2012 Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

View more photos from the UNH Alumni Achievement Award Ceremony on November 3, 2012. Lisa Nugent, photographer.

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Young Alumna Achievement Award

Katharina “Katy” Fader Lilly ’00
Former UNH gymnast Katy Lilly, M.D., loves being active in the university community. As the volunteer physician for the Women’s Gymnastics Team, she attends nearly every home meet. A panelist for the UNH Health Professions Seminar, she also invites students to observe at her practice. Other accomplishments include an excellence in pediatrics award, volunteer work in Kenya, and the creation of a medical provider support group for local nonprofits. It seems fitting that Dr. Lilly and her family once dressed for a fundraising event as The Incredibles, the Disney family whose mission is to do good. Already, this young alum can say: Mission accomplished.

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Alumni Meritorious Service Award

Frank E. “Ted” Wheatley ’76
Ted Wheatley’s passion for UNH is irresistible, and there’s nothing he likes better than encouraging others to join him. As a leader on the steering committee for the UNH Boston Alumni Chapter Executive Forum, Wheatley has brought together hundreds of alumni. A senior vice president at the commercial real estate company Jones Lang LaSalle, he has drawn on both his alumni and professional networks to broaden the forum’s reach, encouraging new participants to attend events, act as keynote speakers—and join him in his spirited support of UNH and its mission.

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Alumni Meritorious Service Award

Frederick “Fritz” Armstrong III ’57
Fritz Armstrong ran for president in 1957—president of his UNH senior class—and he’s been at the helm ever since, directing reunions and marshaling fund-raising efforts. The class has supported the research lab at Fort Stark in New Castle, N.H., created an endowment for the UNH Center for International Education, and raised $4.7 million as a 50th reunion gift—the largest from any class to date. Armstrong has also given his time to the Alumni Association Board and the Southwest Florida Alumni Chapter. Retired since 2000 from his career in the field of electrical engineering, Armstrong has no plans to retire from his hard-working commitment to UNH.

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Alumni Meritorious Service Award

Cheryl Kuebler Dickson ’63
Cheryl Dickson’s UNH story starts 50 years ago as a Wildcat cheerleader, when she met and married UNH football player Robert “Bo” Dickson ’62. During their years together, the two were loyal fans of the UNH athletic programs. Even after her husband’s death in 1997, Dickson remained committed to the university. She has served on the President’s Council and as president of the Wildcat Athletics Council. For 20 years, under her leadership, athletics held the Bill Knight/Bo Dickson Memorial Golf Tournament to support athletic scholarships. She has also established two scholarship funds of her own. For cheerleader Cheryl Dickson it’s just another way of saying, “Go, Wildcats”!

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Alumni Meritorious Service Award

Deborah Narinkevicuis Overdeput ’82
Deborah Overdeput knows a thing or two about networking. An executive at Sapient Global Markets, she applies her professional expertise directly to her volunteer work at UNH. As communications chair for the Boston Alumni Chapter and as a member of its Executive Forum steering committee, she is committed to helping alumni and students cultivate their connections with one another. As a volunteer for the UNH Advising and Career Center, Overdeput provides job-search advice and networking opportunities, sometimes staying in touch with students even after they’ve left UNH. Not surprising for someone dedicated to outreach and to providing support for her fellow alums.

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Profile of Service Award

Valerie “Val” Wilcox England ’54
Former Foundation and Alumni Association award winner Valerie England has served UNH in numerous capacities through the years: on the board of the Alumni Association, on the President’s Council, on the steering committee for the Class of 1954, and as a member of the UNH Foundation Board. In 2007, with support from her fellow directors emeritus, England spearheaded the production of a book in honor of the UNH Foundation’s 20th anniversary, soliciting donations, forming a committee, securing photos, and hiring a writer. Released in 2009, From the Ground Up is an account of the foundation’s critical early years, the story of an organization that will shape the future of the university for generations to come.

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Profile of Service Award

Dorothy “Dot” Taylor Sheehan ’71
Dot Sheehan, UNH’s senior associate athletic director for external relations, has built her career on a can-do approach to good ideas. One of those ideas, Operation Hat Trick, has provided encouragement to thousands of wounded veterans, who now have baseball hats to cover their head wounds and, as one vet told her, help them feel normal again. Launched in 2007, the program is dedicated to Navy SEAL Nate Hardy, son of UNH professor Steve Hardy and his wife Donna, and also to Mike Koch, a fellow SEAL who was killed alongside Nate in Iraq. A small idea with a very big impact, Operation Hat Trick, which recently went national and includes more than 30 colleges and universities, celebrates the spirit of outreach that defines UNH.

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Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement

Margaret-Alice “M.A.” Haggart Lucas ’64
In 1980, when M.A. Lucas was instrumental in passing the first major legislation to improve childcare in the Army, she set in motion changes that would affect the lives of children for years to come. Today, every one of the Army’s hundreds of Child Development Centers is accredited by a national association. Lucas has also supported the 4-H/Army Youth Development Project and the 4-H role in Operation: Military Kids, a collaboration aimed at the children of deployed soldiers. Her career has been a shining example of two cherished UNH values: commitment to excellence and a passion for serving.