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Awards

To show pride for its most impressive alumni, New England College annually confers its prestigious alumni awards and Athletic Hall of Fame induction on those who have achieved notable distinction. Honorees are nominated by fellow alumni and recognized for their exemplary service to NEC and its mission, civic and professional leadership, and personal commitment and dedication to the community.

Congratulations go to this year’s Alumni Award honorees:

  • David Coffin, Honorary Alumni Award (posthumously)
  • David Currier ’72, The William Troy Award
  • Alan Goldfarb ’64, The Lee Clement Outstanding Alumni Volunteer
  • Deborah Spring Reed ’60, The Deborah Spring Reed Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award
  • James Vincent Palumbo ’08, Soccer  –  Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Megan Merklinger ’97, Lacrosse  –  Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Robin Gail Joseph (posthumously), Coach, Educator  –  Athletic Hall of Fame

 Award Descriptions & Past Honorees

The William Troy Award

The William Troy Award is the most prestigious award presented by the NEC Alumni Association. This award is named for an individual who graduated from NEC in 1952 and gave the ultimate gift to his country in the Korean War going to the aid of a comrade. The life of Bill Troy exemplified service, dedication and leadership and this award was established to honor others who share these attributes. The award may be presented annually to alumni, faculty, staff, trustee, or friends of the College with alumni receiving first consideration. Nominees should have at least a ten-year association with the College.

  • 2012 – Ronald A. Philbrick ’58
  • 2011 – Austin Kovacs ’60
  • 2010 – Mark Peterson ’72
  • 2009 – Donal Emerson ’65
  • 2008 – Carol Rosenbleeth
  • 2006 – Walter & Angela Robinson
  • 2005 – Patricia Brown
  • 2004 – John Samenfeld ’70
  • 2003 – Daniel DaCosta ’58
  • 2002 – Keith L. Silver ’90
  • 2001 – Eugene Fox ’72
  • 2000 – Lucia R. Brown ’76
  • 1999 – James A. Ferro ’74
  • 1998 – Kenneth E. Smith
  • 1997 – Marilie W. Rockefeller
  • 1996 – Neil Moody ’50
  • 1995 – David Lockwood ’77
  • 1994 – Piers M. MacDonald ’74
  • 1992 – Jack Tent ’67
  • 1991 – Walter Sheble
  • 1990 – Roscoe V. Lewis
  • 1989 – Henry W. Munroe ’52
  • 1988 – Ruthe E. Derfler ’67
  • 1987 – Robert A. Kilgore
  • 1986 – Anne C. ’74 & Dr. Montford Sayce
  • 1985 – Lee Clement ’49
  • 1984 – Dr. Richard A. Martin
  • 1981 – Leo P. Ostebo ’58
  • 1977 – Donald P. Woodrow
  • 1976 – Peter R. Morris ’68
  • 1975 – Richard H. Cole ’51
  • 1974 – R. Peter Shapiro
  • 1973 – Connie ’54 & Starvro Chag ’52
  • 1972 – William C. King
  • 1971 – Roy C. Buck ’49
  • 1970 – James W. Doon
  • 1969 – Dr. H. Raymond Danforth
  • 1968 – David S. Williams
  • 1967 – James C. Davis
  • 1966 – Dr. Laurie D. Cox
  • 1965 – Donald Holbrook

The Lee Clement Outstanding Alumni Volunteer Award

Leon Clement ’49 was in the first graduating class of NEC and stayed with the College for 34 years, primarily as Athletic Director. Lee was an outstanding athlete and instrumental in getting NEC’s athletic program established, including the formation of an ice hockey team. Honorees for this award are alumni who have displayed outstanding volunteer service, leadership and commitment to goals – activities that enhance the reputation of New England College.

