Passings: Richard Merritt and Michael McConnell
Richard Merritt, Associate Professor Emeritus of Art
Richard Merritt, 90, passed away on January 8, 2012. For 22 years, he was both instructor in the arts and university photographer at UNH. He later devoted himself fully to teaching photography. As UNH photographer, he covered everything from football games to academic events, and his lens captured many of the nation's art, cultural, and political icons. During the 1970s and 1980s, Merritt brought the photography program at UNH to widespread acclaim, both in terms of the quality of the program and the intense loyalty of the students he nurtured with his quiet, patient manner and quick smile. He retired in 1986. More.
Michael McConnell, Associate Professor Emeritus of Art
Michael McConnell passed away on October 27, 2012. He was 63. Well known as both a talented sculptor and dedicated educator, he was a respected member of the UNH’s Department of Art and Art History faculty since 1975, and served as chair of that department for three terms. His enthusiasm for teaching sculpture, bronze casting and welding was unwavering in his 36 years at the University. In addition, he was a nationally exhibited artist, successful businessman and real estate entrepreneur. He retired in May of 2012. More.
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