2015 – John H. "Jack" Smith '50
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.
2014 – Marcy Peterson Carsey ‘66, ‘88H
Marcy Peterson Carsey ’66, ‘88H is a renowned Emmy-winning television producer whose commitment to creating quality programming was always rivaled by her commitment to creating opportunities for women and children around the world. And for Marcy, those opportunities are tied to education.
She attributes her own success, in part, to having access to an affordable education. The producer of such hits as “The Cosby Show,” “Roseanne,” and “3rd Rock from the Sun” began her career as an NBC tour guide in 1966, working her way up to general program executive for comedy programming at ABC-TV in 1974. In 1980, she left to pursue independent production, and a year later teamed with Tom Werner to form Carsey-Werner Productions.
Marcy has been named one of the 50 greatest women in radio and television and is recognized as one of the most successful American businesswomen in or out of show business. She has been inducted into the halls of fame of both the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Broadcasting and Cable Magazine.
In September 2013, Marcy donated $20 million to UNH for the creation of the new Carsey School for Public Policy. That generosity followed a 2002 gift of $7.5 million that launched the Carsey Institute where national and regional policy research on vulnerable children, youth, and families and on sustainable community development is done.
A native of Weymouth, Mass., Marcy received an honorary degree from UNH in 1988 and the UNH Alumni Association’s highest honor, the Pettee Medal, in 1999. She is a founding member of the UNH Foundation Board of Directors.
2013 – Tom Haas
Tom Haas is a well-known, longtime philanthropist in the New Hampshire Seacoast area. He is as renowned for his generosity and compassion as he is for his community involvement. Tom has been a supporter of several Seacoast nonprofits, including Cross Roads House, The Music Hall, 3S Artspace, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
UNH has benefited greatly from Tom’s philanthropy over the past ten years, with his support of SeagrassNet, an initiative to monitor the status of sea grass worldwide, and programs at the UNH Art Gallery, the Carsey Institute, and UNH Manchester. Most recently, he established the Thomas W. Haas Professorship in Sustainable Food Systems at the UNH Sustainability Institute. The focus of the professorship is to lead Food Solutions New England, a public-private partnership that promotes collective action to achieve a healthy, prosperous, just, and sustainable food system in New England.
Haas received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and aviation (now an avid pilot) from Nathanial Hawthorne College. He lives in Durham with his son, Tommy, who has been his inspiration for his recent support of sustainable food production.
2012 - Dana Hamel ‘88P
Dana Hamel has long expressed his belief that UNH is the state’s most valuable asset, and is among the University’s most generous benefactors in support of that belief.
In 2008, Hamel and his family established the Hamel Scholarships and Scholars program to attract top N.H. high school seniors to UNH, and to recognize outstanding juniors for exceptional leadership and academic accomplishments. The Hamel Scholars gift follows two earlier Hamel family gifts to benefit students at UNH, the Hamel Student Recreation Center and the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research.
Hamel received both his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Harvard University. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Quartermaster Corps, he co-founded Penn Corporation in 1964 and was chairman of the consumer products company until it was sold in 1987. An active investor, he serves on the investment and finance committees of the UNH Foundation and the New Hampshire Historical Society. Hamel served on the UNH Foundation board for 14 years and is chairman of the campaign steering committee.
Hamel and his wife, Karol, live in North Palm Beach, Florida, and Tuftonboro, N.H. He has two sons, David and Douglas, and a daughter, Karen, a 1988 UNH graduate.
2011 – Anne ‘07P and James ‘07P Loomis
James Loomis, co-founder of Bottomline Technologies, and Anne Loomis, a former pre-school teacher and medical administrator, generously support Northeast Passage (NEP), which provides recreational opportunities to people with disabilities. In addition to their philanthropic support, the family has worked tirelessly on behalf of NEP – from participation in and sponsorship of Northeast Passage’s many events, to giving the program a transportation van.
The Loomis family was first introduced to Northeast Passage after their son, Nathan, suffered a spinal cord injury in 1998 while vacationing with his family in the Caribbean. During Nate’s rehabilitation, the family was introduced to therapeutic recreation, for which Northeast Passage is nationally known.
2010 – The Honorable Walter Peterson and Dorothy D. Peterson
Lifelong public servants and friends of the University, the Petersons have been described by UNH President Mark Huddleston as “rare and wonderful human beings. While the Hubbard award recognizes the Petersons specifically for their service to philanthropy, they could just as easily be honored for their essential decency.”
Walter Peterson spent a semester at UNH and ultimately graduated from Dartmouth College in 1947. Perhaps best known for his 1969–1973 role as governor of New Hampshire, Peterson also served as president of Franklin Pierce College from 1975–1995 and as UNH interim president from 1995–1996. A trustee of the University System of New Hampshire for more than a decade, he played an integral role in the establishment of the UNH Foundation and has served as a representative on the foundation board. Peterson received the University’s Pettee Medal in 1997.
Staunch supporters of their state’s public university, Walter and Dorothy Peterson have given generously to UNH, with particular emphasis on the library, athletics, and recreation. Through their leadership on the foundation’s Next Horizon campaign, the Petersons are credited with helping many others understand the importance of philanthropy to the future of UNH.