  • 2011 – Karl (Kipp) Euler ’93
  • 2010 – Gretchen C. Beanlands ’70
  • 2008 – Liz McLaughlin ’76
  • 2007 – Daniel DaCosta ’58
  • 2005 – David Robinson ’60
  • 2004 – Marc Richardson ’93
  • 2003 – Brian Carey ’69
  • 2002 – Peter S. Thompson ’83
  • 2001 – Col. Stephen Burritt ’72
  • 2000 – Thomas R. Gross ’76
  • 1999 – Jeff Pruyne ’85
  • 1998 – Jim Hayes, Jr ’75
  • 1997 – Jae Ham ’75 & T.J. Whitelaw ’76
  • 1996 – Eugene F. Fox ’72
  • 1995 – Allyn M. Gilbert ’84
  • 1993 – Lisa Gaj Proctor ’84
  • 1992 – David Lockwood ’77
  • 1991 – John Lineberry ’73
  • 1990 – Donal C. Emerson ’65
  • 1989 – Deborah Spring Reed ’60
  • 1988 – James Ferro ’74
  • 1987 – Henry Roe ’82

The Deborah Spring Reed Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award

This award was established in 1994 to recognize an alumnus who demonstrated prominence in his/her profession and contributed significantly to the betterment of society, thus contributing to the honor and distinction of New England College. In 2013 it was renamed after Deborah Spring Reed, alumnae, trustee, Founders’ Society member, and community leader.

  • 2012 – David Boutin ’76
  • 2011 – Paul Lovejoy ’77
  • 2010 – Jane Melvin Fletcher ’74
  • 2009 – William Preble ´75
  • 2007 – Allen Steele ´82
  • 2005 – Jay Gould ´75
  • 2004 – Robert Seaman ´65
  • 2003 – Scott M. Fraser ´75
  • 2002 – David P. Currier ´72
  • 2001 – Ted Blachly ´73
  • 2000 – Debra Nitschke-Shaw ´75
  • 1999 – Mark Lindquist ´71
  • 1998 – Robbie Buhl ´86
  • 1997 – Charles Krupa ´85
  • 1996 – David M. Carney ´82
  • 1995 – David C. Arnold ´77

The Honorary Alumni Award

The Honorary Alumni Award is presented to one or more deserving non-alumni members of the NEC community who have demonstrated loyalty, interest and service in the spirit of New England College that are “above and beyond.”

  • 2012 – Muriel Loiselle
  • 2011 – Cindi Nadelman
  • 2010 – Hazel Sampson
  • 2009 – Susan M. Murray
  • 2008 – John Lyons
  • 2007 – Don Melander
  • 2006 – Larry Taylor
  • 2005 – John O’Connor
  • 2004 – Steven & Bessie Phillps, Nicholas Farnham
  • 2003 – Robert J. Bailey, Angela Robinson
  • 2002 – Joseph H. Hurka, Donald N. Parker
  • 2001 – Mary A. Wilcox, R. Bruce Elliott
  • 2000 – E. Joseph Petrick, Pat St. Laurence
  • 1999 – Dr. John Morris, George Hamilton
  • 1998 – Catherine Doherty, Paul Daum
  • 1997 – Frank Hall, Suzanne “Sandy” Chandler, Jean-Louis Nicknair
  • 1996 – Vanda Ashman, Carl Nudd
  • 1995 – Helen Closson, Duane “Joe” Clement, William Eckford, Leo Callahan
  • 1994 – Margaret Birkinshaw, Dr. Russell H. Johnson, Lynn Jaynes Macaluso, Catherine Raymond
  • 1992 – Marie Gilbert, John Halcomb, Peggy O’Connell, Marilie Rockefeller
  • 1991 – Joseph Considine, Franklin Cook, Merle Hagen, Dr. Montford Sayce
  • 1990 – Jill Robertson-McDonald, Carolyn West
  • 1989 – Don Blanchard, Patricia Brown, Joanne Clement
  • 1988 – Alice Norton, Percy Wilson
  • 1987 – Mary Ball, Dorothy Greenly

The Athletic Hall of Fame

Former longtime Athletic Director George Hamilton established the New England College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992 as a place to recognize individuals or teams who had, through skill, tenacity and loyalty, contributed to the overall integrity and success of the NEC Athletic Program.

