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Distinguished American Award Recipients


George "Butch" Joseph, Central High School, Keene State College, Rivier College, Teacher, coach, official and Manchester Athletic Administrator.  Executive Director of Manchester Babe Ruth. Member Queen City Athletic Hall of Fame.  Manchester Parks & Recreation Board.  Chaired numerous NH Interscholastic Athletic Association committees.  Mentored hundreds of athletes, teachers, and coaches.


General Robert W. Cone, US Army, Manchester Memorial H.S., US Military Academy West Point, BS 1979; Airborn School;   III Corps and Fort Hood Texas, Deputy Commanding General for Operations-Iraq; Persian War; Operation Desert Storm; National Training Centerand Fort Irwin CA; Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan; Four Star Commanding General U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis.


Mayor Theodore L. Ted Gatsas, Manchester Central HS. (football, basketball, baseball); UNH (football); Manchester Alderman; (2000-2010) State Senator & Senate President (2000-20009) co-owner Staffing Network; Co-sponsor of Louis T. Gatsas Athletic Complex in honor of late father;  Mayor City of Manchester 2009-2017.


Governor John H. Lynch, Lynnfield, MA H.S.; (baseball) UNH (Intermural Hockey) Harvard Business School, MBA; Georgetown Law School, LLD; Governor State of NH, 2005-2013.  First Governor elected for four terms in history of NH.


Fred W. Hall, Nashua H.S., 1937; UNH B.A.1941 (R.O.T.C.) Comm. 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Division ("Big Red One") 8 campaigns in WW II & 3 invasions (North Africa, Sicily & Normandy on D-Day) Korean conflict; Combat Infantryman's badge, Pres. Unit citation, Bronz Star & Silver Star; U of Michigan Law School, LLB, 1948; NH Executive Councilor, 1963-64; UNH Board of Trustees 1963-73; Pres. NH Bar Assoc;1966-67; Practiced law in Rochester 60 years.


Dr. Jack Turco, Melrose High School (football, hockey & baseball); Harvard University A.B. 1972 (hockey, baseball NCAA Championships); Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD 1975; Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, 1979 to present; (Team Physician; Chief, Darthmouth Sports Medicine Department, Chief,  Dartmouth College Health Services.


Joe Yukica, former outstanding head football coach for 34 years, having coached at the University of New Hampshire, Boston College and Dartmouth College. He was also an outstanding football player at Penn State. He is also the Founding Director of the Joe Yukica New Hampshire Chapter of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame.


Steve Schubert, Outstanding Manchester Central and UMASS football player; Most Valuable Player Honors, UMASS, 1972; All-New England First Team and All-Yankee Conference First Team; Kodak Small College All-American First Team; 6 yrs. NFL with Chicago Bears and New England Patriots; Manchester and Central High Halls of Fame;1989-present, owner/operator of Schubert Football Camp for Youth; managing partner of Manchester Wolves Arena2 Football League Team; 1990-present, consultant to Central H.S. Football Program; 1991-present, Little Green Gridiron Club Treasurer; 1974-90 Board Member, NH Easter Seals;1989-92, President of Candia Youth Athletic Association; 1995-2000, Chairman, Union Leader Athlete of the Month Board of Directors; 1975-present, founder, Panteli-Kotrotsios Memorial Golf Tournament.


Senator Jeanne Shaheen, b. 1/28/47, BA, Shippensburg University, 1969; MA, University of Mississippi, 1973; Senior Fellow & Director of Institute of Politics Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; US Senator for New Hampshire 2008 to present; Governor of NH, 1997-2003; NH State Senate, 1990-1996; Campaign Manager: Jimmy Carter (1980); Gary Hart (1984); Paul McEachon (1986 & 1988)


Hon. Judge Walter L. Murphy, b. 12/11/1937; Boston College HS, Dorchester MA, 1955; College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA 1959 (Varsity Football and Track); Varsity Football Coach, Plymouth HS, 1964-69; Maple Shrine Game, 1968, Plymouth State College, 1970-72 (First Varsity Football Coach); Associate Justice, NH Superior Court.


Greg Landry, b. Nashua, NH; Nashua HS; 1964 (All State Football, 1962-63, Buzz Harvey Memorial Award); Univ. of Mass., BS 1968 (All-American, Football, 1967; Geo. Bulger Lowe Award, BS Sports Management; Top Football Palyer, New England; All Yankee Conf.; UMass, Hall of Fame); Detroit Lions Quarterback, 1968-1978; NFK Pro Bowl, and NFL All-Pro, 1971; Off. Coord., Univ. of IL Football, 1993-94; QB Coach, Detroit Lions, 1995-96; QB Coach, Cleveland, 1985; Coach (Offense) Chicago Bears, 1986-present).


