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Passing: Carleton Menge, Former Professor of Educational Psychology

February 24, 2010

Carleton P. Menge, former professor of educational psychology, died Feb. 16, 2010. He was 92. Menge taught at UNH from 1948 until 1990. He was presented with the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1987.

A Grantham resident, Menge graduated from Springfield College in 1939 and earned his Ph.D. in educational administration at the University of Chicago in 1948. WW II interrupted his education, but while stationed at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma, as a medical supply officer, he met his future wife of 63 years, Bette Jane Wright of Muskogee.

In addition to teaching at UNH, Menge worked for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in the late 1960s, developing health and voter training centers for segregated blacks in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. He and his family sponsored two black students from Montgomery, Alabama who enrolled in UNH’s new black studies program. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, Menge worked as a consultant alongside his wife with Fred Jervis of the Center for Constructive Change. The center focused its work on human empowerment through constructive rather than reactive behavior.

At his request, there will be no services at this time. Condolences may be sent in care of his daughter Jackie at clary@aol.com or to Jackie Clary, 43 Route 114, Grantham, NH

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