Nominees may be alumni, coaches, administrators, teams, or friends of the College, and up to five individuals may be inducted each year. Alumni nominees must have graduated at least five years prior to their nomination and must have participated for a minimum of two years in one varsity sport.

2012

  • Jennifer Gomm Dyer ’96
  • Oscar Wall ’04

2010

  • Dennis J. Dube Jr. ’01
  • Laura Buffa Mason ’03

2009

  • Danielle Clemmer ’98
  • Beth Emerson ’00

2008

  • Kathy (Menter) Jordan ’92
  • Caitlin Roberts ’97
  • Jacob Stephan ’03

2007

  • Steven Gallerani ’82
  • Jill (Jones) Grotnes ’01

2006

  • Andrew C. Gensch, Jr. ’65
  • Carl R. Sack ’75
  • Renee C. Hellert ’01
  • Brent Thomas ’01

2005

  • Mary Jo Faulkner
  • Mark Stripp ’81
  • William Engel ’90
  • David J. Pilla ’95

2004

  • Richard Traub ’54
  • John Bradley ’89
  • Paul George ’93
  • Courtney Lockhart ’98

2003

  • Priscilla C. Danforth
  • John L. Fortier ’53
  • Jim Hayes ’75
  • Phil J. Conley ’91
  • Jennifer (Collins) Beaulieu ’95

2002

  • Peter Chiappetta ’63
  • Jeff Beaney ’82
  • Frank Mangold ’82
  • Douglas Beaupre ’90
  • Edward “Teddy” Maloney ’92 (posthumously)
  • Heidi Mae Hall ’93

2001

  • Ronald W. Naso ’64
  • Steven G. Baker ’84
  • Jon N. Ellis ’90
  • Brian C. Stone ’88
  • Jen (Kleinberg) Cooley ’90

2000

  • William H. Barker ’50
  • Anthony C. Vespa, Jr. ’58
  • Charles E. Kerr, III ’71
  • Duncan W. Matthews ’74
  • Susan C. Austin ’89

1999

  • Leo Callahan ’72
  • John E. Lineberry ’73
  • Lori (Koch) Feldman ’80
  • Stephanie D’Agostino ’82

1998

  • Leo P. Ostebo ’58
  • Thomas W. Farmen ’74
  • Scott R. de Grasse ’85
  • Elena D. Bell ’90

1997

  • Milan M. Knight ’49
  • William “Ty” Boyd ’77
  • Kimberley (Johnson) Wolff ’82
  • Joel T. Irving ’86
  • Tamara Tarzia (Taylor) ’86

1996

  • Neil Dearborn ’50
  • Thomas Gross ’75
  • Bert Godin ’79
  • Mary Busteed (Roe) ’84

1995

  • Henry Munroe ’52
  • Brian Carey ’70
  • John Sheehan, III ’75
  • Donald Hasseltine ’84
  • Kathryn Grant/Beveridge ’85

1994

  • Stephen Brindisi ’62
  • Jim Peabody ’72
  • Alison Lawrence (Buxton) ‘77
  • Timothy Hallice ’84
  • Anita Brien (Bergeron)’85

1992

  • Donald Kaley ’58
  • Judson Goodnow ’75
  • Peter Lucier ’77
  • Tara Banks (Smith) ’80
  • Mary Engel (Davies) ’86

Nomination Process

The New England College Alumni Association is a group of volunteers representing the interests and ideas of dedicated alumni. Each year they look for alumni award and Athletic Hall of Fame nominations that recognize outstanding achievements and community leadership. Award recipients meet with the New England College President, have their names engraved on publicly displayed campus awards, and are honored among family and friends at a special event on campus. Awards are also promoted through various media channels.

Broad participation in the nomination and evaluation process is very important, and alumni involvement is highly encouraged. Completed profiles are reviewed by a committee consisting of fellow alumni, past recipients and inductees, campus leadership, faculty and coaches. The committee makes the final selections in late spring.

Please forward nominations, including all relevant background information and your personal contact information, to alumni@nec.edu or mail to Alumni Relations, 98 Bridge Street, Henniker.