New Hampshire Benefactors
Receive Hubbard Family Award for Service to Philanthropy
Contact: Mary Peterson
University Relations and UNH Foundation
Oct. 28, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. — The David and Rosamund Putnam family, among
the state's preeminent philanthropic families, were awarded the
UNH Foundation's 2005 Hubbard Family Award for Service to Philanthropy
on Sept. 30, 2005.
For decades the Keene natives have significantly supported the arts,
education, history and humanities, and the environment within the
state of New Hampshire.
"We are thrilled to celebrate the generosity demonstrated by
this family," said Wendy Keeney, president of the UNH Foundation.
"The Putnams represent the finest of New Hampshire's residents,
giving not only of their financial resources but of their time to
enhance our communities and our youth. Their family business—Markem
Corporation, which provides product identification solutions—
is the gold standard in its industry, a model in civic and philanthropic
leadership and a major contributor to the state's economic strength."
The Putnams are benefactors to the Apple Hill Center for Chamber
Music, the MacDowell Colony, the Keene Symphony, Saint-Gaudens National
Historic Site, the Nature Conservancy, the Raylynmor Opera, the
New Hampshire Dance Institute, and Antioch New England. They have
also supported the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Keene State
College, the New Hampshire Business Community for the Arts, Doctors
Without Borders, and the Crotched Mountain Center.
David and Rosamund Putnam have six children: David Jr., Frederick,
James, Louisa, Rosamond, and Thomas. James is a 1974 MBA graduate
of the University's Whittemore School of Business and Economics.
He served overseas in the Peace Corps before joining the family
business. He and his brother, Thomas, together led the company for
many years, and it now welcomes its fourth and fifth generations.
For years, David Putnam has been an active partner in the Keene
and greater Monadnock communities and their economic development,
serving as a member of the city council and acting on boards of
local interest, including the Cheshire County Savings Bank and Elliott
Community Hospital. In 1993, David and Rosamund received a Governors'
Arts Award from Governor Stephen Merrill, and in 2003 David Putnam
was named to the New Hampshire Business Review's "Business
Excellence Hall of Fame."
The family business, Markem Corporation, has received its share
of awards as well, including the "Number One Best Large Company"
in New Hampshire from Business New Hampshire magazine, and was twice
considered as a model Top 10 Company by the magazine. Markem has
long been an environmental leader and is an active member of the
Keene community, making significant capital gifts.
"True altruists share certain characteristics that set them
apart from others," said UNH President Ann Weaver Hart. "Generosity
is contagious, and we see this first hand in our donors, whose gifts
make a difference in countless ways."
The Hubbard Family Award for Service to Philanthropy is named for
the University's greatest benefactors, Oliver, Austin, and Leslie
Hubbard, and recognizes individuals whose philanthropic leadership
has significantly strengthened the state, its communities, and the
university. The UNH Foundation, Inc. is an independent charitable
organization dedicated to increasing private support at UNH.