2009 – David Steelman ’67, ’70G and Virginia Theo-Steelman ’62, ’69G
David Steelman ’67, ’70G and Virginia Theo-Steelman ’62, ’69G of Manchester, NH, received the 2009 Hubbard Family Award for Service to Philanthropy in October. The Steelmans both received undergraduate and graduate degrees from UNH and have remained committed to supporting students through two scholarships, the Theo-Steelman Public Service Fellowship and the Steelman History Fellowship. “Beyond what is possible to measure in dollars and cents, the investment the Steelmans have made in UNH is immense,” says Mark Rubinstein, interim vice president for University Advancement. “They have invested their time, their talent, and their deep commitment to the University as a whole, and in the students whose lives will be shaped by the time they spend here.” In addition to their two scholarships, the Steelmans are members of the UNH Foundation’s Elliott Society, which recognizes donors who have given cumulative gifts to the University of $100,000-499,999.
2008 – Edward A. Fish ’58
Edward A. Fish’s distinguished career in commercial real estate spans five decades, and he remains at the helm of three of his family’s four companies: Edward A. Fish Associates LLC, Peabody Properties Inc., and Dellbrook Construction LLC. Fish also served as president of Suffolk Construction Co. Inc., a company founded by his grandfather in the late 1800s, and which is now run by his son.
Fish is a long-time UNH benefactor. Among his many contributions are a $1 million donation in support of a new artificial playing turf and the Edward Fish ’58 Football Scholarship, which was established in 1999 to provide scholarship awards to members of the UNH intercollegiate football team based on academic merit, athletic ability, and financial need.
Fish played both hockey and football while attending the University.
2007 – S. Melvin ’47 and Mary Jo Rines
Mel Rines, a UNH graduate and Navy fighter pilot in World War II and the Korean War had a distinguished career as a managing director and senior international investment banker at Kidder Peabody, advising and financing supranational institutions and sovereign governments. His reconnection with UNH began with seeding and co-directing the International Private Enterprise Center at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics to foster private sector growth in the U.S. and developing contries. This, in turn, led to membership on the school's executive board where he continues to serve today.
Joining the UNH Foundation Board in 1994 (five years after its founding), Mel was elected chairman in 1999. He served as both chairman of the board and national campaign chairman for the UNH Foundation during the Next Horizon campaign, the largest and most ambitious capital campaign ever conducted by a public institution in the state of New Hampshire.
In addition, the couple established the S. Melvin and Mary Jo Rines Art Exhibition Fund in 2001 to assist the University in bringing high quality art and artists to campus for the education and enjoyment of students and the community.
Mary Jo Rines is a professional artist, exhibiting her work nationally. A director and past president of the New England Watercolor Society, she is also a member of the Copley Society in Boston and runs a small Gallery at the First Parish Church in Weston, Massachusetts.
2006 – Forrest D. McKerley ’57
Called the “quintessential quiet Yankee” by those who know him, Forrest McKerley built his family’s Penacook nursing home into a statewide elder care provider. Prior to working in the family business, Forrest was a senior executive with American Express. He is also a co-owner of the Grappone Conference Center and Secure Care Products in Concord. Named Citizen of the Year by the Concord Chamber of Commerce in 2005, McKerley was recognized as much for his community contributions as his business.
Throughout his career, he has given generously of his expertise as a member of many boards, including the New Hampshire Historical Society, the New Hampshire Council for the Arts, and Concord Hospital. In addition, he is an active Mason and helped establish the state?s first learning center devoted to children with dyslexia. Forrest also served his country in the Korean War.
A long-time supporter of the University of New Hampshire, McKerley has served as a member of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics Executive Board, UNH Advocates for Higher Education, and the School of Health and Human Services Dean?s Leadership Council. He endowed a faculty chair in health economics, established the Everett B. Sackett Professorship Fund, and was a founding board member of the UNH Foundation.
2005 – The David and Rosamund Putnam Family
For decades the Putnams of Keene significantly supported the arts, education, history and humanities, and the environment within the state of New Hampshire. The Putnams represented 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 were 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 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 had 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, led the company for many years, and it now welcomes its fourth and fifth generations.
For years, David Putnam was 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 a model Top 10 Company by the magazine. Markem was an environmental leader and an active member of the Keene community, making significant capital gifts.
“True altruists share certain characteristics that set them apart from others,” said former 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.”
2004 – Arnold P. (“Arnie”) ’48 and Della A. Hanson
The Hansons created two significant endowments in just five years at the University of New Hampshire. The Berlin residents have devoted their lives to their family and to the community in the North Country.
The Hanson’s first endowment—the Dr. Norman Alexander Teaching Excellence Fund—was created in 1998 to recognize distinction in teaching and achievement in the university’s faculty. Their second major gift was made in 2002 to establish the Arnold P. and Della A. Hanson Endowed Scholarship Fund, which helps provide students from Coos County with four-year scholarships.
