April 24. He was born in Franconia, attended Dow Academy and UNH, served in the Army in Japan completed his MBA at UNH. He worked for the state of New Hampshire for 36 years. Leslie Arthur Brooks died April 26 in Louisville, KY. He attended UNH, served in the Army and received degree in social work at the Kent School. He also volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America for 35 years. Patricia Ayers Phillipo died June 30 in Fredricksburg, VA. Born in Keene, NH, she met her husband Dick at UNH in 1954, lived in Lake of Woods, Locust Grove for 30 years. She is survived by her husband and three daughters. God bless you all. Stay safe and well while “cooped up inside” and feel free to drop us a line. We would love to hear from you.
Joan Holroyd
5 Timber Lane, Unit 213
Exeter, NH 03833
COVID-19 seems to be the overwhelming influence in our lives at the moment. I’m now only semi-quarantined — Don and I can meet outdoors in masks, at a distance of seven feet. Also, may drive anywhere within New England. Some of the more stringent restrictions such as dining alone are soon to be lifted, as long as strict precautions are followed. None of our classmates have shared news, so it’s on with the obituaries. On Feb. 26, we lost Clarice (Chris) Sanborn Chase of Hamden, CT. She moved around the country with her husband, Carter, a corporate attorney. They spent many years in Salt Lake City. As a widow, Chris returned to Hamden to be nearer to her daughter and other family members. A week later, Richard Saltmarsh died in Stoughton, MA. Dick spent his early years in Laconia and served in the Air Force. Since 1982, he had been a realtor in Stoughton. He is survived by a daughter and four grandchildren. Clifford Burgoine, a Claremont native, died March 12 in New Durham, NH. After graduating from Stevens High School, he joined an apprentice tool and die program with General Electric, while attending UNH part time. Cliff spent most of his career with Davidson Rubber Co. in Farmington, NH. He leaves three children and many grand and great-grandchildren. On March 15, we lost William Veazey of Portsmouth. Unfortunately, very little information was reported. As I recall, Bill had a long Army career. Gladys (Schenk) Drobeck died on March 27 in Fredericksburg, TX. "Hap" enjoyed a career in marine biology at U Maryland. Each summer was spent with her husband, Klaus, at their lake cottage in Ontario. She loved her adopted hometown of Fredericksburg, and was active in volunteer work, as well as the area Chi Omega alumnae group. Early in April, we lost Dr. Peter Baute, a member of Theta Chi, who went on to receive his medical degree in Philadelphia. After completing a fellowship in tropical medicine in Panama, he served in the Navy Medical Corps in South Vietnam. He then pursued a residency in surgery at Wayne State University Hospital, where he spent nearly 20 years. Returning to RI, he divided the year between Wakefield and Block Island. His surviving family includes his wife  Cindy, four children, six grandchildren and two brothers. Paul McQuade died on April 20 of COVID-19. He spent his early years in Lowell, MA. Initially he was employed by General Motors in MI. After returning to NH, he became a real estate developer in Rollinsford and Dover. Paul served his community as Rotary Club president, city councilman and NH Legislator. He enjoyed summers on Drake’s Island, ME, and a few months each winter in Pinehurst, NC. With his wife, Sally, enjoyed golfing everywhere. Survivors include two sons and three grandchildren. Lastly, we lost Thomas Lamb of Bedford, MA, on May 2. A graduate of Portsmouth High School, he was one of eight children. For 35 years he was a chemical engineering consultant with Arthur D. Little. Tom was an avid reader and a loyal Red Sox fan. He leaves his wife of 60 years, Annette, three daughters, four grandchildren and several siblings. That’s it for this time, ’mates. We’d all love to hear your news.
Nancy Jillson Glowacki
117 Woodbridge Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28739; 828-606-5201
The Class of 1957 received a heartfelt thank you from Patty Fijolek of Derry, NH, who received one of our endowed scholarships. Patty is an OT major eager to explore the many possibilities that OT has to offer in the field working with children. She belongs to Alpha Xi Delta sorority. The scholarship helped her greatly since family funds were stressed from her father’s surgery and non-work status; they are all extremely grateful that she could finish her degree. She expressed her hope that one day she could contribute to another student’s education fund to pay it forward. THANK YOU, Patty, and thank you 1957 alums! Eight classmates of 1957 have passed since our last column and many wonderful tributes we cannot fit into this short column. So, if you want a copy of an obituary please call me, Nancy, at 828-606-5201, or feel free to search online. It is remarkable to read how each person carved out their unique journey, explored different careers, grew their families, became involved in community, in service to others, and in creative pursuits. Parker Palmer, the amazing author of “On The Brink of Everything — Grace, Gravity and Getting Old” shares, “I can’t think of a more graced way to die than with the knowledge that I showed up here as my true self, as best I knew how, able to engage life freely and lovingly because I had become fierce with reality.” It seems that our classmates might just have found that grace. Seth Perry of Alstead, NH, died March 7. Doug D. Gibson died April 21 in West Hartford, CT. Dwight Stone, 85, died May 10, in Manchester, CT. Roberta Klose Law, 85, of Golden, CO, died May 19 at the Denver Hospice. Paul W Kimball, 91, May 24 in the Tilton, NH Veterans Home. Norma T. Hodson, 85, on June 1 in Rumford, NH. William Caldwell, 91, June 15 in State College, PA. Hugh Donovan, 85, July 1 in Washington, D.C. In closing: We trust that all of us are being as safe and well as possible and importantly that we are discovering some hidden gifts in current challenges. Reach out and connect with friends by phone or card, ask for or give support, laugh together over memories! Send news for our “connection column!”
Peggy Ann Shea
100 Tennyson Avenue
Nashua, NH 03062-2535
Bill Nelson received an outstanding letter from Lilly Friedman ’21 of Holderness, NH, the recipient of a scholarship from our Class Scholarship Fund. Majoring in medical and veterinary sciences and hoping to attend medical school, she thanked our class for supporting her academic endeavors. An amazing young woman, she not only works in a UNH microbiology laboratory, but is also a nursing assistant at a long-term care facility, a volunteer at a local hospital and vice president of the UNH Pre-Professional Health Honor Society. Our scholarship fund is helping support exceptional students. In May I received a message from Alan Vincent, who wanted to drop a line as he sat in isolation feeling all alone out in Iowa during the pandemic. Below is information about our classmates who are no longer with us. Lois (Enos) Cronin of Bow received a M.A. in education at UNH and spent most of her career teaching elementary school in Northport, NY, returning to NH after retiring. Charles “Chuck” Crowther of Brattleboro, VT, had an extremely full and adventurous life. After obtaining an M.A. in English education and completing his ROTC assignment, he taught in two different school systems before teaching English in Brattleboro and beginning a long association with the School for International Training. He trained for teaching English as a second language which led to assignments in Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine. His outside interests included tennis, singing and playing clarinet. Ronald Dyer received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in political science after which he was an elementary school teacher with the Ashburnham, MA, public school system. The major portion of the professional career of John “Jack” Helie of Exeter was at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. After completing his ROTC commitment, Rolland Marsh of Vero Beach, FL, moved to Maine where he had many positions in the pulp and paper industry from 1961 until he retired in 1999. He earned his MBA from UNH in 1984. An outdoorsman, Rolland served on the ski patrol at Black Mountain, ran three marathons, and enjoyed whitewater canoe racing and sailing. Hubert Sycamore of Hebron and Concord, NH, was employed in the hospitality industry in Vermont before moving to Michigan where he received a master’s degree in hospital administration. He joined the New England Deaconess Hospital working as an administrator for 27 years. Upon moving to Hebron, Hubert and his wife enjoyed singing and traveling the world with the NH Friendship Chorus. James “Tink” Twaddle of Sandwich, MA, had a long career in personnel with companies in Massachusetts. Retiring to North Sandwich, he enjoyed tennis, hiking, bridge and cribbage. He was an active participant in the Sandwich annual country fair. Robert Yetman of Watertown, MA, served 25 years in the Army, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He enjoyed golfing and was an avid hunter and fisherman. If classmates are interested in additional details, please contact me.
Estelle “Stella” Belanger Landry
315 Chickory Trail
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
60th Reunion June 4 – 6, 2021

