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Hubbard Family Award for Service to Philanthropy Honors "Committed Leaders"

By Erika Mantz, Media Relations
October 8, 2008

Lisa Nugent photo, UNH Photo Services
Ed Fish, '58 (Lisa Nugent photo, UNH Photo Services)

Ed Fish, ’58, was recently awarded the UNH Foundation's 2008 Hubbard Family Award for Service to Philanthropy. A former member of the UNH football and hockey teams, Fish is among the university's most generous donors to student-athletes and athletic programming. 

“It is my very great privilege to recognize Ed Fish for his special contributions to the UNH community,” said President Mark Huddleston. “He once characterized his own experience at UNH as nothing short of a miracle, one that changed his life forever, and now his support and leadership keep dreams alive and make it possible for miracles to happen for others each and every year.”

Almost a decade ago Fish established the Edward A. Fish Football Fund to support equipment, team travel, scholarships and other needs. More recently Fish helped to establish The “First 500” UNH Football Endowed Athletic Fund, encouraging his fellow alumni and friends to support the program as its 500th victory approaches – as of the win against Dartmouth Sept. 27, 2008, the team needs just two more wins to hit that milestone.

Fish also provided the money needed to install a state-of-the-art artificial playing surface in Cowell Stadium last year and remaining funds are being used to renovate the Paul Sweet Oval, which is used by every UNH varsity sport for training, conditioning and injury rehabilitation.

After graduating magna cum laude in 1958, Fish went on to become president of Suffolk Construction in Boston before forming E.A. Fish Associates, a real estate development company, and Peabody Properties, a property management company with holdings of more than 10,000 apartments.          

The Hubbard Family Award for Service to Philanthropy is the highest honor bestowed by the UNH Foundation, and is named for the university's greatest benefactors, Oliver, Austin, and Leslie Hubbard. It recognizes outstanding individuals whose philanthropic leadership has significantly strengthened the state of New Hampshire, its communities, and the university. The UNH Foundation, Inc. is an independent charitable organization dedicated to increasing private support for UNH.

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