“I just wanted a kid in the North Country who has the desire to go to college to know there is this opportunity coming that can help achieve the goals he or she has set,” Arnie Hanson said. “I want these kids to know there can be help for their goals.”
Arnie Hanson started saving money early in his life. Growing up as a young boy in Berlin, he had a milk route in the morning and three newspaper routes, and he shoveled snow in the winter and mowed lawns in the summer. In college, he had a monopoly on selling corsages and boutonnieres to UNH fraternities for their formal social functions. He also was the board manager at his fraternity, Sigma Beta.
When Hanson attended his first year at UNH in the 1940s, his parents paid the tuition and he received three or four small scholarships. His sister, a teacher, sent Hanson $2 per week “for spending money,” he recalled. Following his first year, he went into the Navy and when he returned, his UNH education was paid for by the G.I. Bill. He could handle up to 26 credits per semester—the usual load is 16 credits. “I had a lot of help from people when I was going to UNH,” he said, “and Della and I feel it's only right to help others in the same way.”
Arnie and Della were married in 1948, one week after Arnie received his bachelor's degree in political science from UNH. After graduation from Boston University Law School in 1951, he was offered a lucrative job in Boston at a prestigious law firm but, Hanson said, “I wanted to go home. I wanted to know that when my daughter went out with someone, I'd know who his parents were.”
In addition to his law practice, Hanson served his community as Coos County attorney for four years. He was a board member and past president of the New Hampshire Bar Association, director of the Berlin Cooperative Bank, and chairman of the board for the Berlin City Bank. He is the recipient of the 1977 Boston University Law School's prestigious Silver Shingle Award and the UNH Alumni Association's Meritorious Service Award in 1986. The Hansons continue to support many causes in their retirement.
2003 – Frederick B. Whittemore
Frederick B. Whittemore is the son of the late well-known industrialist Laurence Whittemore, for whom the Whittemore School of Business and Economics is named.
An advisory director for Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc., where he has also served as partner and managing director since 1958, Whittemore has a long and generous record of philanthropy and public service, and nurtures school ties to UNH that began when his father served on the former university’s Board of Trustees.
Over the years, Fred Whittemore has been unwavering and consistent in his support for public education and for our university. Recently, Whittemore served as an honorary co-chair for the foundation’s successful Next Horizon capital campaign. He was a founding director of the UNH Foundation and served on the fund-raising committee for the Whittemore Center.
He is a member of the Executive Board for the Whittemore School of Business and Economics, and twice each year hosts a group of M.B.A. students at his offices in New York City as part of the Whittemore School’s Wall Street residency program.
Born in Pembroke, Whittemore earned an A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1953 and his M.B.A. from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business Administration in 1954.
He has been chairperson of the National Syndicate Committee and governor and vice chairman of the American Stock Exchange. He was president of the Bond Club of New York and international president of the Pacific Basin Economic Council. He also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Over the years, Whittemore has been a director on a broad number of corporate boards. He also serves as a director of many noncorporate boards, including the Aspen Institute; the Tuck School; The Eugene O’Neill Theatre; CSIS International Counselors; and was a founding director of the University of New Hampshire Foundation.
Lewis M. Feldstein
Lewis M. Feldstein is president of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF), the principal source of venture capital for the state’s nonprofit community. Feldstein worked with the civil rights movements in Mississippi and served for seven years in senior staff positions to New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay. Prior to coming to the Charitable Foundation, Feldstein served as provost of the Antioch/New England Graduate School.
He is a graduate of Brown University and holds a master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University. His singular achievements include a seven-year tenure as the emcee of the International Zucchini Festival, and a stint as wine steward and personal assistant to movie legend John Wayne aboard Wayne’s yacht in the Mediterranean.
Feldstein serves on several boards, including the Board of Directors of the Independent Sector and the National Center for Family Philanthropy. He co-chaired with Robert Putnam the Harvard University three-year Executive Seminar on Civic Engagement in America. With Putnam he is a co-author of Better Together: Restoring the American Community, published in the fall of 2003. He has received six honorary doctorates.
The Concord Monitor selected him as one of the 100 people Who Shaped New Hampshire in the 20th Century, and Business NH Magazine named him one of the ten most influential people in the state.
2001 – K. v. R. Dey Jr. ’48
An English major and intercollegiate athlete, Dey said the lessons learned in the classroom and on the football field and basketball court at UNH stood him in good stead during a 40-year career as a business leader. “My years at UNH contributed so much to my success in life,” he said. “I feel a responsibility to give something back to the university.”
Dey was instrumental in the success of the Campaign for Distinction from 1980 to 1983. He was asked to chair the National Development Committee in 1984. Five years later, he helped to establish the UNH Foundation, and he served as its chair from 1989 until 1998. Dey also led the campaign to raise $4 million to help construct the Whittemore Center.
He was a recipient of the UNH Alumni Association Profile of Service Award and the Meritorious Service Award.
In 1998, Dey, wife Patricia, son Frederick “Ted” Dey ’84 and daughter Pamela Dey Vossler ’81 established an endowment to support writing across the curriculum. “The ability to write well is necessary for success in any career,” Dey said. “We wanted to support a program that would help a broad range of students.”