Although I am writing this in early September, I can only hope that by the time you are reading this online column, we will be “over the hump” regarding this COVID-19 pandemic. Interestingly enough, I remember that in November 1957, I visited Hood House because I was not feeling well. As it turns out, I was diagnosed with what was then referred to as “The Asian Flu,” H2N2, a global pandemic that killed more than 100 million people worldwide, and I was sent home for a few days to recover. Anyone else remember that? Prayers go out to all classmates who have grandchildren in school, especially those in college. I recently received a call from Henry “Butch” Roy regarding this very issue. We discussed the fact that he has a grandson and that I have a granddaughter who are both first year students at UNH. Henry did mention that he hears regularly from Ted Sobosenski, from Concord, and Rod Blackburn ’62, from Berlin. Because of the 2020 virus, we certainly missed not traveling to NH this summer to visit with family and friends and to have our annual Nashua High mini reunion in Portsmouth. I received a beautiful letter from Julia Terrel ’23 of Concord, NH, thanking the class for being the recipient of the Class of 1960 Endowed Scholarship. She said that this scholarship has given her a chance to experience college and to find a major that she loves, which is biomedical pre-veterinary studies. Condolences are offered to the families of the following classmates. David L. Reynolds of Hampstead, NH, died on March 22. He had been employed as a shipper/receiver at Sanmina-SCI, Hadco Printed Circuits, in Derry. Thomas T. Russell died on April 7 in Longmeadow, MA, after contracting COVID-19. He joined IBM in 1964 and went on to spend 29 years, retiring in 1993 as a senior programmer. Lawrence C. Frederick of Merrimack, NH, passed away on April 22. He received both his B.S. and M.S. at UNH and then his Ph.D. at Oregon State University. He worked for Sanders Corp. in Nashua for a time and then at PSNH for the next 29 years. James E. Malone of Nashua passed away on May 24. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Whittemore School of Business and spent his working years buying and selling steel and aluminum at Edgecomb Steel in Nashua.

Judy Dawkins Kennedy
34 Timber Ridge Road
Alton Bay, NH 03810; 603-875-5979
Our sympathy goes out to families and loved ones the following. Ted Snell, Ocala, FL, passed away May 8. He graduated from UNH with a B.A. in agriculture and business, supporting himself through college by selling eggs. After graduation he became a 4-H agent in Sullivan County, NH, followed by two years of active duty service in the Army. He served in the veterinarian food corps inspecting products, produce and shipping military goods. After his military service, Ted continued with UNH as a 4-H agent and was awarded the National 4-H Alumni Award for recognition of his excellent service. Ted furthered his service as alumni director of UNH, general manager of the Nippo Golf Course in Barrington, NH, and as NH State Senator for District 4. He was racetrack manager for greyhound, harness and thoroughbred tracks in NH, FL, NY, MA and NJ. Ted and his wife Barbara owned and operated the Beale House Inn in Littleton, NH. Ted was dean of admissions at Hawthorne College, Antrim, NH. He was known for his tenor singing and whistling in the Episcopal church, clubs and at home. He enjoyed retirement fly fishing, volunteering as director for Habitat for Humanity in Decatur County, GA, and as a nursing home volunteer. Ted helped establish the Back-Pack program for Bainbridge, GA schools. Ted loved to spend time with his wife Barbara (Peace) of 46 years and his faithful dog, Haddie. Steve Dorr, of Bedford, NH, died May 31, of complications from COVID-19. He and Lucille (Paquette) Dorr would have been married 55 years on July 5. He graduated from UNH with a degree in political science. Steve began his career with the Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority, eventually serving as finance director and serving twice as interim executive director before retiring in Nov. 2002. Steve was a special, caring and thoughtful man recognizing others’ needs and giving them helping hand. Rev/Mr. Bob M. Esposito Sr., of Northfield, OH, died June 7. Husband of the late Antoinette (Papatola) Esposito, he attended UNH on an Army ROTC scholarship and served in the Army until 1966. He worked for Xerox Corp. for several decades in NY, PA, CA, VA and OH. Bob was ordained as a Catholic deacon in 1999 and served in the Richmond and Cleveland dioceses. Warm and compassionate, he worked tirelessly to teach, council and tend to the faithful.
Class Notes Editor
UNH Magazine received word of the passing of seven alumni. Brian P. Brennan passed away on Feb. 16 at age 79. He majored in history, earned his degree in education and spent his 36-year teaching career at Portsmouth High School. As a teacher, some of Brian’s most treasured experiences were traveling abroad with his students and fostering a sense of civic pride by helping to organize the Rochester Young Democrats. He also served his community as an election official for Ward 2 for 40 years and was a member of the Rochester Housing Authority. Brian was predeceased by his daughter, Kelly, and his siblings, and is survived by his wife, Diane, his daughter, Karen, two grandchildren, his mother-in-law, a dear sister-in-law and several nieces and nephews. Joanne Mazzaschi Kayser passed away on Feb. 18 at age 78. She loved classical music and was a voracious reader, starting each day with the New York Times and finishing the crossword puzzle by the evening. Joanne withdrew from UNH to start her family, but later returned to complete her degree — even while raising six young children. She spent 30 years dedicated to a career in public service, working for the NH Dept. of Employment Security. Joanne is survived by her six children, 12 grandchildren and six siblings. Richard P. Christopher passed away on Feb. 23, five days before his 79th birthday. After UNH, he became an engineer and worked for Verizon for 30 years. He had a passion for hiking, skiing and sailing and was a long-standing member of the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club. He coached youth baseball and soccer in Laconia and was an avid reader and gardener. Richard is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen, son Ian and two grandchildren. Carolyn Pierce Samonds passed away on March 6 at age 78. She graduated from UNH with a biology degree and was a teacher for a short time before pursuing a career in electron microscopy. Carolyn had an avid interest in textiles and went on to become a lecturer, collector and appraiser of lace, eventually curating a collection for the George Walter Vincent Museum in Springfield, MA, and serving as a consultant for Lord and Taylor. Following her diagnosis of Alpha-1 Antitrypsim Deficiency, a genetic form of emphysema, Carolyn often attended and sometimes spoke at conventions about the disease. She was predeceased by her siblings, and is survived by her husband, Kenneth, son David, five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Peter B. Richards passed away April 23 at age 85. After earning his bachelor’s at UNH and his master’s at Castleton State College, Peter pursued a lifelong career in education, teaching and serving as principal at several schools in Maine and Vermont. He had a passion for theater, acting in and directing many plays in his community. Peter also helped develop the Vermont School to Work program and served on the board of the Bradford Public Library and Bradford Historical Society. He was predeceased by his siblings and his wife, Olive, and is survived by their two sons and two grandchildren. Nicholas E. Hamp passed away on May 7 at age 81. He was part-owner and operator for Peterbilt of ME until his retirement in 2009. Nick was a dedicated man — to his family, friends, his work and routines. Even in retirement, he had his daily routes around town, whether for frequent stops at Dunkin’ Donuts or to shoot the breeze with friends. Nick is remembered for never passing judgment on others and for his loyalty and generosity. He was predeceased by his wife, Betty, and is survived by his daughter, granddaughter, sister and several extended family members. Colonel David L. Jenney, USAF (Ret.) passed away on June 3 at age 79. After UNH, he served 28 years in the U.S. Air Force, a career which culminated with numerous distinguished awards including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Meritorious Service Medal. Upon his retirement from service, he split time between managing his framing shop business and umpiring in local games for the Northern VA Umpire’s Association. David’s love for baseball went back to his youth, when as a starting pitcher for his Enfield, NH, high school team, he was scouted by the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers. He was predeceased by his siblings, and is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen, two daughters, three grandchildren and his beloved corgi, Winston.
Polly Ashton Daniels
3190 N. State Route 89-A
Sedona, AZ 86336
Fall is here! (It’s rather amazing, isn’t it, how many things continue on…like time and seasons!) It is lovely to feel that chill in the air in the early morning hours and again as the day creeps into evening! Sedona suffered brutally high temperatures throughout the summer. I am certain many of you experienced the same now and again. And here, unfortunately, no rain! Floridian and travel buddy Anne Thompson and I got to go NOWHERE together this year. We were on a roll for the last few years and had great plans. All dashed: Italy didn’t happen in April and then Ireland cancelled us out in May. Paris NEXT year! The ’64 Chi Os will, however, get together as they annually do each fall, but this time via Zoom. You’ve already surmised, haven’t you, that I have very little news? Just one note: Ron Dube, now retired after 40 years teaching high school and middle school science in Nashua, NH, and Pepperell, MA, is now working on his fifth book, tentatively titled “Ramblings and Rumblings of a Dexter St. Doodler.” It’s a memoir about growing up in Nashua, UNH, Peace Corps Africa, family history and genealogy and living in rural Mason. Ron would like to hear from former classmates at (603) 878-1765 or If you would love to see your name in print, you really must send me something! One year — I shan’t say which one — I “made up” a number of mentions in my column. That strategy didn’t work out; no one noticed! Each new and unique situation that comes upon us is a learning experience. What have you learned during this pandemic? What new things did you try, now that you had some extra time for that? One good friend said to me that it is good to ponder what GOOD has come from it all. Think about doing that! What do you miss? How have you countered that hollowness? I, for one, am ever grateful for those who write books; for those who produce lovely colors and quantities of yarn. I’m rambling now (Seriously, I just now went through my “UNH” drawer one more time and nothing!) By the bedside is a prayer that Bruce Misiazek’s wife, Marie, wrote and placed on Facebook. It is heartwarming. Another message I have seen is as follows: Make sure you test positive for Faith. Keep your distance from doubt and isolate yourself from fear. Please write —f and remember…always remember. As I do.
Jacqueline Flynn Thompson
PO Box 302
197 Cross Hill Road
Wilmot, NH 03287
55th Reunion June 4 – 6, 2021