Dr. James O. Freedman, b. Sept. 21, 1935, Manchester NH; Manchester Central HS, 1953; BA, cum laude, Harvard University, 1957; LLB, Yale Law School, 1962; Law Clerk, US Supreme Court, Justice Thurgood Marshall; Private Law Practice, New York City; Faculty Member and Dean, U. of Pennsylvania Law School, 1964-1982, President, U. of Iowa, 1982-1987; President, Dartmouth College, 1971-1998; Recipient, William O. Douglas First Amendment Freedom Award, from Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai B'Rith, 1991; Recipient, Frederick W. Ness Book Award, Association of American Colleges & Universities, 1996; Author, Crisis & Legitimacy:  The Administrative Process in American Government (1978), and Idealism & Liberal Education (1996); Member, American Law Institute, The American Antiquarian Society; Board of Governors, Hebrew Union College; Board of Directors, Salzburg Seminar; Dean's Advisory Council, Radcliff Institute of Harvard University.


John Grappone, Concord, NH; Founder, Grappone Auto Dealerships; Dist. Citizen Award, Concord Chamber of Commerce, 1992; Sponsor, Concord Little League; Supporter, Boys & Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America, Boston Children's Hospital, FRIENDS Program, Salvation Army, NH Attorney General's Task Force on Drug Abuse, Concord Hospital, Trust for NH Lands, St. Anselm College Football; Hon. Degree, St. Anselm College, 1999.


Atty. David Nixon, b. March 19, 1932, Concord, MA; Leominister Mt. H.S., 1949; Scholar Athlete Award; Co-Capt., football; Wesleyan U., 1953, Hon. Grad., Sr. Class Pres., Co-Capt., football; U. of Mich., L.L.B., 1958; Vol., U.S. Army, 1953-55; DAV; Am. Legion; Pres., NH Senate, 1973-74; Past Pres., NH, Manchester, New England Bar Associations; Pres. Int'l Soc. of Barristers, 1990-91; Dist. Svc. Award, NH Bar Assoc., 1982; NH Trial Lawyers Assoc. Lawyer of the Decade; Manch. Bar Assoc. Lifetime Achievement Award; Outstanding Professional Award, NH Bar Assoc.; Legal Counsel and Dir., Mane. Crimeline, Inc.; Town Counsel, New Boston, NH; Pres., Nixon, Raiche, Manning, Casinghino & Leach, P.A., Founding Dir., Joe Yukica - NH Chapter, National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame.


Robert Tewksbury, b. November 30, 1960; Merrimack Valley Regional H.S.; graduated St. Leo University May 2000; Major League pitcher with N.Y. Yankees 1986-1987, Chicago Cubs 1987-1988, St. Louis Cardinals 1989-1994, Texas Rangers 1995, San Diego Padres 1996, Minnesota Twins 1997-1998; Major Legue record 110 wins 102 losses 3.93 era; St. Leo University hall of Fame 1998; Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame 1998; Leo Cloutier Award 1999


Judge William F. Batchelder, b. October 15, 1926; Plymouth H.S.; two semesters UNH; enlisted U.S. Navy October, 1944; discharged 1946, and re-enrolled at UNH; graduated UNH 1949; Boston University (L.L.B. 1952); private practice in Plymouth; appointed as a superior court justice in 1970, by then Governor Walter Peterson; appointed to N.H. Supreme Court in 1981, by then Governor Hugh Gallen; over the years he has been the recipient of numerous awards for service to his community and his profession including the Granite State Award granted by Plymouth State College as well as awards from the NH Bar Association and the N.H. Trial Lawyers Association.


Charies J. Quinn, b. April 26, 1919; Manchester H.S. West (football and basketball; All-State Guard Honors; Rotary Cup Award); Saint Anselm College, BA, 1942 (four-year football scholarship); Boston University, MA, 1949; U.S. Marine Corps 26 years, Lt. Col. U.S.M.C.R. (ret.), received Air Medals, Distinguished Flying Cross, and various area ribbon awards; Town ofDerry, NH, teacher-coach, 1946-47; West H.S., teacher and varsity basketball coach, 1947-50, line football coach, 1947-65, golf coach until 1964, Social Studies Dept. head, 1958-68, assistant principal, 1968-72, principal, 1972-80; assistant coach NH Shrine football team, 1961; Board of Directors, Anselmian Athletic Board, 1980- ; President, Intervale Land Company, 1980- ; recipient Distinguished Alumnus Award, Manchester H.S. West, 1993.


