Associate Professor Emeritus of Education Passes Away

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

photo of Dwight Webb
Professor Dwight Webb in 2007.

Dwight Webb, associate professor emeritus of education, passed away on Sept 11, 2020. He joined the UNH Department of Education faculty in 1967 and spent the next 42 years educating mental health and school counselors, retiring in 2009.

“Dwight was an interesting scholar, slightly eclectic, a balance of methodological rigor and a search for the spiritual,” says Todd DeMitchell, professor emeritus of education.

Webb was the principal investigator for grants from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the U.S. Office of Education. He produced films, winning an American Personnel and Guidance Association award for “All Kinds of Weather Friends,” and published poetry.

In addition to teaching counseling, Webb ran a private practice. “He wanted to make sure that he continued to walk the walk and talk the talk,” says DeMitchell.

In the last decade of his UNH career, Webb wrote two books, “Fifty Ways to Love Your Leaver: Getting On With Your Life After The Break Up” and “The Soul of Counseling,” which received the Doubleday Book of the Month Selection. Both have been translated into multiple languages, including Arabic, Polish and Norwegian.

“Dwight’s students found him laid back, approachable, concerned, interested and interesting. His colleagues found him to be much the same. Easy smile, even-keeled, approachable, with a quick laugh,” recalls DeMitchell.

Dave Hebert, professor emeritus of education, joined UNH’s counseling program the same year as Webb. Together, they prepared over 1300 students for careers in school and mental health counseling.

“I always thought Dwight was a seeker who followed a path of self-discovery. I will miss knowing he is no longer with us," says Hebert. “He was one of the ‘good guys.’"

There will be a ​Celebration of Life​ for Dwight Webb on Sunday, October 11, from 1-3 p.m. at the UNH Browne Center, Dame Road, in Durham, N.H.

In lieu of flowers, donate online to the UNH Foundation or through the mail to 15 Strafford Avenue, Durham NH 03824, indicating “Browne Center in Memory of Dwight Webb.”

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