Robert Houle reached out to UNH Magazine directly with a fond remembrance of Buck’s Café and the “Dover institution” who ran it, Martha Buckley. “I don’t know who first discovered Buck’s and Martha back in the day, but it soon became very popular,” Houle writes. “As you may know, UNH/Durham was ‘dry’ until the mid 60’s. Those students with the wherewithal — car and cash — ventured to Dover and other nearby communities that were not.” Noting that Buckley would have been celebrating her 100th birthday this December, Houle shared his recollection of a “Buck’s Reunion” and surprise birthday party that took place on her 75th, on Dec. 8, 1995. Buck’s had been closed for 15 years at that point, but more than 200 UNH alums and Buck’s regulars convened at the Portsmouth Elks Club, including Bill Gregorius ’52, Lou D’Allesandro ’61, Martha’s son Jack Buckley ’70 and “Janni” Petrou ’74. The event was covered by NH Public Television’s “New Hampshire Remembered” series in a segment featuring former governor and UNH interim president Walter Peterson — who had announced his run for the state’s highest office at the bar.

Newspaper clipping of a birthday celebration for Martha Buckley
Who remembers Buck’s Café? Robert Houle ’65 shared a newspaper story from 1995 covering a surprise 75th birthday party for Buck’s proprietor Martha Buckley, which drew some 200 UNH alumni from as far away as Germany to celebrate the woman many called “Mom.” Buckley, who died in 2000, would have been celebrating her 100th birthday in December.
Diane Deering
921 Deerwander Rd.
Hollis Center, ME 04042
This season sure is a lot different on the UNH campus and for all our classmates. We’ve been put in the “high risk” category, worked from home, ordered most items online, received refunds for athletic games and theatre productions, and had many retirement cruises canceled. But the biggest complaint is missing family, friends and especially grandchildren! As many of you know, the Naples (FL) St. Patrick’s Day parade with our UNH float was one of the first to cancel! However, we are thankful our health. Unfortunately, we have lost classmate Richard “Dick” Tappan. It was wonderful to chat with Dick and his wife, Sally, at our 50th, even though he had been slowed from a massive stroke in 2007. Dick had to learn to speak and walk again. Dick graduated from Winnacunnet high school, a high honors student, president of his class and from UNH, Phi Beta Kappa. We remember him fondly in the UNH student senate. Dick went on to New York University law school, but discovered his true passion in teaching, earned a graduate degree from UNH in 1982 and taught at Oyster River for 31 years. His novel, “Cold River” was published, as well as the biography of his vaudevillian grandparents, “The Final Curtain.” Our classmate spent his life for his family, his students, his church, and for many in need. We send our heartfelt condolences to Sally and family. Dick’s life was truly well lived. We also remember the life of Eugene “Gus” Gareau who graduated with a degree in civil engineering and later an MBA From Northeastern University. Gus spent many years with Davison Construction in Manchester and Seaward Construction in hydroelectric Power Development. Our condolences to his wife, Gail, and family.

Please stay healthy and safe and enjoy the winter months.

Angela M Piper
509 Weston Place
DeBary, FL 32713
These last few months certainly have been interesting to say the least. Yesterday afternoon football, for instance, was the first time in 20 years that Brady wasn’t the starting quarterback for the Pats but dressed in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform! The Pats played to an empty stadium! Then there was the US Open, also in an empty stadium, and the Stanley Cup is still in playoff mode. But there is at least some normalcy as the Tour De France went on. So, I need to know how many of you have been working on crossword puzzles and 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles to fill in the time. With all the changes and debates about opening schools, I’m very happy to be retired. With all your free time, you all could send a bit of news to my email! I need some material to work with! Linda Evans, living in Oak Hill, VA, writes that they spent three weeks in New Zealand to celebrate their 50-year anniversary. But it is with sadness that she writes that she misses her reunion buddy, Carlene Carey, who passed in Oct. 2019. I have received the following obituaries over the past few months: Michael Prindle of Essex, MD; Stephen Seeman of Tempe, AZ; Nancy Ann Naylor Valley of Rye Harbor, NH; Gerald Ringes of Oswego, NY; Archie Auger of Bristol, NH; Dr. Theodore Namm of Chelmsford, MA; Christine Dalphin Wilson of Newfields, NH; Maria Paul of Temple Terrace, FL; Eugene Henry Lehmann of Keithville, LA; Robert M. Wilson of Fairborn, OH; Carlene Carey of Santa Fe, NM. Condolences to the families of these 1968 UNH graduates who were our friends.
Steve Capistran
It is a beautiful September afternoon as I sit on my deck writing these notes. Adjusting to the new normal: masks, social distancing and no UNH football. Hope you all enjoyed your summer the best you could. I am still playing golf, kayaking, hiking and, yes, still working very part time. Kathy and I enjoyed a visit with our son and his family on the Cape. We are going to have a modified Phi Mu Delta golf outing the end of September at Concord Country Club. I was hoping to hear from some alumni this summer since we all had a lot of time on our hands…Oh well!!! Maybe this fall/winter will bring some good news. I am offering out a collective condolence to the families and friends of the following alumni who passed away. Roger K. Klene: entrepreneur and avid traveler, April 9, Manchester, NH; Gerard St Cyr: Navy veteran, police officer and town selectman, April 20, Northfield, NH; Hans M. Gunderson: teacher and outdoorsman, April 16, Cottonwood, AZ; Susan Johanne (Winslow) Gokey: music teacher and owner of the Grey Barn Natural Food Store and Café, May 4, Concord, NH; Jane (Mitchell) Ross: teacher and guidance counselor, April 23, Brunswick, ME; Myron P. Doane: teacher, principal and town selectman, April 27, Howland, ME.
Jan Harayda
82 Plantation Pointe #280
Fairhope, AL 36532
50th Reunion June 4 – 6, 2021

