Plymouth State University Statement on Passing of Steve Vaillancourt ’74
Long-time NH public servant was a 1974 graduate of the institution
PLYMOUTH, NH (March 27, 2017) – It is with great sadness that the Plymouth State University (PSU) community learned this morning of the sudden passing of NH Representative Steve Vaillancourt of Manchester. A Plymouth State alumnus, Vaillancourt ‘74 devoted much of his adult life to public service. He was serving his 10th term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing the voters of Ward 8 in Manchester.
“I talked with Representative Vaillancourt recently as he expressed his interest in supporting PSU and public higher education, and he shared our commitment to being fiscally efficient with an emphasis on workforce development. He was a proud representative of our PSU community,” said Donald Birx, PSU president.
Vaillancourt was the original “Voice of the Panthers,” a well-known sports broadcaster during the 1970s who publicized and reported on Plymouth State sports teams in an era before the university had a sports information director. Vaillancourt, a history major, served as sports editor of the student newspaper and sports director of the student radio station. He also broadcast a weekly sports highlight radio show, and he founded, hosted, and wrote the questions for the popular Sports Challenge Cup, a College Bowl for sports trivia. Vaillancourt was inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
“Steve Vaillancourt was a pioneer student sports broadcaster at Plymouth State, and he will be missed by his fellow alumni and faculty,” said Birx.