Lieutenant Colonel Richard H. Dewing graduated from Tewksbury High School in 1947 and the University of New Hampshire in 1953. At UNH, he earned a bachelor’s degree and played on the football team. Dick was the fullback on the undefeated football team of 1950, and he held three yardage records at the University for 27 years. For his accomplishments, Dick Dewing has since been recognized in the Tewksbury and UNH Athletic Halls of Fame.
After completing training through the UNH ROTC program, he was commissioned a 2Lt in the United States Air Force. Dick married Mary Lundberg and entered active duty in 1953. Lt Col Dewing served for 20 years as a pilot and a fully qualified aircraft maintenance officer. He earned his Command Pilot wings, accumulating 8,000 hours of flying in primarily cargo/transport aircraft. During his aviation career, Lt Col Dewing earned the Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters. While on duty in Viet Nam, he flew 1195 sorties, around 200 of which were combat sorties. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross as well as a Marine Presidential Unit Citation for combat missions, flying Marines in and out of zones under heavy enemy fire. For the last few years of his active duty career, he flew KC-135s, performing in-flight refueling missions. Retiring in 1973, he settled with his family in Durham, NH.
Dick Dewing’s service to the University of New Hampshire has been passionate and diverse. He served for several years as a local alumni representative for the Memorial Union Advisory Board. He was an advisor and trustee for Acacia Fraternity at UNH. For many years, Dick has been a member and Secretary of the UNH 100 Club (dedicated to providing athletic scholarships at UNH) and the subsequent Wildcat Athletic Council. He is a member of the Cat Club. Lt Col Dewing is also a member of the UNH ROTC Alumni Chapter Advisory Board and has planned the UNH Veterans Day ceremony for ten consecutive years. He also worked as a volunteer for over 15 years at all UNH home football games on the crew manning the yardage chains. He currently fires the cannon in full colonial costume at the UNH home games, in celebration of points scored by the UNH football team.
Dick Dewing has also made many contributions to seacoast communities in the State of New Hampshire. He has volunteered in many different roles to help the town of Durham. He was a member and Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee. Dick was instrumental for a number of years in organizing the Memorial Day Parade in Durham. He was a member of the Building Committee for the Jackson’s Landing hockey rink and worked on its construction. Dick was also a member of the Lamprey River Advisory Committee for a number of years. He was rewarded for his various civic efforts in 1996, when the New Hampshire Municipal Association recognized him as Volunteer of the Year, one of only 11 people so honored statewide that year. In 2003, Lt Col Dewing was also honored by being made a Paul Harris Fellow. In addition, he was President and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Durham Historic Association. He is a member of the 1st New Market Colonial Militia, a re-enactment group, where he has served as Lt in charge of artillery. His involvement has included providing cannon salutes welcoming tall ships that come into Portsmouth, parades in the area, and grammar school programs that afford the students colorful and realistic demonstrations of a number of aspects of life in colonial America. He is a 32nd degree Mason (Scottish Rite), a Shriner and Past President of Portsmouth Chapter 386 of the National Sojourners. He is a Past Master of the Rising Star Lodge #47, Newmarket, NH, and the Maj Gen Whipple Military Lodge in Portsmouth, NH.
For outstanding service to the United States Air Force, the University of New Hampshire, and the State of New Hampshire, Lieutenant Colonel Richard H. Dewing is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.