Yes! Our reunion is on for June 4–6, 2021, when we’ll celebrate our 50th with the Class of 1971. Among the many lively activities you can enjoy are affinity group meetings for Student Senate Alumni, Fraternity and Sorority Life and ROTC participants. Watch your mail and email for news of other events, and — for information on how to register, book accommodations, or connect with friends —visit In the meantime, we are so sorry to report the loss of three classmates, all military veterans. Baldwin (“Dom”) Domingo of Wakefield, MA, who died at the age of 93, served in three wars: World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Born in Hawaii, Dom enlisted in the Army after hearing Japanese planes fly over his village during the attack on Pearl Harbor but was discharged for being underage. After turning 18, he joined the Army Air Forces, serving from 1945–1968 and retiring with the rank of Major. He later became a professor of military aviation history at Nathaniel Hawthorne College and was elected to multiple terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. A lifelong resident of Madbury, NH, Craig Evans took part in ROTC at UNH and spent four years as an infantry officer with the U.S. Army, earning the rank of Captain for his service in Vietnam. Warren Alan White, of Hampton, NH, spent four years with the U.S. Marines. He then had a long career in the aviation industry, starting out at General Electric, and then moving to Pratt-Whitney, working with NASA on the design of fuel cells and rocket engines, and finally joining RCA and Raytheon. Eric Halvorson of our reunion committee, who lives in the Concord area, has been doing a fantastic job of keeping me informed of how UNH is responding to the pandemic by passing along links and clippings from New Hampshire media. Why not let Eric inspire you to send me—or post on our class Facebook page—a link to news of our classmates? Most of all, I hope to see you at the reunion in June!

Debbi Martin Fuller
276 River St.
Langdon, NH 03602
50th Reunion June 4 – 6, 2021

SAVE THE DATE! Our 50th reunion is set for June 4-6, 2021! Because the class of 1970 had to reschedule theirs due to COVID-19, they will be joining us next year! Currently, our committee members are co-chairs Debbi Fuller and Doug Knapp, with Nancy Alexander, Kris Durmer, Robert Fisk Jr., Patti Gabriel Kemen, Ed (Duke) Kline, Alex Kossakoski, Sarah Hurlburt Lutz, Dan Mariaschin, Mike McShane, Jack Pidgeon, Dana Place, Gail Moynihan Ramsey and Alfie Rhodes. Kip Laurent had to drop out for personal reasons. We could really use a few more members! If you are willing to pitch in (it doesn’t require a lot), we’d LOVE to have you! Contact Debbi at if you’d like to volunteer! We really want to make it a very special occasion; it isn’t every day that you get to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ANYTHING but especially your college graduation! Please join the Class of 1971 Facebook page for reunion updates and to reconnect with your classmates: You can see the schedule of planned events at If you have questions, you can ask them at We plan on a lobster bake, Brews and Bites Family Picnic featuring beer from alumni-owned breweries, fraternity and sorority life gathering, class dinner and dancing under the stars on T-Hall lawn, faculty talks on UNH in Space and UNH Hockey History, a class march with the UNH Marching Band and you can close out the weekend with a round of golf! Sounds like fun, right? On a sad note, our class president, Harry Bohigian, passed away on March 1, 2019, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He will be sorely missed at our reunion. Harry had a 30-year career with Hoffman La-Roche including being vice president of marketing and strategic planning for the eastern U.S. He followed this career up with a second as an expert witness on legal cases within the pharmaceutical industry. Harry was a very hard worker who loved his family deeply and was proud of his Armenian heritage. My very good friend and fellow Scott Hall denizen Margaret “Mida” Stokes Ballard died on the July 4 this year of complications from sleep apnea. Mida was a total character during our college years who was briefly married to a classmate, Joel Itskowitz, and later found a lifelong outlet for her lesbian feminist identity in her construction, repair and renovation companies: Mountain Home Carpentry, Colorado Springs, CO; New Horizons Construction, Bar Harbor, ME and Southampton, NY; and finally her own business Mida’s Touch Renovations, Bar Harbor, ME, where she built her own house and was noted for innovative exhibit furniture designs and impeccable construction at The Abbe Museum. She was the daughter of Canon Lockett Ford Ballard and Charlotte Car Ballard of Trinity Episcopal Church in Newport, RI. She was very active in a group called Women With Wings in ME, which held a really beautiful Zoom memorial service that I attended recently. Eileen Edmunds Owen has published a collection of poetry entitled “Split.” It is available through She married John Owen ’71G in 1971 and moved to Santa Monica, CA, for his work. Next stop was the Seattle area where they remained until his retirement. She attended the University of Washington and earned a masters degree in creative writing. She loves to travel so became office manager and assistant tour guide for Rick Steves during his early years, visiting Europe eight times, and then working for Wildland Adventures in Seattle specializing in South and Central America travel. She pursued travel ever since with trips to Ecuador and the Galapagos, Peru, Argentina and Tierra del Fuego, Southern Africa, French Polynesia, Cook Islands and 49 of the 50 states. She is still in touch with ’71 grads Jill Johnson Hatch and Anne Quimby Hartshorn. Sherman Boothby Kendall is still teaching school. After starting in 1972, she switched from art to special education. She is still married to John Kendall ’70 and still runs, swims (she remembers the pool at UNH across from North Congreve) and bikes all the days the weather is good. They have two children, Jessica, who has a horse and lives in Salt Lake City, UT, and Jason (UNH ’08). They have one granddaughter Anna Kendall, born April 15, 2018. They plan to attend the reunion! Please join ALL of us and put the reunion down on your 2021 calendar! We are ALL hoping that 2021 is a BIG improvement over 2020!