Atty. Bill Green, b. December 21, 1917; Manchester Central H.S.; Dartmouth College, 1939; Harvard University (L.L.B., 1947); NH Ass't Atty Gen., 1949-50; Dep. Atty. Gen., 1950-51; NH Legislative Council, 1951-57; NH Ballot Law Comm., 1964-69; Chair, NH Bd. ofEduc., 1969-73; Pres., Elliot Hosp.; Director, New England Circle; Trustee, Manch. Hist. Assoc.; Trustee, NH College; Manchester "Citizen of the Year", 1960; Pres., Manch. United Way; Acting Chancellor, NH College, 1986-87; Recipient, Honorary Doctor of Laws Degrees, NH College, Saint Anselm College, Franklin Pierce College, and Notre Dame College; Member, NH, Manchester, and American Bar Assns; U.S.M.C., Major, South Pacific, 1942-45.


Tom Hardiman, one of the most sensational of all NH Athletes, b. 1929; starred in three sports at St. John High of Concord, football, baseball and basketball; grad. St. John, 1947. He was graduated by Georgetown 1951 where he excelled in football and baseball and frosh basketball. Tommy was a ranking officer at ChubbLife America, and Chairman of Concord Savings Bank and Community Bankshares Inc. He is 66 and the father of six children. He was married to the former Regina Minuitti, who died several years ago.


Hon. Dick Swett, b. May 1, 1957; Laconia H.S., Laconia, NH, 1975 (Quarterback, All-State Football Player); Prep and Scholastic Football All-American; NH Shrine Football Team; Captain Football Team and Track Team; Class L State Pole Vault Champion, 1974 and 1975; President, National Honor Society; Yale University AB, 1979, Captain, Yale Track Team, and holder of Yale Decathlon record, and winner of Yale- Masters Cup for Excellence; Congressman, Second District, NH., 1991-95.


Robert F. (Bob) MacLeod, b. October 15, 1917; Glenbard H.S., Glen Ellyn, IL, 1935; Dartmouth College, BA, 1939; Outstanding Student/Athlete Medal, All American Football Consensus Selection, All Ivy Basketball Selection, No. 1 Draft Choice NFL, played for Chicago Bears NFL, Chicago Bruins, NBA Basketball 1939-40, El Toro Marines 1944; Senior Vice-President, Peterson Publishing Col; Publisher Teen Magazine.


Hon. Martin F. Loughlin, b. March 11, 1923; St. Joseph's H.S., St. Anselm College, AB, 1951; Suffolk LawSchobI, LLB, 1951; Justice, NH Superior Court, 1963-78; Chief Justice, NH Superior Court, 1978-79; Senior Judge, United States District Court, Concord, NH'.


Endicott "Chub" Peabody, b. February 15, 1920; William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA, 1928-32; Groton School, 1932-38; Harvard University, BA, 1942; Harvard Law School, LLB, 1948; All-American Left Guard, Harvard, 1941; Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy/Outstanding Lineman, 1941; Governor's Council, 3rd District/Massachusetts, 1955-56; Governor of Massachusetts, 1963-64; Law Firm of Endicott Peabody, Nashua, NH.


Walter R. Peterson, b. September 19, 1922; Nashua H.S., 1942; Dartmouth College, 1947; Speaker of the NH House of Representatives, 1965-69; Governor of NH, 1969-73; President of NH Constitutional Convention, 1974-75; President, Franklin Pierce College, Rindge, NH.


James "Red" Hayes, b. August 19, 1908; Quincy S.S., 1926; Thayer Academy, 1928; UNH, 1932; Harvard University Graduate School, 1937; UNH Hall of Fame; Member of Governors Council, 1959-76; Associate Chairman of the Board, New Hampshire Distributors, Inc., Concord, NH.


Hon. John W. King, b. Oct. 8, 1916; St. Joseph's U.S., Manchester, NH, 1934; Harvard University, AB, 1938; Columbia University, MA, 1941; Columbia Law School, LLB, 1943; Governor of NH, 1963-69; Assoc. Justice, NH Superior court, 1969-79; Assoc. Justice, NH Supreme court, 1979-81; chief Justice, NH Supreme Court, 1981 -86.