Plymouth State to host Ray Burton memorial service

December 4th, 2013 by Heather

    Plymouth State to host Ray Burton memorial service

    PLYMOUTH — The public memorial service for First District Executive Councilor Raymond Burton of Bath will be held Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. in the Courtroom of Plymouth State University’s Hartman Union Building.

    Scheduled speakers include PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, Gov. Maggie Hassan, former Governor John Lynch, Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte, state Senator Lou D’Allesandro and former Burton intern Trevor Chandler.

    The Plymouth State University Chorale will provide musical accompaniment and the event will be live streamed by PSU and WMUR-TV.

    The event is expected to be well-attended and carpooling is strongly encouraged.

    Parking for the general public is located at the University’s P.E. Center on Route 175-A in Holderness, with shuttle busses available to transport attendees to the service.

    The parking lots will open at 9:30 a.m.; all attendees are asked to be seated by 11:30 a.m.

    Burton died Tuesday, Nov. 12 after a period of failing health. He was a longtime member of the New Hampshire Executive Council, serving 35 years representing New Hampshire’s First District, making him one of the Granite State’s longest-serving and most recognized political leaders.

    Burton, a 1962 graduate of what was then Plymouth Teachers College, began his career as a school teacher and principal. He later became an adjunct faculty member in Plymouth State’s Department of Social Sciences. After becoming a member of the Executive Council in 1977, he established an internship program for New Hampshire College students to learn more about the workings of state government.

    Plymouth State University has established the Honorable Raymond S. Burton ‘62 Public Service Scholarship, an endowed scholarship for PSU students from New Hampshire who aspire to public service.

    In addition to the scholarship, Plymouth State is establishing a Raymond S. Burton Collection in the Lamson Library’s Spinelli Archives and Special Collections, which will house Ray’s papers and memorabilia.

    Memorial for Councilor Burton planned

    November 30th, 2013 by Heather

      Memorial for Councilor Burton planned

      PLYMOUTH — A service and celebration of life in honor of late New Hampshire Executive Councilor and Grafton County Commissioner Raymond S. Burton will be held on Dec. 14. The event will take place at Plymouth State University in the Court Room of the HUB at 1 p.m. There will also be a reception following the service inProspect Hall. Many dignitaries will be on hand, with tributes to the life and times of Burton.

      There will be shuttle transportation provided to and from the parking lots for attending guests. Once all of the details and logistics regarding this event are in place and confirmed, PSU will be releasing a general notice to the press that should provide everyone wishing to attend all the information they will need.

      Burton’s family and friends reiterate their thanks to all of those who have sent memories and remembrances of Burton by e-mail, through Facebook, or through the mail. It has been heartwarming to feel so supported in grieving such a wonderful man and great friend to so many. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Raymond S. Burton Scholarship Fund, PO Box 17, Bath, NH 03740. This scholarship fund was created by Burton’s will, and will be used to support North Country students who are pursuing higher education.

      Burton always supported the North Country residents and was a great supporter of education in all of its forms. He was a big advocate of the community colleges changing their structure a few years ago, and was insistent that the credits the students earned be transferable as granted to all NH colleges and universities.

      As a trained educator, he mentored over 140 student interns in his years in state government in addition to serving many years teaching, most recently on the faculty of Springfield College. It is most fitting that he be remembered in support of what he most loved.

       

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