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Passing: Dean Plummer Williamson, Namesake of Williamson Hall

October 6, 2010

Dean Plummer Williamson (’32), a former member of the Alumni Association board of trustees, died Sept. 22, 1010. He was 99.

A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. in the First Congregational Church, 177 North Main Street, Concord, NH with a reception following in the Guild Room of the church.

In 1933, Williamson married Helen Daggett of Concord who he had met at UNH, and they shared sixty-one years of marriage until her death in 1994.

Williamson had described his undergraduate years at UNH as “the four happiest consecutive years of my life”. During those summers he worked as a camp counselor at Camp Belknap, the YMCA boys’ camp on Lake Winnipesaukee. Dean worked faithfully for UNH as an active alumnus and in 1956 was given the Alumni Meritorious Service Award.

In 1960 the alumni elected Dean to the board of trustees where he served for eight years, the last two years as chairman. He also served as president of the National Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. In 1972 the university named a residence hall “Williamson Hall” in his honor. There is also a “Dean Williamson Award” which is given annually to an outstanding senior at UNH.

Among other interests he loved Big Band music and dancing, and began taking drum
lessons at the Concord Community Music School at the age of 92. In earlier years he
competed on the Concord YMCA volleyball team and until age 96 played tennis and was for many years an active member of the Bow Brook Club. He also loved skiing. He was a head cheerleader at UNH and his senior year played on the UNH hockey team.

Thereafter he was an enthusiastic supporter and season ticket holder for UNH football and UNH hockey. He also enjoyed kayaking and canoeing in his retirement years, and could bake a mean chocolate cake. Dean was a great storyteller but always had time to listen to others.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the UNH Foundation, Elliott Alumni Center, 9 Edgewood Drive, Durham, NH, or, Farm Island campaign ( to conserve undeveloped shorefront), c/o YMCA Camp Belknap, 1050 Perimeter Road, Suite 302, Manchester, NH 03103.


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