More than 100 friends and family came together in July to honor former State Supreme Court Justice William Batchelder at the Plymouth Common Man Inn, where PSU President Sara Jayne Steen awarded Batchelder the Blair Medal for distinguished public service on behalf of the University. “You have been a leader in the town and community, improving social, economic, and cultural bonds,” Steen said. “Your leadership in the courts will have a lasting effect on the consciousness of New Hampshire.”
Batchelder’s distinguished service includes his decades as a lawyer, prosecutor, superior court judge, and New Hampshire Supreme Court justice; dedication to the historical importance of the town of Plymouth and the memory of the Nathaniel P. Rogers family’s fight for abolition; his foresight and vision in the creation of the Squam Lakes Science Center; service to the United States Navy during World War II; and volunteer efforts on behalf of the Plymouth Rotary, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, Pease Public Library, and Plymouth Historical Society.
This is the second time PSU has recognized Batchelder; he also has received the Granite State Award.
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