Forrest McKerley, 82, died Sunday, April 29, 2012 at Concord Hospital in Concord. A founding member of the UNH Foundation board, he was known for his generosity to the university.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, and from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, at the Bennett Funeral Home, 209 N. Main Street, Concord. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4, at the Courtyard by Marriott at 70 Constitution Ave., Concord.
In 2006, McKerley was awarded the Hubbard Award, which is given to recognize individuals whose philanthropic leadership and gifts have strengthened UNH and/or who have promoted philanthropy throughout the state. He endowed the Forrest D. McKerley faculty chair in health economics, and established the Everett B. Sackett Professorship Fund.
McKerley served as a member of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics executive board, UNH Advocates for Higher Education, and the School of Health and Human Services Dean's Leadership Council.
He built his family’s Penacook nursing home into a statewide elder care provider. Prior to working in the family business, Forrest was a senior executive with American Express. He was also a co-owner of the Grappone Conference Center and Secure Care Products in Concord. Named Citizen of the Year by the Concord Chamber of Commerce in 2005, McKerley was recognized as much for his community contributions as his business.
He funded The Forrest D. McKerley Simulation and Education Center at Concord Hospital and the 32-Degree Masonic Children's Learning Centers for Children, Nashua, benefiting dyslexic children.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Forrest D. McKerley Education and Simulation Center at Concord Hospital, c/o Concord Hospital Trust, 250 Pleasant St., Concord 03301 or to the Children's Dyslexia Center of Nashua 200 Main Street, Nashua, 03060.
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