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.