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4-H Dairy Endowment Renamed in Memory of Tom Fairchild

August 8, 2007

The Thomas Fairchild family and the 4-H Foundation of New Hampshire have renamed the New Hampshire 4-H Dairy Endowment to the Tom Fairchild 4-H Dairy Endowment. This memorial opportunity with the 4-H Foundation is in addition to the UNH Foundation Fairchild Scholarship Fund for Animal Science.

Fairchild, former dean of UNH's College of Life Science and Agriculture, as well as interim president of the university, died July 3, after a long battle with cancer. When reflecting on his career as a Cooperative Extension dairy specialist, 4-H program leader Wendy Brock said, "Tom took 4-H members under his wing, teaching them not only about the dairy industry, but about being a good team member, supporting the efforts of others and understanding the importance of agriculture to New Hampshire and the world. Several generations of 4-H families have been touched by the wisdom and magic of Tom Fairchild."

As chair of the 4-H Foundation Board in 2002, Fairchild led the foundation through a successful Centennial Campaign, raising $100,000 for the New Hampshire 4-H Youth Development Program.

In recognition of his support to the UNH Cooperative Extension 4-H dairy program and the 4-H Foundation of New Hampshire, the renaming of the existing 4-H dairy endowment provides an opportunity for friends to remember Fairchild and to support 4-H. The annual income from the endowment will be used to support 4-H dairy events and activities without touching the endowment principal.

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