Mida Ballard 1971
Debbi Fuller ’71 shared a 1969 photo of classmate and friend Margaret “Mida” Stokes Ballard, who sadly passed away on July 4. Recalling her as a “total character,” Fuller notes that Ballard ultimately found an outlet for her lesbian feminist identity in a series of construction, repair and renovation companies, which included “Mida’s Touch Renovations in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Class Notes Editor
Ann (Mazzaschi ’73) and Phil Grandmaison report that they followed their kids and grandkids to Valencia, CA, in 2018 after spending a lifetime within an hour’s drive of Durham. And after 17 years as your alumni magazine class secretary, this will be my final class notes’ entry. If a member of the class of 1972 is interested in serving as class secretary, please contact the Communications and Public Affairs office at Paul R. Bergeron
Dijionaises Reunion group photo
Six Class of 1973 Wildcats who spent their junior year abroad in Dijon, France, gathered for a reunion in Portsmouth, NH, last fall. Pictured here are Joan Grenier-Winther, Janice Welenc, Joan Howard, Gail MacSwan Izbicki, Susan Champoux Field and Ginny Ziman Karparis.
Joyce Dube Stephens
33 Spruce Lane
Dover, NH 03820
Mary Albyn, who lives in Pawlet, VT, retired from occupational therapy in 2018 after a 44-year career. A group of women who spent their junior year abroad in Dijon, France gathered in the fall 2019 in Portsmouth, NH. Joan Grenier-Winther teaches upper and lower division courses on French/global film and opera, and Latin, at Washington State University Vancouver in southwest WA. Janice Welenc lives in E. Falmouth on Cape Cod, MA. She has co-owned a landscape design company called Green Velvet Gardens for the past 20 years. Joan Howard is director of Petite Plaisance in Northeast Harbor, ME, a house museum dedicated to Marguerite Yourcenar. Janice is also the author of “We Met in Paris: Grace Frick and Her Life with Marguerite Yourcenar.” Gail MacSwan Izbicki lives in Hull, MA. She has taught French, Spanish and Latin, currently at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, MA, for 47 years. Susan Champoux Field is an artist who lives at The Sea Ranch, CA. She has shown her sculptures and installations in national and international exhibitions and completed an artist residency in France in 2012. She is currently making art on the iPad; her work can be seen at Ginny Ziman Karparis taught French and Spanish at New Hampshire’s Hinsdale High School and Keene High School and in Wilmington, VT, before retiring from teaching in 2016. Ginny currently works at Pearson, a publishing and education company. She lives in So. Deerfield, MA. Sadly, I report the passing of the following classmates. David A. Estabrooke, 85, from North Andover, MA. He was a mechanical engineer and inventor, as well as a lifetime member of the American Yacht Club in Newburyport, MA. Rhonda Hebert, 69, from Warner Robbins, GA. She had a career in nursing for 35 years. Margaret Anne Mosher Schauer, 69, from Loudon and Bow, NH. Peggy spent her years as a librarian in Idaho and Bismark, ND. In 1977, she returned to her beloved New England near her favorite beach in RI.
Jean Marston-Dockstader
51 Londonderry Rd.
Windham, NH 03087
Sadly, we have lost several classmates. Barry Berlin passed away April 19 in Kentucky. He worked for several corporations in management across the country as well as Kuwait and Australia. Survivors include his wife and two brothers. William Fraser passed away in June in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He was an accountant for many years. He is survived by his wife of 41 years and three children. Leatric Despathy passed away June 20 in AZ. She was the education coordinator for Sanders Associates in Nashua, NH. She is survived by her husband of 78 years, Robert, and six children. Lee Monica McGuinness McNally passed away June 18. Her career was insurance and helped to launch and was the program manager for a national insurance program, RecycleGuard. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Francis, and three daughters. Dolores Billings passed away June 27. She was a social worker and also served in the Peace Corps. She is survived by her six children and their families. Please send news.
Class Notes Editor
Ken Kincaid retired from the pharmaceutical industry after 40 years, having worked for companies like Bristol Myers Squibb and Bayer. He started as a sales rep and subsequently had positions as a trainer, district and regional manager and in recruitment and hiring. Ken is now coaching JV soccer and assisting the varsity at Westborough, MA, High School. He had previously coached at Dover, NH, and Oyster River High Schools. Ken would love to hear from other soccer or Congreve alums. Robert “Bob” Mastin died March 1. Bob was active in his community and dedicated years to youth baseball in Newmarket. He enjoyed spending time with his family including 11 grandchildren. Bob was a successful local businessman, owning and operating LandM Variety and Mastin’s Catering, working as a home inspector and lastly, a licensed real estate agent. He served many people with true professionalism. Scott Courtlandt Davis passed away Feb. 7. A noted artist in high school, Scott graduated UNH with a degree in mass communications and studio art. Moving to L.A. in 1980, Scott pursued a career in the arts. With his wife Denise, both graduates of the California Institute of Art, they formed the artistic partnership of Davis and Davis, becoming renowned Los Angeles artists whose works have been exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. See their work at This is my last column as class secretary. If anyone is interested in writing our class column, please contact

Sincerely, Susan Ackles Alimi

Six men’s soccer alums from the mid-1970s
Six men’s soccer alums from the mid-1970s reconnected at Wildcat Stadium last November, when the 2019 America East Championship-winning team hosted a NCAA playoffs game. There to cheer the current ‘Cats on were Paul Koch ’77, Bob Black ’77, Scott Davis ’78, Kevin Dewhurst ’77, Dr. Bruce Riedel ’77 and Ken Kincaid ’76. Kincaid, who has kept his hand in the game as a high school soccer coach, notes that Black was UNH’s first soccer All-American.
Lois Kelly
35 Newell Dr.
Cumberland, RI 02864
Dwight Barnes has been training since December 2019 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities’ 1000-mile walk, Join the Journey Home. At the time of writing, he planned to start his walk in mid-August this year. The journey will take about two months and Dwight will pass though UNH on his way to Portland, ME. Follow his journey here. Sad to report several classmates’ deaths. Ret. Gen. Carolyn Protzman, 64, the first woman to command the New Hampshire Air National Guard, died in South Berwick, ME. Carolyn joined the U.S. Air Force the year after earning her business degree from UNH and served in the U.S. and the United Kingdom before joining the N.H. Air National Guard. Kenneth Dallas, 71, another Air Force and N.H. National Guard veteran, died in Edgewood, NM, after a long illness. After serving in the Vietnam War, Kenneth earned a mechanical engineering degree from UNH. For most of his career he worked for the Air Force High-Altitude Balloon Program. Joan Temple, who earned a fashion merchandising degree and went on to open an Aloha Shop, a Hawaiian-themed clothing shop in Madeira Beach, FL, died in April following a stroke. She was 88. Marsha Goddard, 74, died in Rutland, VT. Marsha earned a degree in consumer studies and went on to work for 25 years at The Timberland Company during its growth years. During her retirement, she volunteered in several ministries at Bethany Church in Greenland, NH. What are the highlights of your life? How are finding meaning and gratitude in this time of uncertainty and turmoil? Would love to hear from you!
Carol Scagnelli Edmonds
75 Wire Rd.
Merrimack, NH 03054
Ryckman Walbridge passed away in February. Rick loved sailing, was an instructor and a successful racer. He spent 41 years at The Hill School serving as an instructor of science, teaching biology and developing curriculum. He served as department head, lacrosse and soccer coach, yearbook advisor and summer program director. Upon retirement, Ryck and his wife traveled and spent time with family. Leonard Edelman passed away December 2018. Len was an educator who communicated his love of science with enthusiasm and humor. A life-long student, he had a sense of curiosity and was an avid reader and storyteller. Len enjoyed music, movies and cared deeply about his family, education and the environment. Peter Desautels, 80, passed away in April surrounded by family. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Peter was a life-long educator and mentor, specializing in electronics and graphic arts. He was dean of community education at Nashua Community College and was involved in volunteer activities. Peter received the Andrus Award for Outstanding NH Retired Educator. Dorothy Anne Taylor peacefully passed away in April. Dorothy put herself through college, earning a degree in food service management. She had a career at Concord Hospital as assistant food service director. She was active in two Episcopal churches and was a hospice volunteer. She is survived by her children and her grandchildren whom she loved dearly. Susanne O’Brien of Gilford, NH, passed away in May at age 76. Mary Jane Gonville Bodge passed away in June. A teacher for 35 years, Mary Jane spent 25 years specializing in early childhood development at Nashua High School, where she enjoyed mentoring young adults. Her passions included walking on Hampton Beach. She embraced good times, appreciated the beauty around her and brought gifts, smiles and laughter to those she loved. Barbara McIntyre ’78G died unexpectedly at home. She was born in Montreal and had dual citizenship. During her career, she worked for RJR Nabisco and Sotheby’s. Barbara moved to Santa Fe where she enjoyed many outdoor sports and was a Big Sister. She co-authored “Contemporary Art in New Mexico” and edited “Rio Grande-An Eagles View.”
Caryl Dow
38 Stratham Green
Stratham, NH 03885
40th Reunion June 4 – 6, 2021

Hello, classmates. Let’s all extend a Wildcat welcome to the class of 2024. Albeit different for them during a pandemic, it’s still their first semester and they’re excited to make this new start. Sadly, the only news I have to relay is the passing of classmates. We have received news that Cynthia “Cyndy” B. Wood, 61 of Mount Pleasant, SC, passed away on March 31. Cyndy earned her undergraduate degree in speech pathology and audiology at UNH. That’s where she met John, her loving husband, and where her father was a professor emeritus of mathematics. Also lost to us is Robert “Bob” E. Maxwell, 62, of North Attleboro, MA. Bob passed away July 13, leaving his wife, four children and a granddaughter. Raised in Nashua, NH, Bob graduated from Bishop Guertin High School. Following UNH, he enjoyed a long career in retail management. We’re still planning to celebrate our 40th class reunion June 4-6, 2021, in combination with the class of 1981, and all the other classes celebrating reunions in 2020 and 2021. Join the UNH Class of 1980 Facebook group, find out who plans to go and invite your friends. I look forward to hearing from you and hearing your news.

