About J. Delores and Alfred P. Maurice

Alfred P. Maurice was born on March 11, 1921 in Nashua, NH. His multi-faceted career including 36 years as an educator/administrator in colleges and universities ended in 1984 with his retirement from the University of Illinois at Chicago after 24 years with the title of Professor Emeritus. His career as an artist/author continues. In 1990 the Maurice’s moved from Chicago to Vancouver, WA.

He attended the University of New Hampshire as part of the Class of 1944.

His wife of 61 years, J. Dolores Maurice (née Robson), was born in Detroit, MI on June 8, 1924. She died on November 27, 2007. Her career was as a librarian and helpmate to her husband in all his work.

With the death of his wife and having no children or other immediate family, Professor Maurice decided to dedicate his estate to the enhancement and enrichment of the education of undergraduate college. He developed the concept embodied in the Maurice Prize for the University of Illinois and Western Oregon University.

In 2016, Alfred Maurice worked with Susan McDonough of the University of New Hampshire’s Advancement Office and Ian Grant, Director of UNH’s Entrepreneurship Center, to create a $150,000 endowed fund that offers an annual $5,000 prize patterned after the Maurice Prize at the University of Illinois and Western Oregon University.

Alfred Maurice passed on February 25, 2019 at the age of 97. We are greatly saddened by his passing, but comforted in the legacy that he left behind. Thanks to the Maurice Prize, the University of New Hampshire will be able to support the devleopment of innovative risk-takers for years to come.


“The purpose of this Fund is to encourage and foster innovation, creativity, originality, ingenuity, and resourcefulness in undergraduate students enrolled at the University. The Fund establishes the Maurice Challenge and provides for the J. Dolores and Alfred P. Maurice Prize for Innovation. I am excited to see the outcomes from UNH students and excited to have the ECenter be the home of this prize also named for my wife, Dolores.” - Alfred Maurice  May, 2017