Hubbard Award

John H. "Jack" SmithJohn H. “Jack" Smith was awarded the Hubbard Family Award for Service to Philanthropy at the Evening of Distinction on September 25, 2015.

The evening honors exemplary service and philanthropy.

When John H. "Jack" Smith returned to UNH for his 50th class reunion, he came back to the university. Really came back, as he hadn’t since he’d graduated in 1950. And he hasn’t left since.

In 1999, he established the John H. Smith ‘50 Scholarship, one of six scholarships he would go on to fund. The Scarborough, Maine, resident received the CEPS Alumni Society Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012, and is a past recipient of the university’s prestigious Alumni Meritorious Service Award. He also is a member of the Milne Society, which has contributed more than $1 million to UNH.

After his first semester at UNH in 1943, Jack joined the U.S. Navy, earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, and served in the Pacific during WWII. He returned to UNH and received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at UNH in 1950.

His engineering career began at Curtis-Wright and Thiokol Chemical Corp. In 1973, Jack founded Portland Valve Incorporated. He retired in 1985.

The next Hubbard Family Award will be awarded in 2017. 

Other scholarships Jack established include:

  • The John H. Smith ’50 Endowed College of Engineering & Physical Sciences (CEPS) Student Project Fund
  • The John H. Smith ’50 Endowed Fund for Hockey
  • The Barbara Bridle Peyser ’50 Athletic Scholarship Fund
  • The John H. Smith ’50 Endowed Northeast Passage Fund
  • The John H. Smith ’50 Undergraduate Marine Science and Ocean Engineering Scholarship Fund


Do you know someone who embodies the spirit of philanthropy? Nominate them for the Hubbard Award.


The Power of Philanthropy

The Board of Directors of the University of New Hampshire Foundation, Inc. established the Hubbard Family Award for Service to Philanthropy in 2001 to honor Oliver, Austin, and Leslie Hubbard, well known at the University for their remarkable generosity. The award recognizes outstanding individuals whose philanthropic leadership has significantly strengthened the state of New Hampshire, its communities, and the university. Learn more about past recipients.