Caroline McKee Anderson
PO Box 3082
Bourne, MA 02532
40th Reunion June 4 – 6, 2021

2021 will mark 40 years since our UNH graduation! Hopeful that our world will have settled down, I encourage you to mark your calendars for Friday-Sunday, June 4-6, 2021, and plan to head back to Durham for the Reunion festivities. You can begin your trip down memory lane by taking a peek at our 1981 Granite. It’s amazing how many great activities we enjoyed! Also, join our UNH Class of 1981 Facebook group to reconnect with friends and to stay up-to-date on Reunion plans. You can also find Reunion information at What makes a good Reunion? Simply, it’s friends reconnecting with friends. So, two requests. First, I would ask that you join the committee by contacting Corena Garnas, associate director of alumni engagement, Reunions, at And, second — commit to contacting the 5-10 people you would love to see and encourage them to attend with you. Corena will be happy to provide current contact information for classmates. On a light note, do you think we could ask them to serve a signature cocktail, “The Hop, Skip and Go Naked”? OK, a third request. Please send news. It would be wonderful if you would share some of your favorite UNH memories in honor of our reunion. Maureen Kathryn Cusack died on April 11. She graduated from the nursing program and began her career at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. When her husband Bill received his commission in the Navy Medical Service Corps, they moved to Bethesda, MD. She received her master’s in nursing at UCSF while they were stationed at Oakland Naval Hospital in California. After leaving the service, they settled in West Lebanon, NH, where she volunteered with the Valley Bible Church and the Boy and Girl Scouts and worked at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She is survived by her husband Bob and their children Maddie and Liam. Luke Demers of West Boylston, MA, died on April 8. He worked for 30 years at Paul Revere Life Insurance Company (now Unum) and then for six years at Sun Life Financial. His obituary described him as devoted fully to his family, his friends, his work, his hobbies and his passions. Luke was known for his uplifting spirit, kindness, generosity and grace. He is survived by his wife, Lorri (Holmes) Demers, who he met at UNH, his two sons: Brian Demers and his wife Amanda (Pogue) Demers and Neil Demers and his partner Jessica Levine and two granddaughters, Lucia and Sierra. We send condolences to the Cusak and Demers families and friends.

Ilene Segal, DVM
245 Warren Drive
Norfolk, MA 02056
I have some sad news to share this issue: Richard Clinton Lord died suddenly March 6. After graduating Manchester Central High School, he served in the Air Force as part of the Strategic Air Command with assignments in San Antonio, TX, Aurora, CO, and Grand Forks, ND. He left military service with an honorable discharge and returned home to attend UNH. He graduated in 1982 with a degree in computer science. He was employed by Digital, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and VMS Software. Rick enjoyed travel, aviation, motorcycles and rescuing pets in need. He leaves his wife, Erin, with whom he had recently celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary. Memorial donations may be made to the Manchester Animal Shelter or Doctors Without Borders. We extend our sympathies to Rick’s family on his loss.
2020 Reunions collage
In the absence of any 2020 Reunions, John Davis ’85 and Barbara Powlowsky ’84 shared some additional reflections on the 2019 “Big ’80s” Reunion and the opportunity it presented to reconnect with friends from fraternity and sorority life. Writes Davis, “During the 2019 Reunion Weekend, the brothers from Acacia fraternity who graduated in the 1980s held a reunion celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the local chapter at UNH. As part of UNH’s Big ’80s Reunion, which brought back nearly 600 alumni from the classes of 1984, ’85 and ’86, close to 100 Acacia brothers and their guests reunited on Friday evening in Portsmouth, renting out the entire Rí Rá Irish Pub & Restaurant (which sadly, has since closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Founded at UNH in 1949, the New Hampshire Chapter of Acacia Fraternity has graduated more than 1,275 brothers from the university, making its alumni membership one of the largest of UNH’s Greek houses. Acacia thanks UNH Alumni Relations for all the great support provided to help plan these events. Building on this successful partnership, the Acacia Alumni Corporation looks forward to planning a 75th anniversary celebration, which will be open to all brothers from all decades. Please contact Ron Majer ’88, Acacia Alumni Corporation President, at”

Not to be outdone, Powlowsky notes, “Last June, Phi Mu sisters from the ’80s converged in Durham to celebrate during the Big ’80s Reunion. The celebration coincided with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the UNH Beta Gamma chapter of Phi Mu. Phi Mu is the second oldest sorority in the United States and was active on the Durham campus for 77 years. We enjoyed spending Friday evening at Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café, a high-end oyster bar and restaurant in Portsmouth owned by Jay McSharry ’90. One of the highlights of the weekend was the tour of our old sorority house located on Madbury Road. Although our former house is now owned by the Lambda Chi Alpha araternity, we were grateful for the opportunity to visit and reminisce about the many good times we had there.”

