Hubbard Award Presentation to Take Place Oct. 1, 2010
By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
September 22, 2010
The Honorable Walter and Dorothy Peterson will be presented with the Hubbard Family Award for Service to Philanthropy Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. in the MUB’s Strafford Room. A reception with light refreshments will follow.
The Hubbard Award, the highest honor bestowed by the UNH Foundation, recognizes outstanding individuals whose philanthropic leadership has significantly strengthened the state of New Hampshire, its communities, and the university. It is named for the university's greatest benefactors, Oliver, Austin, and Leslie Hubbard.
A former New Hampshire governor, Peterson served as UNH’s interim president during the mid-1990s. He also is a former trustee for the University System of New Hampshire (he is the longest- serving member of the board), serving as the board’s representative to the Foundation Board of Directors, and is a director emeritus of the board.
From 1969 to 1973, during his term as governor, Peterson signed legislation creating a student seat on the university's board of trustees. His granddaughter, Anna Peterson, ('08) went on to hold that position.
Dorothy Peterson, in addition to being Walter’s stalwart partner in community service and philanthropy throughout the Granite State, is among a veritable who’s who in the Monadnock region. She was the first female president elected to the Monadnock Community Hospital Board of Trustees in 1978. Along with her mother, she worked as a volunteer at MCH during World War II and has remained active ever since. During her tenure as board president, the hospital added an emergency wing, acquired its very first ultrasound system and opened a new birthing center.
Dorothy Peterson also was president of the Peterborough Historical Society and served on the board of directors for The Anna Philbrook Children's Foundation. She is an active participant in her church’s Serendipity Shop and other community activities. In 1997, she received, along with her husband, the Pettee Medal, the UNH Alumni Association's highest award, for their outstanding contributions to the state and UNH.
The Petersons also founded the Walter and Dorothy Peterson Library Fund, which enables new UNH faculty to purchase volumes for the university's library collection.
The UNH Foundation, Inc. is an independent charitable organization dedicated to increasing private support for UNH.