Robin Peters Schell
5 Ashley Dr.
Amesbury, MA 01913; (603) 770-3607
At the time of this writing, I am across the country in Portland, OR, for a visit with family and I am witnessing firsthand the impacts of the wildfires on top of COVID-19 — a one-two punch for this poor city. What is happening where you live? Please drop me a line at Rae-Ann Hoyt Chrane, who is heading up fundraising efforts for the UNH Class of ’84 Scholarship, reports that we raised $4,261.50 during the 603 Challenge in June. This brings our total up to just over $20,000 — a great start, though there is much more work to be done to get to our goal of $50,000 for an endowed scholarship. To make a tax-deductible donation, visit the UNH website at: Click on “other” and type in “Class of 1984 Scholarship Fund.” Thank you in advance — gifts of any size are welcomed! I heard from my Needham High and UNH classmate Deb Aldrich, who lives in Pasadena, CA. Deb, along with her business partner and a small group of design industry veterans, acquired, PRINT Magazine and the PRINT Awards. PRINT magazine began in 1940 and has provided years of commentary on graphic design in all forms. This year, they have re-designed the site and relaunched the PRINT Awards as a global design competition. Deb says she is thankful that she and her husband are used to working from home, but she did miss having the opportunity to travel to New England this summer to see family and catch up in person with her UNH roommates. Dave Kerkhoff reports that he traveled with his family to the Tuscany region of Italy last fall. He and his wife, Maggie, live in Northwood, NH, on Lake Harvey, which they enjoy year-round, skating in the winters and boating in the summers. They are happy to have their daughter Jillian back in NH after 7 years in NY/NJ. Since COVID-19 hit in March, they have slowed down their busy travel schedules significantly. The whole family did make a trip to RI in August to spread David’s parent’s ashes in the ocean, as they were passionate about sailing. Stay safe and healthy and please get in touch with your news.
Class Notes Editor
UNH Magazine received word that Barry Zimmerman of Norfolk, MA, has earned the designation of Five Star Wealth Manager for the seventh consecutive year. The Five Star Wealth Manager award is annually given to financial managers who are identified through research conducted with peers and firms; the program analyzes internal and external research data, including a survey to more than 3,000 registered financial services professionals and all local financial service companies registered with FINRA or the SEC, to select each year’s winners. Nominated wealth managers who satisfied a total of ten objective eligibility and evaluation criteria are awarded this prestigious title. Congratulations, Barry! Sadly, Lori Norris Blanco passed away on May 10 at age 56. Her personal motto was “in love with life, in life with love” and she lived those words with her colorful and humorous personality. Lori touched her family, friends and colleagues with her supportive nature and her creative gifts of illustrations, poetry and writing. She truly saw the beauty in every day and encouraged and inspired others to do the same. Lori is survived by her husband, John, her two daughter and stepson, and her sisters and their families.
Beth D. Simpson-Robie
P.O. Box 434
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Thank you to all who answered my “midnight hour” plea for news. It was great to hear from the following! John Magnuson is about to release another record. This one is titled “Barely Noticeable.” This is a two-part solo record that will be available on CD, as well as streaming platforms (Spotify, etc.) The second record in the set will be released next year. The record is all original songs. It consists of John with bass and drum musicians and some additional guest musicians on guitars, keyboard, and violin. John returned to his native Minneapolis after college and played with a band called The Carpetbaggers who recorded records and toured the country — supporting acts such as Allison Kraus, Los Lobos, Paul Westerberg and Son Voit. He has recently returned to performing and is loving it! John lives in southwest Minneapolis with his daughter, Sara, and his wife, Mariann Wolf. Sara will be starting college at The New School in NYC (remote at first). Check out John’s new record and help relaunch this amazing artist’s musical career! Maybe he’ll come perform for us at our next Reunion or Homecoming? Joe Wright shares that after 19 years teaching in Andover, MA, he is in a new position teaching band at Chenery Middle School in Belmont, MA. All the best in your new position, Joe! With a very heavy heart, I share the passing of Edward “Ed” Friedlander Jr. in June. Ed was unable to overcome a non-COVID disease that came on quickly. Ed leaves behind his best friend and loving wife, Debra Pulpi-Friedlander, children Colton and Madison, sister Jane Friedlander Bannister ’87, and extended family. Ed was a Sigma Alpha Epsilon brother and a civil engineering major at UNH. In a remembrance published by John Lunny, CEO of Vestmark, the company where Ed served as senior vice president of business development, Ed was remembered as “a friend; a trusted and respected source of knowledge, levity, perspective, advice, counsel, and ideas; and always giving of himself and his time. Ed was always positive and encouraging; quick to point out the silver lining, a creative solution, or a different way to look at a challenge; and generous with a smile or laugh even in the most challenging of circumstances. Ed had a great sense of humor and a creative and mischievous streak that made so many of us laugh and love him. A successful professional, Ed dedicated himself to Vestmark, but always treasured his family above all. He spoke so proudly of his two kids and lovingly of his wife, and always found a way to balance his hard work and dedication to Vestmark and his clients with prioritizing those who he loved the most, to fish, to ski, to boat and to travel with his family.” You can read more about Ed in the “Memoriam” section of this issue; on behalf of our whole class, I share our deepest condolences with Ed’s wife and children, our friend Jane, and all Ed’s SAE brothers and friends.
Missy Langbein
744 Johns Rd.
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Tracy Harding ’92,’97G wrote in to share the work she’s been doing to honor her late mom, Joanne A. Harding. Tracy has written “Anna’s Big Wish,” a story that follows six-year-old Anna as she says goodbye to her recently deceased grandmother, Nana, on her own terms. This book aims to help children overcome their fears, worries and concerns about the loss of loved ones. 100% of the proceeds go to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Tracy Harding holding up her book
Tracy Harding ’92, ’97G is donating 100% of the proceeds of her new book, “Anna’s Big Wish,” to Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in memory of her late mother, Joanne Harding.
Michael Opal
26 Rockwood Heights Rd.
Manchester, MA 01944
Jason P. Gigley Ph.D. wrote in to share the exciting news of recently being honored as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. He will be studying how nutritional immunity and disease tolerance can be used to combat Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii), a dangerous foodborne pathogen that can be fatal to developing fetuses as well as to people with immune deficiencies. T. gondii is a major health concern for people whose immune systems are weakened and has been known to also cause depression and neurocognitive changes. Jason’s goal will be “to test how nutritional immunity and disease tolerance work to promote immunity and reduce pathology during infection with” this pathogen. “To date,” he writes, “there are no fully effective vaccines or therapies that can completely eliminate this infection that is present in at least 30 percent of the world’s human population.” His focus will be on discovering new therapies or vaccine approaches to meet this critical need.
Tammy Ross
22 St. Ann’s Ave.
Peabody, MA 01960
25th Reunion June 4 – 6, 2021

Amy Lynn Allard, 46, died March 14 at her home in Wolfeboro, NH. Our deepest sympathies go out to Amy’s husband, Michael, sons Samuel and Lucas, daughter Madeleine and extended family members.

My Buddy Bryant book cover
Following her son’s 2018 diagnosis of dyspraxia, a neurological condition that impacts movement and motor functions, Elizabeth McKinney ’00 wrote “My Buddy Bryant” to explain the condition to children in relatable terms. This is McKinney’s second publication, following “What Makes Me Special,” which raised more than $6,000 for NH’s High Hopes Foundation, an organization that provides life-enhancing experiences to chronically ill children.
Hello, class of 2000! When summer slides into fall, I often think fondly of crisp walks through campus and the changing leaves on T-Hall lawn. Wherever you’re enjoying your fall, I hope you’re safe, healthy and keeping busy. Seth Acton kept busy this past July, completing the Quarantine Backyard Ultra with 1,200 people from around the world; he ran 50 miles in 12 hours. We offer sincere condolences to the family and friends of Aedan Brent Sherman, who passed away in March. Aedan earned a degree in business administration from UNH before establishing AandM Irrigation, serving clients throughout New Hampshire. We also learned of the passing in March of Orena Jean Bishop Sturm, who earned her MBA at UNH. In recent years, Orena enjoyed raising bees and sugaring the maple trees on her land in Northwood, NH. We offer condolences to her family and friends. Elizabeth McKinney wrote to announce the release of her second publication, “My Buddy Bryant: A Story of Friendship and Dyspraxia.” Her mission is to bring awareness and acceptance about this lifelong neurologic disorder, with which her son, Bryant, was diagnosed in 2018. Elizabeth’s personal profits go to the Dyspraxia Foundation USA a nonprofit organization. She has teamed up with Warren Fried, the founder and director of the Dyspraxia Foundation USA, to help raise much needed funds. The book’s official release was September 10, 2019, and profits for the first three months of the book’s sales raised $2,320.00 for the Dyspraxia Foundation USA. Her first book, widely acclaimed for its message of inclusivity, “What Makes Me Special,” has currently raised more than $6,000 for the High Hopes Foundation of New Hampshire. Until next issue, please send any news my way.
Elizabeth Merrill Sanborn
2082 Pequawket Trail
Hiram, ME 04041
During the summer of 2020, Caryn Beiter was admitted to the global field program at Miami University. In her Earth Expeditions: Connected Conservation course, Caryn completed a conservation campaign project in which she and fellow graduate students initiated a youth badge program in Vermilion Sea Institute’s Aventureros program. This program will encourage an appreciation for the environment with youth around the world. Caryn, a school and docent program coordinator at Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, lives in Wells, ME.
Abby Severance Gillis
19 Chase St.
Woburn, MA 01801
It is with sadness we announce the passing of Jason Charles Mueller. Jason leaves behind his wife Misty and three children. Our condolences to his family.
Victoria Reed
On July 2, Orlando Bloom brought to life on the big screen the story of Captain Benjamin D. Keating. Ben was a graduate of UNH ROTC program who died in Afghanistan. His story, and many others’, was told in Jake Tapper’s book “The Outpost,” now a film of the same name. UNH Magazine received word of the passing of two alumni. Spencer J. Brodey passed away on May 28 at age 84. He had already graduated from Laconia H.S., Tufts College and Yale Medical School when, after his retirement, he earned his master’s in public health policy management from UNH. Throughout his professional career, Spencer sat on many medical boards, including the American Board of Pediatrics and the Maternal and Child Health Physician Advisory Committee. He enjoyed traveling the world and exploring the U.S. on his Harley. Spencer is survived by his wife, Carol, his siblings, six children and 11 grandchildren. Matthew W. Closson passed away on May 21 at age 38. Ever a positive and optimistic spirit, Matthew is described as the most gentle, kind and humble soul. He loved hockey, playing elite hockey throughout his youth, coaching the next generation and rarely missing a Bruins game. Matthew was also an accomplished musician, mastering both the piano and the guitar. He is survived by his parents, Steven and Marilyn, siblings and five nieces and nephews.
Megan Stevener
Robert N. Coffey Jr. Ph.D. passed away on July 12 following a brief illness. He was a hall director and a member of the OMSA (now The Beauregard Center) for many years and will be deeply missed by the UNH community. There is a tribute Facebook group where many UNH alums from the LBGTQ community are sharing stories of his impact while they were struggling students. Robert worked for more than 20 years across multiple functional areas of higher education, including conflict management, residential life, housing and undergraduate research, and presented in his areas of expertise at conferences worldwide. His passing has left a deep void in the lives of all who knew him, and he will be deeply missed by his mother, Jacquelyn, his husband, Dr. Steven Chang, his brother, Timothy, and his family. Bob was predeceased by his father, Robert, grandparents and several aunts and uncles.
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UNH Magazine received word that Rachel Mong-Terravechia passed away on April 12 at age 35. She grew up in Epping, excelled in high school and played goalie for the girls’ varsity soccer team. Rachel earned her B.A. in psychology at UNH, then her M.A. in forensic psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC. She was a kind and empathetic person, traits that served her well at RiverWoods Exeter, where she was employed for many years. Rachel will be missed by her parents, Robert and Nancy, her husband, Aaron, and her sister, Emily.
Roger Vogler recently passed away at the age of 92. An architect by trade, he led a very interesting life that included an art history degree from UNH in 2007. His hobbies included music, art and food. He lived in India, and later a historic farmhouse in NH. He served in the U.S. Air Force in the 1940s, and attended Harvard, Williams College and RPI. He spent a year touring Europe by motorbike, and married his wife, Bette, at the Old North Church in Boston. His senior project at UNH, on the Kailash Temple in India (carved in a mountain around centuries ago), turned into a book that was published in 2015, and a book tour through India. He is survived by two children, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, one nephew and his two dogs.
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Anne Jeudy ’08 was inspired to write her first book, “Maddie Makes Moves,” after searching unsuccessfully for a children’s book to help teach her own five young daughters the lifelong importance of strength and fitness.
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Anne Jeudy wrote in to share that she’s an emerging children’s book author in the Atlanta area. Her upcoming book titled “Maddie Makes Moves” aims to bridge the gap between literacy and exercise. Anne writes, “Now more than ever, it is so important to ensure that children and their caregivers are taught functional, beneficial and fun strength exercises. What better way to do that than through the magic of a picture book?” Anne hopes that Maddie will show young readers the importance of exercise as a way to increase strength, balance and mental toughness. Anne is a mother of five young daughters and was inspired to write “Maddie” after searching (unsuccessfully) for a children’s book to help engage her children while teaching them important exercises that they can do throughout their childhood. After about 18 months of work, her book is now completed and published with Mascot Books. The eBook has been released on Amazon Kindle and Apple iTunes and iBooks, with a hard-copy release in the works.
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UNH Magazine received word that Charlotte Todd Ngarukiye passed away on March 28 at age 34. She was born in Hull, England, and graduated from Oyster River H.S. in Durham, NH. Charlotte is described as exuding kindness, grace and a pure love of the world and everyone in it and practiced this mantra with her efforts to support world peace and her commitment to the Bahá’í Faith. She married the love of her life, Gaston, in 2013 and had three children, Isabella, Alexandra and Maxwell. In addition to her husband and children, she is survived by her parents, three sisters and many loving extended family members.
Williams at the Red River Gorge Gladie Visitor Center in Stanton, Kentucky
Pam Williams ’11 may be living a “whirlwind, nomadic lifestyle” that leaves little time for news and updates, but that didn’t keep her parents from sharing news of their daughter’s cross-country adventures. Williams is pictured here in 2012 at the Red River Gorge Gladie Visitor Center in Stanton, Kentucky.
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10th Reunion June 4 – 6, 2021

UNH Magazine received word from Robinson+Cole that Jessica D. Bardi was recently hired as an associate in the firm’s real estate + developmentgroup. She concentrates her practice on land use and environmental law and related litigation, counsels developers, landowners, businesses and other organizations on local, state and national land use and environmental regulations, and represents them in permitting for development projects. The parents of Pamela S. Williams wrote in with an update on Pam since her graduation, noting that Pam’s whirlwind, nomadic lifestyle leaves no time for news and updates. They expressed that Pam would want to say “hello” to all who taught her so much while at UNH, especially Professor Donald S. Chandler, her insect and entomologist professor. After Pam received her B.S. in environmental conservation studies from COLSA, she has been very busy pursuing her dream as park ranger, conservationist, park interpreter, naturalist or somewhere in‐between, traveling through New Hampshire, Maryland, Kentucky, Indiana, Utah, California, Idaho, South Dakota, Arizona and Colorado, always finding new adventure, new people and new wildlife. In Pam’s spare time, she enjoys landscape and wildlife photography while hiking, bird watching, or bicycling. Now that Pam’s parents have retired, they’ve been trying to keep up with Pam’s adventures, traveling to visit her on days off at Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab, Utah; the Sawtooth Interpretation and Historic Association, Stanley, Idaho; and the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge in Bonanza, Idaho, where they also enjoyed the salmon festival. Sadly, UNH Magazine received word of the passing of two alumni. Jared Michael Gillis passed away on June at age 29. Jared was raised in Hampton, NH, and was the captain of the Winnacunnet H.S. basketball team, and later returned to coach the freshman team. He worked as an engineer for the State of NH park division for many years before recently changing careers and honing his trade in plumbing and heating. Jared was a thoughtful, caring person with a charming and outgoing personality. He will be dearly missed by his parents, Frederick and Penny, his brothers, a niece, nephew and many extended family members. Andrew D. Silberdick passed away on June 14 at age 42. He played hockey at Winnacunnet H.S. for three years and with his brother started the lacrosse club before graduating in 1996. He was a stock trader for 20 years, taking a position at Jones & Company while earning his business degree at UNH. He enjoyed teaching his children to fish and play tennis at the Seacoast Tennis Club. He is survived by his parents, his wife, Caroline Lawless, their two children, his two siblings and several nieces and nephews.

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UNH Magazine received word that Nicholas L. Schmalhofer passed away on May 29 at age 29. He was described as having a big heart and a generous soul and was beloved by all who knew him. He attended UNH on a football scholarship and graduated with a degree in tourism, planning and development. Nicholas loved being outdoors and excelled in many sports, including basketball and snowboarding. He will be deeply missed by his parents, Bruno and Sylvia, his siblings, grandfather, Bruno, and five nieces and nephews.
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UNH Magazine received word that Joshua Andonian wrote “Money Made Simple,” a book designed to educate young individuals about financial literacy and wealth management. Contents include psychology, investing, banking, retirement and personal finance. James Skillings wrote with an update about his twin sons, Alexander and Alden Skillings. Alex graduated from U.S.M.C. Artillery Officer School at Fort Sill in Oklahoma in late July and he is now a 2nd Lieutenant at his permanent base, USMC Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina until he is deployed. He was able get home for a visit to Bedford, NH, for about eight days in early August. Alden successfully passed U.S. Army Ranger School last week (62 long days in the woods of Georgia and the swamps of Florida!). Over 400 had started with Alden at Ranger School and only 189 made it all the way, which speaks to how difficult the training is. He is now a 2nd Lieutenant at his permanent base of Fort Campbell in Kentucky until he is deployed. Alden lives with his fiancée, Casey Sturzo, in Clarksville, TN, just across the border from Kentucky. Casey and Alden met at UNH and she is now a Histotechnician in Clarksville.
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UNH Magazine received word that Abigale “Abby” O. Merrifield passed away on June 5 at age 22. She was a creative soul who developed a passion for art, music and poetry from a young age. Abby enjoyed playing the piano and reading. She is described as having a mind-blowing, glorious sense of humor, whose laugh was like an elixir for the soul and whose smile could light the night sky. She will be sorely missed by her parents, Gary and Shelly, her grandparents, her large extended family and her devoted Pitbull, Lilyanna.
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